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Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma
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The Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, The company is half-owned by Heineken International. The brewery is known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on its packaging. The company was the fifth top selling craft brewery in the US in 2014.HistoryThe brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location.Since the mid-2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010. In March of 2011, the company had 92 employees with distribution in 32 states. The brewery announced a $9.5 million expansion slated to begin early 2012 which increased its brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels.On April 9, 2012, Lagunitas announced plans for a new Chicago-based brewery equipped with a 250 barrel brew house which will also have a 600,000 barrel capacity. In May 2012 it was announced that owner Tony Magee had signed a lease for a location in the city's Douglas Park neighborhood in North Lawndale, "that will put him in a space owned by film studio Cinespace...for at least 20 years." The Chicago brewery started producing beer on April 18, 2014, and opened an on-premises taproom a few months thereafter. A third brewery is being built in Azusa CA to be in full production by spring of 2017. This brewery will have an ultimate productive brewing capacity of 1,900,000 barrels.
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  • Whether you want to do a beer tasting, or have a few pilsners and something yummy to eat, Lagunitas is a great time. Very popular with locals, it's a terrific place for those visiting to taste a local...  more »
  • Arrived just in time for the 5 o'clock tour after a long day of hiking. The tour was free and very informative but we had the 5:00 Sunday tour - sadly no beer tasting. So by the end of the tour, we we...  more »
  • Great beer and food, but the blasting of Pink Floyd over the loudspeaker was WAY TOO much. It wouldn't be a problem if they played something else. Made me hate pink floyd before we finished our first ...  more »
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  • Great selection of craft beer, both what you see in stores and lots of other styles only available at the pub. Good selection of food options. I had a tasty tandoori lamb burger, using sheep raised on their back lot. Live music, friendly people. What more could you ask for?
  • This place is great! Cool outside area to hang, listen to live music, and drink beer. They have a nice menu of bar food, as well. Staff is everywhere to help you, and service is relatively quick. Prices for beer and food aren't bad at all. The beer menu has lots to choose from, including some rarer selections. Grab a selected taster for $1 cheaper than your own, customized taster - 4 beers in each flight. Thursdays after 4:20 PM has a firkin selection, so keep your eyes open for that. There is a great place to shop for Lagunitas swag, with some cool clothing choices. Overall, this isn't a fancy place, but it has their beer, good staff, and makes itself a cool places to hang out.
  • Love the people, the vibe, the music, the schwag shop and especially the beer. I recommend WTF, Fusion 23, Maximus, Equinox, Nighttime, Born Yesterday. Get 'em when/while you can.
  • You can never go wrong with a beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company. Their brewery is awesome. There's an inside bar with seating inside & outside. They also serve food which is delicious, my favorite is their Smoked Brisket Sandwich. I've only gone on the weekends & they always have a band playing with is very cool. I suggest that you get here early because this place is popular & gets packed quick.
  • Amazing organization that supports tons of local charities. The beer is great and the atmosphere is one of the coolest in the region. Highly recommend.