SHIG (290) Bury St Edmunds, England | February 2, 2016
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!
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.
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!
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.