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Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Based on:
98 Beers
89,710 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 75
Visits: 458
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1280 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, California, 94954
United States
phone: (707) 769-4495

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lagunitasbruhws

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Now featuring a new outdoor beer garden with light snacks and music
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Reviews: 75 | Visits: 458
Photo of Coldstorage
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Vibe is pretty great here. I hope to be an ex-smoker soon but I will always appreciate the fact Lagunitas keeps a smoking area on campus. A few points dinged here because its "seat yourself" which is really unpleasant as it encourages pushy people to loom over your table if it looks like you are anywhere near the end of your meal.

Quality is always great at Lagunitas. Consistent doesn't begin to describe it.

Sorry but service is middle of the road. I don't know if they are underpaid, overworked, or just don't care but these folks can be surly... and not in a "cool grumpy bartender" way either....

Selection is always good and has gotten better since Chicago relieved some capacity issues. Lots of experiments, one offs and a tasty new Firkin every thursday.

Food is pretty nice. Great nachos, great burgers, homemade icecream cookie sandwiches. Dinged em a few points for not having a fryer. Cmon guys!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Lagunitas is a must stop for all beer lovers!

The place has a great atmosphere in a very laid back and relaxing setting, and the beers are world class!

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Photo of Jessbeauchemin
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Lagunitas Chicago was an absolute blast! From the decor, the tour, the guide himself, the food and of course the beer, it will stand out as one of the beat brew tours I've been on. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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Photo of CO-Bloom
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While I already like and respect Lagunitas beer, this place is probably the coolest brewery I have visited by far. Brewery tour, with included samples that they individually walked through and explained style and stories. We toured the facility which is beautiful and their beer garden/restaurant is one of the most pleasant places to have a beer I have been to. They also have am outdoor concert venue on site - which is awesome. If you are anywhere near Petaluma, do yourself a favor and book a tour. Awesome brewery that offers a lot.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This is a great place to drink some great beer. My only complaint is that it was a little hard to find as it was in a bit of an industrial complex in Petaluma. Once inside they have a great setup with picnic tables outside with very attentive wait staff or you can come inside to the bar area and on certain nights listen to some great live music. Of course the beer is front and center with a ton of different options from Lagunitas on tap. I started with a tasting sample of Hop Stoopid, DayTime, NightTime, a cask style beer, and one of their seasonal session beers celebrating the SF Giants World Series victory.

The soft pretzel and smoked pork nachos were both very good and paired perfectly with several of their beers. Overall it is a great scene filled with people who enjoy good beer, attentive staff that know beer and can help guide people along the way and just a fun atmosphere to sit outside and enjoy the NorCal weather.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2.75

Of all the brewery visits and tours that were part of the great Santa Rosa road trip, Lagunitas' welcome was the warmest, and easily the most entertaining. A small crowd showed up for the 3pm tour, but there's no pretension here. They just want to sit you down, whether it's one person or a hundred, and serve you free beer and stories and even a little bullshit (which they'll freely admit.) The atmosphere is relaxed, and employees might galumph up the stairs to join you, mason jar of beer in hand. We didn't get to stay for the whole session, but our tour guide was slinging stories left and right, entertaining the Swedish bridal party, and making sure everybody was having a great time. Free beer, free stories, and great company. Also free. Contrast that with another nameless brewery we tried to visit on the way through San Francisco, which aggressively turned us away, citing lack of reservations and the need for a tour fee. Feh to that!

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

My wife and I made a special trip out to Petaluma to visit the Lagunitas beer garden after a full day of hiking at the Point Reyes Seashore and had an absolutely lovely time. They offer tours (which we weren't able to take but I've heard are great), but the reason to visit is their beer garden. It's set up family style with a number of picnic tables so you just grab a seat and head up to the bar to order a pint... and you can also order food to your table. The food menu is a bit limited but tasty, and the beer garden is phenomenal. Great selection, with a number of 'brewery only' beers on tap (the bourbon aged imperial cappuccino stout was to die for). I wish we lived next door!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Beer hall type setup with large picnic benches under a giant clear tent. Inside is pretty tight and crowded by the bar. Very communal type of deal.

The beer quality is already known and pretty much speaks for itself (or mumbles). The food is similarly great in quality.

Service is so so, but that's because its pretty much always super crowded and therefore hard to get service. They're very polite and helpful when you can find them.

Selection is fantastic, they have 10-20 lagunitas beers on tap including a handful that you can't get anywhere else, or ones that are extremely rare outside the brewery. When I was there they were just starting to do some of their barrel releases before they ever hit taps or bottles elsewhere. You might get the chance to try something you won't see in stores for awhile, or at all.

Food was great. Very tasty. Very filling. My only problem was my eyes were bigger than my stomach.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped into the brewery one afternoon while on vacation in Northern California, circa 2011. Unfortunately, we did not do our research and the brewpub was closed on the day we stopped in (I believe it was a Tuesday). However, they had a tour starting in half an hour. "Would you like to join the tour" they said. "Of course" we said. Smart choice. The tour consisted of some very generous (free) pours of just about everything they had on tap that day, along with our guide (bartender) describing the history of the brewery and some of its more well-known brews. Great vibe, and what seemed at first like it might be a bust of a trip turned out to be a great time. I can't describe the food since, well, the were not serving any. Since they were closed. I mentioned that earlier.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Being from the bay area we have a bunch of breweries to choose from but this place is really laid back a no worries kind of vibe and that is Cali all day lol

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Photo of RyanK252
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Love stopping here! The brewery tour is possibly the best I've been on. The guides are hilarious, super chill, and make you feel like family. You get the full entertaining history story and a ton of laughs to go with it, plus a nice sampler. The tap room and beer sanctuary (greatest name ever) always has something new and cool to try in addition to all the standards and seasonals. Friendly staff, great food, and live music round it out. Well worth stopping.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Ive never visited them in person. They make non IPA lovers like myself enjoy "nighttime" , "lagunitas sucks", "censored", enjoy al sorts or new and odd strains at always reasonable prices. Thank you. Your imperial stout is great asd well. I blame all typos on your "hairy eye ball" I just drank . Yum.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Awesome brewery full of cool people. Did the tour and got to sample all the different beers, and then as we walked through the bottling section our tour guide improvised and just started grabbing bombers right off the assembly line and handing them to us! Highly recommended if your ever in the San Francisco Area

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Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +18.2%

This is my favorite tour in the Bay Are. Make sure you go during the weekday, because that tour includes tastings. Basically, they take you up to their tasting room and tell you great stories while giving you about as much beer as you should drink (large tasters of many of their beers). At the end of the tour, they let you grab a bottle of beer from their bottling line, like Laverne and Shirley (I heard they stopped doing this though).

Its always a great atmosphere and usually there is a live band. The prices are always very reasonable and the beers are great.

Truly great place to hang out.

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Photo of MIrvine
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

I love their beer, but HATE the open seating policy. The place is so popular that no matter when you go it's very difficult to get a table because you can't make reservations. I really wish this wasn't the case, because I would be there very regularly. Instead I usually avoid the headache and buy the beer in the store, unless I am meeting a group because they take reservations for groups.

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Photo of Vlaminck
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

My wife and I went here on an anniversary road trip. shes a good beer wife. Although the tour was quick and the tap room closed we decided to try the tour. The tour was not so impressive but what was impressive was the beer as usual but more the story behind Lagunitas that I never knew. The tour guide was great, the old tap room even cooler but the stories where the best. Under Cover Shut Down, High "Astronaut man"!!! A Little Sumpin Sumpin!!! The Waldos!!! Censored AKA: The Kronik!!! Never have I been on a tour that provided some much down to earth, anecdotal, realistic, informative information about the brewery, owner and conception. We spent most of our time in the tap room asking our guide questions which she eagerly answered and provided history. I now have some truths and some myths to share with my friends and now I feel like a part of the tribe. Ill keep making up my own stories about some...

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Photo of talon757
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

I discovered this limited release offering from Lagunitas in Huntsville, AL of all places at a convenience store/gas station; not the most auspicious location to fine a nice brew. Nonetheless, there it was... and on sale. It comes in the 1 pint 6 fluid oz size bottle. Lagunitas being Lagunitas, I thought it prudent to give it a try. What a find! This is a dark ale that seems to be crossed with an authoritative IPA. The O.G is 1.075, it has an IBU of 65 and hefts an 8.2% by volume of punch. This brew forms a substantial head when poured that subsides within a minute or so. There are the dark, chocolaty flavors of the stout mingled nicely with the bitter pleasing bite of hops. That's a nice combination. Make no mistake, I am not a beer snob who finds 'notes of leather, jasmine and peach' in beers that I enjoy. I know what I like and I like this very much. If you are fortunate enough to find this offering in your location do yourself a favor and give it a try. In the words of Eric Burdon and the Animals, "It will be worth it"!

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Photo of Diablew
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have never tried a brew from Lagunitas that I did not like or was disappointed with, in fact most of them greatly exceed my (already high) expectations. They consistently produce amazingly high quality beers at affordable prices. I'm proud to say Lagunitas is currently my favorite brewery.

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Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

So this brewpub is really interesting. When you walk up from the parking lot its like you are on a beach, I think I remember sand on the floor but it at least had a really cool beach theme. The bartender was really cool, I walked in and was dumb-founded at all of their selections and the bartender just let me take as much time as I needed even though they were busy. I ended up getting a growler of "a little sumpin sumpin wild ale" and it was really a treat. They gave me a little magnet with the growler too. Every patron there really seemed to b enjoying themselves.


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Photo of T100Mark
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Pulling up in the parking lot, it is quite obvious that the facility started life as a generic office building. Once you park the car and work your way towards the back of the complex, you'll find a very cool taproom. The establishment has a Roadhouse feel to it, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. There is also a small amphitheater for live acts. It's Thursday evening, as I write this, and the place is happening! The soundtrack is blues/rock with an emphasis on the blues. I'm currently drinking a Lagunitas Tocaloma Amber (a cask ale that does a wonderful job of mimicking a real English Bitters). I'm a happy lad. If you get chance, make sure to give this place a visit.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

For a company that likes to have fun and seemingly not take life seriously...this place has got it going on.

The food selection isn't very extensive, but what they do have is quality. But really, you go there for the beer, right? Might I suggest the "round the world" sampler....and bring a DD!

And make sure you do the tour, they poke a lot of fun at themselves and "the man"!

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Well worth the drive from our Santa Rosa hotel. While Lagunitas is located in a bland corporate park, they have created a very cool tasting room and outdoor space off to the side. The place was jam packed on an NFL Sunday afternoon with plenty of Raiders and Niners fans jockeying for space with a good viewing angle. The outdoor space featured chairs, picnic tables and live music. That space was full too.

Worth fighting through the crowd, though. A full range of Lagunitas beers on tap at very reasonable prices. Service was good. Beer was better.


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Photo of obrike
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A group of us just got back from San Francisco. We hit Muir Woods in the early afternoon and then drove a short while to Petaluma for a visit to the brewery.

Tucked away in an industrial area, but plenty of parking late afternoon. It was a bit chilly, but the outdoor area had a few of those nice heat lamps around the wooden seating benches...we almost got too warm sitting under them.

We ordered their big beer sampler (I think it was 24 four ounce samplers of all the goods...simply divine. I love just about everything from these guys...to get it fresh from the source was just awesome. Wait staff was friendly and fast.

We took a late afternoon tour as well. A lot of fun. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and quite funny. It was great walking through the brewery and hearing about the upcoming Chicago location. Even my wife, the non-drinker, had a good time.

I'd certainly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area. Tasting some fresh Sucks from the source may have spoiled me a bit.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped by on a Wed night. The live band was playing and the beer was flowing. Sixteen taps, one cask. I tried the cask and the Daytime. Both were good. The wife had the small sampler. We had a pretzel, which was fine but hardy enough to judge the food on. The service was prompt and good. The atmosphere was great. The outdoor area is excellent, it reminded me of the biergartens in Germany and Austria. Well worth going out of your way to visit.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect when I pulled up to this place. It's in the middle of an industrial park area of Petaluma, but when I walked in I was pleasantly surprised. This is what a taproom should be. Lots of outdoor space with a mini amphitheater for live music. This inside has a great rustic "shack" kind of vibe. The food menu is small, Panini sandwiches, chips and salsa, pretzels etc. but that's ok cause this place is all about the all the wonderful Lagunitas beers. There's also a huge swag store next door with everything you could want. Don't miss this one.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
94 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.