Lagunitas Book Written by Tony Magee Coming Soon

Lagunitas Brewing LogoIt might arrive late for your summer reading list, but it looks like we can expect a book about the “Lagunitas Story” sometime in the near future. No specific date has been published. Magee’s been telling legendary stories about the brewery for quite sometime, with the most circulated probably being the infamous drug raid. Stay tuned for more details.

Lagunitas Brewing Announces Plan to Build Chicago Brewery

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Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing, is making a regular habit of announcing big plans for his brewery on Twitter. (Location map below)

Updated (4/11/12) Tony Magee shared some photos of the new space you can see below.

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“Moving In Lagunitas” Captures Brewery Expansion On Film

Lagunitas Brewing LogoThe last six months at Lagunitas Brewing has been filled with ups and downs. The seasonal beer Brown Shugga’ had to be shelved for a year due to capacity constraints and new brewing equipment was damaged at sea in transit. A little bad luck can be all in a day’s work when skyrocketing demand requires a massive expansion of facilities. Lagunitas is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and a new 250 barrel brewhouse will launch them into nearly all 50 states in the coming year.

A little web surfing over the weekend uncovered a video below that documents some of the monumental change taking place at the Petaluma based brewery. The film, Moving In Lagunitas, was produced by Brooklyn based filmmaker Jillian Buckley as part of an upcoming feature. It includes interviews and numerous shots of the brand new equipment and expanded facilities. In typical Lagunitas fashion, owner Tony Magee provides one of the highlights, stating that the “brewery is going through puberty now.”

The second video below, also produced by Buckley, is a fun ride through the Lagunitas bottling line. Enjoy.

Anchor Brewing Steps Up to Help a Fellow Craft Brewery

Anchor Brewing has decided to lend a big hand to another craft brewer in need. Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing, laid out the details on his Twitter feed below.

Anchor Brewing has decided to lend a big hand to another craft brewer in need. Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing, laid out the details on his Twitter feed. Now the Lagunitas IPA on draft will keep flowing.


Photo & Video Recap: The Bay Brewed Rock & Roll Beer Festival

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A sold out crowd of 300 people piled into the depression era Verdi Club this past Saturday for the first edition of The Bay Brewed Rock & Roll Beer Festival. City Beer Store, the San Francisco Brewers Guild and local indie music experts The Bay Bridged hosted the event. Performances by Terry Malts, Extra Classic, Sleepy Sun and Weekend stretched over five hours in that order.

Participating breweries nearly surrounded the dance floor. Members of the SF Brewers Guild, which included Anchor Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, 21st Amendment, Social Kitchen, Speakeasy and the Beach Chalet, occupied one side, while Ale Industries, Marin Brewing, Lagunitas and Drake’s Brewing sat along the other wall.

Festivities got off to a thrashing start with Terry Malts, but the crowd didn’t follow suite until the beer started to take effect and the lights began to dim. Most of the breweries served standard selections, but there were a few exceptions. 21st Amendment brought a keg of Allies Win the War, Lagunitas cracked a few bottles of Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale, and Marin Brewing brought their tasty chocolate Air Porter. A few taps ran dry early, but most of them lasted until nearly the end of the last set.

Overall the event appeared to be a resounding success. The crowd had ample space to roam and jump around, beer lines moved quickly and each performance was outstanding. The Bay Brewed should become an annual event.

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