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Kurt Zellers shares toast with Leinenkugel's president to make amends for "bathwater" diss

A couple months after calling Leinenkugel's "bathwater," Zellers has changed his tune.
A couple months after calling Leinenkugel's "bathwater," Zellers has changed his tune.

Over the weekend, Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, traveled to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to share a toast with Leinenkugel's president Jake Leinenkugel.

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The trip was partly intended to make amends for an anti-Leinenkugel's remark Zellers made on the House floor in April during debate about a possible increase in Minnesota's alcohol tax.

While making a case that a proposed alcohol tax hike would increase the cost of a pint of beer more than projections indicated (the proposed hike wasn't ultimately approved), Zellers said: "That's like promising a case of Summit to the party and showing up with that bathwater called Leinenkugel's. It's not a fair deal at all. Good Minnesota beer for Wisconsin bathwater, no sir."

As you'd expect, that comment didn't endear Zellers to Leinenkugel's ownership, but it also didn't sit well with his wife Kim, whose preferred summertime beverage is Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.

The next day, Zellers apologized for the remark.

"The little joke I played last night got me in trouble at home last night," Zellers said on the House floor. "So most importantly, my apologies to the Leinenkugel family. They are a great family-owned business. But as it usually goes at our house, 'I'm sorry honey.'"

Jake Leinenkugel, for his part, laughed it off and invited Zellers to come to Chippewa Falls and try a Leinie's for himself.

"I would like to invite him to the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls, where he and I will share a Leinie's," Leinenkugel told the Chippewa Herald. "And then I will have a beer with him at the famous Minnesota State Fair."

Zellers took him up on the offer during Saturday's 10th annual Leinie Lodge Family Reunion.

After sharing a toast with Zellers, Jake Leinenkugel said he looks forward to reciprocating later this summer at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

"Minnesota has been very good to us, and I look at us as being sister states," he told the Herald.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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