t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 20, 2013| Updated September 24, 2013
California place rating number 400.
Visited many times since RBSG 2009.
We were literally the first customers through the door at the new tasting room. The paint was still drying and they tapped the first cask for us. I’ve been back just as a quick stop to try some new beers and to enjoy the sun and company and music. The employees are all very nice and like to hang out and talk. They do live music on some days and they always have new beers to try. Their hoppy beers are always good but they do some other good stuff like the farmhouse gueuze (the blended funky saison). The food is pretty good but it’s just snack/pub food. Awesome place and awesome stop on the way to/from Russian River.
Tucked in an industrial area just off of 101. Can be easy to drive past if you’ve never been before. The beer garden area is really cool. Big outdoor area with long picnic tables, a covered patio with more tables, and a decent size indoor bar area. Some nice tap only beers available at the bar, usually at least one special cask on as well. Service can be kind of spotty, but usually pretty good. Flights are well priced.
Visited on the afternoon of Wednesday 03/02/16.
Located alongside the large brewing plant the Lagunitas taproom is largely an outdoor beer garden with a medium sized bar that offers sheltered indoor drinking. Large benches in the open is the order of the day with friendly and efficient table service. Plentiful supplies of free monkey nuts offered. Solid beer list ... getting on for 20 different taps with all the regulars and a good 7 or 8 new ticks for me in the form of one offs and seasonals. Tasters available, prices on all pours were very fair. There seemed to be a stage that regularly hosts live music. Hot food available but we didn’t partake. We also visited the shop on the way out ... plenty of beer on offer, largely the core range, but a few rarer/seasonal releases. More non beer merchandise than beer to be honest ... I picked up some biscuits for Brendan Doge and also some nice stone cut/faux marble beer mats. Overall a really solid taproom that I would love to hit up again. Also visit Petaluma Hills over the road for some extended ticking action.
A very cool spot overall, and definitely worth a visit. The place itself is something of a sprawling compound, with the brewery, a large tented patio, a restaurant, an ampitheater and a gift shop (and I’ve sure there’s other stuff). The parking situation, however, is lacking - we needed to park somewhere random across the street, and crossing that very busy street on foot was a little sketchy. The beer range is great, with pretty much all the core beers plus some specials; it’s great to see such a large, established brewery still making an effort to brew small-batch stuff. The prices were extremely good. They offer free peanuts and pretzels. The server was attentive and enthusiastic. This would be an awesome place to come with a large group to just hang out and knock back pints. I highly recommend a visit a here - Lagunitas do almost everything right.
Braudog (839) Yorktown, Virginia | April 10, 2008| Updated April 13, 2008
April 2008 We popped in on this industrial micro unannounced and at least an hour off their advertised tour timeline. But nonetheless, we were greeted with warm receptiveness and an impromptu short tour of their bulging-at-the-seems brewery. What a friendly crowd! An original micro, growing so much they’re stretching their waist size, but still living up to the small guy cool factor (What we wished Sierra Nevada was like). All the way nice. Lagunitas is now officially my default Fridge IPA. Way to go. (Brewery #456, 4/10/2008)
(Visited 06/2013): Lagunitas is in Petaluma on N McDowell in an industrial area, just a few minutes away from the Redwood Freeway. Parking lots adjacent to the buildings.
The Lagunitas complex consists of the brewery, beer garden, store and bar. Very laid back atmosphere, and the whole "420" thing permeates so to speak. The beer garden has communal benches and a stage, and the bar is relatively small with red walls, funky decor and wood, and a chalk board listing the available beers.
As for the beers there are around 20 house beers on draught plus a firkin. This included several staple beers like Censored, IPA and Gnarley Wine plus some unique offerings like Kriek, Gueuze, Brandy Barrel Aged Stout and SoCo Stout on my visit. The beers are all solid, and samplers are available.
Service at the bar was good. I was served by a few different bartenders and they all knew the beer and were friendly. Tours are available as well.
I did not have any food on this visit.
Overall this is a highly recommended place to visit north of San Francisco.
Finally made this stop! Very nice tasting "room" with covered outdoor seating live music, a festive atmosphere. Inside bar and additional seating as well. Board split between the regulars and the specialties, and offer a four-beer taster flight for like $5. Good service, free pretzels and peanuts, and interesting beers. Whats not to like?
Awesome indoor/outdoor facility that has a large patio, stage and grass amphitheater. I visited a few times over the course of a week and always found it quite lively with crowds. Parking may be a challenge at peak times. The beer selection’s pretty large, featuring a number of core beers plus several one-offs and small batch offerings. Beer quality was high across the board, and prices were quite cheap. Overall, I liked this place a lot. I’d visit often if I lived in the area. Absolutely recommended.
On a sunny day, the beer garden here is probably the coolest place to hang out that I have been to in America so far. Like Bavaria come to Northern CA. Lovely place, with all kinds of activities going on, decent food, lots of inexpensive beers to choose from, fun, fun fun. The beer selection is limited to their stuff, though there were like 15 on tap. If I lived nearby, I’d hang here whenever the weather was nice.
We stopped past on a very sunny afternoon on our way to Santa Rosa. There is a large, laid-back outdoor area before you enter the smaller indoor bar. Ambience and atmosphere is spot on - if we were not on my way to Santa Rosa we could easily of chilled here all day. There were 15 Lagunitas beers on draft, with 5 seasonals/specials including Cruising with Ruben and the Bretts. We opted for some 4oz sampler trays, a great way to try all of their beers. Value was very good. Food looked tasty, but we did not indulge. They also do regular tours and have a decent shop for merchandise. A great place for a sunny day and the best place to drink Lagunitas.