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Marin Brewing Company
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 1,628
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1809 Larkspur Landing
phone: (415) 461-4677
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A 5 minute walk from the ferry dock in the Larkspur landing center lies this great brewpub. Owned and operated by the Moylans/Noonans crew this place does not dissapoint. The bar area is long and wooden with tv's at either end. The pub is open with some nice outdoor seating for the nicer bay area months. The quality of the beers is good but the year round beers can be kind of boring. However, the barleywine is killer as is the white knuckle. Service is friendly, clientele is cool. Atmosphere is nice. I like this place.
02-09-2008 06:09:23 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped here on the way home from Russian River. The place is pretty easy to find and there is lots of parking outside. The waiter showed up right away and got the drink orders. We didn't order any food or even look at the menu because we had just had dinner at Russian River. We order a sampler and split that.
I was surprised that there was only 8 beers in the sampler. The laminated card that they put the sampler on had atleast a dozen beers on it. In any case, the Hoppy Holidaze was awsome and the IPA was good too. The prices were reasonable and the place was nice and comfortable. I would go here again.
01-03-2008 20:59:37 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Got directions from the guys at RRBC, was pretty easy to find right off the highway. I didn't have a problem with it being in a strip mall at all, made it easy to find. walked in and right away the bartender knew I was from the east coast. The great thing was he was from Boston! I ordered a pint of their award winning porter and was impressed! People were friendly and warm we talked sports , beer, and the west coast. I asked if there was a chance I could purchase their Breakout stout the bartender said they were out but he would ask the master brewer if they could find one for me.
10 mins later the master brewer walked up to me and handed me one he said he had put away in the back. He said Here ya go, seeing you came all the way here from the east coast. I really thought that was cool of them. I ordered a burger and garlic fries and it was so big I could hardly finish it never mind the fries!
Everybody was very friendly, the selection was good and I was very happy with my visit. Good job guys I'll be back in march!
12-13-2007 23:50:23 |
More by Normrdz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a Friday afternoon on my way up to an outdoor party. it was worth a side trip.
The atmosphere was okay. I don't think the atmosphere quite matches Chili's, as one reviewer puts it. But it does seem to lack a sense of being at a brewery. This is my only time here, so my evaluation of the atmosphere may not be too accurate. The people there were pretty mellow and it didn't seem like an uptight place at all.
The service was good. I see complaints about the service at the bar. That's a given when the bar is full. You can't set expectations when they're serving drinks for the whole brewpub (it's a huge place). We sat a table outside and had no problems with service. The waitress was friendly and did us right. The plus side about this place is that in the mall where they are located they have a patio. Not only do they provide service here, but will provide service, including booze, to anywhere outside the patio inside the open space that is part of the mall. I've never seen this in Southern California (where I live).
The food was good. Notches above the typical pub grub food. I had a custom buffalo chicken salad and they did a fine job. The pizza was good.
The only complaint was that they ran out of the hefe weizen before we got there. Other than that, I set up some expectations based on the bottled beers. I started with their IPA which was decent. I went with their Point Reyes Porter and next their Breakout Stout. I'm going to compare the last two beers at the same time. The reason so is because to me they tasted similar and the others in my group felt the same way. They were both good, having a slightly smoky presence I like in porters and stouts. Both were exemplary of their types and their finish stuck on the palette for a long time. The stout had a little more body than the porter. Personally, I'll take the porter as the taste seems to come out more. but they were excellent beers.
Overall, this is definitely worth a side trip or part of a brewco tour.
06-15-2007 18:43:07 |
More by rayzorwit
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stuck in the middle of a strip mall... blah!
Marin is a brewery that makes some high quality brews. Star Brew Wheat Wine, White Knuckle, Breakout Stout, among others...
Service was lacking. Our server was "ok", but indifferent. When my friend asked if there were any specials, she said that she didn't have them written down, and he could walk over to the bar and read them off the board.
Selection was pretty good. I think there were 7 available. None of the three I mentioned above, but they did have a sour stout that was excellent.
Food was pretty good. I was happy with my calzone.
Prices are average, and fairly reasonable.
Not a bad place... but I was hoping for better.
05-07-2007 03:57:10 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
In general I like Marin Brewing's beers - like sister brewery Moylan's, Marin gets unfairly overshadowed by some of the NorCal cult breweries.
But the brewpub itself is unfortunately lackluster in nearly every respect. A real shame, since it's the closest to San Francisco on the "101 Trail" - with Moylan's, Lagunitas, Russian River, Iron Springs, Bear Republic, and Blue Frog all farther up the way. I've visited more than a dozen times, always hoping for something to change, but seems like I've now got a decent bead on the place.
Located in a strip mall. Easy parking. Nice outdoor seating (no water view). Sort of a nice "double" bar, with an additional high aisle across from the main bar. Brewhouse relatively easy to see. Otherwise just a regular dingy sports bar feel.
Beer selection is unusually light, given the wide range of Marin bombers easily findable at any BevMo. Usually 3-5 beers on tap, sometimes more, sometimes less(!). I've never seen a cask offering, although apparently they do a cask in the middle of each week. Prices are a little high - $4.50 a pint (or for 10oz of the strong beers like White Knuckle or Tripel Dipsea).
You can buy some bottles to go. Prices might be $1 below BevMo's, but selection much less good. I've taken White Knuckle with me a couple of times, since it's cheaper there and sometimes hard to find at BevMo.
Service clearly not emphasized. Whether sitting outside, inside, or at the bar, I've never had a good experience. Indifferent or absent waitstaff, even bartenders who seem to avoid the customers.
Food is slightly below par brewpub fare. Nothing to write home about, and I've been up and down the menu.
I really wanted to love Marin Brewing. But it's really not worth a special trip, given the amazing plethora of beer-related destinations in a 30-mile radius (even more if you extend that radius to 60 miles)...
04-16-2007 05:11:57 |
More by Talisker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Bierman family stopped here on day 3 (20JUN06) of our California trip, on the way back into San Fran after a great day at Muir Woods and a hair-raising time driving along Rt 1. We had a bit of trouble finding the place, as we came in from the back roads from Olema through Larkspur proper.... finally hopped on Rt 101 and found the pub easily from there. Looks a bit rustic from the outside and, shur 'nuff, it did have that feel inside. Brewing equipment along with awards and medals greet you upon entering. A looong bar is situated along the left, with many a table and booth situated to the right and rear. It was a bit dark inside, and very woody, with many bier posters, pics and paraphernalia adorning the walls. Like 21st Amendment, Marin also had some classic rock blaring from the speakers. Gotta love it! We were given the option of in- or outside dining. Outside it was! We were led through the place to the rear, where a number of booths under the awning and tables under umbrellas were located. It was a gorgeous day to dine, quaff and BS outside. Hell yeah! Service overall was pretty good, and our waittress did her best to answer my bier-geeky questions. Though Marin brews a healthy line-up, they only had 5x on tap this day: a Hefeweizen, Doppelweizen, Mt Tam Pale Ale, Albion Amber and Marin IPA. Alewife thoroughly enjoyed 2 pints of the Doppelweizen, while I quaffed 2x IPAs. Had to have my hop fix! Yummy!! Alewife, the Princess and I each had a big, juicy burger, while the Scheister dined on some pasta with marinara sauce. The portions were tasty and healthy, and none of us finished, all opting to doggie-bag our grub. Pricing was fairly decent as well. Another good dining/drinking experience in the Bay area.
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
06-26-2006 17:08:36 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Have been to this place a few times and finally am getting around to reviewing it. This place is normally packed. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table for 4. The food is better than average with a good menu selection. Ended up having the bacon burger with a bowl of chili first. The prices are about in line with other places. About $8 for the burger and the beers were $4 a peice. I know they have one day of the week where beers are $2. They normally have at least 6 beers on tap, but only four this time...was a bit ticked about that. They typically have a cask brew as well, but not this time. Their cask IPA is pretty good. The waitstaff is very polite and attentive, even though service may take a while due to the crowds. Overall a good place to swing by and have a beer. Also this is a family friendly place...even for the little ones.
06-01-2006 03:49:23 |
More by GClarkage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
First stop of the day on my drive from Long Beach, all the way up to Santa Rosa for the 2005 Russian River Big Blue Ball New Years Eve Party.
I set off early at 5am from LB, so I had the distinct pleasure to experience a drive over the picturesque I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge whilst clouded in a low puffy white rolling sea fret as the sun started to shine in the early morning and blue skies broke after an earlier torrential downpour. Soon I found myself peeling off onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Westwards, past the infamous San Quentin Prison on my left and down to the hill to take the right at the lights onto Larkspur Landing, a short slow drive round the arched circle and taking the left down into the Parking Lot just opposite Old Quarry Road on the right had me parked almost outside the Brewery Tap.
Hard to mistake the outside if you follow the above directions, yet once inside the main front doors (the ones shown in the BA picture as opposed to the back entrance), Marin comes to life. The stainless steel Brewery kit stands proud to your left, but my attention was drawn away from this by the prized collection of Brewery Medals, Certificates and Awards neatly on display to your immediate right. The wooden bar runs all the way along the left back wall to the back entrance. Opens out to the right, a wooden waist high partition wall contains lots of local Artwork and cleanly separate the table area from that of the Bar. Lots of wood, brass and more artwork, including a very large mural by local paintbrush flicker Matt Tasley on the back wall showing a rather grim darkened view of Mount Tamalpais. Breweriana in the form of Coasters, Bar Towels, Old Cans, Bottles and Glasses are all over the place, a hanging racing cycle and some other Cali sporting memorabilia decorate the interior. Plenty of windows to the outside World and a high ceiling add a well-lit, light and airy feel to the interior. A small but nicely appointed outdoor area wraps up the potential area for drinking.
Started by taking a stool at the Bar, and ordering some food. I snagged a Soup and a Salad for just under $9, the Soup was a decent sized Bowl of Yellow Split Pea Vegetable Soup served with a fresh Caesar Salad. This came with a big thick slab-like quarter-Cob Chunk of Bordenave's Bread. A great breakfast, very wholesome and filling.
Service was adequate but nothing spectacular, functional if you will with no frills, but I kinda like that utilitarian approach at times, and as I was just planning a quick stop here it suited me perfectly. Nothing special though.
Now the only beef I had with Marin was the Selection. My first thoughts were What the Fuck!?!? I have no idea why, and it may have been presumptuous on my part, but I *expected* a full range of Marin brews, at least from the Bottle. Why!? Well, if you have ever been to a beer store that serves Marin Bombers they always have a solid range right?!?! So I automatically expected at least the same here. But strike my furry little cotton socks if the bottles were nowhere to be seen. Just the 3 including Mt. Tam Pale Ale and White Knuckle, but at something like $6-7 to drink in, erm no thanks. OK, so Ill go for the draft brews, lots of taps, great list in the Menu handed to me, but, well just the 6 or 7 beers on draft, some crackers but way less draft beers on sale than taps on the Bar. I opted for the Tiburon Blonde as I have not tried that one before. I noted a sideways skewed Angram Beer Engine stuck against the back wall behind the bar, no pumpclip on my visit and it looked dusty and unloved ..oh that brings tears to my eyes to see that.
Maybe Im being a tad harsh here but I struggle to justify anything higher than a 3.5 here, the Selection was the only let down for me, whether it is my own higher than reality expectations, or not, I felt the selection was half-assed. Arent Brewpubs and Brewery Taps supposed to be a Shop Window for the company as a whole, I can cut some slack to the limited draft selection, but would it really be that hard to stock a few cases of each of the wide range of Marin Bombers on sale!?! I think Marin is selling themselves short here, which is a shame!!
Hard to get excited about the place, if I am brutally honest, but its a nice part of NoCal and nevertheless has some solid brews and food, plus some fantastic scenery, but just dont come here and expect a full selection of Marin brews (as I did duh me!!) and you wont be disappointed. That said, this was not a regrettable visit, far from it, even with the limited beer range. I am not sure I would make the effort to detour here specifically, though I am sure with the frequency that I get up to this neck of the woods, I probably would!!! But there again, it is *only* 5 minutes off the I-580 N on my way to Santa Rosa, so thats not saying much.
Last Visit: Saturday 31st December, 2005.
01-06-2006 06:50:26 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
The establishment itself has a great atmosphere for a brewpub - lots of wooden tables, long bar with black boards of today's beers. However, the reception we got from the hostess was horrible. 9 of us walked in at 1 pm and we just wanted to have drinks without food. We were told to sit at the bar because tables were reserved for patrons who order food. This is normally OK with me, except for the fact that we were pretty much the only people in there. There were at least 20 empty tables. Sometimes you just wish the wait staff has a little more intelligence.
Anyway, we sat down at the table eventually and ordered some appetizers with our beers. The selection wasn't great - just their hefeweizen, porter, IPA and mt tam. The waitress forgot to mention to me that their barleywine was also on tap, which I had to discover for myself at the bar. All the beers were served quite fresh and were very good.
Food was ok, but was a bit pricey. 4 oz samples are available. Overall, I'd much prefer Moylan's just a bit north of Marin brewing.
07-31-2005 15:39:44 |
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