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Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1280 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, California, 94954
United States

(707) 769-4495 | map

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

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Photo of excal
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
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