Day #96…Lovin’ Leinies

LOCATION: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
CAMPGROUND:  Lake Wissota State Park
WEATHER:  P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!!  Cool overnight and very pleasant in the day with sun.  High 85

I got my 11K steps in this morning by taking the Lake Trail along the shoreline of Lake Wissota.  Beautiful views!

We learned that the lake was formed by the Wisconsin/Minnesota Hydro Company when they built a dam to harness the Chippewa River.  Thus the name – Wis-Sota = Wissota.

We went in to the town of Chippewa Falls, which seems very nice.  First we went to Leinenkugel’s Brewery to see about tours.  We asked about lunch options, and were directed to a nice cafe/deli on the main street.  We shared a great roast beef sandwich (haven’t had one in about 2 years) and took advantage of their wifi.

Then, back to Leinie Lodge for our tour. 

The lodge had been a woolen mill before they turned it in to their visitor center/shop. 

We did a 30-minute walking tour to learn about the brewery’s history.  It is one of the oldest in the USA and has a very wide distribution.

The tour guide took the obligatory photo of us…

Then, we sat on the patio and drank our free beers (part of the tour price).  We chatted with a Cajun guy from Louisiana who had been on our tour with us.  He is from the town where we attended the Cajun Rally a few months ago.  He was trying to figure out how to buy a keg of his favorite Leinenkugel beer to ship back.  He and George made a good pair — yakkety-yakkety-yak,  šŸ™‚

We tried different beers.  I had to send back a lemon-haze IPA.  It tasted just like those hard lemony candies I used to suck on.  Yuck!  I did find a good IPA and George tasted several others.  We stayed away from their Summer Shandy, which is their best seller, but too sweet for us. 

Back at the campground, George made a fire.  It has been several weeks since it has been cool enough to enjoy one.  He cooked some bacon while the fire was nice and hot.  We cook bacon once in a while (the entire package), when we have a good fire, then pull out a cooked piece of bacon when we need it.  It is a good system.

DINNER:  When we were in Rochester, a friend gave us a container of her wild rice and chicken dish.  I froze it as we were eating out a lot while we were there.  Tonight, I warmed it up – very good.  Side was Asian-style stir-fried broccoli with mushrooms, onions, garlic, and ginger.  I put onions and garlic in just about everything, as you have probably noticed.    It is a good way to bulk up a dish, adding flavor but no additional calories. 

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