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Bathwater Beer and Taxes


Kurt Zellers

Whoops. Regarding the proposed excise tax increase on beer, representative Kurt Zellers drew some grief at home for this quote:

“To say that it’s only seven cents a beer, that’s like promising a case of Summit to the party and showing up with that bathwater called Leinenkugel’s,” and went on to say “It’s not a fair deal at all. Good Minnesota beer for Wisconsin bathwater, no sir.”

When he returned to the house, he came with an apology. Apparently his wife is quite a fan of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

“The little joke I played last night got me in trouble at home last night. So most importantly, my apologies to the Leinenkugel family. They are a great family-owned business. But as it usually goes at our house, ‘I’m sorry, honey.”

Of course Leinenkugel’s is owned by SABMiller. And while I wouldn’t call their beer “bathwater,” Summit would be preferred in my world. My suggestion? Someone should send his wife a case of Schell’s Shocked Radler and be done with it.


  1. Tyler says:

    As I understood it, SABmiller has 49% share in Leinenkugel’s. Not sure I’d say they’re owned by SABmiller exactly.

  2. ryan says:

    Hi Tyler. Though Jake Leinenkugel is very much a part of the company, Leinenkugel’s is a wholly owned subsidiary of SABMiller.

  3. mnbeerdrinker says:

    Their Big Eddy series beers are pretty darn good…

  4. Keith says:

    Leinie’s can make good beer when they try, like the Big Eddy series and the old Northwoods Lager. Funny thing – they experimented with that back in the early 2000’s. They presented Big Eddy Imperial IPA at the now-defunct Milwaukee Beer Fest for public opinion. It was the most amazing thing Leinie’s had ever produced. And unfortunately, what they are marketing today as Big Eddy Imperial IPA is a poor substitute for the original recipe. They seem to have that habit – take a good beer (like Leinie’s Red) and dumb it down. But I am getting off topic….

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