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Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brewing company with breweetaluma, California, and Chicago, Illinois, USA. Lagunitas was the fifth top-selling craft brewery in the U.S. in 2014.[1]





The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California, and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California, as they had outgrown their original, rural West Marin location.

Since the mid-2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010. In March of 2011, the company had 92 employees with distribution in 32 states. The brewery announced a $9.5 million expansion slated to begin early 2012, which increased its brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels.

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 barrel capacity. In May 2012, it was announced that owner Tony Magee had signed a lease for a location in the city's Douglas Park neighborhood in North Lawndale "that will put him in a space owned by film studio Cinespace ... for at least 20 years." The Chicago brewery started producing beer on April 18, 2014 and opened an on-premises taproom a few months later. A third brewery is being built in Azusa, CA to be in full production by spring 2017. This brewery will have an ultimate productive brewing capacity of 1,900,000 barrels.

On September 8th, 2015, Lagunitas announced that Heineken International would acquire a 50% stake in the company to help it expand its operations globally. As a result of the deal, Lagunitas will no longer be considered a craft brewery under the Brewers Association definition of "craft", as Heineken's stake is greater than 25%.