California-based craft beer maker Lagunitas Brewing Co. is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the nation. The company (ranked No. 9 on the Brewers Association top craft breweries list for the United States) is now poised to take the Midwest and East Coast by storm, leasing a former steel factory in the Douglas Park neighborhood of Chicago to make a new brewhouse.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “This move will easily make Lagunitas the largest brewery in the city, apparently with a larger system than every other Chicago brewery, including longtime dominant player Goose Island, combined.”
Over on the company blog, direct from owner and founder Tony Magee’s Twitter, you can see some of the $22 million expansion happening, as equipment starts to arrive at the new Chicago location. The company has also just released this video above, previewing the move. It’s a great stop-motion video aimed a letting folks know this facility and the beer brewed there will embody the same personality as their Petaluma, Calif., brewhouse. The company hopes to open in Chicago in April.