3fourths (1564) Boulder, Colorado | December 14, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
Blah... too busy, too big, full of families and rich snobs. The bartender was incompetant and the beer wasn’t that good, but I will admit that I chose many of the beers I haven’t 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 wasn’t complaining... but the stout on draft just really sucked. Oh well. Prepare to spend out your butt if you visit.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 12, 2013| Updated July 16, 2013
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 didn’t 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.
Stopped here on the way up to Sonoma. In sort of a shopping center not far off of 101. If you’re coming here on a weekend, be aware that parking can be tough.
Pretty large location between the bar, dining area, and patio seating. So, you shouldn’t have a problem getting a place to sit.
A lot of the beers here are sort of you average brewpub beers from a decade ago, but they do some newer styles, collaborations, and semi-interesting things, so you should be able to find something good. And you can do samplers, so that’s always appreciated.
Fine enough place, though certainly a bit on the dated side compared to other places in the Bay Area.
Hit this spot with the RB crew. Something of an old-school US brewpub. Pretty good beers overall. Fairly efficient service. Nice range of beers on offer, available in taster pours and at good prices. Not a must-visit, but worth scooping if you are nearby.
(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.
Marin’s 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 (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
Being a little older than many brewpubs, there’s 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 area’s 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 didn’t open til 11:30. Their bad. Worth a stop I’d say.
Large, comfortable brewpub that felt as if it hadn’t seen much of a face lift since the 1990s. My party sat at the bar and received pretty prompt, kind service. There were roughly 12 beers on tap in addition to a couple of bottles. Marin’s beers were generally solid with a couple of stinkers (the squid ink gose is still giving me nightmares). Prices were decent and taster pours were available. This isn’t a destination brewpub, but it’s easily accessible from 101 and worth a stop.
Great spot. 9 house taps on this day, and a fairly extensive food menu. 4 oz samplers of all beers for a reasonable price.
bhensonb (598) Woodland, California | August 4, 2007| Updated August 11, 2014
A little seedy compared to Moylan’s, but it fully qualifies as a local, which, sadly, Moylan’s 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, don’t 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.
phaleslu (575) Cincinnati, Ohio | November 6, 2012| Updated February 10, 2016
Stopped in here with my wife on our way from SF to my cousin’s 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 didn’t 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 that’s all right with me. Great stuff. Re-Rate: All but 1 of the beers on tap on my second visit were different than the first time, which was cool. But the level of quality was a bit lower; I couldn’t tell whether this was just the beers themselves or if the across-the-board quality had gone down. Probably the former. I don’t know. But I overrated it just a touch my first time around. Still a fun place, dated in both charming and less charming ways.