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 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 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 course...place 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.
I had a great time at this brewery as I participated in both a tour, and an industry night party. As for the tour, it was excellent. The guide was knowledgeable, funny, and an extremely hospitable guy. The tour itself begins in a bar that is put together like a barn house attic complete with old couches and rustic wooden tables. In this comfortable homey atmosphere the tour guide lets you sample one by one generous pours of six of their beers while giving you some history of the brewery. After the drinking is done you are taken on a walking tour around the brewing tanks and finally back to the attic bar where you can relax. Best of all, the tour and beer are free.
As for the industry party, it also was free and it included all the beer on tap one could drink as well as complimentary chips and salsa, cookies, and fried pickles from a non brewery affiliated pickle truck. Despite being free I tipped generously, as I suggest all do when given free drinks.
Other details worth noting are there is a large patio area where we drank during the industry party, a shop to buy beer and clothes which we looked in, and a pub which was not open during our stay.
This place was great! Very nice patio with live music! Bar has lots of taps! We made our own taster set which is UN common. The atmosphere was so awesome! service is sort of lacking but it was busy lunch on Saturday and they were still very friendly. The free tours were awesome one @ 1 & @3pm. Visited the store and all of the souvenirs are priced very reasonable! Food was fantastic, the simple sandwich menu makes it easy to pick from and the prices of beer and food are very affordable, you can have lots of fun for little$!
Within walking distance from work, we had always dreamed of a day when we could go over for a beer after work. Now its here, with their new patio. Nicely landscaped yard with a small stage for bands to play. They had at least 7 beers on tap and another 5-6 in bottles avail. Sassy but quick waitress kept em coming. $4/12 oz plastic cup was better than the $5 I was expecting. Someone had a bad sandwich, but they are remodeling and adding a kitchen as I type this. They also have comp peanuts & pretzels. So my food review should change shortly.
Since my initial review, they have added sandwiches, nachos and other foods...all pretty good with nice low prices. They now have great glasses instead of plastic cups. Free peanuts and pretzels!
Beer garden is always packed and lively with bands and lots of talk...people often share tables with strangers and leave with new friends..
The tour is great, they keep pouring as long as you keep drinking. Sometimes they pull out some pretty cool/unexpected stuff.