Leinenkugel’s Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls, Wis., is simply the best brewery gift shop we’ve ever been in. That would be true even if they don’t offer you two free small (looked to be about six ounces) glasses of beer at the tasting bars.
The gift shop is a staging area for the popular tours across the bridge from the “lodge” and it’s easy to understand why you don’t see many people walking about empty handed.
The experience combined a lodge, brewery museum and store. Although it was July when we visited there was a fire going in the fireplace and magazines on the coffee table if you wanted to plunk down in one of the easy chairs. What’s brilliant is how breweriana like taps that controlled an old grant (used in the brewhouse) are mixed in with items you might buy.
Plenty of unique choices, from a branded cribbage board to sausage packaged to look like bottle of Leinenkugel’s beer.