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Lagunitas Holds Job Fair for New Taproom and Store

By Emily Morris | December 16, 2013 12:40pm
 Lagunitas said it's holding a job fair to fill open positions at its taproom and shop.
Lagunitas said it's holding a job fair to fill open positions at its taproom and shop.
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CHICAGO — California brewing company Lagunitas is still working on opening a Douglas Park taproom and brewery after months of delays, but the plan is showing more signs of life with a job fair to fill local positions being held Monday and Tuesday.

Lagunitas posted on its website a list of jobs available as well as when hopefuls can show up in person to the Chicago Marriott at the Medical District/UIC, 625 S. Ashland Ave.

The job fair started Monday morning, but those interested can show up before 5 p.m or head over Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to fill out an application. Specific job titles have slated interview and application drop-off times, so check the Lagunitas website for details.

The brew company said it's looking for experienced, customer service-oriented people with some craft beer knowledge to fill open positions at the TapRoom and Schwag shop. Examples include servers, keg pullers, a food runner, a bartender and a store clerk, among others.

Owner Tony Magee, who grew up in Arlington Heights, announced via twitter back in April 2012 that the Petaluma, Calif.-based would expand to Chicago.

The long-awaited taproom was at one point scheduled to open in June of this year before plans were pushed back. Company spokeswoman Karen Hamilton said Monday that Lagunitas is now hoping to open the taproom in February.

Lagunitas' Chicago brewery is slated to start making beer, about 600,000 barrels a year, beginning in late January.

The brewery, which is near 18th and Rockwell streets, has about 300,000 square feet of space. The taproom will be situated about 20 feet above all the beer-making action, Hamilton said.

Those who can't make the job fair can email resumes to willworkforbeer@lagunitas.com, the company said.