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t0rin0 (1443) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 12, 2013| Updated July 16, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Been back a few times since like for RBSG 2009, a few random stops on the way to Russian River, and even a ferry trip across the bay but here is an old rating from my first trip:
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 didnít order any food or even look at the menu because we had just had dinner at Russian River. We ordered 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 at least a dozen beers on it. In any case, the Hoppy Holidaze was awesome and the IPA was good too. The prices were reasonable and the place was nice and comfortable. I would go here again.
3fourths (1352) Boulder, Colorado | December 14, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Blah... too busy, too big, full of families and rich snobs. The bartender was incompetant and the beer wasnít that good, but I will admit that I chose many of the beers I havenít had before... raspberry this and wheat that, amber ale this... so it was partly my fault... but $12 FOR A 6-BEER SAMPLER AND A COKE?!?!? WTF? Oh well, I was shit-faced drunk from my fun at Toronado and Magnolia earlier in the day, so I wasnít complaining... but the stout on draft just really sucked. Oh well. Prepare to spend out your butt if you visit.
Dogbrick (746) Columbus, Ohio | July 12, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 01/2011): Marin Brewing is located in Larkspur in the Larkspur Landing Shopping Center off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Private lots are abundant all around the shopping center but the place is perpetually busy.
The interior is fairly spacious, with the bar area separated from the dining space. There is an area for groups as well. TVs behind the bar, and dartboards as well.
Marinís beer selection is pretty good. They have around 10-12 of their beers on tap, and offer samples. The beers range in style from standard fare like a Blonde, IPA, Amber etc, plus some more unique offerings like Hoppy Holidaze, and unfiltered APA and a Barley Wine. All of the beers are decent, with a couple being pretty good.
Service on a weekday dinner at the bar was good. The bartender was efficient with service and knew their beers well.
Our food was good, no complaints there.
All in all this is a decent beer spot for the area. I doubt I would consider it a "must-visit" for a San Francisco visit but considering it was in walking distance from our hotel I was happy.
Oakes (681) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Being a little older than many brewpubs, thereís some interesting stuff kicking around (like the coasters on the wall) from times when craft beer was still pretty underground. I also enjoyed the bric-a-bric from the areaís famous recreation pursuits, especially mountain biking. Conjured images of cooler times in the area (which has an amazing topography, by the way). The beer range is varied and has some interesting choices. I particularly enjoyed the San Quentin. Somewhat dark at the bar with natural lighting is a good way to counter the atmospheric tackiness of the Larkspur Landing area. They could have turned the heat on though. I ate somewhere else as I arrived at 11 and they didnít open til 11:30. Their bad. Worth a stop Iíd say.
bhensonb (493) Woodland, California | August 4, 2007| Updated August 11, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A little seedy compared to Moylanís, but it fully qualifies as a local, which, sadly, Moylanís is not so much. Food was decent and the beers are always good. Handy jump off for the ferry to S.F. Drink, then ride, donít drive. Catch public trans up Market, then up the hill to the Magnolia. 8/2014 update. Food, service and selection seem to have improved a lot. Or else I was too picky on my first rating.
BVery (471) Burnsville, Minnesota | May 12, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great spot. 9 house taps on this day, and a fairly extensive food menu. 4 oz samplers of all beers for a reasonable price.
phaleslu (426) Cincinnati, Ohio | November 6, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Stopped in here with my wife on our way from SF to my cousinís place in Martinez. Located in the middle of the Larkspur Landing shopping center, it was a little hard to find. The inside was cool. Lots of drawings from patrons and old MBC stuff lined the wood walls. There were 8 beers on when I was there. Samplers can feature any amount of 4 oz. pours you want. The price was fine and service was friendly and well-staffed. We didnít eat or look at a menu. Bombers were available for consumption there or to go; to go prices were $4-$9.50 depending on the beer. Beers were excellent. This place and its beers fly under the radar and thatís all right with me. Great stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | October 20, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
First time back here since like í93. Same place but just more warn in and used looking than I remember. The food is decent and not much more. The help was friendly and fairly knowledgeable about their beer. I find their beer above average and there is a sense that theyíre trying not to get left behind in this craft beer revolution. The Quad I had (big thanks to hopscotch) is the best beer Iíve had of thereís and it was very nice.
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | September 7, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped here for a quick beer or two. Really cool brewpub with a big bar and lots of tables. Sat at the bar and service was great. Selection of beer was great, they had some draft only beers that were amazing. Didnít eat. Value on beers was right on par. This is a great place, Iíd go back for sure.
yngwie (256) Kristiansand, Norway | August 8, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Itís nice to sit in the shadow on the patio, sampling some fine beers and just relaxing. Nice interior as well, and the beers were mostly fine. The peach beer was rather unpleasant though, way too artificial. Certainly a place worth a stop on the way from SF to Santa Rosa.
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