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Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Iron Springs Pub & BreweryIron Springs Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.06%
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 362
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

765 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, California, 94930
United States
phone: (415) 485-1005

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Reviews by 4000qtrap:
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

This is definitely my favorite brew pub in Marin. The bar is quite small though and get get crowded, so be warned. However, their beer selection is the biggest and most interesting by far in Marin and they make the best tasting brews too. Food is decent, but not great, but i haven't had too much of it. Often they have cask conditioned ales on Thursday which is nice. And they have music on Sundays which is good if the music is good but can be annoying if its not very good and you just want to focus on your beer. 2 TVs for watching sports.

4000qtrap, Feb 01, 2010
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%

I'm from west Marin but have only been to Iron Springs once some how. I went during a bluegrass music week. The band was really good and the place was packed but we got a good table. The music added a lot to the atmosphere. They make quality beer for sure. JC Flyer IPA I've had at other bars as well, it's very good. If you're remotely in the area, check out Iron Springs.

samtrillo, Mar 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AarHul, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

This is exactly the kind of unsung, under-the-radar small-town sort of place that could be your next favorite local, easily. Something about Iron Springs makes me think of family and community every time I visit—it’s not just that it’s family-friendly, with half the structure a restaurant and the other half a bar area, but that you end up feeling like family after a few pints here. The bartenders and waitstaff are all super friendly. Seems like everyone who is a regular is on a first name basis, patrons and employees, from the cooks and servers all the way to the managers and head brewer. I don’t make it out here often enough but I’m always glad when I do.

elNopalero, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

Great little place worth a detour in Marin county. Apparently George Lucas hangs out here...

Music was eclectic and soulful, heard the classic "Be Thankful for What You Got" by William DeVaughn segue into bluegrass, then into some classic rock. Decor was clean and sort of colorful in a southwest palette, with murals of rolling hills and hop bines in the dining room. Little Jerry Garcias were hiding around the place. Bar side was to the left, modern industrial bar back, with windows exposing the brewing equipment behind the bar.

A good variety of house styles here, was glad to see a wet-hop harvest ale, as it was that time of year. Also an IPA, DIPA, Stout, Rye, Kölsch, Coffee Porter, Hefe, Okto, Schwarzbier, "Alsatian Pale", Amber, and a handful of others. Had a 2nd pint of the JC Flyer IPA, which was the standout favorite.

Bartender was super nice and explained their beer lineup, and came by with free swag when he heard it was our first time in. Also offered a couple samples of drafts to help decide on a beer. Overall a very laid back, friendly brewpub with a good number of locals supporting the place.

emerge077, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of colonelforbin
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Really nice brewpub located just a few blocks from downtown Fairfax. Outdoor seating, a bar and recessed bar type area behind the main bar along with a good sized restaurant area.

They generally have between 8-12 beers on tap at any one time, including some nice hoppy offerings. They do a pretty solid job with their IPAs (Casey Jones, JC Flyer and others), and that's what I usually fill my growlers with. Their Sless Stout is good and they make a nice coffee porter as well. Other various offerings include a rye beer, some lighter ales, a kolsch and I think they have lagers from time to time as well, but not 100% sure on that. They also have some barrel aged beers from time to time but don't go expecting one of those to be on tap. They do a barrel aged beer month, which I believe is in February (coincides with strong beer month in SF and SF beer week as well).

Can get crowded on weekend days as there are many cyclists that stop in for a pint or two and other folks, mostly locals, I imagine. Pretty family friendly with the restaurant seating area. Outdoor seating area is nice too, and there are heat lamps for chilly days. Someone there is a Grateful Dead fan as there is various GD paraphernalia adorning the walls.

Service is friendly and nice. Definitely recommended, not too far off 101. Great atmosphere and very solid beers.

colonelforbin, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

I have become quit a fan of this place. It is usally over looked by people who instead go to Maring Brewing or Moylans. It is much better than when it was known as Ross Valley Brewing.

The bar area is tiny and gets cramped during the weekends. The dining area is decent and can accomadate both small and large groups. There is also a private room that is available. There are several colorful chalkboards with their daily beers and some Grateful Dead stuff lines the walls. The place fits in well with the vibe of Fairfax. There is always a good mix of singles, couples, and families.

The food is much better than Brew Co. or Moylan's. They make a great pulled pork sando, burger, and French dip. The fries are good and the pickles they serve with the sandos are awesome.

They usually pour 12 beers and on occasion have a cask conditioned ale. I always enjoy their IPA, Casey Jones Double IPA, Dark Path Lager, Sless' Stout, and Barstow-Lundy Barleywine.

The service is always good and waits for drinks are small.

My only complaint is that I would like to see them update their website regularly with what is currently being poured.

mjl21, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

From notes...

A - I usually go to brewpubs to try the beer not for the atmosphere. This is a very basic brewpub. Comfortable chairs and clean table. Some hippy stuff on the walls. Very kid friendly during the day on the weekends.

Q - All the beers at Iron Springs are quite tasty.

S - I have been a couple of times and have always been impressed. Some of the servers know more about beer than others.

S - There is always 12 + taps available. Doesn't get much better than this as far as variety is concerned.

F - I have only tried their appetizers and they weren't bad but weren't memorable either.

V - Pretty good prices considering it's in Marin.

xhcadamx, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of ubermick
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

I'm a big fan of Iron Springs. It's a destination of choice for many a mountain biker returning from a loop on Tamarancho, and a great hangout for locals. And their beer shows why.

The Fairfax Coffee porter is tremendous, served through nitro, and worth the extra wait for your pour. (My barmaid the last time didn't exactly have the art nailed down, but she did try!) The Epiphany is an explosion of hoppy goodness in your mouth, and the Honey Bunny is supremely refreshing after the afforementioned bike ride.

And that's just what I had yesterday.

Their food is hit and miss. Typical bar fare, their nachos, burgers, etc. are all tasty and good. Their ribs come caked in fat, and were inedible. Seafood tacos are okay, their meatloaf is most tasty.

Ambiance depends on who you are, and when you're there. It is, as many have noted, a kid friendly place, which may not be the atmosphere you want in a bar. In the evenings though, live music and beer flowing after the kids have gone to bed, while discussing conspiracy theories with the locals is a fun time.

It's a hike to get to if you're just visiting the Bay Area, but if you like nature, a little zaniness, and good beer, head on out to Fairfax, and check out Iron Springs.

ubermick, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of bcm119
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

This place has above average beer for a brewpub, and much-above average food. The atmosphere inside leaves a bit to be desired, but on a warm summer day the tables outside are a great place to sit and watch the old hippies and mountain bikers go by.

The beer tends toward the hoppy side, but most of it falls within the normal range of balance and drinkability for the region. The Epiphany ale seems to be their flagship and its a good all-around ale. The IPA is good and the double-IPA is also quite good. These aren't Moonlight or Russian River beers, but they are consistent and on par with most norcal beers.

Food here is good quality. I like the sausage plate, with a bratwurst and banger, excellent potato salad and plenty of saurkraut and red cabbage. The burgers and fish tacos are good too. Servings are very large and prices are reasonable, considering you're in Marin county.

The atmosphere indoors is a little lacking, but its hard to explain exactly how. Its not particularly cozy, or hip, or hippie. Its just functional, and theres a vague sense of being in a strip mall store. But the good food and beer make it a worthy stop after a hike or bike ride.

bcm119, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of tobodi
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

I have to admit up front that I'm a bit biased about ISPB because I live, oh, 300 feet from this place, and it is the only brewpub in our little Marin County holdover from the 60s, Fairfax.

On the plus side:
* It's family-friendly, which is nice for the parents of a 4-year-old. There seem to be a lot of kids whenever I go there, and Tuesdays are kids-eat-free night. It's also a great place for inexpensive but quality fries, which is handy when the little one wants to carbo-load.

* I work as a schoolteacher, and they give a dollar off happy hour pints M-Th to us hard-workin' educators. That's right, to make up for my measly public worker paycheck, the good people of ISPB serve us $2 pints!

* People are friendly there. Just yesterday during Monday night happy hour pints all night, we had a good time with the Yankee fans at the bar as George Steinbrenner's annual investment faded into oblivion. I'm an occasional sports fan and the two not-quite high-def teevees at the pub are enough for me.

* The bio-diesel am-brew-lance is a welcome sight every time I drive into town. These folks' creativity is inspiring!

* I give this place 1 dollar sign for value because the prices are pleasantly NOT Marin County über-expensive like other food-and-beer establishments, even those in the beloved East Bay I grew up in. There has been a vast improvement in both prices, attitude, and atmosphere from the old Zagat-rated Ross Valley Brewing Company.

* During summertime, the edge of the Fair-Anselm parking lot is lined with several hundred feet of blackberry bushes, giving new meaning to the term "brews-n'-berries".

On the minus side, I can't think of much. The place does seem to go dead around 9:30 pm, so if you're looking for night-life, head down the street to the other storied Fairfax entertainment venues. The beers seem really only so-so, given what the Bay Area offers, but I really appreciate having a Kölsch on hand, and Chazz Cat Rye is the one I keep coming back to! And alas, I just don't seem to catch when they have the barrel-conditioned beers.

tobodi, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Pretty good brewpub in the weird little hippie/yuppie town of Fairfield. The place itself is in a rather drab little shopping center, but it does have a patio out front and is fairly comfortable inside with a bar area and a seperate dining area. Lots of wood. I was there during happy hour and the bar was packed, so I sat in the restaurant and had dinner along with some brews. I had already had a couple of their beers over in Berkeley, so I knew the brew was good. Nice selection, probably 10 or 12 of their own beers on tap in a good range and well made. The service was enthusiastic if not the most informed. Food was very good- I had a slightly pricey but killer burger. It is all pub food, but well crafted and a few dishes strive to be a little fancier. Well made. Good little place, I'll be back when I'm in the area.

Georgiabeer, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Arrived here on a busy Friday night. Same location as the old Ross Valley Brewing. That place was pretty good, this place is better.

Atmosphere was crowded, and very family friendly. A bit stale, and a few babies crying. But not unpleasant at all.

Service was good. Our server was a bit slow at times, but it was really busy, so no problem.

They had about 8 beers on tap. A nice wide variety, the two I had were solid and tasty.

Food was good, and the portions were large. My "half" salad was more than enough for me. And the soup was tasty and filling.

Prices were fair.

I'd have no problem going back... a nice little place.

flexabull, May 07, 2007
Photo of SubtleHammer
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

I have a problem with Iron Springs- I have to pass it on my way to and from just about anywhere from my house. If I'm on my bike coming back from a ride or in my car on the way home from work; it's there. The other thing about this place is that 99% of the time, there are at least ten people there that I know.

Oh, yeah, and then there's the beer. I have yet to have a mediocre beer at Iron Springs. In fact, that is the biggest problem- it makes it hard to pass without stopping for one or four. On the serious side, service is friendly, food is good solid Pub fare- I rate probably a little lower than most because I'm a little tired of it and spoiled by where I live.

I will never tire of Casey Jones Imperial IPA. All the beer is excellent and rotates seasonally. When Casey Jones is out, I am never disapointed, The Crippla' and Epiphany are also standouts as well as the regular IPA. Atmosphere is very warm; it is a hangout for cyclists, families (Tuesday night Kids eat free) musicians and artists, as well as sports fans at the bar. Oh yeah, did I mention the beer? Craft Beer Kegs at BevMo prices- Growlers for $10 bucks a refill. So, as much as complain about this place- I spend a lot of time there with friends spending my money in the community where I live. That's not so bad.

SubtleHammer, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of Troyone
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Located in what appeared to be a type of plaza, the place is interesting. The employees are friendly and knowledgable about their beers. The regulars and locals are also friendly.

At this point I was kind of wasted from the previous places I visited today. I do recall padded booths and maybe some chairs; wooden tables, chairs, and bar (I think). Kitchen was in the open and viewable from the bar and dining area. Restroom was clean.

Service was friendly and prompt.

Good selection however no cask, I think the bartender said the cask (handpump) device was brought in on certain nights for their cask beers. Notables were the IPA and their hoppy amber.

The food was good and cooked on a real grill.

reasonable

Troyone, May 23, 2005
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax, CA
93 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.