Lagunitas was originally founded in 1993 on the kitchen stove of its founder, Tony Magee. Tony was quickly evicted from his wife’s kitchen and forced to relocate to a building down the road in Forest Knolls, California. However, since Lagunitas was already on all his licensing paperwork, and because it’s fun to say, Magee decided to keep the name.
Lagunitas was in Forest Knolls for eight months before a septic issue forced relocation again, and Magee found a spot in Petaluma where the brewery has remained ever since.
Today, Lagunitas is a massive operation, where much of its beer is available year round around the country. While the brewery is definitely best known for its iconic IPA, it also makes a number of other equally tasty brews that are worthy of a spot in your fridge.
We recently took a tour of Lagunitas’ Petaluma facility—something we definitely recommend you do as well if you’re ever in the area. Take a look at the gallery for a taste of what we saw.
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Lagunitas' Petaluma facility is massive.
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The original bar at Laguintas is now its employee break room.
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This beauty is Lagunitas' original bottling line. It's now on display in the employee break room.
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This was the draft list the day we visited
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Everyone who does the tour at Lagunitas also gets to try some of its brews. While you can get Lagunitas all over the country, there are often one-off beers at its Petaluma facility you won't be able to find anywhere else.
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The Lagunitas gift shop even has something for the smallest fans.
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Take your growler game up a notch with one of these beauties.
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Who says books have to be boring?
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As you might imagine by the dog on the label, Lagunitas is very dog friendly.