We rented a car for a day while we were out in San Francisco and headed north across the Golden Gate bridge to see some big trees and maybe try some wine. Well, we barely saw any of those redwoods and we didn’t have any wine. But worry not, the day did not disappoint! Fate stepped in and led us to Petaluma – home of Lagunitas Brewing Company. This wasn’t our first time there actually; we stumbled upon it back in 2007 during our Honeymoon out to CA. That visit has always been one of, if not the, favorite brewery tour we have ever had (all apologies to the great WI breweries we know and love). But back then the tour just involved the receptionist taking us through the running brewery, over hoses, past bottling lines, through puddles of spilled beer, and then a free tasting of all their beers in the awesome loft hangout overlooking the brewery. Fast forward to 2011 and Lagunitas now has an awesome indoor/outdoor “Beer Sanctuary”. The beers were still delicious and they’ve done a great job on the place – even if the quaintness of the first visit is gone a little. This place is a must stop beer drinkers’ paradise in the middle of northern CA wine country.