Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyLagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing CompanyLagunitas Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1843 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60608-2423
United States

(773) 522-1308 | map
lagunitas.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.08
Beers:
154
Reviews:
26,910
Ratings:
107,742
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PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
111
pDev:
11.82%
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Bearshawks85 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Feb 07, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This place is an absolute blast! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme walking in. Huge areas that can satisfy all your partying needs. Super friendly people and world class beer. Gift shop is accessible and staffed with great people. A must visit!!

Jan 04, 2020
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TheRock7755 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Aug 17, 2019
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coz from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jul 06, 2019
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Apr 15, 2019
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Jeffsbowen from Illinois

2.71/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3

Aug 31, 2018
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Huge production brewery with a cozy taproom and a pretty cool tour. Solid selection of Lagunitas beers in the tap room, and some Short’s cider options for the non-beer types, which is cool. The tour was quite fun with a pretty animated tour guide. A cool trip if you’re in Chicago.

Aug 28, 2018
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meanmutt from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Aug 13, 2018
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Lazhal from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Walking in to this place is a bit of a hike, but they have made it pretty neat.. I won't spoil it for you though.

Dog friendly in case you are wondering.

We ate at a table near the catwalk which was pretty cool. It was hot though, maybe 85-90 degrees. Pretty good food. I had my normal sampler. They didn't anything special on tap while was there. Just the staples and a seasonal or two.

We also went on a brewery tour. Didn't take long, maybe 20 minutes. The tour guide did a good job.

There was also a magician. He had the kids attention for at least 15 minutes. They loved it.

Looking forward to visiting again.

Aug 06, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The vibe here is slick and impersonal, it’s huge and loud like a cafeteria with long communal tables. A live band with a cellist stood in the corner on a tiny stage like marionettes. Some interesting decor, psychedelic murals in the entry hall and some Dead posters. A few staged furniture ensembles and a nice beer can collection, but ultimately it’s too huge to feel remotely cozy. It's the brewery equivalent of a rich old uncle still trying to be hip with the kids.

First attempt to order at the bar while standing, the bartender silently pointed me to a line of people standing on the opposite side. That’s odd I thought, as I took a seat then just ordered from a different bartender. A firkin and 4 seasonals available, otherwise it’s what you can find at most local stores.

Skip the food and get authentic tacos nearby from La Chaparrita, El Milagro, or any number of other quality establishments nearby in Little Village. To me, the experience felt overly manufactured, as if a carpetbagging mega-brewery sank all their Heineken buyout money into a shiny new brewery to saturate midwest distribution, with a flashy showroom to pull in the tourists. Apparently it's working.

100% of the time i'd rather support the local breweries: Marz, Whiner, Lo Rez are all better options nearby. If headed to a Sox game, Maria's/Kimski is always my #1 pre/post-game one-stop for food, drafts, and beer-to-go.

Jul 22, 2018
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Parkchrisdoug from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Jun 01, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

May 17, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

5/3/18: First visit to the brewery, Willy Wonka greets you. Tap room on the second floor. Somewhat crowded for midweek day, service was great. Peanuts and pretzels served complementary, did not order from the menu. Had three seasonal beers, all well priced and were very good. Band was setting up but had to leave for the White Sox game. Was able to walk around and check out the brewery before heading out, very cool and large operation. Will definitely want to stop by pre-Sox game in the future.

May 13, 2018
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chrisjws from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Mar 23, 2018
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nofreepass99 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Of all the breweries across the country I've been to, this was the coolest. I wasn't in love with any of the beers in particular but it was like willy wonkas in there. Amazing experience for any beer fan

Feb 26, 2018
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kidzord from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Feb 18, 2018
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HOLTMAN44 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Oct 24, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A surprisingly enjoyable experience at this Heineken-owned massive brewery. The complex is truly ginormous, with a large taproom on the second floor. A dozen-or-so taps ranging from a pilsner to one-off brews like rum-barrel Brown Shugga.

Funky and cozy, and some good food to boot- an excellent meat-and-cheese plate with homemade smoky jerky.

Aug 25, 2017
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adam36 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Aug 04, 2017
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

They actually found soul in a warehouse.
Great vibe. They treat you special from entry to exit.
Even the space between the entrance and the stairs to rise to the shop and pub is decorated. I felt like a kid with the almost Geisel artwork and theme music of Willie Wonka. The colors and lights are transporting.
The waiting room just outside the pub has lots of comfortable seats and a view above the production line.
The pub itself is large with about 30 stools surrounding the central bar, approximately 15 high tops around the outside of the room, and substantial, not flimsy, communal picnic tables that seat another 40 or so. There is also a balcony of sorts for private parties, or for anyone looking for another view of the works, that could easily accommodate 50 people.
The menu is simple and the food is delicious.
Employees were happy to be there, competent at their job, and made me feel welcome.
After I left I had an overwhelming feeling of wonder. I looked back at the stark white warehouse wall with the 8foot tall lettered Lagunitas edict and I asked myself if that just happened.
Awesome.

Jul 15, 2017
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HopHEAD1522 from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jul 14, 2017
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KWD from Tennessee

4.95/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place was awesome.

Jun 29, 2017
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Best vibe of any downtown Chicago brewery, bar none! Big shoutout to Burly for being an awesome tour guide! The brewery isn't in the greatest location but once you get there, it's a giant warehouse full of fun!!!

Jun 19, 2017
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brights from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Mar 21, 2017
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Mistro from Maine

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Jan 26, 2017
Lagunitas Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 107742 ratings