Lagunitas Brewing Co.

A Subsidiary of Heineken International
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2607 W. 17th St. Chicago, Ill. 60608


(312) 767-9678

First Visited

August 28, 2017

The Lagunitas Brewing Company, founded in 1993, in a kitchen just outside the Northern California hamlet of Lagunitas, Tony Magee was crafting beers on a 5-gal. homebrew kit. Then, a ruined Thanksgiving dinner made him take his hobby to a rented room behind the old House of Richards in Forest Knolls, when he started slinging beers to local watering holes. A year later Tony quickly outgrew his spot in Forest Knolls and moved to nearby Petaluma.
The brewery has long-standing associations with cannabis, which have at times caused legal problems. Some beers have had names associated with the plant, in one case resulting in a name being banned, and using the number 420 in internal materials and external advertising. On Saint Patrick’s Day in 2005, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control raided a weekly tasting party at the brewery to investigate alleged cannabis dealing by employees. Officers had staked out the brewery for two months to observe people consuming cannabis on the premises. No charges were filed. Magee admits “no one was willing to sell it to them, but everyone was willing to give it to them for free.” Lagunitas was found in violation of Section 24200 of California’s Business and Professions Code, better known as its “disorderly house” law. Lagunitas was eventually served a twenty-day suspension of operations and the ordeal was commemorated with a beer named Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale.
When our 250-barrel BrewHouse was destroyed after hitting a storm in the Atlantic in 2011, we knew we weren’t able to brew our widely feared Winter Seasonal brew, Shugga’. After a flood of calls, we put out a substitute for our disappointed fans, named around their common message: Lagunitas Sucks.
On April 9, 2012, Lagunitas announced plans for a new Chicago-based brewery equipped with a 250 barrel brew house which will also have a 600,000 US bbl (700,000 hL) capacity. In May 2012 it was announced that the company had signed a lease for a location in the city’s Douglas Park neighborhood in North Lawndale. The Chicago brewery started producing beer on April 18, 2014, and opened an on-premises taproom a few months thereafter.
In 2018, Lagunitas released a IPA-inspired sparkling water infused with THC and CBD. The beverage is called “Hi-Fi Hops” and is a collaboration with AbsoluteXtracts, a cannabis grower. It is currently only available in California. Joining our other hoppy, non-alcoholic option of Hoppy Refresher, in 2020 IPNA was a brewer-led labor of love- utilizing all our hops chops and over a year of R&D. The result? IPNA is pure NA satisfaction. This non-alcoholic IPA uses the same ingredients found in our highly balanced IPAs (hops, malt, yeast & water), and this the same deliciousness, but brewed without the ceremonial fez.

Lagunitas is made up of all kinds and creeds; punk rockers, misfits, ivy leaguers, weirdos, Waldos, Sparkle Ponies, Musicians, and everything in between … Just a pack of stray dogs that found—despite our vast and wild differences—that the love and respect for the freedom to be different is what brought us together and made it all work.

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