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Lagunitas To Open Brewery In Chicago!?!?!

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Jason, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (1,525) Massachusetts Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

  2. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Just read this on beerpulse! Yes!

    However, i hope to god i dont have to wait until q4 of 2013 to see their beers in Indiana.
  3. Is this where that 250 bbl brewhouse is going? Interesting times at Lagunitas.
  4. Vav

    Vav Advocate (515) Illinois Jul 27, 2008

    :) :) :)
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  5. SHODriver

    SHODriver Advocate (600) Louisiana Aug 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    interesting move, hopefully the bottom doesn't fall out of craft beer.
  6. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Unless I'm mistaken (always a possibility), this is a totally different 250 bbl brewhouse, in addition to the one in the Petaluma expansion. That was my impression, anyway.

    Those guys are on fire, apparently. My hope is that the Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Lagunitas expansions mainly help lower the price of their products (as opposed to saturating the market even worse than it is now). Sierra Nevada's already at a great pricepoint, and the other two are close—but if those three and hopefully others soon were all doing $8 sixers at basically any store in the country, they'd be taking and even bigger share out of the BMC market, which is fine by me. The big three can forfeit some of their market share to the little three (relatively speaking) and they'd be just fine.
  7. Jason

    Jason Founder (1,525) Massachusetts Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    I always forget how big they are ...

    Two words ... Brown Shugga'
  8. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    Wow!...that's all I've got at the moment anyhow...:D
  9. fartmaster

    fartmaster Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2011

    sweet good to see the bombness spreading, treat em well chicago please...
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  10. bflattum

    bflattum Aficionado (145) Minnesota Feb 11, 2012

    Tony Magee just announced via twitter, full production brewery in Chi town. Hell yes, West Coast love in the Windy City!
  11. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (370) Illinois May 5, 2008 Beer Trader

    Love it! A great addition to the Lake Michigan states brewing scene that I love so much!
  12. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (670) Illinois Jan 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    What will this change? I was under the impression we got most of Lagunita's beers anyway?
  13. bflattum

    bflattum Aficionado (145) Minnesota Feb 11, 2012

    Cheaper for the brewery to ship, fresher beer, more local jobs, larger craft presence in Chicago, lower carbon footprint...
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  14. ravot

    ravot Advocate (535) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    wow awesome news. this is about 6 blocks from my place. can't wait! i even drive by there everyday after work, my route.
  15. emannths

    emannths Savant (445) Massachusetts Sep 21, 2007

    Lot's more info in this article. Including...

    * The first mash at the Chicago brewery is expected to take place in Q4 of 2013.
    * Location
    * Story about the former movie studio on that site.
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  16. vande

    vande Advocate (565) Illinois Jan 26, 2007

  17. Welcome Lagunitas and thank you
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  18. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Any idea on the location yet?
  19. emannths

    emannths Savant (445) Massachusetts Sep 21, 2007

    Scroll up 3 posts ;)
  20. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Savant (400) Colorado Jan 13, 2012

    Great news!! Welcome to Chicago. Anyone know if there will be a brewpub?
  21. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    That's awesome. Good for them. Glad to see a hometown brewery continue to do well.
  22. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    Holy lord Sheeba, that's great.
  23. thetomG

    thetomG Savant (475) Illinois Feb 17, 2010 Verified

    check this photo of the space... place is freaking MASSIVE! WOW. I'm pretty pumped about this!

  24. matedog

    matedog Savant (255) California Jan 25, 2010 Beer Trader

    I hope they don't use any aluminum materials in the construction of that building.
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  25. Treebs

    Treebs Advocate (640) Illinois Apr 18, 2011

    It's going to be weird grabbing something brewed locally to drink and I'll have a Lagunitas in hand.
  26. CPditka

    CPditka Savant (315) Illinois Dec 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    This is great news! Hopefully we get a Brewpub...
  27. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Higher production, expansion into more of the eastern half of the US.
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  29. THIS.
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  30. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Yeah, they'd have access to all kinds of transportation channels. You can send anything anywhere from Chicago.
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  31. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

  32. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011


    Mother nature would be so proud...
  33. Yes, they should replace any aluminum construction materials being used with glass ones...
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  34. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Out of curiosity, is it only West Coast breweries expanding east or are there also any East Coast/Midwest breweries expanding west? I can't think of any.
    Etan likes this.
  35. I believe you are correct. In a way the micro brewery started again in CA, OR, and Wash.
  36. This could be part of the reason (population density map of the US)

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  37. I wonder if we are in the beginning of a second new brewery arms race? IMO, that is the million dollar question.
  38. emannths

    emannths Savant (445) Massachusetts Sep 21, 2007

    Just to further this point, the mean center of population of the US is in Missouri, and the median center is in Indiana.
  39. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    That tells only part of the story. But I think the other part (more difficult to depict graphically, I'd need a timeline) is the earlier emergence/resurgence of craft beer in the West. If it were otherwise (or even equal) I'd expect East Coast/Midwest breweries would have been distributed and grown somewhat in proportion to the higher population density there.
  40. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Savant (280) Illinois Nov 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    Huge props to Tony Magee for his hometown loyalty.

    To demonstrate my loyalty to Lagunitas, I promise to get hop stoopid much more frequently.
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