The Ballard brewery space became available after Odin Brewing Company in Tukwila bought it earlier this summer.
“Seattle has been on our mind,” said Lagunitas spokeswoman Karen Hamilton. “We’ve been selling our beer in Seattle for more than a decade. We’re familiar with the market and the people there. With the space becoming available, it was a natural fit for us.”
The Ballard facility became available after Odin Brewing Company in Tukwila bought out Hilliard’s in June and put that brewery and tap room up for sale. Officials said the deal was finalized Wednesday.
Seattle “is a great beer city. It’s an exciting and vibrant atmosphere and craft-beer scene. It’s fun to be a part of that,” Hamilton said.
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Lagunitas has breweries in Petaluma, Calif., and Chicago, and will build a third brewery in in Azusa, Calif., next year.
Hamilton said they are working out details on the 20-barrel brewery in Ballard, but things that Seattleites can expect: The Ballard facility will brew a few specialty suds just for the Seattle market and some barrel-aged beers, along with its signature IPA.
And, as it has at its other taprooms, the brewery will also allow nonprofits to use its taproom to hold fundraisers rent-free twice a week.