We started off in Santa Rosa visiting the breweries there on Tuesday as Lagunitas isn't open mon/tue. Wednesday we got up, drove to the coast, and then arrived at 1200 ready for some food and brew. DOH- they didn't open till 2! So we went and got a bite nearby and walked the shopping center for two hours.sigh.
Well, we came back and the parking lot was already getting full! On a Wednesday at 215! Good thing they had plenty of seating. We sat just inside the taproom and I ordered up the 'around the world' sampler. The waitress was well versed in the beers and explained all the seasonals with a good amount of detail. The sampler took up most all the room on the table!
The brewery tour started at 300 and I was only 1/2 finished with the sampler, while everyone else at the bar chugged their pints and took off after Tony the guide. My wife came back from the gift store and said 'where'd everyone go?' The place had cleared out! That settled it, we were staying for the 500 tour! (That was my plan anyway) we ordered a brown Sugga for my wife and I went back to tackling the sampler. At about 415 we ordered some awesome pork nachos that hit the spot. They had a great smoked flavor. I can only say that the beer was great, as there was so many I can't say which was my favorite. Sebastopol, wet dog, and imperial stout were standouts. If you like beer then they will have at least a few you like. At 500 Tony was back and rang the bell for the tour! it was like a horse race of people finishing beers and food and lining up to follow him! hilarious!!
The tour was very informative (not just for beer snobs) and I suggest EVERYONE go at least once. It was a highlight of our trip! After the tour we nabbed a table in front of the stage and listened to some good music and had a brew to top off the night! Thank you Lagunitas for making our little getaway trip worthwhile.
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