I am definitely guilty of taking for granted what is in my own backyard. That's why I added 'visit a tourist attraction in my own town' to my bucket list.

I turned to Mr. Google who graciously told me that the Lagunitas Brewing Company is a tourist attraction. Really? I'm a lucky girl. Could this be the easiest check on the list ever, go throw back brews at the local brew house and call it a day. Possibly…but, unfortunately, I don't 'heart' beer. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate…just don't participate.

I had seen many FB friends 'checking-in' at Lagunitas, bragging about the brewskis, delicious pub grub and comfortable outdoor patio. I had still never ventured the two miles across town to see what all the hoopla was about. But, on a lazy, warm afternoon Peter wanted beer and I wanted a check on my bucket list.

We headed to the industrial section of town, where the brewery and taproom were located. It felt as if we were going to work…to our corporate cubicle…wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Until we hit the front gate. The signs set the tone for the laid back, fun that awaited.

The menu features a quaint, eclectic selection of brews. 

I opted for the tasters, thinking that I maybe could at least find my go-to brew when necessary. The staff was helpful with choosing me the wimpiest four of the bunch, something my unsophisticated beer taste buds could handle.

Peter ordered the "Little Sumpin'" and I was immediately jealous by the dog mug his lager was served in. I wanted a dog face on my beer. It's not fair. We took a seat on their amazing oversized patio with the dozens of other Lagunitas fans. Complimentary snacks were served and my peanut addiction began. Maybe I could do this beer thing after all. 

After downing four beers, sans the beer bong, I was hungry for something that didn't involve me cracking shells with my teeth.The cheese plate was enticing because it featured the coveted Point Reyes Blue cheese and a special selection from Cowgirl Creamery. Fancy cheese at a brew house? I'm happy.

I left my Lagunitas experience putting it on the list of places to go when I want a great outdoor patio, sophisticated pub grub, good beer and to chillax with my fellow town friends. And the bonus is that they carry red wine for us lager wusses.