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Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

305 Ratings
Ratings: 305
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 11.94%
Active Beers: 116
Beer Ratings: 70,170
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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(Master Beer Listing) Now featuring a new outdoor beer garden with light snacks and music

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%

I visited while in SF on business. They have a great pub on the premises of the brewery. It's got a nice, natural outdoor patio area with rocks, dirt and grass with a small stage and plenty of seating. It's also got an inside area with a good sized center bar and seating all around it. I loved the feel of the place. It seems to have grown out of the beer.

The tap list was impressive with all of their regulars available and then some. They have sampler options but I went with a Hop Stoopid. It was very fresh and very good.

The staff was young, energetic and helpful.

I really enjoyed my visit and could really see my wife and I there as regulars if we lived in the area. This is my kind of place.

GJ40, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%

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

sholland119, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of aoampm
4.75/5  rDev +7%

aoampm, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.33/5  rDev -25%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

beerwolf77, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%

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

FightingEntropy, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

jaydoc, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.88/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.9%

GRG1313, May 23, 2014
Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

bradybeer, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev -5%

Located a bit off the beaten path, in an industrial park in the outskirts of Petaluma.

The location was surprising as I did not expect to find such a place in an industrial park. But what do I know.

Parking was touch despite being there on a Wednesday night. There was live music, and needless to say, the place was packed. A nicely sized outdoor dining and drinking area led into the enclosed bar and restaurant area, which was outfitted like a cross between a hunting lodge and a garage. Great atmosphere.

The bar was rectangular and seated about 30 patrons. There were several pub tables spread around as well.

The draft list featured about 10 house beers, including interesting takes on their classic lineup. Most of what was served was draft only.

Lagunitas is slowly becoming my favorite brewery.

plaid75, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Vogt52
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Vogt52, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -27.3%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Resuin, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

david18, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

cfrobrew, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +7%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +7%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -22.3%

If the "session IPA" is to replace the classic American pale ale in the future- Lagunitas is ahead of the curve with this dog of a low-bodied hop-bomb!

Its innocent enough austere is light gold, nearly emulating pilsner with a caramelized gaze. But with the taste looming, the nose is taken back by the IPA-like scent that squarely focuses on white grapefruit rind, under-ripened orange and a strong grassy and leafy quality. Its grain and caramel sweetness is supportive of the hop onslaught at first but that is all short lived.

The malt sweetness drops out of the middle palate, and leaves creamy malt textures to fend for their own- quickly dominated by the citrus, leaf and herbaceous hop flavor. Strong carbonation brings the vegetative flavors to life and gives the palate a good scrubbing heading into finish.

Closing with strong bitterness that stands tall in the absence of malt- dragging with it the character of citrus pith, grass, stem and leaf. Its chlorophyll bite hangs in the back of the throat and is slow to relinquish its grip. The rest of the flavors are fast-fleeting and leaves the palate clean, crisp and refreshed.

BEERchitect, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

williamjbauer, May 10, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -9.9%

dwagner003, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Texasfan549, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Dicers, Jul 04, 2014
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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
98 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.