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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.