Leinenkugel's celebrates 150th anniversary with special lager release

Have you ever wanted to drink a beer that has 550 years of brewing experience behind it? Leinenkugel's has you covered.

In honor of their 150th anniversary, Leinenkugel's will release an Anniversary Lager. According to an emailed release, "The collaboration brew is part of a year-long celebration that includes new packaging, a slate of summer programs and a party in Chippewa Falls for the Wisconsin-based brewery's 150th anniversary."

The lager -- which will combine American hops and German malt -- is set to be on draft in select bars in April and six-packs sold in stores in June.

"As we discussed how to celebrate this incredible milestone for our brewery, we wanted to ensure whatever we did was truly genuine and in the spirit of what we've been doing for a century and a half," said Dick Leinenkugel, president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in an emailed statement. "Partnering with Hofbräu München was a natural fit because of the similarities between our two breweries - German brewing history, innovation and a commitment to providing fans with the best beer possible."

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Leinenkugel's teamed up with Munich-based Hofbräu Münche to make the special brew. "Leinenkugel's envisioned a beer that honored its storied history, so that is exactly what we've helped create with the Leinenkugel's Anniversary Lager," said Dr. Michael Möller, director of Hofbräu München in an emailed statement. "The beer has more than 550 years of combined experience behind it, is brewed in the spirit of Reinheitsgebot and has equal influence from their innovative flavors and our tried-and-trued traditions. We like to think of this as a 'cheers' that crosses the Atlantic."

AOL.com editors got the chance to try the Anniversary Lager early. We noticed that the beer had a certain sweetness at initial taste due to the German malt. We thought it would go along perfectly with a meal -- or just by itself. Leinenkugel's Anniversary Lager comes in at 5.4 percent ABV and 25 IBUs. We can't wait to pick up a six-pack for ourselves soon.

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