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Marin Brewing Company
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 1,638
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1809 Larkspur Landing
phone: (415) 461-4677
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Owned by the same people as Moylan's. Selection isn't as good as Moylan's though and has pretty much standard beer style available. Occasionally something interesting pops up like their Hoppy Holidaze which is is very good. Food is quite good - I have had the chili and the fish and chips and both are great. the downside to this place is limited beer styles available and the fact that since there are not many bars around this place can get pretty busy. However, all day Tuesday pints are $3 which can't be beat and my main excuse to go.
02-01-2010 00:29:22 |
More by 4000qtrap
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've been wanting to stop by here for a loooong time, and I finally got the chance this past Tuesday night. As luck would have it, all pints are $3.00 on Tuesdays. Sweet!
I was only able to stay for one beer as I had to get down to the city to meet up with the GF. I wanted a Star Brew, but they were fresh out. Begrudgingly, I settled for a $3 White Knuckle instead ;). It was served in a 12oz. (that ain't no pint!) tulip-type glass and was fucking delicious! See my review (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/812/2749/?ba=ThreeWiseMen) for more details.
I don't know if Marin is normally that crowded, but it was tough to even move around. The walkway near the bar was very narrow and flanked by bar-stooled patrons on both sides. The rest of the establishment was speckled with four-person square tables. The entire floor plan was pretty odd, in fact, and cramped to boot. Finding a seat was difficult, and I was sure I was gonna spill my Knuckle. Once I finally sat down I was still in people's way, but whatever.
The crowd looked like a fairly equal mix of yuppies and young locals kickin' it with friends. There were a couple of middle-aged folks too, but this was definitely a young group. Raucous conversation filled the air, and sports highlights played on each of the TVs. The walls were adorned with little colored towels, each one displaying the name of a different beer or brewery. All in all, Marin Brewing Company had the feel of a popular British sports pub.
The selection wasn't nearly as large as I expected it to be; I believe there were only 6-8 taps. When I was there, the beers being offered were White Knuckle, Albion Amber, Bluebeery, Point Reyes Porter, Star Brew (all out), and another one of the common bottled offerings. That's what I believe was being offered anyway. I could be wrong.
The bartender wasn't very cordial, but I can't blame him since the place was totally packed. What did get me, however, was the constant pestering by security guards to show my stamp (they stamp your wrist after verifying your ID). I was stopped three times during my 40 minute stay. Ease up meat heads!
I'll definitely be back to try the Star Brew. I'd like to bring a couple of friends next time and get there a little earlier. If you're ever in the area (especially on a Tuesday), stop on in. I know I will.
08-20-2009 18:04:59 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located in Larkspur shopping center, easy access from HWY 101.
Atmosphere is pretty good, but I've found a "clicky crowd" of people who've grown up in Marin and can be a bit pretentious. But for the most part it is a godd spot to stop and drinka few pints.
Most every beer I've tried have been of good quality. Although I did not enjoy their 20th aniversary "Old Ale". It tasted like metal, which is what I expect from a can of miller, not an aniversary ale on tap. Would have to say my favorite is the White Knuckle, when thats not on tap I am always a bit dissapointed.
Service is quick and friendly, not the best in the world but very good.
Selection is decent, but for a brewery with so many great offerings they often only have a few styles on tap. Last time I was there I beleive they had 5-6 on tap, which is respectable, just not that great for a brew pub of this size. I mean Moylans brewery has like 12 on tap with the same owner...whats the deal.
Food is what you'd expect from a brew pub, burgers, sandwiches, soups etc. Most everything I've tried was above average, nothing great, nothing bad.
A good Brew Pub that would benifit from a larger selection IMHO. Would reccoment anyone stop by if they're in the area. (Marin County)
04-17-2009 23:24:10 |
More by JamesP123
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Being a transplant to Marin, this is my brewpub of choice since they are open for lunch(take note Ironsprings). I am in here at least 3 days a week,and am considered a "regular".
The beers are above par, and when the knuckle is on its hard to peel me away from the bar(ask my girl).
As far as the food goes I stick to soup and salad...they seem to be the best/freshest things offered.
I frequent this place out of convenience since it is on my way to/from San Rafael. Their beer selection pales in comparison to Moylan's but that is somewhat made-up by the staff's friendliness.
Overall it's a cool place to observe the local wildlife...especially on a tuesday night!
02-25-2009 01:32:52 |
More by ironlung
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Having grown up in the area, I have been coming to Brew Co for many years.
Brew Co. has expanded over the years and nowadays it fills a large space. The bar is fairly large and there is plenty of seating available. There are 2 flatscreen tv's showing whatever sport is on. The dining area has an upper area with booths and two tops and there is a lower area that is good for large groups. There is also an area set aside for darts. There is a large patio which has heat lamps and is great in the summer when they do free live music on Friday nights.
The food can be hit or miss. I think they make great calzones, daily soups, and a really good Caesar salad. The chicken salad and club are also good. Go with the onion rings over the fries.
The beer selection pales in comparison to their sister restaurant, Moylan's. They normally have 8 or so beers on tap and usually have one or two strong beers that are served in 10 oz. glasses. White Knuckle is not always on tap and appears about every 2 months or so. Beers usually found are Mt. Tam, Tiburon Blonde, Left End Pale Ale, SQ Breakout Stout, PR Porter, and IPA. They also have a rotating cask selection.
Bartenders tend to be quick at the bar and most of the servers in the restaurant are usually on top of things. They do a cheapy pint night on Tuesdays.
02-15-2009 01:36:51 |
More by mjl21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Full disclosure, this was the first brewpup I set foot in, and my brother is a long-time employee so it has a special place in my heart.
Big space with lots of tables and at least 30 seats at the bar with another 25-30 on the back bar that seperates the bar from the dining area. There are drawings on the back of coasters, Marin bicycle, and lots of photos on the walls (I'm in a couple photos).
Marin beer is pretty f'in good. Like a lot of brewpubs, there are some beers I don't care for (blonde, fruit beers) but a lot I like (IPA, Stout, Porter, Doppelweizen, barleywine.) In 15+ years I've never had an undrinkable beer here which says a lot IMO. Some beer are O.K., most are good, some are great and occasionally they are sublime.
I usually sit at the bar and ther service is quick and good.
Food here is typical brewery food but some things are really better than most brewpubs.
This a great brewpub that has stood the test of time (in American craft brew history at least) and isn't going anywhere. They may not be the most innovative or risk-taking with their beers but they are solid.
12-28-2008 09:25:10 |
More by czechsaaz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
A - In a plaza across from the ferry landing. Nice outdoor seating in the center of the plaza with a distant view of the water and good for people watching. Inside is all dark wood with a large beautiful bar.
Q - Even when the beer choices are limited all the beers are of top quality.
S - I have been here 4 or 5 times and I have always had the same server.... Even when this place is busy they always do a good job.
S - This is hit or miss. I have been there when they only have 4 taps available and have also seen 9 taps available.
F - Better than average brewpub fare. Menu is a little large so it always takes me a while to figure out what I want. Good Pizza.
V - Not bad considering you are in Marin. Go during Happy Hour.
12-27-2008 15:43:40 |
More by xhcadamx
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located within walking distance of a San Francisco bay ferry dock, in a open air mall location. Common local high out for the white collar professionals and mountain bikers who live in the area. A bit dark inside, but they have outside seating.
I'm a big fan of Marin County brews, and you're getting them from the source here. The Mt. Tam Pale Ale, Point Reyes Porter, and San Quintin Breakout Stout are pretty strong offerings. They often have a fruit beer special or seasonal, and I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but they usually put some unique twist on them, so they might be worth a try.
As for the service, well, the waitress seemed to forget about us at times on the patio. Seemed a little understaffed when I was there.
I've been to many brew pubs who are good at making beer, but bad at making food, and vice versa, but the good news here is that the food keeps up with the beer and while you get the usual suspects on a brew pub menu, there are enough unique offerings or ones that have some special spin that the food is memorable. In particular, they offer a few pizzas with unusual topping combinations that actually work.
As with a lot of things in Marin County, you can save money going elsewhere. But it's worth a special trip, and I expect to pay them another visit when I'm in the area.
12-16-2008 15:02:52 |
More by RunDWP
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I used to got to this place a lot as I lived just a short hop away over the bridge in Point Richmond, but primarily as it was convenient for stopping after hiking or whatnot in Marin or Angel Island, not because it was a standout. Don't get me wrong, its not bad, but as others have said it coule be so much more. The selection is the most dissappointing thing. I like to go to brewpubs not just to have ultrafresh versions of the beers I love, but to try various one-oofs and experiments. Most other brewpubs in the area can accomodate me in this regard, but this place just doesn't usually have anything unusual or especially interesting- or really even much of a representative sampling of what this brewey is capable in the bottle. The place itself is a little dingy and dark and situated in a strip mall. The service is very basic, and the food is just okay. The beer is fresh and good and well made, so the place is serviceable, but they are really missing an opportunity to be a beer destination here.
10-30-2008 20:17:10 |
More by Georgiabeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Marin Brew Co is certainly a hit or miss spot when it comes to ambiance - go there in the afternoon, and you can be treated to kids running amok, while their Patagonia-clad parents try to reason with them: "Now Rain, remember we discussed your behaviour, and if you keep it up, I might have to give you a timeout!" Other times, it is (as one person described it) essentially a glorified Chilis.
But for the most part, it's worth the visit. There's generally 5-7 of their offerings on tap, and for the most part, their brews are very good. The Tripel Dipsea on a cool autumn evening after coming back from the city on the ferry is great. The San Quentin Porter is tasty, with plenty of roasty flavour. My wife lives for the Stinson Beach Peach, or the Raspberry Trail Ale.
The food is typical pub fare - hearty burgers, artery-clogging sides, decent pizzas. All served in humongous portions, ideal for taking the edge off that buzz you're developing too quickly.
So all in all, it's definately worth a visit. Is it the most atmospheric or coolest place in the world? Nope, but you come for the beers, and you won't be disappointed.
03-26-2008 18:08:37 |
More by ubermick
Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA
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