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3.91/5
Based on:
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

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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)

Photo of craft_shannie
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Best Beer drinking atmosphere when it comes to a pub or brewery I've ever experienced. Feels like you're camping and drinking beer at a outdoor bluegrass festival in the summer, (Dogs welcome) and very comfortable setting for yourself and friends in the winter. There's just a super friendly vide going on like everyone is genuinely happy to be there, every time I'm there. Can't beat it.

Good pub food. BBQ Pork Sliders always as must. Not a huge food selection, but enough to satisfy a light or a hearty eater. It's all about the beer after all...

Let's talk value. Samples are not skimpy and inexpensive. If you're not sure about a beer or two, the help is not greedy about letting you sample son that you get the right beer in your glass. After 4-5 beers and a small meal, you'll be shocked that your bill is still only around $23-$26. Best value for any brewery I've ever been to.

When I'm in the area, I thoroughly enjoy drinking beer at Russian River Brewing Company, but it can't touch the atmosphere and good times you'll have at Lagunitas. (1,052 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

So I went here at the end of a mini beer tour with my wife. We went to Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, Russian River, Northern Coast Breweries.

So I love outdoor seating and having a big enough venue to support the crowds. This minimizes wait times and usually creates a nice atmosphere. Live music is often available. The brewery tour is one of my favorites so far, hilarious guide and great stores were shared. Lagunitas has a colorful history for sure.

Our service was crappy at first, we seated ourselves but waited 10 min and nobody noticed us outside. We moved into the bar area and got drinks within the first 5 minutes. They were super busy on a Saturday evening so I won't dock them too much.

The atmosphere was better than average, they had a band finishing up just as we came in, but overall I was happy. Their swag shop was pretty rad.

Food was pretty decent, I don't have much to comment on.

Only other comment, I would rather have 2oz than 4 oz (a little too big for me)samples for beer so I can try more beers and then just buy a pint or two after I get to taste them all. (1,090 characters)

Photo of ek_ek
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was a lot of fun. I visited with a couple of buddies and I really enjoyed the fact that they gave a tour of the brewery. The tour guide was great. He gave you a lot of the story and facts about the company's history. Very entertaining, would recommend this to anyone. (278 characters)

Photo of hayesjw
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery consistantly has in-house ale and lager offerings you can only dream become available at your saloon or beer hall.

The recent renovations to outdoor seating include built in heat lamps and attractive sun shades to welcome guest to enjoy all seasons. The lively and attentive staff indoors and outside are friendly and greet all whether attending the music venue, brewery tour, gift shop with offsale beer, or pet and children friendly patio.

Peanuts and water are provided liberaly. However, I encourage you to dine on site. Rotating menu selectons include local Sonoma County sourced ingredients.

The beer remains the reason to return and enjoy this community geared, responsible company generous with its donations to local events. (750 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by here quickly on my way from SF to Santa Rosa for the PtY release this past February.

Stopped in on a Thursday at around 3:00pm. Wow, it was crowded already. The atmosphere was great - everyone was having a good time, everyone was relaxed, everyone was drinking.

The service was a bit sub-par. It took me a while to get my beer/samplers, but overall it was fine.

The selection was good - I hate when breweries don't have anything special of theirs on tap at their own tap room. Here, they had a few special BA beers, and I actually tried the BA Gnarly which was fantastic. The price was reasonable as well.

I would have liked to have stayed here a bit longer, and hopefully will in the future. (707 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

Wow was this placed packed. As I was told happens weekly during the warm time of year, the brewery was playing host to some bands. While generally this is a good thing, there were logistical issues about; with overcrowding, and difficulty in getting a beer at the forefront.

I was told this night they couldn't so samplers which I had hoped to do. With so many options, it would be a very slippery slope had I been made to try a glass of everything that looked interesting and it would have defeated the purpose of tasting it: any objectivity would be gone.

After two glasses I left. Sorry Lagunitas... you are one of my favorite breweries in the country, probably top 5. But if you want to do things like this you need a bigger place. I wouldn't mind giving it another try but I don't know when I will be in Petaluma again. Maybe I'll check out the pub in Chicago when it opens.

As for now, much too much. (910 characters)

Photo of PORTerCITY
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I really enjoyed visiting this brewery. The atmosphere was great, friendly and the Lagunitas staff was not only professional but very knowledgeable. Service was great, seated and served almost instantly. I had just came from Russian River for the Pliny The Younger release (seemed less than 15 miles away), so after waiting 5 1/2 hours in line for Younger, the serving and seating was excellent. I had a few of there bottled beers, the cappuccino stout is okay, wasn't the biggest fan of there bottled beers, but have to say there on tap selection is underrated! The gnarly wine, as well as the barrel aged imperial stout is great!!! It's too bad the don't put either in growlers for you. Overall i enjoyed the experience there and will not hesitate to go there again, if in the area. Truthfully the only reason i would be in that area of California is to go to Russian River, but will pass by Lagunitas again if in that area.!!! (929 characters)

Photo of Salena
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Had a great time at this place, went on a tour with my bf and we laughed the entire time. These people really know how to have a good time, we were shown all around and enjoyed some story time in the upstairs lounge, which had so much memorabilia to keep the eye entertained. Tastings that were never ending and the band played on and on! Can't wait to go back to see what's new and take another walk through this growing brewery. I have to say that for such a small brewery they have so much to choose from. Impressed. (519 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I’ve had the joy of seeing Lagunitas grow over the course of the past decade, visiting periodically every year or so, and they’re certainly deserving of all the success they’ve had to date.

They call this place a beer sanctuary and boy does it live up to its name… It’s like an oasis from the city, and even from the industrial park where Lagunitas is headquartered. Outdoor picnic tables, some barstools inside, and a 300-person concert grounds adjoining it make for pure nirvana.

On my last visit I sat down to wait for the tour and they brought out water, peanuts and pretzels almost immediately. Absolutely love, love, love it here.

Music every day. Outdoor concert garden. Sunny weather. And fantastic folks. Everyone is laid back, friendly, and maybe just a tad bit eccentric. But in a good way.

They keep their regulars on tap year round and release seasonal and one-offs on occasion. Every Thursday (at 4:20, natch) is a cask selection. I can’t comment on the quality of the food but they have plenty of options (in sandwich form). Come here for the beers, for the music, for the good vibes. I know I’ll be back. (1,142 characters)

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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
94 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.