Lagunitas Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1280 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, California, 94954
United States

(707) 769-4495 | map

Notes: Now featuring a new outdoor beer garden with light snacks and music
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Photo of CaliBeerBear
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Love visiting this brewery. Its not far from home and a really fun place to have some beers with friends and family. They make some of my favorite hoppy beers as well, so thats a plus.

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Photo of stevoj
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Definitely worth a visit. Nice little beer garden / pub tucked away on the brewery grounds. Tours an option. All of their flagships, plus some specials. I was lucky enough to get some collaboration brews with Moonlight for the Sonoma fire victims and with Anchor for SF Beer Week. Nice little menu, and one of the best turkey clubs I've had in quite some time. Laid back and friendly, not corporate at all. Pints, 10oz pours and 5 oz flights provide some nice options.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I really liked the vibe and look to Lagunitas. It was like a back yard BBQ!! Tap room was a little small, but the Swag shack and beer selection was nice. I would definitely stop by again if in the area.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Outstanding brew pub. Lively and fun. Great people. Friendly and big on making sure they try to do anything they can for you. Extremely knowledgeable crew as well. Fantastic range of their many many mainstream beers complemented by their big beers , BA favorites and a number of variants. Lots of experimentation going on too. Food was great...from tasty munchies and pub grub to solid real deal crafty cooking from land to sea.

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Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

As I expected, a relaxed, friendly place. Great outdoor venue with live music at 4:20 (haha). The staff and service was friendly and professional. The beer selection was OK for them, as many of their beers were 'out." Food was above average but nothing special. All in all, a must see if youre in the area.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Really nice vibe here. Great outside seating and they had live music while I was there. Had good service and it was not too crowded. Would definitely revisit.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I visited Lagunitas a few days ago while road tripping down the West Coast; visiting there was part of the reason for the whole trip. I'm very glad I got a chance to visit; they had 26 beers on tap and everything I sampled was outstanding. It was awesome to discover that their taproom beers are even better than the great stuff that they bottle.

The taproom itself has a great atmosphere and there's a huge outdoor beer garden. Service is good and prompt at the bar. It's definitely worth checking out, even if Petaluma is out of your way.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

(#27 of 49) We stopped here during a Wednesday mid-afternoon to try their beers. The pub was packed so we sat on the mesh-covered patio. It was pretty busy there too. The front of the building was undergoing some construction, so I don't know if a new tasting room is part of this project, but I liked the inside of the pub as well as the patio since it was a nice day.

We ordered three sampler flights for a total of 12 beers. Every one of them was brewed very well to style, which you'd expect for a large national brewery, and the quality was consistent among them so that our range of scores that we gave to each beer ranged from a B-minur to a B grade. We liked the imperial stout the best.

We didn't order any food other than some chips, but the menu is basically pub grub. Wine, cider and kombucha were available too. Nice place, great beers, we'd go back again when in the area.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited this place while in the Petaluma area. Pretty cool vibe, visited in the afternoon and someone was playing guitar and it made for a nice ambiance. Great quality beers, good food, free peanuts and pretzels to snack on, good service. I really liked the wide variety of patrons here, from your usual young, beardy beer geeks to older, more working class people checking out the place too. It felt like a place where people from different states and different backgrounds could talk to each other and swap stories over some quality beers. I say that because that's exactly what I did. Thanks to older bay area native and his wife who bought me and my friend beers and some wings; I hope to return the favor one day.

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Photo of Beer1804
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Awesome place I was at the Chicago location it was fantastic I felt like an 8 year old at Willie Wonkas chocolate factory. Wish they had nite time ale otherwise a perfect ten.

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Photo of sjrider
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Having had many fun times here before we revisited 4-17-19 and were a little disappointed. The band was way too loud making conversation a challenge amongst ourselves and the servers. Beer selection and quality is still stellar ,but the burger was just sad given the price.Dog friendly is still a plus but haven't decided if we'll return given the choice of Henhouse and 101 North just a short walk away.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I gotta say, for being a big-time brewery and a place I looked forward to visiting, I wasn't wowed by Lagunitas.

The place felt a bit like a circus with the crowded feel, open spaces and kind of free-for-all way of entering.

The service was okay, not rude but not friendly, and they easily accommodated a flight for me. But then the flights came in those stange-shaped glasses and that was a bit of a bummer. Mini-snifters or nothing, yo.

There were a few one-offs on tap which is always appreciated and just drinking the classic Lagunitas lineup was nice.

A good place to visit. I noticed there were tours and I'd have like to have gone but missed out. Parking also was a bit chaotic.

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Photo of soupermirl
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stopped by in August of 2011 and March of 2015. It's fantastic. Both times were a great experience. The beer, every beer we had was fresh and delicious. We were lucky enough in 2015 to run into Johnny Lightning and get a semi-private tour. Great people, great beer, great food. Yes, there is a gift shop.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.05/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We got there when they opened (11:30) and got a spot at the bar. The majority of the service area is an outdoor area with tables. The bartender was friendly and very helpful in recommending Beercraft as a stop on the way to Russian River. We ordered some pork nachos that went well with the beers. The selection is half year round and half seasonal. I enjoyed the IPAs there as I expected. Not sure if we would have enjoyed the time there as much if we hadn't been at the bar. The line for getting drinking was getting quite long when we left a couple hours later.

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Photo of BarrelAgedForrest
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Awesome location, the brewery offers tours, great outdoor and indoor seating, a stage for shows, a grass chill area, great gift shop and an overall chill fun feel. Had a great time when we went there last summer. I enjoy all of their beer so I feel their selection is quite nice. Do a flight and grab some snack food and enjoy a band.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Was only able to make a quick stop, but loved the semi-outdoor setup and feel of this place. Selection was not as great as I hoped it might be, and some of the bottles being sold to-go were kinda old considering it was sold right from the source.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool place in Petaluma, tons of outdoor beer picnic seating. They have a stage, can see musical acts here, bring the dog, have some peanuts. Its Lagunitas beer so you know the quality is top notch.

Service is good, they only have a square bar inside and the help is kinda sparse ratio wise to the amount of people usually here. The selection is good, there are usually 2-3 one off's they don't bottle. Free peanuts. Some pretzels I think once.

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Photo of Coldstorage
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Vibe is pretty great here. I hope to be an ex-smoker soon but I will always appreciate the fact Lagunitas keeps a smoking area on campus. A few points dinged here because its "seat yourself" which is really unpleasant as it encourages pushy people to loom over your table if it looks like you are anywhere near the end of your meal.

Quality is always great at Lagunitas. Consistent doesn't begin to describe it.

Sorry but service is middle of the road. I don't know if they are underpaid, overworked, or just don't care but these folks can be surly... and not in a "cool grumpy bartender" way either....

Selection is always good and has gotten better since Chicago relieved some capacity issues. Lots of experiments, one offs and a tasty new Firkin every thursday.

Food is pretty nice. Great nachos, great burgers, homemade icecream cookie sandwiches. Dinged em a few points for not having a fryer. Cmon guys!

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Photo of VABA
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Lagunitas is a must stop for all beer lovers!

The place has a great atmosphere in a very laid back and relaxing setting, and the beers are world class!

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Photo of Jessbeauchemin
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Lagunitas Chicago was an absolute blast! From the decor, the tour, the guide himself, the food and of course the beer, it will stand out as one of the beat brew tours I've been on. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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Photo of CO-Bloom
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While I already like and respect Lagunitas beer, this place is probably the coolest brewery I have visited by far. Brewery tour, with included samples that they individually walked through and explained style and stories. We toured the facility which is beautiful and their beer garden/restaurant is one of the most pleasant places to have a beer I have been to. They also have am outdoor concert venue on site - which is awesome. If you are anywhere near Petaluma, do yourself a favor and book a tour. Awesome brewery that offers a lot.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

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Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 107275 ratings