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One of Northern California's largest and most important craft breweries is setting down major roots in Los Angeles. Lagunitas Brewing Company, based in Petaluma, Calif., and known for its hoppy pilsner, amber ale and IPAs, announced via its owner's Twitter account this week that its third production brewery is currently being built in Azusa, in the shadow of the Miller brewery in Irwindale.

Not only that, but the size and capacity of the new Lagunitas brewery will rival some of the largest craft breweries in the country. According to owner Tony Magee, the Azusa facility is 178,000 square feet of new construction, and the brewery will open with an initial capacity of around 420,000 barrels per year, making it seven times larger than Golden Road Brewing, which is currently the largest production brewery in L.A. County. (If the Azusa brewery were its own company, its size would make it the seventh largest brewery in the country by volume.)

The built-out capacity for the space is 1 million barrels, which would make the one-time beer desert of L.A. home to a craft brewery the same size as Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico. 

“This brewery will serve L.A. and the whole Southland, of course, but it is a nice place from which to get fresher beer to the whole Southwest and even the Gulf Coast,” Magee told the L.A. Weekly. Someday, he says, they might begin distribution to Mexico as well.

LA Weekly