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Marin Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Marin Brewing CompanyMarin Brewing Company
Based on:
42 Beers
1,888 Hads
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 39
Visits: 67
Avg: 3.69
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 39 | Visits: 67
Reviews by rayzorwit:
Photo of rayzorwit
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of firkingroovin
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Nathan_Short
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mikeb8
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of braaka
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of blabaer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Russkiy
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of kingpin1010
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MIrvine
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Tazmaniandavis
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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Photo of jp11801
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of joelambic
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of gymnastcarol
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of capuchinpilates
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JackDempsy
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.