CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. – The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company announced on Monday, February 7 that Dick Leinenkugel will retire as chairman at the end of 2022.
Sixth-generation Leinenkugel and Leinenkugel nephew Tony Bugher will take over.
A press release says Dick was named president of Leinenkugel’s in 2014 and has chaired several successful projects for the brand. More recently, he led the resurgence of Summer Shandy which led to a return to growth, as well as the development of a number of innovations including Lemon Haze IPA, Chocolate Dunkel and Juicy Peach.
Dick Leinenkugel released the following statement:
“I am honored to have served as the brewery’s seventh president in our company’s 155-year history and delighted that another descendant of Jacob Leinenkugel now leads our brewery. Working with the Molson and Coors families has been a blessing, especially in terms of understanding the value of heritage in a business.
Tony Bugher, Dick’s successor, held various positions at Molson Coors, including Director of Crafts and Imports, Director of Field Marketing and Sr. Distributor Sales Manager. Bugher is currently Associate Marketing Director of Leinenkugel, where he leads distributor sales and engagement, brand partnerships and oversees the new pilot brewery.
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Founded in 1867, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; a press release states that Leinenkugel is the seventh oldest continuously operating brewery in the country.