Sneak peak at the new Lagunitas Azusa expansion


Inside one of the three warehouses that constitute the new Lagunitas Azusa campus // Photo via California Brew Masters

On April 19, Lagunitas Brewing Co, the nation’s sixth largest craft brewing company, opened the doors of its new Azusa campus, reports California Brew Masters.

The new Southern California campus spans three warehouse structures and is expected to put out around 1.8 million barrels of beer per year at full capacity. The buildings sit empty for now, but are expected to fill up and start cranking out beer within a year’s time.

Building One will house shipping and receiving as well as cold storage and office space. Building Two will house a keg, bottling, and canning line, producing bottles at a mind-blowing rate of 750-800 bottles per minute. Building Three is will house a taproom (located on the second floor to give a birds eye view of the facility), restaurant, gift shop, and rooftop beer bar, as well as the brewery’s three 250-barrel brew houses.

Current plans include 90 55-foot-tall fermenters, 12 bright tanks, and three centrifuges as well, making the Azusa facility bigger than Lagunitas’ campuses in either Petaluma or Chicago. The complex will also feature an amphitheater, because according to Lagunitas’ communications director Karen Hamilton, “where ever you find Lagunitas, you find music.”

[h/t California Brew Masters]

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