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3.91/5
Based on:
88 Beers
21,658 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 71
Visits: 445
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
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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 ThreeWiseMen
2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

I finally visited the Lagunitas Brewery yesterday. It had been on my to-do list ever since moving up to San Francisco a few months ago. I joined JustinA1 and some of his friends in the new beer garden.

Justin and company had just finished taking the brewery tour when I arrived. I wish I could've joined 'em, but the traffic on northbound 101 was awful, and it ended up taking me two whole hours to get from San Francisco to Petaluma (should have taken just over an hour). As a result, I was in a pretty crummy mood when I joined them. I was determined not to let that affect my experience though, and sitting outside in the warm sunshine among good company quickly raised my spirits. A four-piece folk band was playing popular covers just twenty yards away, and that helped too.

The crew had already finished one round of drinks and was ready for another. While we waited for the server, they gave me a quick run-down of which beers I should and shouldn't order. Unfortunately, it sounded like most of the beers (and the list was long) were flops. They had already tasted sixteen different Lagunitas beers (four 4-glass samplers), yet only one - Ryan's Folly - was called "good" by all four members. Everything else ranged from mediocre to undrinkable. I decided to order three beers from the list that nobody had tried yet, along with a Ryan's Folly (as a 4-glass sampler).

After forty minutes of waiting, I finally went inside to get my beer from the bar. I stood there for another ten minutes before being helped. It wasn't a busy day (or didn't seem to be); the bartenders were just lackadaisical. Regardless, I got my beer and walked back outside.

Of the four beers I sampled, only the Ryan's Folly was decent, and it was far from exciting; a typical Lagunitas ale: a sweet, hoppy brown/amber. The highly anticipated, cask-conditioned Tropical Stoopid tasted like a stale version of regular Hop Stoopid; the Ginger IPA was different, but completely undrinkable (I left half of my 6oz. sample behind); and the Fusion II, which was listed as a black IPA, tasted like an imperial red ale (not bad overall though).

We all left Lagunitas disappointed. Most of their specialty beers were unpalatable, and the service was pitifully slow. I won't be back. (2,258 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I stopped in here on the way back to the peninsula after being up in the North Bay.

The location itself is really quite nice. A huge outdoor seating area that features a bunch of long picnic tables and sort of a communal vibe. Lots of families and typical looking brewery patrons as well. The one knock is that the outside area just smells like wet dog.

Inside is pretty nice, but the bar area is quite cramped. Off to the right of the bar is a little seating area and to the left of the bar are some tables as well, but they're so close to the bar that it makes it almost uncomfortable.

The service was spotty at best. At one point I was considering just leaving because it was taking so long to even have a bartender acknowledge me (and I wasn't the only one who had a similar problem). Many other patrons walked up long after I had sat down and were served right away while I was sitting there waiting to place my order.

Once I was helped, it was sort of as though I was an inconvenience. I realize that it is busy on a Friday night, but there were three people behind the bar and at any one time, only one was really doing anything.

I finally got my beers and they ranged from amazing (Farmhouse Gueuze) to not very enjoyable at all (Ginger IPA, Habanero IPA). The selection was quite good though, lots of pub only offerings that you don't find anywhere else.

I didn't order any food, but it looked quite good. I was given some peanuts and pretzels though, which was nice.

Overall, this place was alright, but the service really diminished my experience here. I'm not expecting to be waited on hand and foot, but at least the look of "I see you there and I'll help you in just a minute" would be nice. (1,712 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 prg1976
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Once you're inside, you can't really tell you're in an industrial park. I was inside at the bar, where the vibe was pretty mellow. Lots of people coming and going. Lots of interesting conversations. Heard someone comment that their land lady didn't like "straight weed" but only liked hash.

Beers were fresh, the mason jars serving type is a bit odd, but I guess that's their deal.

Service was good, there were a bunch of guys (and gals) behind the bar. All of them were willing to pour a sample or two.

Selection was pretty standard. I did have a pinot barrel aged stout that was pretty good. The rest was the typical stuff.

Had a panini, it was fine. Nothing special there.

Overall, a nice mellow place to hang out and enjoy some beers. If there was a place like this by my house, I'd be there all the time. Oh, and it's very dog friendly too. (850 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Having been told that this is the most fun one can have at a brewery I was super excited to go! My wife and I get there and find out that the tour has already started, which I was mildly upset about...but what are you going to do? We were ushered up a metal set of stairs in a neighboring building. As we approach the top we come to a clubhouse that seems like a teenagers paradise. Posters on the wall, strange odds and ends strewn about. There are filthy couches and a bar! This looks like it's right out of That 70's Show! If I ever open a brewery, I'm keeping this place in mind! So awesome! Yeah, I can see how someone might not like it, but this isn't exactly high end beer we're talking about!

They proceed to give us tasters BEFORE the tour!!! Why don't all breweries do this?? We sample all of their usual's and have idle chit chat with some of the locals. Cool people and some of them are quite knowledgeable about their beer! The tour guide really didn't know what she was talking about, but she was really nice and that goes a really long way with me.

The tour itself was really lackluster, but I got to talk to their headbrewer about their use of hop pellets vs cones, which was very interesting. They were in the process of moving a lot of their equipment around, and their usual tour guide was on vacation which explains the apparent lack of knowledge on our guides part.

Without a doubt, this is the most fun I've ever had at a brewery and I will most certainly come back if I'm ever in the area. (1,515 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I went to Lagunitas Brewery with my wife today as a Valentine's Day gift for me. We got there and it was extremely packed. We couldn't even find a seat right away. As soon as we found one we rushed in on it. There were a few parties there and lots of douchebags. The beer was excellent as always but the food wasn't that good. Food was very mediocre. I had the reuben and it was very plain. I didn't even feel like finishing it. Service was excellent though. I loved the service. Waitress got a huge tip. We also went on the tour and that was very entertaining. The tourguide had a lot of jokes and the smell of hops from the hop silo was just super. I had a wonderful time and would love to go back but I will go back just for the beer and on a weekday too. (758 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 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 bigdummy
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I was on my way back to so. cal. and stopped by this brewery after a round of golf. What is awsome is there is a motel6 about 300 yards from the taproom which makes for a great night of live music and beer swillin. I will admit at first its hard to get the attention of the beertenders but once you get to know them thru the night they are really cool. Beers were good on average and they had some bluegrass band playin. It was a blast! Check the website for hours as they are closed mon and tues. overall a fun joint. (518 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 KNORDSTROM
3.8/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped by on a Sunday afternoon around 1:00. It was a block away from our Hotel in an industrial district. So I was thinking a warehouse tasting room atmosphere. I was way wrong. They own several large buildings in this complex. But plenty of signs to let u know where to go. (Golden Arches) Hint. You first walk through an wooden fence opening into an outside beer garden with as stage in the corner. service is available , but we chose to go into the bar area. seems like it can hold around 30 people or so inside. Tap list was pretty cool. They actually seperate the beers by the ABV rating. Which they had plenty of the big boys this day. Wife started with a LITTLE SUMPIN and I went for the IMP Stout. Both were tasty!

One thing I really thought was pretty cool . Was there 32oz Mason jar (Growler) and packeged in a brown paper bag. Hold the bottom because that bag wiil break!!

Fun place !! nice locals!! cool atmoshere!! just ok service.
will go back (964 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Yet another stop on the beer and wine extravaganza for me and the wife. The first thing you notice is the killer outdoor seating area. Unfortunately it was raining when we were there so we opted to sit inside. Small homey bar feel. Packed with locals. It seemed like everyone knew each other. The taps were pretty much standard Laqunitas stuff. They did have a nitro coffee stout which of course we ordered. Love that they serve in the mason jar glassware. Bar tender was friendly and made sure we never had empty glasses. The food looked good. however we had just eaten so we passed.

Overall a nice place to hang out and enjoy some Lagunitas offerings. (655 characters)

Photo of climax
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Lagunitas is a must stop in wine country for the beer connoisseur, especially the hophead. It's located on the edge of a pretty laid back rural town and that's what makes it something special. We drove from Sac, and it's a gorgeous trek if you get off the interstate early.

Try to make it on a nice day (not too tough to come by in this region), because the courtyard is where it's at. There's live music nearly every day, it started when we arrived at around 3pm on a Sunday. This place seemed busy when we showed up.... that was nothing. It only got busier, a popular spot for sure!

The beers are served in mason jars, which is different. It shoves aside proper beer presentation, which I thought was a statement of how confident they are with their brews. The offerings are typically geared to the lupalin freak, which is awesome. My fiancee likes the lighter sweeter stuff, but she fared alright (she came because I wanted to anyways). They had four IPAs on tap.... yea, four (4)! God bless Lagunitas. Pints were five bucks. Tasters (four 4oz glasses) were seven bucks, not bad.

The food is pretty limited, but don't come here for the food. A half dozen appetizers and panini sandwiches round out the solid diet items. I got a good sized panini for $10, it was decent.

The service is a tough one to rate. Service is going to be slow if you don't venture to the bar yourself (even that is typically packed), that's just the way it is, this is a busy place. But when there's several tables laid out potluck style and no real rhyme or reason to what's going on, you gotta cut 'em some slack. After all, even though the food and beer don't come quickly, the musician on stage isn't taking a break, so enjoy yourself. Everyone is friendly, including the dogs which are welcome, so watch your step. (1,804 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I’ve been here a couple times for lunch and both times I’ve had a pleasant experience. The large outdoor seating area is great for parties or just hanging out on a nice day. They also have an area for a band to set up. The inside is small and consists of a large bar surrounded by small bar tables. There is a gift shop in a building adjacent to the restaurant, and a taproom inside the brewery itself. Tours are held on Saturdays only, and one of these days I would like to experience it.

The food menu is small and consists of salads, sandwiches, and a few other goodies. If you time it right sometimes they have fresh oysters on the menu. Their beers selection is amazing because there is always something new on tap. They also cater to those of us who want to try all their brewery exclusive selections while still being able to drive as they offer build your own sampler flights for a very reasonable price.

Overall, Lagunitas is a go-to spot for lunch or a drink if you’re in the area. Any place that give you pretzels and peanuts when you sit down is worthy in my book. (1,086 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Part of my North of SF excursion along with Russian River.

Located in an industrial park like section, I never really expected to find what I did. You park right next to a big industrial building and can see a ton of huge stainless steel beer tanks right on the other side of it. Upon entering through the big black gate you see the beer garden and retail store. The beer garden has a nice outdoor, BBQ feel and an open door leads into the bar indoors. The outdoors part has a very cool feel with huge wooden chairs to lay back in or big picnic style tables, a friendly atmosphere. Once again, I am used to the beer crowds around Boston and don't always expect to see families, dogs, construction workers and people who don't care about their cellars at these type of establishments, a huge crowd was there for the Raiders game on a Sunday afternoon.

We ended up sitting at the bar. A nice taplist was awaiting us with a well-rounded selection. The beer was mostly served in the Lagunitas mason jar, which I am fine with. I didn't really order any big beers so I am not sure if they use tulips/goblets/snifters when prompted to. We split some nachos which were good, definitely better than your average UNOs nachos or something like that. The service was good but not as friendly as it seems people make out Lagunitas to be. Visited the gift shop and got a mason jar and was asked why I was only buying one, I felt that was a bit unnecessary as well.

Overall it was a good place, I wish I got to go on a tour but our schedule didn't really allow it. (1,552 characters)

Photo of excal
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

If you don't mind the decidedly unfinished appearance of the Lagunitas taproom and beer garden, this is a great place to try all your favorite Lagunitas beers on tap. It occupies bit of indoor and outdoor space next to the brewery itself, which is located in an office park on a Petaluma main street.

They had 12 taps there, about 2 or 3 of which had cask-conditioned ales (thought not with handpumps), and it looked like they had the equipment to do nitrogenated pours as well, though I didn't see them in operation during the hour and a half or so I was there. Pours went for $4 each, 16 oz of the beers with less than 8% ABV, 12 oz for 8% and above. 12 and 22 oz bottles are also available. Food was pretty limited. They had a tri-tip sandwich, some sort of veggie dish that I can't recall, and peanuts and pretzels.

Seems like it's starting to get known, too. While there were less than a dozen people when I showed up at about four pm, it was starting to get pretty busy by 5:30 when I left. I don't know if they aren't really finished yet, or if they were going for the low-rent look they have as a contrast to a supposed pretentiousness in the NorCal beer scene, but they aren't serving High Life and Bud Light here. I really think that if they spiffed the place up a bit, it could become another destination brewpub along the 101 corridor like Russian River or Bear Republic. (1,385 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A top notch brewery located in Petaluma, CA. They have a mostly outdoor restaurant/beer garden. Inside is a bar and a few tables. Outside is a large area consisting of a lot of picnic tables. It's a fantastic place to sit and enjoy a beer on a beautiful day. The food menu is pretty small, mostly consisting of some appetizers and some panini hot pressed sandwiches. The food was decent. They have about a dozen of their beers on tap. They do pints as well as samplers. I didn't see any quest taps. They also have a store on-site and they do tours periodically throughout the day. A great place to go and enjoy the great beers made by Lagunitas. (645 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 stupac2
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here for dinner with my girlfriend and buddy from high school. I had heard good things and was a bit underwhelmed. We got there as some event was wrapping up, which lead to being directed to a parking spot by an interesting old man. That also meant that the nice outdoor garden was 100% occupied, and we sat in the pretty unremarkable bar. The beer selection was what you'd expect from Lagunitas, but they had some interesting extras including a Gueuze (which was actually sold out) and a BA Stout (which was better than its BA rating implies).

The food was okay, but the menu was really, really small. I had expected somewhat more choice. The food was good, but not spectacular, I've had better at smaller-name brewpubs.

All in all it's a good place, but I had high hopes that weren't met. (797 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Other recent reviews (like massshortage's) capture the gist of it, but I'll add my $0.02 as well.

The addition of the new beer garden is welcome, as you can lounge out back without the hustle & bustle of the bar, often featuring live music, as on this last visit. On a busy saturday afternoon, inside is jam packed and the beer garden out back is busy but not overwhelming.

Service seemed fair to a touch above average. everyone was friendly and we were greeted a few times (better than many places), service was relatively prompt, and everyone was happy. what more can we ask for?

Selection was good this time (seems to vary a bit). I like the day-to-day printed menu of taps. Basic sampler is good for unfamiliar friends, and I love the pick any 4 to sample for $5. makes perfect sense to me. and I got to try a few limited draft-only brews like the habanero IPA and port aged hairy eyeball (amazing!). What more could I want?

Haven't sampled from the relatively standard food menu, as I'm quite satisfied with the complementary peanuts and pretzels, but everyone eating seemed fairly satisfied.

All in all, the more I go to the Lagunitas tap room, the more I like Lagunitas. Definitely a must-stop of you're passing through the general area. (1,251 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 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 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 SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Interesting business park location, drove past it the first time and had to do a Uturn. Parking is behind an adjacent building. Cool outdoor space, open pavement and landscaping with a couple big tables under structures and a half dozen small umbrella'd tables. Think there was tables inside too, but that's the last place I would rather be on the gorgeous day we visited. They had literally just opened the week before, and while they had a full and respectable beer lineup, food was still in the works. They basically had peanuts, wasabi nuts, and pre-made pulled pork wraps (made locally, very good). Service was spot on. The gal kept the plastic pints flowing.

The day we visited there was also a good jazz band there. So atmosphere was definitely up there. They made great things with this unwieldy space betwixt their production brewery and offices. Good vibe, service, and beer. This place will get only better when the start rolling out a more robust food menu. (970 characters)

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Beautiful beer garden with comfy wooden chairs, apparently often with live music. Inside the tap room is small, with more of a bar atmosphere, although with double doors open to the garden on the nice day we were there.
We had a little trouble tracking down service, but she was very polite, helpful and prompt once we were on her radar.
I love that they have a bunch of rotating tap-only offerings, including some barrel-aged goodness, and the $5 taster of any four seems like a great deal, although none of my party took advantage this time.
All of the food we tried was good, although standout for me was the chips and salsa with an avocado half hiding in there, so apparently I am easily pleased without the food's needing much preparation at all. (752 characters)

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