Piece of new Lagunitas brewery blocks road on SW Side

October 30, 2013 (CHICAGO)

A huge piece of equipment, one of the last pieces to come in for the 250,000-barrel brew house, blocked traffic on Rockwell for a time.

Lagunitas is building a brewery, their second in 21 years in since the one built in California, at the old Ryerson Steel property.

The new brewery at 18th and Rockwell has been put together over the last few months. A brew house made in Germany came to a port in Indiana and has been trucked in piece by piece for the last two weeks as the company revamps a 300,000-square foot warehouse into a brew house and tap room.

Brewing is expected to begin in the brew house by end of this year. Partying in the tap room is expected in January.

Lagunitas is based in Petaluma, Calif., about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

Owner Tony Magee, a former Chicagoan, said his Chicago output would be distributed to all Lagunitas sales points east of the Rockies and savings on trucking costs could finance the expansion, he said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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