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 didnít 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 Iíve sure thereís 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; itís 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.
Stopped with some cool bros on a Friday evening. Quite busy, but itís a huge place so we were able to get a place to sit. They have lots of beers that arenít available in bottles, nice beers. They keep you well stocked in peanuts and pretzels, service is really good. The ambiance is a bit grungy, but very friendly. One of the only big breweries Iíd revisit if I was in the area.
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 selectionís 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. Iíd visit often if I lived in the area. Absolutely recommended.
Stopped in here on a Thursday afternoon while making the rounds in Petaluma. This is the real gem of the town, too. Itís north of downtown in a more industrial area on a really busy road. Parking is weird; we were on a side street and had to run across traffic to get in and out. The brewpub itself is cozy, with a low ceiling and bar in the middle. But theyíre known for their big, inviting patio, which has a clear tent cover over it to keep it open all year. The place is well-staffed, and the servers are friendly and attentive. Good beer list; pretty much all the regulars that get distributed everywhere, along with a handful of one-offs and seasonals. Prices are excellent for the area, too; they clearly donít look to squeeze margin out of this place and thatís awesome. We didnít take a tour, nor did we eat, but we hit up the nice little gift shop. Thereís also a little ampitheater on a hill, and some other bells and whistles that set this mini campus apart from other large craft breweries. Really fun, unique, inviting spot.
Stopped in on my way to San Rosa, super busy Friday night. Long list of offerings, a few I have never seen in bottles. Staff was helpful considering the crowded area with a bluegrass band playing. No Heineken offered!
Walking through the sterile brewing towers and office spaces left a lot to be desired, but the tap room space itself was nice. A nice beer garden-esque outside seating area as well as an indoor open bar area. Roughly 5-6 unique offerings I hadnít seen elsewhere as well as their staples and familiar seasonals. Flight prices were ridiculously cheap. The tour was fun, albeit not revolutionary; it was nice that I was allowed to bring my beer (provided you pour it into a plastic cup). Definitely worth a visit.
A cool indoor/outdoor brewpub next to their massive facility in Petaluma. Went on a Friday night and loved the atmosphere - live music, busy but not chaotic or overcrowded, and upbeat. The menís room could be updated though. The service and selection were good (some of their bottled offerings, along with several Iíve never seen anywhere else), as was the value. Didnít eat, but food is available. Definitely worth a stop if youíre in the greater San Francisco / Santa Rosa area.
Visiting from the east coast...been past Lagunitas several times before...but they were always closed...seemed that was going to happen to me again...if not for meeting a Lagunitas promotion manager a week before in Phoenix...that said the Tue Iíd be passing thru and closed to the public...was actually industry night...and that I had a better than 50/.50 chance of talking my way in. So of course I tried it while driving from SF up to Russian River. Couldnít find an open entrance...so drove around back and was questioned by their security...very nice lady named Lynn...told her my story...and low & behold she let me in! She let me have samples of whatever I wanted...and wouldnít even let me pay! I drank with Lynn & Charlie...and his dog Rocky (on his shoulder like a parrot no less)...all in all...a great and very unexpected adventure! Beer was fantastic of course...place was very cool...including the garden area. Iím guessing this location is usually packed...I got to see a side of it less common...and met some really great staff.