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world-class

120 Ratings
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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

Notes:
Now featuring a new outdoor beer garden with light snacks and music

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IRONRakkasan

California

3.69/5  rDev -15%
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"!

03-17-2014 23:05:36 | More by IRONRakkasan
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

HV

02-20-2014 12:41:13 | More by sholland119
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obrike

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

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. 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.

02-04-2014 03:55:09 | More by obrike
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

09-14-2013 04:33:25 | More by Fatehunter
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

08-24-2013 21:34:18 | More by heytomcat
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abaer123

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$

The beer sanctuary at Lagunitas Brewing Company is a great day out. They usually have a wide selection of specialty beers and some flagship offerings that always make it worthwhile. The food could be a little better, but service and beer more than make up for it.

I would go anytime, anyday. :)

They are usually closed on Monday and Tuesday. That gives them the opportunity to host charitable events at their location, which also becomes a WIN WIN!

And finally, don't forget to attend the Beer Circus they host in May!

08-23-2013 20:20:25 | More by abaer123
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$

6/29/13

Starting our beer and tree trip north of San Francisco at Lagunitas, my expectations were low but I was blown away by the attitude, history and size of the brewery: I thought it'd be smaller. While I like Lagunitas beers, my impression from their standard beers that make it to Minnesota would be comparable to more of a Summit, a safe regional brewery with solid regulars and a few edgy beers. On walking into the taproom and brewery, the large outdoor and clearly not air conditioned taproom on a 98 degree day did not bode well as a start. We hawked a table in the shade of the loud main bar and ordered a Hop Stoopid and Gueuze quickly since the tour was starting soon. A favorite of mine, the Hop Stoopid lived up to the billing and the Gueuze was more than acceptable as well. Having held off for lunch, we nibbled ferociously on the free bowl of munchies until we could have lunch after the tour.

There's no tour reservations, so we simply showed up a bit early for the 1 pm tour. Not hearing the "call" we were told would come, we took our beers to the front to join the tour as the top of the hour approached. The initial intro to Lagunitas was in the shade of the brewery with Tim our humorous tour guide, storytelling to help us finish our beers (mandatory) before heading inside. Without retelling all of the stories, originator Tony Magee is a bit of a wild card. Starting as a homebrewer because he was unemployed in 1992, he turned "pro" within a year in spite of a yeasty blow up of a 1940s septic tank under his first brewery. Both Censored and Undercover Shutdown have stories to show how Lagunitas has run afoul of the authorities over the years, a bad boy image that I was unaware of.

As told my Tim, this roguish behavior led to all beery magnificence around us, including the massive stand of fermenting tanks that caught my eye and surprise on the way in to the taproom. Also on the tour was the new 250 barrel brewhouse, up from the original 80 barrel system, plus descriptions of the new 300,000 sq foot Chicago based brewery that will be twice the size and will run 24/7 to cut costs on logistics while serving a thirsty Midwest. Between the origin mythology and clear growth of the brand, Lagunitas is a much different brewery than I had in my head from drinking them at a distance. Another thread in Tim's storytelling was the importance of relationships to Lagunitas, including employees, regulars and the community around the taproom. This included charity events with donated beer for good causes, most recently raising $20,000 for a local fisherman whose boat sank. I found myself fascinated with how far off my perceptions were and wondering why the Lagunitas story and image had never really reached me.

Too far from another stop, we had to have lunch before leaving, so we headed back to fight for a seat at the bar to hide from the sweltering heat. While some at the bar were seemingly locals in the taproom, there were also a large number of sampler trays going out from the bar, so we were not the only tourists in the place. We staked out a spot at the corner of the bar, in part, with the help of Dave and Meredith from Salem, OR, our new beer friends by the end of the stop. They were at the end of their beer trip as we were on our first day in the same basic area, so they gave us advice, including how to get a beer at Russian River by standing at the end of the bar instead of behind the throngs. While we all chatted, Gloria and I had the roasted veggie avocado sandwich for lunch, which was fabulous; it good enough that we almost stopped again on the way south back to San Francisco.

I started with a draft of the IPA because Tim the tour guide said it was the engine of their expansion at 57% of production and I couldn't remember its taste: off white head over a mostly gold ale with amber highlights; floral nose with biscuit; good bite on the tongue with a very strong malt base. While refreshing in the heat and a more than adequate IPA, it's not a beer that will find a home in my beer fridge.

On to the specialty samples, an excellent Farmhouse ale and Lucky 13. Then came three barrel aged beers, all good, but the Rye Barrel Aged Gnarly Wine was spectacular, which significantly delayed our departure because of the need to have a draft: amber and brown with gold highlights; nose is full of hot alcohol and flowers with rye and dark cherry over a heavy malt; sweetness on the tongue, dark fruits galore that blends perfectly with a spiciness from rye or hop, not sure which. Big wonderful beer that I would love to drink when it was 50 degrees cooler outside, but hard to complain when it's rare to find any barleywine on our summer travels.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/08/lagunitas-brewing-petaluma-ca.html

08-13-2013 21:07:44 | More by FightingEntropy
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GraduatedCashew

California

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

This place was pretty impressive. The seating areas and bar locations provided plenty of space for our group and the rest of the masses already there. We managed eight samples of their specialty beers which were all pretty good. Picking a favorite was hard but I think I managed to grab a growler of the Sonoma Farmhouse Saison.

Favorite: Sonoma Farmhouse Saison, extremely smooth and refreshing.

I would love to go back and try the food but otherwise, really liked the ambiance and vibe. It matches the branding perfectly.

08-05-2013 17:42:48 | More by GraduatedCashew
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bray

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$

Went to Lagunitas on a Saturday around 3pm and the bar was packed but still plenty of room outside...great atmosphere and a good crowd.
The perfect place to sit outside and enjoy a good beer.
Enjoyed Russian River but it's great to be able to sit outside at lagunitas.
Great deals on merch
Wish I lived closer...

07-29-2013 23:29:02 | More by bray
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Awesome space - as Lagunitas is more of a campus than a pub. There is a small outdoor concert space, an expansive outdoor beer garden, indoor and outdoor seating, and a swag shop. Not at all what I expected after turning into a somewhat industrial park setting. There's a nice comfortable mix of outdoor tables/benches and adirondack configurations, and some netting/tarps to shield the sun. EXTREMELY DOG Friendly. It's just a great place to drink beer.

Beers are solid - duh, it's Lagunitas. REALLY enjoyed Sonoma County Stout and Kriek. Food selection wasn't expansive - and the paninis looked a little strange & lonely in such a setting.

Picked up some sweet swag - nice brewery wear & some sweet mason glasses that were just perfect to use when drinking beer in the redwoods.

06-27-2013 22:36:17 | More by craft_shannie
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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
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