Lagunitas Brewery: Taproom Delayed but Owner has 'Wacky' Plan for Patrons

By Chloe Riley on February 26, 2013 10:34am 

 While the opening of the taproom in his Chicago brewery may be delayed until June, Lagunitas owner Tony Magee said he's got some "wacky" plans for patrons once it does.
While the opening of the taproom in his Chicago brewery may be delayed until June, Lagunitas owner Tony Magee said he's got some "wacky" plans for patrons once it does.
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DOUGLAS PARK — Chicago's largest brewery is still on its way, but patrons might have to wait just a little longer before tossing back a cold one.

Lagunitas Brewery owner Tony Magee had originally set March as the debut for the taproom portion of the new Chicago brewery at 15th and Rockwell streets.

But now, Magee said, with the city requiring him to install fire sprinklers throughout the 300,000-square-foot warehouse, the taproom most likely will open in June.

For a quick minute, it looked like the very existence of the taproom was threatened. In a Twitter post Feb. 13, Magee tweeted:

"Fire sprinklers that is. Problem ain't $, it's the time. May hafta kill the taproom in favor of the brewery today. Drat. I'll letcha know ..."

But rest assured, Magee said, the taproom is back on the table.

While the taproom is now expected to open in June, the actual brewery equipment won't arrive until July. So, while the brewery is still being put together, patrons can watch the process by walking through an 180-foot tunnel through the warehouse to the taproom.

Just watch out for Magee's twisted humor.

"When you’re walking through it, we’ll make it a bit of a safari. We’ll try to make wacky things happen to people. Maybe a laser show during some part," he said.

"By the time you get in the taproom, we want people to feel like they're in another world."

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