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Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Active Beers: 95
Beer Ratings: 54,916
Beer Avg: 3.87

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96
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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ek_ek

California

4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

04-28-2013 06:42:06 | More by ek_ek
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elNopalero

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

08-06-2012 07:19:13 | More by elNopalero
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WestValleyIPA

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

Went for the Lagunitas tour on my honeymoon this past week. Before the actual tour starts, we were given 7 4oz taster pours. The tour was pretty short but fun all the same. At the beer garden, there was an OK live band, and lots of special brews. A new Firkin every Thursday. Great service, and I say this even though they lost our food order. Our food was comped even though I told the waitress it wasn't necessary. Employees were around chatting everyone up, and it was a great vibe all around. Beers were about 5 bucks a piece. Great brewery.

10-19-2010 18:27:39 | More by WestValleyIPA
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Totally awesome vibe here. You walk into a really large beer garden, tons of long row tables, they can really entertain a good amount of people. Just as cool as that, there was a band that did about 2 hours of Hank Williams tunes. Lots of Hawaiain shirt guys around, all of them were really cool.

Quality of the beers here are awesome, really enjoyed the wet hop ipa, they do it about as good as anyone. The habanero ipa was crazy, would go up to the edge of too spicy, and then relent just barely. Barrel aged hairy eyeball was pretty good too.

Never had to wait for a beer, they bring you pretzels and peanuts, really was as close to perfect as possible. Prices were just great. Dogs totally welcome, just a really cool unpretentious, friendly place. Stayed about 1-2 hours longer than planned because it was so happening on a warm November Saturday.

Oh yeah, inside there's a wooden bar that makes a square. Only went there to use the restroom.

11-25-2010 03:50:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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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PORTerCITY

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.!!!

02-14-2013 01:57:22 | More by PORTerCITY
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ritter57

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I visited this place one evening recently after a stopping at an overrated brewery about 10 miles north. I absolutely love Lagunitas. I have admired the beer for many years and the brewery/pub did not disappoint. I have been to a lot of brewpubs and the atmosphere at Lagunitas was one of the best. The staff was a little laid back but very friendly and knowledgable.

The beer selection was great and fresh Lagunitas beer is unbelievable. The food selection is not extensive but everything I had was fresh and delicious.

This place is just plain "cool" - with a nice outdoor courtyard/beer-garden adjacent to a cozy bar/pub. I didn't get to take the brewery tour but I'll bet it was nice. They seem to really focus on the customer experience which I love. I will go out of my way to go back to this place again.

10-02-2010 02:17:31 | More by ritter57
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

06-04-2013 04:28:38 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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bradybeer

California

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

Located in Petaluma, this new beer garden/beer bar opened in the Lagunitas complex. Walking in on a Saturday there was a live band playing laid back tunes. The beer bar is located adjacent to the brewery's offices. On tap they had about 8 beers, including the Pils, Hop Stupid, IPA, Correction Ale, and a beer bar only Bourbon Barrel aged Cappuccino Stout which was fantastic. They also had a number of bombers available including a number of Zappa tribute beers. Limited seating is available inside-we chose to sit in the spacious beer garden. They had light snacks and later brought in some grilled hot dogs, etc. Prices were reasonable and service was fantastic. Spoke to one of the co-owners and he allowed my wife and me to rummage through boxes, upon boxes, of old labels and take what we wanted! Nice... only wish I lived nearer.

08-08-2009 19:30:09 | More by bradybeer
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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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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
96 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.