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Lagunitas brewing equipment makes its way through Chicago streets

The Lagunitas brewery underway on the South Side is steaming ahead for a planned open before the end of the year.

The latest development brought a 30-foot lauter tun through city streets enroute to the brewery at 18th and Rockwell. Our Jordan Owen has the details:

The lauder tun arrived at the brewery at 1843 W. Washtenaw Ave. about 1 p.m., according to Lagunitas owner Tony Magee, who described the equipment as “a tank that looks like a flying saucer.”

Another representative from Lagunitas said the lauder tun is so wide it stretches across three lanes of traffic, and roads were closed so it could be delivered. Authorities could not immediately confirm road closures.

The lauder tun was made in Germany and arrived in LaPorte, Ind., about a week and a half ago, according to Karen Hamilton, a Lagunitas representative. It left Burns Harbor, Ind., about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and arrived at the West Side brewery about three and a half hours later.

The lauder tun runs sweet sugars off the grain, which become beer, Magee said.

“It’s really almost like magic,” Magee said.

Via Jordan Owen, Sun-Times Media Wire

Below is a look at some of the trip, via @LagunitasT:

[View the story “Lagunitas lauter tun shuts down Chicago streets – for beer!” on Storify]More photos from the move are here.