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Lagunitas Brewing expands Chicago plans, will lift company-wide capacity to 2.4MM bbls

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by sandiego67, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. I had a great time at the Petaluma brewery bit is anyone clamoring for 2.4 million barrels of Lagunitas?

    "Lagunitas is expanding its plan for Chicago, taking over the whole facility it is already building in and prepping it for a second brewhouse. That plan will eventually bring Chicago capacity to a whopping 1.7 million barrels on top of 700k barrels at the original plant in Petaluma"

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  2. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Champion (770) Indiana Jul 6, 2005

    Hoping they open they open the tasting room on 4.20, which would be lagunitas style
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  3. nsheehan

    nsheehan Advocate (555) Texas Jul 3, 2011 Verified

    That's pretty cool, but it's a little weird to think the expansion plant will brew more than twice as much as the current brewery in Petaluma. If they make most of their beer in Chi, does that make them an Illinois brewer?
    Hopefully they make the Chi brewery have a nice beer garden like the current one, with a great vibe. But with actual seasons in Chi that probably isn't in the cards.
  4. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Advocate (635) Indiana Aug 18, 2011 Verified

    Any expanded distro? I need Lagunitas in Indiana.
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  5. Stoked for more Lagunitas! And unless I'm looking at outdated info, the brewery should be up and running by September. This could be another stop for me on my October Chicago trip along with Pipeworks, Revolution and Half Acre. Sweet!
  6. rboinski

    rboinski Savant (315) California Mar 19, 2012

    Just don't forget to brew waldo this year and I don't care where they produce most of their beer
  7. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    I read that once Chicago is open, they're going to be in all 50 states (and with an eventual 2.4 million bbl, I'm guessing they'll start exporting too).

    They key word in this is "eventually". Meaning that's what they have the room for.
  8. Breweries home states are where their headquarters are. Boston Beer Co. brews a tiny percentage of their total barrelage in Boston, but they are not a "Pennsylvania brewer". The multi-brewery macro companies do not brew the majority of their beer in their headquarter cities - yet AB (yeah, I know - now a wholly owned subsidiary of ABI) still lists St. Louis as it's headquarter city, and MillerCoors and Pabst brew no beer at all in their respective Chicago and Los Angeles headquarter cities.


    Also, 2.4m bbl. capacity does not mean Langunitas can or will brew and sell 2.4 million barrels of beer- only that, potentially, the brewhouse and fermentation cellars have that potential. Some small craft brewers do experience incredible growth rates when in the under 100k bbl range, but growing 1000% - they sold 235,000 bbl in 2012 - takes some time. Do people really think Langunatis could simply sell 10 times as much beer as they do today?
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  9. DogTown

    DogTown Savant (295) California May 17, 2006

    Hi... Lagunitas here. Our home, or more specifically; the brewery's brain, will still be in Petaluma. We're engineering Chicago so that it will be all operations and taproom, but the admin will all report to Petaluma. Heck, that's where I do and will live. It's nice there! Chicago will be bigger only because most people in the US live east of the Rockies. Its just that simple. How do we grow like that? We and every other small brewer are selling into an expanding global base. Things are not linear in that environment, they are geometric. Most every brewer who is in touch with beer lovers should be able to ride the wave as well. It's not even close to a 'dominating ' thing... it's a sea change of the first order. Thanks to all to all you beer lovers...
  10. Nothing wrong with more people having access to Lagunitas beers! Hope everything goes well with the new brewery.
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  11. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (895) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member Verified

    They could if they made Sucks a year round beer and had it on my local shelves whenever I walked by. I know they plan to do 32oz bottles, but I'd like 6'ers still. I would dump most other random buys and just buy this stuff.
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  12. kodt

    kodt Advocate (680) Illinois Mar 6, 2013

    The location is in an industrial area with warehouses and parking lots, I guess they could make a beer garden but yeah it would only be usable half the year. I think their idea is to have you eating and drinking in the middle of the brewery with everything going on around you.
  13. DogTown

    DogTown Savant (295) California May 17, 2006

    That's right... it'll be on an elevated platform made up comfy in the middle of the brewery with a skywalk over the departments for the tour. That's safer and prolly cooler too. After we get it all up and running we will be developing a rooftop bar as well for nice weather. It'll be 50 feet in the sky looking east toward downtown on the 6 acre roof top... t'will be epic, me thinks.
  14. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (700) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Verified

    This is awesome news! Can't wait until we get Lagunitas here in Iowa. Until then, I'll just have to make the occassional trip up to Minnesota to get my fix. Sucks 32oz. bottles/year round would be great!

    Also, can't wait for the Chicago brewery/taproom to open. Will definitely be making the trip over there for a tour once it is up and fully operational!
  15. Miller makes 7 million barrels a year in a huge brewery in Irwindale which is a suburb of Los Angeles.
  16. MillerCoors' headquarter city is Chicago, IL - no MC brewery there.

    Pabst's corporate headquarters (post-Metropoulus family) are now located in LA. And yeah, that was a sort of a "given" since, of course, Pabst owns no breweries at all - obviously some of their west coast brands like Rainier and Oly are brewed under contract at M-C Irwindale. But moving the Pabst corporation headquarters to LA had little to do with the brewery in Irwindale and but was probably done because it's the home of the Metropoulus sons.
  17. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    i was there for the sneak peek party late last year. You guys did a hell of a job providing food, entertainment and your brew. All on the house. I did the flashlight tour as well. I was pretty excited when you talked about the (8k square foot) taproom being suspended 25 feet in the air by cables. I live a couple of blocks away so i can't wait until this place opens as I'll support as often as I can. Can't wait for June (if it isn't delayed again). Having the rooftop bar is news to me and even better. I can just see myself drinking a pint of lil sumpin sumpin as the metra flies by and makes me flinch spilling some on myself.

    is the bowling alley still in the plans?
  18. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (830) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Verified

    I wonder if they will do picnic tables in chi town? Burrrrrrr
  19. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (425) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Verified

    Any chance this expansion will help me be able to get 1/6th barrels in CT instead of 1/2s?

  20. But what if a budweiser employee sneaks in a Brettanomyces bomb and sets it off while dining?
  21. Swik

    Swik Savant (290) Indiana Oct 2, 2012

    Everyone knows it gets hot in the Midwest....right??? I.e. founders multi million dollar expansion with beer garden :-D
  22. trbergman

    trbergman Savant (485) Illinois Nov 17, 2006 Verified

    No sixtels, just quarters.
  23. MNPikey

    MNPikey Advocate (600) Minnesota Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    Have they done any hiring for Chicago yet?
  24. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (425) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Verified

    Slim or standard? I can work with slims.
  25. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

  26. I'd buy lagunitas 12pks all the time if I could. Bring it on!
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  27. Me too! I'd freaking LOVE to get a 12 pack of Maximus if it was affordable. And the tour at the Petaluma facility was so fun I don't remember leaving!!!!!
  28. soccer0xxx

    soccer0xxx Aspirant (25) Illinois Feb 19, 2013

    Look forward to visiting the location in Chicago once it is up and running. Definitely want to compare to the location in Petaluma! Really enjoyed the brewery there.