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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  • Great tour with Nate when I took some friends from Australia on the Lagunitas brewery tour. Very knowledgeable about all facets of the beer making process as well as the history of Lagunitas. He made ...  more »
  • We went to the Brewery this past Saturday to eat dinner around 6:30pm. The place was nice , but cold and the food was really good. Our waitress was awesome and we left her a hefty tip. Some time aroun...  more »
  • Was lucky to be in town for the Nick Waterhouse show last month. Wow, Lagunitas has the perfect set up for a fun, intimate event; yet plenty of space for lively expression. Great music, super service ...  more »
  • This place had a nice outdoor seating area with good beer and food that you could order. On some nights, they have live music. Also the place is dog friendly. Some of the beers that you can try are a little odd in my opinion, but they have several great standard beers to try.
  • We took a Sunday afternoon and came up for a tour and lunch. The tour guide was fantastic and to see the growth over the past decade was pretty cool. I did the tour about 12 years prior and the whole operation has truly grown. The food was fantastic and all the staff we encountered truly enjoyed their job. My only disappointment was that they do not offer tours and tastings on the weekends, even for a small group. Ours was about 8 people. You can only do a tour and tasting during the week, which can be quite difficult for those of us who do not live close by. That being said, I will not make the same mistake next time and will choose to do the tour midweek so that we can go into the old tasting room and try some of the great brews.
  • Now i have only been here on numerous Fridays usually with live music . and i will say beers atent like drinking Coors. So be careful . food is very good. Clean. Very well put together establishment
  • Great beer selection, of course. The lamb burger was great, but a little pricey.
  • This place is awesome. Way better than Russian river brewing. Beer is better , food is way better , plenty parking, big patio with live music, pet friendly.

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