Lagunitas Brewing, one of the fastest growing U.S. breweries, is expanding to the Midwest. Until recently, they have been producing all of their beer in their Petaluma, CA facility. With the opening of their 600,000 barrel/year brew house in Chicago, that is all about to change. They have transformed a 300,00 sq. ft former steel mill building at 18th St. and Rockwell St, into an additional brewery that is intended to supply the Midwest and East Coast.
This will allow Lagunitas to distribute nation wide, while saving costs and minimizing the environmental impacts of trucking their beer all the way from the West Coast. The Chicago facility will house a tap room and a store in addition to the production facility. It is my understanding that test batches were starting to be brewed in December or early January, but as of yet, no beer is flowing out at production rates.
The good news is that Lagunitas beer is coming to Michiana, (Lagunitas beer is already available in Michigan) and soon. If fact, (weather permitting today), some of the Lagunitas team will be in the area today for kick off talks with Indiana Beverage. For now, it will be Lagunitas IPA (6.2% ABV) only, and it will be draft only at these two bars: Legends of Notre Dame and O'rourke's, both in the South Bend area.
However, it will only be a matter of time before Lagunitas beers start flowing throughout all of Michiana. From what I've heard, it could be as early as the end of this month.