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Active Beers: 76
Beer Ratings: 46,911
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1280 North McDowell Boulevard
phone: (707) 769-4495
Now featuring a new outdoor beer garden with light snacks and music
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lagunitas is where I most often go because, I love this place for the atmosphere. This is a must for anyone who lives near or anyone visiting the Bay Area.
In the Tap Room you'll find all the standard brews like their IPA, Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and so forth but you will also see a few beers that they have some fun with and release specifically for the brewery. I always recommend getting the tasters for $5 so you can try any four and go with ones you can't get elsewhere. Some of their best stuff, unfortunately, you will not find outside of here.
I recommend sitting at the bar where the service is really good, but if you sit outside, be prepared to wait. At times they can be very busy and understaffed so service can slow down. The food is okay, but nothing special. There is music everyday to enjoy; either outside in the summer or inside when it's cold. You should take the tour which is fun and you get a considerable amount of free beer which is always nice.
Overall a really nice laid back place to spend some time. Come here ready to relax.
06-28-2011 07:12:55 |
More by avaldivia
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by here on the way back from RRBC and was surprised and blown away. I've always liked, but not loved the lagunitas beers I've tried, but I was surpirsed by the amazing environment and great selection of beers.
Nice grounds, great relaxed brewpub environment. I went on a sat afternoon and there was a great folk band rocking out in the pub. I didn't try any food, but what I saw go by looked good. They also use cool mason jar pint glasses. They have pretty cool half gallon mason jar growlers too.
06-24-2011 22:55:05 |
More by cbanker
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Once you're inside, you can't really tell you're in an industrial park. I was inside at the bar, where the vibe was pretty mellow. Lots of people coming and going. Lots of interesting conversations. Heard someone comment that their land lady didn't like "straight weed" but only liked hash.
Beers were fresh, the mason jars serving type is a bit odd, but I guess that's their deal.
Service was good, there were a bunch of guys (and gals) behind the bar. All of them were willing to pour a sample or two.
Selection was pretty standard. I did have a pinot barrel aged stout that was pretty good. The rest was the typical stuff.
Had a panini, it was fine. Nothing special there.
Overall, a nice mellow place to hang out and enjoy some beers. If there was a place like this by my house, I'd be there all the time. Oh, and it's very dog friendly too.
06-20-2011 04:37:58 |
More by prg1976
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went here for dinner with my girlfriend and buddy from high school. I had heard good things and was a bit underwhelmed. We got there as some event was wrapping up, which lead to being directed to a parking spot by an interesting old man. That also meant that the nice outdoor garden was 100% occupied, and we sat in the pretty unremarkable bar. The beer selection was what you'd expect from Lagunitas, but they had some interesting extras including a Gueuze (which was actually sold out) and a BA Stout (which was better than its BA rating implies).
The food was okay, but the menu was really, really small. I had expected somewhat more choice. The food was good, but not spectacular, I've had better at smaller-name brewpubs.
All in all it's a good place, but I had high hopes that weren't met.
06-14-2011 02:07:13 |
More by stupac2
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the second time I've been to the brewery, first time to the tasting room.
When you first walk through the gates of the Lagunitas tasting room, you're meet with a relaxed crow of folks in a patio-esq out door area. To the left is stair leading to the brewery and a stage where some local musicians serenade the crowd. I don't know what it is about marin but they sure love their cheesy solo guitar noodling performers. It didn't ruin the ambience, but it always cracks me up. A few steps further and you reach to 'tasting room'. Around the center bar are plenty of seats, although you can sit at the bar, too. The environment inside was bustling. Patrons sit around while the wait staff race around. Because of the restaurant atmosphere I waited to be served, which took a bit. I wanted to just get beer at the bar, but it didn't seem like the place to do that. The menu looked great, but I didn't have room for food. The tap list was exactly what you'd expect: every beer from Lagunitas, and most of their seasonal selections. The one surprise was that they had Geuze, which was pretty amazing. On thursdays @ 4:20 they release a special batch of firkin beer. That seems like a great idea. The beers were reasonably priced, BUT the best band for your buck were the samplers. $4 gets you 4 4oz glasses of their pilsner, IPA, pale ale and one more beer, not bad. For $5 you can get a custom set for 4 beers. (either way you're looking at a pint's worth of beer for 4-5 bucks. that's a steal) I got the Sumpin' Wild, the Geuze, Gnarlywine and the Imp. Stout, which didn't go too good with the other three.
I like Lagunitas, not in love with it, but knowing that I can walk a brief stretch from my girlfriend's place to get some good beer is okay by me.
04-12-2011 23:35:58 |
More by 100floods
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Lagunitas is a must stop in wine country for the beer connoisseur, especially the hophead. It's located on the edge of a pretty laid back rural town and that's what makes it something special. We drove from Sac, and it's a gorgeous trek if you get off the interstate early.
Try to make it on a nice day (not too tough to come by in this region), because the courtyard is where it's at. There's live music nearly every day, it started when we arrived at around 3pm on a Sunday. This place seemed busy when we showed up.... that was nothing. It only got busier, a popular spot for sure!
The beers are served in mason jars, which is different. It shoves aside proper beer presentation, which I thought was a statement of how confident they are with their brews. The offerings are typically geared to the lupalin freak, which is awesome. My fiancee likes the lighter sweeter stuff, but she fared alright (she came because I wanted to anyways). They had four IPAs on tap.... yea, four (4)! God bless Lagunitas. Pints were five bucks. Tasters (four 4oz glasses) were seven bucks, not bad.
The food is pretty limited, but don't come here for the food. A half dozen appetizers and panini sandwiches round out the solid diet items. I got a good sized panini for $10, it was decent.
The service is a tough one to rate. Service is going to be slow if you don't venture to the bar yourself (even that is typically packed), that's just the way it is, this is a busy place. But when there's several tables laid out potluck style and no real rhyme or reason to what's going on, you gotta cut 'em some slack. After all, even though the food and beer don't come quickly, the musician on stage isn't taking a break, so enjoy yourself. Everyone is friendly, including the dogs which are welcome, so watch your step.
04-07-2011 02:34:01 |
More by climax
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located a bit off the beaten path, in an industrial park in the outskirts of Petaluma.
The location was surprising as I did not expect to find such a place in an industrial park. But what do I know.
Parking was touch despite being there on a Wednesday night. There was live music, and needless to say, the place was packed. A nicely sized outdoor dining and drinking area led into the enclosed bar and restaurant area, which was outfitted like a cross between a hunting lodge and a garage. Great atmosphere.
The bar was rectangular and seated about 30 patrons. There were several pub tables spread around as well.
The draft list featured about 10 house beers, including interesting takes on their classic lineup. Most of what was served was draft only.
Lagunitas is slowly becoming my favorite brewery.
04-06-2011 20:32:46 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Totally awesome vibe here. You walk into a really large beer garden, tons of long row tables, they can really entertain a good amount of people. Just as cool as that, there was a band that did about 2 hours of Hank Williams tunes. Lots of Hawaiain shirt guys around, all of them were really cool.
Quality of the beers here are awesome, really enjoyed the wet hop ipa, they do it about as good as anyone. The habanero ipa was crazy, would go up to the edge of too spicy, and then relent just barely. Barrel aged hairy eyeball was pretty good too.
Never had to wait for a beer, they bring you pretzels and peanuts, really was as close to perfect as possible. Prices were just great. Dogs totally welcome, just a really cool unpretentious, friendly place. Stayed about 1-2 hours longer than planned because it was so happening on a warm November Saturday.
Oh yeah, inside there's a wooden bar that makes a square. Only went there to use the restroom.
11-25-2010 03:50:31 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Other recent reviews (like massshortage's) capture the gist of it, but I'll add my $0.02 as well.
The addition of the new beer garden is welcome, as you can lounge out back without the hustle & bustle of the bar, often featuring live music, as on this last visit. On a busy saturday afternoon, inside is jam packed and the beer garden out back is busy but not overwhelming.
Service seemed fair to a touch above average. everyone was friendly and we were greeted a few times (better than many places), service was relatively prompt, and everyone was happy. what more can we ask for?
Selection was good this time (seems to vary a bit). I like the day-to-day printed menu of taps. Basic sampler is good for unfamiliar friends, and I love the pick any 4 to sample for $5. makes perfect sense to me. and I got to try a few limited draft-only brews like the habanero IPA and port aged hairy eyeball (amazing!). What more could I want?
Haven't sampled from the relatively standard food menu, as I'm quite satisfied with the complementary peanuts and pretzels, but everyone eating seemed fairly satisfied.
All in all, the more I go to the Lagunitas tap room, the more I like Lagunitas. Definitely a must-stop of you're passing through the general area.
11-11-2010 06:57:57 |
More by djeucalyptus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
Their taproom is a true beer garden. The atmosphere is great. You enter through a gate into an enclosed yard with a variety of long tables, and more secluded seating circles. All of it is nicely shaded. They have indoor and outdoor stages, and they are in use daily.
The beer is fantastic. They have their standards and seasonals (which are all some of the better examples of the respective styles), and go above and beyond with their specialty brews. The best part about this place is you're never quite sure what to expect. Some wildly experimental beers (with varying degrees of success) keep you on your toes and coming back to have new experiences.
Service is fantastic. The staff seems kind of no-nonsense, but if you take the time to be social, they are very laid back and you can tell they love their work. Example: They don't typically tour their brewery on Sundays, but when we mentioned that I'd never been inside and that it was my birthday, our waitress took the time to take our party on a personal tour that was above and beyond a typical brewery tour.
Unfortunately I've never had food here, but the menu is very limited and not particularly exciting. I just eat up the complimentary peanuts and pretzels. Perfect for an afternoon of drinking great IPA in the sun.
10-20-2010 22:25:05 |
More by massshortage
Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, CA
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