Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time knows that I am a big fan (and neighbor) of Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma. And I've got the sampler pix to prove it!
And there is the music:
|James McMurtry in the mini-amphitheaterette!
I've even got a hat!
|Beer garden has long tables, great way to make new beer-loving friends.
But so far I've not mentioned the tours that are offered (see website for schedule) 2-3 times a day. Weekdays include tasting in the employee break room, then the tour.... weekends, just the tour.
Btw, that last video stops on an array of fermentation tanks. Beer in the making.
However, there is a difference on weekend tours, or at least the one I went on recently. After going thru some history and touring the brewing section, Ryan herds the group to the bottling floor and offers a special treat! Here's the video showing what happens:
What Ryan is handing out are chilled bottles of IPA, fresh from the fillers and heading for packaging, after determining that all participants are of age. All beers are kept chilled in this process. The beer tastes noticeably fresher, or at least I thought it did.
So, we left the bottling area, headed out into the parking lot where a recycling bin was waiting... with evidence of previous successful tours.