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Lagunitas Brewing to open new production facility in Los Angeles

DBR Staff Writer Published 26 June 2015

US-based Lagunitas Brewing is planning to expand its production capacity by opening a new brewery in Los Angeles.

Plans for a new brewery come as the company looks to expand its footprint in the Southwest and possibly into Mexico.

Said to be the company's third production facility, the proposed brewery in Azusa will house a taproom, The Press Democrat reported.

Expected to become operational in 2017, the brewery will be capable of producing 420,000 barrels annually, with the potential to produce close to one million barrels in the future.

Lagunitas Brewing founder and owner Tony Magee said: "The water at the new brewery will be mountain stream water from the San Gabriel Mountains. Azusa is blessed to be located right at the mouth of this excellent water source.

"As such they are much less reliant on imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River. The Azusa water supply also matches up nicely with our other water supplies in Petaluma and Chicago enabling us to brew our beers without having to significantly adjust the water."

A $30m expansion at the company's Petaluma brewery is currently underway which will increase the facility's capacity from 450,000 barrels to 750,000 barrels.

Last year, the company opened a brewery with 1.2 million barrels production capacity in Chicago.