Petaluma Beer Guide: Your Petaluma guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Petaluma

82 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“This place is huge, with several different seating and bar areas that you can tell have just been added on as they went, as it has a very DIY vibe to it, and a little rough around the edges as you might expect from the brand. Service is great, friendly and knowledgeable and actually fairly on top of it considering how busy this place gets. Beer list is impressive, with a bunch of stuff you can only get there as they test out new recipes, all fairly solid. It has a lot of history and it shows, so definitely worth a stop.“
jbruner 267 days ago
82 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“OG - big place attracting all types. Still very cheap, including take aways.“
jonno 390 days ago
90 /100 1333 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Great beers, super friendly people. Really a cool stop and better than Lagunitas.“
jonno 390 days ago
78 /100 1333 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Nice to see the barrels in the back when you come in. Pleasant unpretentious place with an easy vibe. Good selection of their own beers, flight available and also cans to go. Nice place to spend Sunday afternoon.“
tomer 467 days ago
80 /100 1333 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“The newest HenHouse tasting room, and also apparently where the host their barrel aging program! Stopped in on the way up to Santa Rosa, and I am glad I did. The place itself is smallish and not crowded. Local crowd. Good service. Flights available. Located on the sight of the old Petaluma Hills Brewing company taproom. Good and interesting variety of beers on tap. I did a flight of four and all were interesting. I ended up buying a four pack and a bottle to go, which is not super common for me.“
bytemesis 672 days ago
80 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Definitely worth a visit. Nice little beer garden / pub tucked away on the brewery grounds. Tours an option. All of their flagships, plus some specials. I was lucky enough to get some collaboration brews with Moonlight for the Sonoma fire victims and with Anchor for SF Beer Week. Nice little menu, and one of the best turkey clubs I've had in quite some time. Laid back and friendly, not corporate at all. Pints, 10oz pours and 5 oz flights provide some nice options.“
stevoj 1019 days ago
74 /100 621 E WASHINGTON ST
“Just like most Whole Foods Markets, this store has a pretty good selection of beers at decent prices. Food is a bit more expensive at WFM than other chains but is of a higher quality. Worth a visit for sure.“
UKBeerGeek 1162 days ago
78 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“We really liked this pub / beer garden, it has a really relaxed atmosphere. They seem to have live music on most days and there was a band playing when we visited. Service was good. Selection was impressive in terms of size, with a good few seasonals and specials but a few of the beers the that I tried were a bit average. The Unfiltered Little Sumpin' and the Cafe con Leche Stout being the best by far. We had a burger each and they were rather good. Prices were good. Definitely worth a visit!“
UKBeerGeek 1165 days ago
76 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Visited here while on vacation in early August 2017 It was too early in the morning for the taproom (overheard somebody say they do not want to take business away from the local eateries lunch business) so we just visited the "Schwag" store, Had plenty of Lagunitas merchandise and s few bombers for sale, The staff was friendly and talkative, Took a walk around the outside seating areas (two large ones) and looked like a fun place, Saw the tap list, all the regulars were represented as well as a few surprises, Will definitely stop by for a round or two when they are open some time,“
PorterPounder 1205 days ago
“Awesome space/location! Solid 30 beers on tap + full bar and wine. Bocce ball court river front view are nice touches.“
hmarshall 1404 days ago
84 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Made a quick stop on our way back from Santa Rosa. Visited the bar area and the gift shop. A bit tricky to find a parking spot, otherwise great.“
AXL72 1450 days ago
84 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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.“
Theydon_Bois 1651 days ago
66 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“Visited for lunch on 03/02/16. Nice location by the canal in Petaluma, located just across from Taps. 8 beers on tap - not the best standard averaging just 2.89 for me (highest beer rated @3.2). Usual brew pub range of styles. Food was fine - had a tasty burger but not the sort likely to feature on an episode of Man vs Food. Service was prompt and friendly. Beers were available in tasting flights so ticker friendly in this respect. No go to but worth stopping by for some (average) ticks and a bite to eat if passing by.“
Theydon_Bois 1653 days ago
88 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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.“
Leighton 1724 days ago
74 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“An OK spot overall. The beers are fairly average, so that might not be a significant draw. They offer beers in flights, which is nice. I did enjoy my food (think I had roasted chicken with salad or something). Pretty good prices on the whole. Friendly service, although our server wasn’t an authority on their beer. I wouldn’t call this place a must-visit, but it is a good option for food and a flight.“
Leighton 1724 days ago
66 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“Nice location on a canal in downtown Petaluma. The eight mediocre house beers on tap covered a pretty classic brewpub range of styles. The food came highly recommended, but I didn’t try anything worth writing home about. My burger was pretty mediocre, while the onions strings were probably the only thing my party really enjoyed. This might be an OK spot for lunch if you’re close by, but temper your expectations.“
jackl 1737 days ago
80 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Stopped with some cool bros on a Friday evening. Quite busy, but it’s a huge place so we were able to get a place to sit. They have lots of beers that aren’t 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 I’d revisit if I was in the area.“
JulienHuxley 1741 days ago
84 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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.“
jackl 1749 days ago
88 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Stopped in here on a Thursday afternoon while making the rounds in Petaluma. This is the real gem of the town, too. It’s 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 they’re 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 don’t look to squeeze margin out of this place and that’s awesome. We didn’t take a tour, nor did we eat, but we hit up the nice little gift shop. There’s 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.“
phaleslu 1749 days ago
72 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“Dempsey’s has a well-located brewpub right on the water in old downtown Petaluma, a footbridge across from the main drag. It’s also across the parking lot from Taps, which apparently just moved there. We heard the food was good so we started here for lunch. But my fries were hard as a rock and the meat on the Cuban was way overcooked and dry. So the food looks better than it is (onion straws are the best menu item, from what I could tell; sub these out for the disappointing fries). The beers are nondeScript but not bad, and they aren’t particularly expensive. Food is a buck or two overpriced. The waiter was friendly but didn’t know much about the beer. Worth a stop if you’re in the immediate area and have some time; Taps might be a better option from what I hear, though.“
phaleslu 1749 days ago
72 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“Nice location in central Petaluma, close to the spring that runs through the town. My burger tasted well (solid blend of meat) with good condiments and tasty shoe string style fries. Affordable for the quality. Beers were decent (with one or two real misses though) and flights were cheap. Worth stopping by for some food before hitting Lagunitas or whatever.“
VsXsV 1750 days ago
72 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“A nice bistro on the waterfront. Service was good with only a bit of knowledge. Selection of beers was decent as was the beer. Flight was big and priced OK. Food was interesting but not good enough to be a draw. An average but nice place all around.“
Ferris 1751 days ago
72 /100 54 E WASHINGTON ST
“Cool place by the river. Decent selection, mostly Northern CA beers. Staf was fine.“
KyotoLefty 1756 days ago
80 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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!“
SHIG 1757 days ago
82 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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 hadn’t 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.“
italarican 1759 days ago
86 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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 men’s room could be updated though. The service and selection were good (some of their bottled offerings, along with several I’ve never seen anywhere else), as was the value. Didn’t eat, but food is available. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the greater San Francisco / Santa Rosa area.“
b3shine 1759 days ago
92 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“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 I’d 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. Couldn’t find an open 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 wouldn’t 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 was very cool...including the garden area. I’m guessing this location is usually packed...I got to see a side of it less common...and met some really great staff.“
PRBeer 1765 days ago
66 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Huge outdoor and indoor serving area, very busy on a Sunday, crowded with dogs and families, very informal atmosphere, which is nice. Good Lagunitas beers, which is why you are there in the first place. The turkey wings (or whatever it was) were literally dripping with barbecue sauce, and were not to my liking, but they may have better food.“
Sigmund 1855 days ago
72 /100 54 E WASHINGTON ST
“I did not like this place much - but that was only because it was crowded and noisy (on a Sunday early afternoon), the beer selection is excellent! Probably fun on a quiet day (if any). They serve food, but we did not eat.“
Sigmund 1855 days ago
“Amazing and authentic bar in a tin shed / garage from 1923. I would probably be happy to visit an authentic place like that even if they only served macro swill - but the great thing is that all 13 taps are craft beer! Swill drinkers will have to make do with bottles. See the, or .“
Sigmund 1855 days ago
78 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“can be a bit of a zoo, but the indoor outdoor seating is expansive, they have live shows all the time, dogs are allowed and the beer is good.“
slowrunner77 1923 days ago
84 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“It’s going to get just a tad complicated, though. We got the Pliny when I flew up from San Diego to Big Sur to visit my girlfriend. Since I flew, we left the Pliny at her place, and I’m conducting the negotiations since she basically don’t have internet access. So, once we figure out the details, I’ll give her the address, she’ll send it, and your beer will come here to San Diego to wait for her arrival for us to share.“
GarrettB 1939 days ago
78 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Really cool place. Lots of outdoor seating. Beer was good but nothing incredible. Staff was friendly and were quick. Souvenir shop was very cool, some good stuff to take with you. Very inviting place I recommend checking it out of you are in the area.“
svastuber 1984 days ago
76 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Visited on a Friday night after Russian River so Lagunitas needed to make a very good impression to be rememberable. Very crowded and loud. I only had two pints as there was no tables free... Tasty beers and good selection. A gift shop with good selection of beers-to-go and merchandise. I would like to visit again.“
rosenbergh 2006 days ago
94 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Phenomenal brewery. Great service and lots of beers on taps (and no exceptions to what you can include in the flight). Pulled pork sandwich was on point.“
SG111 2105 days ago
82 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Visited with a friend the 14th February 2015 - The brewery is on the town of Petaluma, on the north of San Francisco. You will need a car to go there. The brewery is big enough and there is a garden to enjoy the place. The saturday afternoon the place was crowded with a country band who played music. The ambiance is great, very friendly and simple as possible. The service is nice and the beer are good on taste and on price. You can have flights to enjoy all the beers available and you can also eat (but I didn’t try it). There are free tour of the brewery. Good organisation and the speaker was really friendly (thanks Johnny!) , it will take 1 hour to do it. Great atmosphere, and good place to spend time with a beer.“
sir__v 2109 days ago
86 /100 54 E WASHINGTON ST
“Just moved to Petaluma and this place is great. If you’re visiting the bay area and are hunting, you’ll probably score lower than me. But as a local, now, this has everything I want. I really enjoy the food. The service has been down-to-earth and great more than once -- every visit. The selection of beers on tap satisfy. I love it. It’s across the river where downtown is so there’s easy access to walk into that old and cool part of town. The ambiance is a nice surprise from the parking lot in which you walk from. They smoke meat outside of the place and that smell is just amazing when are they doing that.“
steview 2120 days ago
64 /100
Pub Republic (Restaurant)
“Pretty decent beer bar. Clean place. Ok beer selection. Not real great for Raters as they don’t do small pours. Nothing exotic or fancy either. Otherwise just fine... A nice stop after a country drive“
joet 2185 days ago
82 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Service slow but ambiance was great, selection a little limited.“
Luvystypotables 2202 days ago
“This was the best slection overall I saw in my four weeks in California. Off course I was only attending Whole Foods but two full aisles of single craft beer, including some I didnt see other places like barrel aged from Firestone Waker and North Coast. Plenty off locals and a good deal from rest of Cali. Good place to pick up beers and plenty of parking outside.“
Defreni 2309 days ago
78 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Great outdoor beer garden. Decent selection though many are their regular bottles beers. Food is good but a bit pricey for what you get. Tour is nice but some of the tour guides are reluctant to awnser some questions about the product or did not know.“
beertholomeus 2318 days ago
82 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Great complex with a small indoor bar area and expansive outdoor beer garden with plenty of huge Bavarian-style communal tables. Live music all the time (indoors in the cooler months and outdoors spring and summer). The full breadth of the standard Lagunitas offerings and a good (6-10) rotation of specials/seasonals/one-offs. Solid food and just an all-around great place for a few pints. Any brewery with free peanuts automatically gets an extra bump in their ratings regardless of the beers, but Lagunitas makes great beers so it’s a frivolous extra point.“
alagnak 2339 days ago
72 /100 1280 N MCDOWELL BLVD
“Got there on a Saturday and it was hard to find a parking spot anda once we got in the court yard it was hard to find a spot to sit. The place was packed! We were waited on quickly however and once I had one of their beers that seemed to help overcome the first two problems. :-)“
Beerenberger 2376 days ago
74 /100 621 E WASHINGTON ST
“in terms of layout, service, and pricing, this is pretty much your typical whole foods. they have a good selection of beers with firestone, deschutes, lagunitas, moylans, lost Abbey, some German, Belgian, Japanese imports. they did have a couple Russian river beers as well, which I guess is the only real difference and thing that might make it worth it to go here rather than Petaluma market. still, a decent store.“
brokensail 2511 days ago
80 /100
Petaluma Market (Grocery Store)
“Local grocery store, sort of a Trader Joe’s feel to it. Really surprisingly good and sizable beer selection. Stuff from the Bruery, barrel aged Firestone beers, Abyss, lots of Stone, Dogfish Head, some Lost Abbey, B Nektar, tons of Knee Deep, Lagunitas, etc. Small selection of imports as well. Really friendly place. Pretty good pricing as well.“
brokensail 2511 days ago
76 /100 54 E WASHINGTON ST
“There’s a sign right across from Dempsey’s for this place, but apparently they’ve’s just down the street, though. Small bar and restaurant area though it seemed like they had somewhat of a banquet hall in the back with long tables. Beer list was very local centric. Petaluma Hills, Hen House, Iron Springs, etc. Service was quick and friendly. Prices were pretty good, looked like just about everything was $5 a pop. Pretty cool little place.“
brokensail 2511 days ago
72 /100 50 E WASHINGTON ST
“If this place wasn’t on RateBeer, I doubt I ever would have thought to come here. The restaurant is located right on the water and I’d imagine when the weather is nice it would be okay out on the water. Food looked and smelled great, but I didn’t eat anything. Service at the bar was very friendly and pretty decently quick. Seemed very much like a local hangout. I got a flight of their eight house beers and while a couple were decent, on the whole they were meh. Would probably consider coming here to eat, but the beer isn’t too great.“
brokensail 2511 days ago