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How To: Carve a Pumpkin Keg








You’ll Need:

A Pumpkin

A Sharp Knife

A Large Spoon

A Metal or Plastic Spigot

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Carve a lid out of a large pumpkin. Clean out the cavity, removing all the seeds and most of the pulp.









Select a spot low on the pumpkin for the spigot, then use a marker to trace the spigot’s shank onto the pumpkin. Use a very fine knife to carve out the hole slightly smaller than the circle, keeping the cut as clean as possible. Pop in the shank & screw on the nut. (If your pumpkin’s thick, thin the pumpkin wall from the inside until the shaft fits.) Screw on the faucet & handle.











Pour beer into the pumpkin, replace the lid, and pour!



Leinenkegel’s Beer Sampling in Delavan








Friday September 13th


What we will be sampling……













Hoppin Helles

Traditional Helles-style beers tend to be a tad malty. Leinenkegel’s Hoppin Helles is our spin on the style that puts it a bit on the hoppy side with five all-American hope. It starts bright and citrusy with a nice tropical aroma that ends with a tangy spice finish. 











Orange Shandy

Our newest Shandy, Leinenkugels Orange Shandy is a refreshing spin on the traditional shandy style. It’s crisp, refreshing wheat beer with natural orange flavor inspired by the fall orange harvests. With a zesty, citrus taste, Orange Shandy is just what you need to stay on the brighter side of fall and winter.









The History…

The brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls, WI, in May 1867 by Jacob Leinenkugel. A family man driven by an iron work ethic, Jacob knew that his family heritage would play an integral part of his brewery’s success. Today, the 5th generation of Leinenkugel’s continue to brew the same family inspired recipes that Jacob poured his heart and soul into. Over the years, the family has grown and so has the brewery, but its history and heritage remain at the forefront. 











The Brewery’s Beginning

The brewery;s beginning was a humble one. In the early days Jacob Leinenkugel and his business partner, John Miller, were the only employees. Jacob brewed the beer, 400 barrels in the 1st year, and John delivered it using a small cart and a horse named Kate. The partnership flourished for 17 years until 1884 when John sold his share of the company to Jacob.








With the help of his wife, Josephine, and their children the brewery grew. In 1890 a new four-story brewhouse was built. Sadly, that same year Josephine passed away. Though saddened by the loss of his wife Jacob continued to expand the brewery they had both worked hard to cultivate. Over the next few years an icehouse, three-story malt house, bottling house, cooper shop, and barns were added.











A time of change came upon the brewery during the early 1900’s. Prohibition was passed in 1919 and many breweries simply went out of business. The Leinenkugel’s brewery adapted to the changing times and began brewing a non alcoholic beer “near-beer” called Leino. The malt beverage wasn’t very popular. Again the brewery adapted and started bottling soda water. By the end of prohibition, Leinenkugel’s was the largest bottler of soda water in the area.










Back to the Business of Brewing

Despite the Great Depression and one major problem, the brewery didn’t have a brewmaster. President Raymond Mayer and Sales Manager William Casper had to act quickly. Breweries were popping up all over, each eager to capture a piece of the wide open market. Using all their resources William and Raymond found a new brewmaster, modernized the brewery, and established new sales opportunities.

New leadership and new opportunities brought big changes to the Leinenkugel Brewery. TV and national advertising changed the marketing climate. Small breweries had to compete not only with each other, but with larger companies that began building multiple breweries across the country. For Leinie’s this meant expanding into new markets and enlisting the help of Wisconsin heroes. 










The legend continues with the 5th generation of Leinenkugel’s. In 1988 the brewery merged with Miller Brewing Company. This partnership has allowed Leini’s to share its quality brews with even more beer enthusiasts. To accommodate the growth, Leinenkugel’s 10th Street Brewery was added in 1995. The small Milwaukee brewery handles the increased demand of the growing number of Leinie fans. With more than 350,000 card-carrying Leinie Lodge members and an ever-evolving family of beers, it’s certain beer lovers will continue to enjoy Leinenkugel’s for many generations to come.



Berghoff Beer Sampling in Oconomowoc











Saturday September 14th 2-4pm

 Beers to be sampled….











Berghoff Sir Dunkle Dark

In the old days, most dark beers had a reputation for being heavy, even sweet. Not this one. By reinterpreting some historic German traditions, including the ancient “altbier” style of Düsseldorf and adding a decidedly 21st century American twist to it, we’ve created a dark beer with a dry, refreshing character and a ton of personality. We start with a mix or pilsner and pale ale malts for a complex, dry maltiness, then layer on specialty malts that add toasty, cookie and a little dark toffee character. All of this is balanced by a hop mix that adds to Sir Dunkle’s crisp complexity. Lagering rounds off any rough edges, leaving a satisfyingly dark-beer flavor with a clean drinkability.


Berghoff Reppin’ Red Ale

Your Father’s red ale was pretty to look at but not much to drink, seriously in need of a personality transplant. But over the years, red ales have turned into the real deal, with a character as lively and big as any pale ale. Reppin Red blends 7 malts for layer of caramel and toasted toffee with the uniquely peppery spiciness of rye and tops it all off with a mix of selected Pacific Northwest hops, chosen for their livelty flavors and sophisticated aromas of flowers, pine, and citrus. It’s a big beer that demands big food. Reppin Red is fantastic with grilled meat and steaks, and totally rocks a burger. For something different, try it with blue cheese or a nice, sweet slice of carrot cake—you’ll be amazed. 










Berghoff Germaniac Pale Ale

Scratch the surface of the German beer tradition and you find gems like this: a crisply bitter golden ale from Northern Germany that faded into obscurity a hundred years ago. With its subtle honey notes and small dose of molasses which gives it a lightly nutty character, this is a beer that deserves a much wider audience. We follow the classic recipe, with a mix of three types of malted barley, plus wheat and a dash of oats for a creamy texture, plus tiny amounts of Wisconsin cranberry honey and light molasses, both of which add subtle shading of aroma. Hopping is vigorous, and along noble lines, but amped up a bit with some North American varieties as well, just to keep it fresh-tasting and bold. It’s an ale fermentation, so there is a hint of fruitiness that plays nicely with the honey and molasses notes.










Berghoff OktoberFest Beer

Amber colored, all-malt-lager, which possesses a modest bitterness and clean aroma. Crafted in the traditional Bavarian manner and resembles the Marzen-type Oktoberfest Biers as they are served at the fall festivities in Munich. It won the Gold Medal in the 2002 World Beer Championships.


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1807 East Geneva St
Delavan, WI  53115
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