PRLog - Nov. 14, 2012 - CHICAGO -- Last April, there was plenty of buzz when Lagunitas, one of the biggest craft brewers in the country, announced plans to open a Midwest brewing house in Chicago. This $15 million project, in addition to a $10 million expansion of the original Petaluma brewery in California, would be a huge step for Lagunitas, nearly doubling its current production numbers, with the Chicago hub serving the eastside of the country.
Lagunitas started in 1993 as a microbrewery selling IPA in the North Bay, and quickly became a national brand that currently distributes to 32 states. After catching wind of a mid-summer report from owner Tony Magee, a native to the Chicago area, it looks like a second brewery and taproom are indeed in the works, right here in the Windy City. With the expansion, and the new Chicago site, Lagunitas’ brews will soon be sold in all 50 states.
More importantly for Chicago beer drinkers, if things stay to schedule, Chicagoans could be sipping Lagunitas brews at their brand new brewery and taproom – which will easily be the largest in Chicago – as early as next summer.
So what’s going to be in store? Magee expects to offer a tasting room in the center of the brewery, as well as a tour, and a proliferation of Lagunitas merchandise. The star of the show will be the beer itself, however, as Lagunitas is already known for brewing several Chicago-only craft beers, and now will be able to do so without sacrificing any flavor to the woes of travel.
The Lagunitas brand is known for being fun and flavorful, unlike the hoppier West Coast brews, and far more affordable. The current taproom in Petaluma offers creative craft brews with names like Censored, Little Sumpin’, Hop Stoopid, Snarly Wine, and Wet Dog, as well as a full food menu, and live music five days a week.
The bottom line? Beer lovers are desperate to know what this brand new, enormous brewery will have in store for them, and assuming it turns out to be as good or better than the original, they will likely be beyond satisfied when it finally arrives.
For other great beer offerings in the Chicago area, be sure to check out Concierge Preferred’s Guide to Chicago Beer, or check out our listing of great Chicago Craft Brews.