Press Democrat - Lagunitas Partnership

Less than a year after embarking on an unprecedented partnership with Heineken International to expand its global business, Lagunitas Brewing Co. is now turning its sights on local taprooms across the American craft beer landscape.

The Petaluma-based brewery announced Wednesday it is taking stakes in three beer businesses: Southend Brewery and Smokehouse in Charleston, S.C.; Independence Brewing Co. in Austin, Texas; and Moonlight Brewing Co., the Santa Rosa brewery operated by one of the pioneers of the modern craft beer movement, Brian Hunt.