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.


Lagunitas Cancels Production of Brown Shugga’

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Craft beer’s increasing popularity has left a lot of breweries scrambling to keep up with demand and juggling production schedules. If they make high gravity beer with an intense amount of ingredients, the stress is even greater. This year we’ve scene several high profile breweries pull distribution in markets around the country, including Dogfish Head and Flying Dog. Other breweries have chosen a different strategy.

This was the case late last week when Lagunitas Brewing announced that Brown Shugga’ would get axed from this year’s holiday lineup and be replaced by a new holiday ale. In addition, Hairy Eyeball’s availability will be cut 50%. It’s certainly disappointing to fans of both beers, but brewery owner Tony Magee provided a frank assessment of the situation on Beer Advocate that may calm a few nerves.

“This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared, BrownShugga’ Ale. You see, we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new 250bbl brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and Little Sumpin’ and such every 3 hours. A couple months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ we brewed we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed sumpin’ that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure that this kind of failure never occurs again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our Shugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it all to be over…”

You gotta love the brutal honesty and self deprecating humor. So what’s the new holiday beer going to be called? In typical Lagunitas style it’s been dubbed “Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale.”