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Leinenkugel's Prepares Football Fans For An Unforgettable Wisconsin-Style Big Game Party

Football, food and beer are undeniably a winning combination. The Wisconsin-based 144-year-old Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. is showing football fans how Wisconsin celebrates with brew-based recipes and pairings as its home state team competes in the country's biggest annual sporting event for the top spot in football.

Leinenkugel's Honey Beergarita
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Kick-off the Big Game with a new take on Leinenkugel's best-selling brew!

* 1 cup tequila
* 1 12-oz. can lemonade concentrate
* 4 12-oz. bottles of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss

Mix in a pitcher and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices. Makes one pitcher.

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Leinie's Classic Big Game Beer Cheese Spread

* 1 8-oz. package cream cheese
* 4-oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
* 1 tablespoon chopped green onion top
* 1/4 cup Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock (seasonal Jan. - March)
* 1 teaspoon horseradish
* 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Microwave cheeses for 2 1/2 minutes. Gradually beat in remaining ingredients. Cook covered for another 1-2 minutes, stirring twice. Serve with pretzels, crackers and veggies.

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Leinie's Sunset-Glazed First Down Chicken
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* 10 - 12 pieces of chicken (cut for grilling)
* 2 bottles Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat (measure out 1/3 cup and set aside for sauce)
* 3 tablespoons Canola Oil
* 1 cup finely chopped onion
* 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
* 10-oz can mandarin oranges (save 1/3-cup liquid and finely chop oranges)
* 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1/4 teaspoon ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Clean, salt and pepper chicken and place in a gallon-sized plastic storage bag. Pour all Leinie's Sunset Wheat, minus 1/3 cup, into bag with chicken. Refrigerate overnight.

To make Leinie's Sunset Grilling Sauce saute garlic and onions in canola oil over medium-low heat until onions become lightly browned and translucent. Add 1/3 cup liquid from orange can and oranges to onion mixture and continue to saute until juice is reduced. Turn heat to low and add maple syrup, soy sauce, Leinie's Sunset Wheat, ginger and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Prepare charcoal. Place chicken in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour. Place partially baked chicken on grill and baste with Leinie's Sunset Grilling Sauce until done. You may want to make extra sauce to serve with chicken.

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A Sweet Ending
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Pair Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss, featuring a fresh blend of indigenous Wisconsin berries, including blackberries, elderberries and loganberries, with chocolate or a triple cream cheese like Camembert for a simple dessert option.

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About Leinenkugel's
Leinenkugel's, brewed in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, since 1867, is the leading craft brewer in the upper Midwest. Year-round offerings include Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss, Leinie's Red, Creamy Dark, Original, Light, and Leinenkugel's Classic Amber Lager. In addition to the newly released Leinenkugel's Limited, Leinenkugel's offers four limited-release seasonal beers, including summer favorite Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Oktoberfest, Fireside Nut Brown and 1888 Bock. For more information on the rich history of Leinenkugel's, visit www.leinie.com or join Leinie loyalists at www.facebook.com/leinenkugels.

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