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Lagunitas on pace for 50% growth in 2012, sales near $40 mil in 2011

Sales soared 56 percent last year to $39 million, up from $25 million in 2010. Production is on track to jump an additional 50 percent this year, to about 240,000 barrels of beer, Magee said.

The article also makes mention of Lagunitas’ “room to grow” capacity (still looking for a term for this…expandable?) between all its plants with recent reports placing an estimate between 1.2 and 1.4 million barrels. Note: that number is different from working/functional or theoretical/maximum capacity. Sierra Nevada has a theoretical capacity of around 1 million barrels in Chico. New Belgium and Craft Brew Alliance each have around 900,000 barrels of theoretical capacity. Not sure what those breweries’ “room to grow” capacities are but Lagunitas will be up there by the end of next year.

Incredible given that the brewery only did around 160,000 barrels last year relative to those much larger breweries.

via Press Democrat.



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3 thoughts on “Lagunitas on pace for 50% growth in 2012, sales near $40 mil in 2011

  1. Greetings… the thing that is most important in this equation, for us, is not capacity- at least not yet, but rather getting all the diesel out of the beer by brewing it near where it will be enjoyed. THAT is the driver behind the decision for us and the reason we are ABLE to do it… the capacity may well be very nice to have down the road, and I hope that it all works out that way.

  2. Thanks, Tony.

    Edit: just realized you were responding to one of my many Lagunitas blurbs from the past 24 hours and not the lengthy piece on capacity:

    Environment and other factors other than ‘let’s grow’ are at play in every decision to expand. No doubt. I kept it out in this case for simplicity and focus. I write about this segment of the industry tirelessly and capacity is one of the more interesting things to cover. Been thinking a lot lately about all that capacity that is going to be out there, how fast breweries will grow into it, if the segment will stay at 15% growth year-over-year, what regionals growing into super regional means for the baby breweries, what it all means for the Brewers Association’s 10% market share goal and so on.

    Environmental factors are also something I’d like to cover more than I do but I don’t even know how to being to scratch the surface there. Only so many hours in the day. The GHG emissions that Lagunitas will “save” by driving beer less distance is one piece of the puzzle, an estimated 11% piece according to New Belgium’s sustainability report, if I’m reading correctly. I’m intrigued by a question like, “Would a new brewery minimize carbon footprint by staying all-keg and going national instead of going bottle and staying within the local region?”

    This site is young and I imagine that questions like that will also rise to the surface here, maybe even soon.



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