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Lagunitas to open Chicago brewery

Founder Tony Magee announces the planned expansion to Twitter followers

April 10, 2012|By Lisa Arnett | RedEye

California-based Lagunitas is planning a Chicago-based brewery at 18th Street and Rockwell, founder Tony McGee (@LagunitasT) announced last night to his followers on Twitter.

"We're gonna make a little bit o' NorCal right there in the City of Chicago. You 6,380 follower folk are the first to hear it!" read one tweet. was the first to report the news.

A call to Lagunita's brewery office in Petaluma, Calif. has not yet been returned, but here's a linked-together account of Magee's series of tweets:

"Back in Feb, I thought about all the truck loads of brew leaving eastward. Thought about all the freight. Added it up. It was enough to ... cover the financing for a whole new brewery. A whole new brewery. A WHOLE 'nother brewery. So I jumped a plane n flew back to Chicago... found a perfect space on a movie soundstage complex so I rented it. Called ROLEC and they'll have a 250bbl brewhouse ready next July ... 1st mash-in will b Q4 2013.Freakin cool, this.Lots and lotsa work ahead.Google it- 18th&Rockwell, Chicago.Fresher beer w/ less diesel in it. ... It's also true that since I was born&raised in Chicago, Lag itself is a little bit 'o Chicago right here in NorCal. Life is strange, huh...?"

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