Lagunitas Brewing owner Tony Magee mentioned earlier today that he had some pretty big news coming soon. He sure did. Magee announced via Twitter this evening that he will be opening a new brewery location in Chicago, Illinois. Why? It’s all about logistics. Magee went on to say (tweet) that after looking at how much the brewery was spending on shipping to the east coast. Apparently it adds up to the cost of a whole new brewery.
Lagunitas has rented an old soundstage (18th & Rockwell) in Tony Magee’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. A 25o BBL Rolec brew house that will be ready by July, 2013. First brew is slated for 4th quarter 2013.
That’s the 3rd brewery in a matter of weeks that have announced new east coast locations. Ok, Chi Town is more eastern than Petaluma, California is. New Belgium and Sierra Nevada have both recently committed to Asheville, North Carolina