As you may have seen from the ad in our Big Buck shoppers, Leinenkugel’s is rolling out another new beer: Lemon Berry Shandy. It is an extension of the popular Summy Shandy, which is one of Leinie’s seasonal beers. In fact, Summer Shandy has proved to be such a hit that this year Leinie’s trotted it out in March, a month earlier than normal. It goes away each fall.
Lemon Berry Shandy is a weiss beer made with blackberry, raspberry and lemon juices, according to the Beer Street Journal, and we’re sure there are plenty of Leinie’s fans who can’t wait to try it.
They won’t have to wait long. Amanda Tanzer, who handles the sales and marketing for longtime Leinie’s distributor General Beer Northwest, said it will be on the shelves of liquor stores and grocery stores throughout the distributor’s 12-county area beginning Monday. The new beer will be available in bottles and 12- and 16-ounce cans, and it also will be available on tap at selected locations.
It joins Oktoberfest, another fall product from Leinie’s that hit the stores a week ago, and brings Leinie’s portfolio to more than a dozen various beer offerings, Tanzer said.
Pactiv building an attractive sales item
The bleak news of Pactiv closing its Chippewa Falls facility this week cast a pall on the town that won’t soon go away.
But there is hope that the building won’t sit vacant for too long. At least, that’s the way Charlie Walker, executive director of the Chippewa County Economic Development Committee, feels.
“It’s a fairly nice building with rail access,” he said, an attractive selling point for many businesses.
Walker said his department is reaching out to Pactiv to help market the building, with the idea of getting another company lined up soon after Pactiv vacates the building come January.
In addition to the facility and rail access, Walker said the community itself will be a great selling point.
“Chippewa Falls has an excellent workforce ... and the city has a reputation of helping businesses expand,” Walker added. “We’re going to be proactive on this.” ...
Residents cross over rail crossing malfunction
With the increase in train traffic in the area this past year or so, motorists have become accustomed to long waits at rail crossings. But drivers at the E. Park Avenue/S. Main Street railroad crossing last Sunday were left scratching their heads as they were repeatedly confronted with flashing signals.
The only thing missing: a train.
On Aug. 19 at 10:33 a.m., a caller reported to Chippewa Falls Police that the lights and bells were going off at the intersection for 5 to 10 minutes, but no trains were in sight. An officer confirmed that the signals seemed to be going off for no reason, and called Union Pacific.
But the problem continued. The signals were reportedly going off throughout the day, at 1:54 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 10 p.m., 11:20 p.m. and even 12:10 a.m. early Monday morning.
A Union Pacific employee investigated and said the cause appeared to be a cut wire, and a crew could fix the issue on Monday morning. For the rest of Sunday night, they disabled the crossing signals...
Due to a production error last Sunday, our crossword puzzle was reduced to a size that many people had trouble with. It was considerably smaller than the space it receives during our weekday editions when it lands on our Comics page.
We have taken steps to see that it doesn’t happen again. And we have also bumped up the size of the weekday crossword by another 10 percent...
Back to the glaciers
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which passes through a portion of Chippewa County, will be featured on next weekend’s episode of the “Discover Wisconsin” television show. The show, which explores the 1,000-mile path through the state and some of the attractions nearby, makes a stop in Chippewa County. It airs on Fox Sports Wisconsin at 10 a.m. Saturday and WQOW-TV at 5 p.m. next Sunday.