Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.93/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1280 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, California, 94954
United States

(707) 769-4495 | map
lagunitas.com

Notes:
Now featuring a new outdoor beer garden with light snacks and music

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BEER STATS
Beers:
116
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
491
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
4%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 491
Photo of Kubishark
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +13.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 0%
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 -4.7%
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 +6.6%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.8%
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 -4%
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 Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +17.6%
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 +17.6%
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 +12.7%
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 -6.1%
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 +3.5%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped into the brewery one afternoon while on vacation in Northern California, circa 2011. Unfortunately, we did not do our research and the brewpub was closed on the day we stopped in (I believe it was a Tuesday). However, they had a tour starting in half an hour. "Would you like to join the tour" they said. "Of course" we said. Smart choice. The tour consisted of some very generous (free) pours of just about everything they had on tap that day, along with our guide (bartender) describing the history of the brewery and some of its more well-known brews. Great vibe, and what seemed at first like it might be a bust of a trip turned out to be a great time. I can't describe the food since, well, the were not serving any. Since they were closed. I mentioned that earlier.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Being from the bay area we have a bunch of breweries to choose from but this place is really laid back a no worries kind of vibe and that is Cali all day lol

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Photo of RyanK252
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Love stopping here! The brewery tour is possibly the best I've been on. The guides are hilarious, super chill, and make you feel like family. You get the full entertaining history story and a ton of laughs to go with it, plus a nice sampler. The tap room and beer sanctuary (greatest name ever) always has something new and cool to try in addition to all the standards and seasonals. Friendly staff, great food, and live music round it out. Well worth stopping.

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Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Ive never visited them in person. They make non IPA lovers like myself enjoy "nighttime" , "lagunitas sucks", "censored", enjoy al sorts or new and odd strains at always reasonable prices. Thank you. Your imperial stout is great asd well. I blame all typos on your "hairy eye ball" I just drank . Yum.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Awesome brewery full of cool people. Did the tour and got to sample all the different beers, and then as we walked through the bottling section our tour guide improvised and just started grabbing bombers right off the assembly line and handing them to us! Highly recommended if your ever in the San Francisco Area

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Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +17.6%

This is my favorite tour in the Bay Are. Make sure you go during the weekday, because that tour includes tastings. Basically, they take you up to their tasting room and tell you great stories while giving you about as much beer as you should drink (large tasters of many of their beers). At the end of the tour, they let you grab a bottle of beer from their bottling line, like Laverne and Shirley (I heard they stopped doing this though).

Its always a great atmosphere and usually there is a live band. The prices are always very reasonable and the beers are great.

Truly great place to hang out.

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Photo of MIrvine
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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Photo of Vlaminck
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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...

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Photo of talon757
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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"!

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