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3.91/5
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88 Beers
21,613 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 71
Visits: 445
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
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! (948 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (692 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of CJNAPS
4.81/5  rDev +14%
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 (157 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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 (314 characters)

Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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. (603 characters)

Photo of MIrvine
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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. (394 characters)

Photo of Vlaminck
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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... (914 characters)

Photo of talon757
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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"! (1,052 characters)

Photo of Diablew
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Cheers (579 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.39/5  rDev +4%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
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"! (379 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (555 characters)

Photo of obrike
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of heytomcat
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of abaer123
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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! (521 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.01/5  rDev -5%
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 (4,815 characters)

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of bray
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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...

Dec. 2014 updated:
After visiting over 150 breweries in CA and trying even more of the beers offered by Lagunitas, you realize Lagunitas is in the top 5-10. Fun place to visit and great go-to beers that cover a low alcohol session beer to a Hairy Eyeball.....Love Lagunitas (589 characters)

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