Marin Brewing Company

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Place Score: 85
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1809 Larkspur Landing
Larkspur, California, 94939
United States
phone: (415) 461-4677

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Reviews by jvillefan:
Photo of jvillefan
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A: Very relaxed and comfortable restaurant and brewery with helpful staff and social bartenders.

S: attentive waiters and waitresses bring food in a timely manner. Bartenders do a good job of making their way around the bar, offer good recommendations and know the Marin brews.

S: a good range of delicious and well crafted Marin beers

F: a large selection of food- burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and daily specials.
Dessert is great too!

Marin Brew Co is an excellent place to grab a casual, delicious meal, a delicious beer, and to enjoy the company of your friends. And their Tuesday $3 pint night is not to be missed!

More User Reviews:
Photo of MIrvine
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Definite local hot spot, but parking is a nightmare in that center. Get a table outside if you can (and whether permits), but indoor seating is OK too. Food is on the better side of pub grub.

Photo of Tazmaniandavis
3/5  rDev -19.1%

MBC was one of the first brew pubs to open in the bay. The beers have been consistantly good for a loooong time. Unfortunately though, the food and service at the brewpub has taken a steep dive over the years.

Photo of JackDempsy
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

This would be a very nice place - love the atmosphere and it is in a great location. I tried to order a couple of beers on the menu and they didn't have the selections I was looking for (it was a long list of beers they have and have had in the past - confusing). The food was so-so, nothing to rave about except for the price - very inexpensive. The servers were nice, but were in a rush - so when the food came out, they said here is the catsup and mustard and walked away - didn't ask what I wanted (which was hot sauce) and didn't come back for 15 minutes to see how everything was going.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Visited today for lunch.

Atmosphere was good as it was a perfect day to have a seat outside in the shade.

Quality of the beer was solid.

Service was pretty solid even though there was a pretty full house outside. The server did not take time to chat until the end of round 3.

Selection was pretty good. I had the White Knuckle, cask IPA, and the San Quentin Stout. Thought they would have more available.

Food was solid. Burgers and onion rings were very spot on.

Overall value was good for the Bay area. Two burgers and 5 beers for just over $50.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

This visit was last summer and looking back has an odd feel. The Giants were on and I remember thinking how they were two years removed from a World Series and that the Dodgers were in complete control of the division... but I digress.

Parking was somewhat difficult as I don't know if commuters like to stop here, but inside at least it didn't seem to be as packed. I tried a sampler and was happy with the beers I was presented, but not overly impressed. The place did have sort of a sports bar feel to it, and I was wondering if Huey Lewis and the News would be lurking around the corner somewhere. In short, a fun place to be serving good but not great beer. If you're in the area worth a stop and if I was in the area I would probably visit often.

Photo of litheum94
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch with the family. Had their beers a bunch of times, but had never been to the brewpub.

Atmosphere is like any brewpub, casual with a bustling noise level. Service was okay. Took awhile after getting seated to have someone stop by our table, but otherwise the service was average.

The food was your standard brewpub fare, but the quality was a lot higher. I had the hot pastrami and Swiss, and it was very good. I tried a piece of bacon from my wife's burger and I thought it was one of the best pieces of bacon I have ever had. The kid's menu was pretty standard, but my daughter seemed to enjoy it. Prices were a little above average, but not horrible.

I tried the sampler platter, and thought most of the beers were average. There were a couple of beers that just weren't good (Belgian Dubbel and the ES Chi) and a couple of standouts (White Knuckle IPA and Stinson Beach Peach), other than that, I could take em or leave em.

In the end, I'm more likely to go back for the food rather than the beer.

Photo of GJ40
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

As a west coast IPA fanatic, I so wanted to love this place. I'd tried the White Knuckle Double IPA before so I thought I was on the right track. But while the beer list in the menu had a few IPAs, the list of beers that actually had on tap was much more limited. And ni IPAs! They tended toward malty with an amber, two porters and not a lot I was excited about. I started with a pale ale which was decent but not memorable and their Orange & Black which was about the same.

The menu was fantastic with burgers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, etc. but the food turned out to be just adequate. I had the blackened chicken sandwich with avocado and jack cheese. The portions were large. But the sandwich was dry, the chicken was overcooked and the bread was overly crunchy. The onion rings were room temperature when they arrived and pretty soaked in grease.

The service was average and the prices were a little on the high side. The atmosphere is its best feature. The interior is nice and the outdoor seating is even better. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to win me over.

I think with a little more effort in each area it could have been fantastic but they just seem happy with the location.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Ah, one of the first brewpubs I ever went to on a road trip. Located in Larkspur, its a rich enough and learned enough place for locals tired of the crime n grime of the city. Plenty of open area for seating for dining, lots of wood and 49er decorations all over the place, kind of a seafaring vibe to it.

Beer and food is good. Really a big fan of the San Quentin Stout. Their hoppy stuff is legit when fresh. Be careful at stores though, they still don't bottle date anything, and I've had some garbage White Knuckle well beyond its prime.

Service is decent, they shut down the place when they feel like it sometimes, so be forwarned that you might get rushed to finish your drinks even though the hours seem to indicate they should be open later.

Nonetheless, a decent place with good beer, would just like to see them up their selection of in house beers. Cool grassy areas outside to wrestle around in too when you get drunk and aren't ready to go home yet.

Photo of colonelforbin
4.08/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Very spacious, including a nice long bar area, lots of outside seating and a nice area behind the bar to hang out as well. Can fit a fairly large crowd but is still somewhat intimate, if that makes any sense.

Selection varies and can be great but can also be very sparse. Their IPAs are very good and their San Quentin Breakout Stout is an excellent beer. The porter is excellent as well. I've also enjoyed most of their other beers as well. Triple Dipsea is good, not great and their barleywine is a touch better. Solid IPAs though, and they have started making some Belgian inspired pale ales, which is nice. Had their Cuvee Roge recently, which was a limited edition, bottled, on premises only sour ale, and that was excellent. Wish they made a few more one-offs but they are consistent and very good.

Very nice atmosphere and the food is solid. Haven't had too much, but for me having vegan options is my only concern and they do have some things that I can eat. The outdoor patio is really spacious and quite nice. Can't complain about the service at all.

I'd surely recommend this place as they make very good, consistent beers, but don't be surprised if they only have four or five beers on tap, sometimes they have many more but you never know.

Photo of avaldivia
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I will begin with stating, if it were not for Marin Brew Co, I may not have gotten into craft beer. This place, along with Moylans, holds a special place in my heart.

I typically only come here on Tuesday nights when they have $3 pints. The food and service are pretty average. Not bad, just average. It can be really slow on Tuesdays because it is very busy.

The food is okay. There's nothing wrong with it, some things are actually pretty tasty, but nothing special. I see it like this, if there were not beer, I would probably not come to get food.

The selection is good. They have quite a few brews. Most are nothing special, but White Knuckle is one of the best DIPAs available and San Quentin Breakout Stout is absolutely top notch. Unfortunately, they are not a part of the $3 pints because of the alcohol content.

I will always feel fondly towards this place this place, but in all honesty, now that I live in Sonoma County, I feel no need to come here unless I am already in town.

Photo of beerman21
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ahhhh Marin Brewery my home away from home! Service is adequate, friendly, semi knowledgeable. Beautiful woman work there, honestly might be a prerequisite to land a job as a waitress. Beer is awesome with great a selection. You can order 22oz bombers of there beer at your table to go which is cool. Honestly what does it for me they offer really unique fresh and delicious menu. Catering to all types of taste. From your i want a greasy hamburger to a deliciously prepared fish and chips. They even make a note to offer a good selection of vegetarian dishes. All in all wonderful place to visit easy to find, my girlfriend and i go there probably every two weeks.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

(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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JamesP123
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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)

Photo of ironlung
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

Photo of mjl21
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

From notes...

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.

Photo of RunDWP
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of ubermick
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.