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Award Winning Adult Beverages in Chippewa Falls

  • June 13, 2015

Chippewa Falls is home to one of the nation’s largest craft breweries and two local wineries that feature delicious award-winning adult beverages. The Leinie Lodge offers tours of their historic brewery along with 5 samples of your choice. At River Bend Winery and Vineyard you can enjoy complimentary samples of their grape wines or enjoy it by the glass or bottle while relaxing on their patio. Finally, Autumn Harvest Winery features complimentary sampling of their apple and fruit wines alongside the John McIlquham Apple Orchard. The next time you are in Chippewa Falls, make sure to try the following beverages (in moderation):

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Summer Shandy was released in 2007 and it has taken off ever since. It is currently the best selling Seasonal Craft Beer in the US and the most popular Leinenkugel beer. Summer Shandy combines the delicious taste of lemonade with the refreshing flavor of beer in one bottle. In 2012 it won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit Wheat Beer category.

Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

Berry Weiss gets its flavor from a mix of blackberries, elderberries, and loganberries, which are all native to Wisconsin. This appetizing wheat beer mixes great with other flavors, so next time you stop by the Leinie Lodge make sure to ask for a Pink Lemonade, which is half Berry Weiss and half Summer Shandy. Berry Weiss won a Bronze Medal in 2004 and a Gold Medal in 2007 for a Fruit and Vegetable Beer at the Great American Beer Festival.

Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss

Made with local Wisconsin honey, the Honey Weiss is a flavorful wheat beer that is served best with a lemon wedge.  Honey Weiss was introduced in 1995 and it is currently available in all 50 states. It has won three Silver Medals and one Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup and has brought home a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the American Style Wheat Beer category.

Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark

Creamy Dark is the most award winning Leinenkugel beer, winning six awards in the American Style Dark Lager Category at the American Beer Festival. These awards include two Gold Medals, three Silver Medals, and one Bronze Medal. Creamy Dark is brewed with seven different malts that give it a smooth flavor and crisp finish.

River Bend LaCrescent

LaCrescent is a semi-sweet white wine that includes tropical and citrus notes. Recommended pairings include poultry, seafood, or Asian dishes. LaCrescent won Gold in 2014 and Silver in 2013 at the Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition and Gold in 2013 at the Indy International Wine Competition.

River Bend Moonlight

Moonlight is a white wine that being sweet and finishes smooth. It is recommended to be paired with fruit and cheese. It has won four awards including Gold in 2013 and Silver in 2014 at the Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition and Double Gold and Best of Class at the 2012 Indy International Wine Competition.

River Bend Magenta

Magenta is a semi-sweet rose wine that has a signature color and crisp acidity. It goes great alongside aged cheeses, tangy barbecue, or spicy cuisine. Magenta has taken home Gold and Best of Class at the Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition in 2011 and 2014, and has also won Best of Class in 2012 at the Indy International Wine Competition.

River Bend Sunset

Sunset is the current best seller at River Bend Winery and Vineyard, and it has the awards to back it up. It is a sweet red wine that pairs well with crackers, cheese, and sausage. In 2013 Sunset won Silver at the Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition and the Indy International Wine Competition, and took home Gold and Best of Class at the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition.

Autumn Harvest Sweet Harvest Apple Wine

Sweet Harvest Apple Wine is a semi sweet white wine made with 100% apple cider grown alongside the winery at the John McIlquham Apple Orchard. It is great for drinking on its own or to be used in your favorite recipe to add an apple flavor. It is a Double Gold and Silver Medal winner.

Autumn Harvest Razz McTazz

Razz McTazz is a red raspberry wine that has a light and refreshing raspberry flavor. It is recommended with a crisp salad, poultry, or seafood. It is a proud winner of a Silver and Bronze Medal.

Autumn Harvest Grandpa’s Best

Grandpa’s Best uses 100% elderberry juice to create its strong earthy flavor and balanced sweetness. It is best served alongside a delicious dessert and it has brought home a Bronze Medal.

Autumn Harvest Crisp Autumn Mist

Crisp Autumn Mist is a 2-Time Silver Medal Winner that is made from 100% Honeycrisp apples. It is a semi-sweet white wine with a full apple cider flavor. 

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