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Moylan's Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 5,508
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

15 Rowland Way
Novato, California, 94954
United States
phone: (415) 898-4677

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Reviews by PuckLSHS:
Photo of PuckLSHS
4.05/5  rDev +1%

I always make a point of stopping at Moylan's anytime I am up in the area. The beers there are great and the service is fantastic.

When you walk in, it looks like the same old giant brewpub location. It has a rather long bar and plenty of seating for a large number. The people are very nice and know their stuff. I prefer to sit at the bar when I am with a couple of people or just want quick service. If I want to relax a bit, I will sit at a table because it is easier to lounge and talk to the people you are with.

The food here is great. I would suggest getting the ultra garlic fries and one of the many sandwiches on the menu. You really can't go wrong with any of them.

I am a fan of the Hopsickle and the Kilt Lifter here. The seasonals at this brewery are some of the best in the area and their regular beers are also pretty awesome.

Definitely hit up this place if you are in the area.

PuckLSHS, Apr 21, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

The staff were knowledgeable of the beer, of which they had a large range to choose from. The beer range is also well worth it too.

The food selection was good, ambience fine. I enjoyed myself there, along with the sample platter. What I didn't expect was my sister's fiancé from Italy regarding the meal and beer there tops as far as eating out during his trip.

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MISSALMA_XO, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

Stopped in here for lunch and beers on our way up north. We were waiting for them to unlock the door so we had the place to ourselves. Apparently locals don't drink beer at 11am on a Monday. Nice wide open restaurant feel to the place. The taps were all standard Moylans offerings. My wife went for the gusto and started with hopsickel. She regretted it but finished it like a true beer geek. We cycled our way through every beer they had and enjoyed a hearty lunch. The bartender was super friendly. She didn't have much else to do since the place was a ghost town.

Overall a nice pit stop on our way up to the north.

beerwolf77, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%

For the tourists like me, Moylan's is in the middle of nowhere but it was also a convenient stop on the way to Santa Rose from SF.

Basically a large shed in a commercial area north of SF with a brewery and a big restaurant/bar in the way only the US does it.

The beer on tap was all house beer with a couple of hand pumps for a bit of interest. The quality was varied with the beers I had being average for the American craft scene.

Service was decent but with only 1 bartender tending a full bar, it was a touch slow.

On the whole I'm sure Moylan's is popular with the local suburban crowd. It offers a reasonable environment for dinner with the family and is equally suited to a couple of drinks with friends but to me it felt a little dull and lacked the character of a Hair of the Dog or Lagunitas.

dgilks, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

I visited while in SF on business. The pub is in a pretty commercial area and has a pretty commercial feel to it (not that unlike a Chili's or Friday's). They have TVs and draw a big football crowd on NFL Sundays. I prefer the more unique and authentic brewpubs that simply grow out of the brewery.

The beer selection is solid with basically everything they brew on tap. There were about 20 when I visited. This was a brief stop for us so we just went with samples of the IPA, DIPA and Hopsickle. It was a nice progression. They were tasty and very fresh.

The Moylan's Brewpub isn't unique, personal or especially memorable but they get the job done and offer some great beer.

GJ40, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

(Visited 01/2011): Moylan's is located off the 101 in Novato right past a busy intersection on Rowland. The brewpub has a private parking lot.

Inside the bar is along the right wall, and there is restaurant style seating elsewhere. The place is relatively dark and has a casual atmosphere. Some Moylan's breweriana as well as TVs behind the bar, along with a tap listing. Dart boards in the back too.

The brewpub has around 12 beers on tap with some seasonals and at least one cask ale. Aside from the flagship beers they have one-offs like Wet Hopsickle (Chardonnay Barrel) and a 2 year-old Old Blarney on my visit. The beers are average to above average overall.

Service on a slow weekday lunch was good. The bartender was approachable and knew their beers.

Salads and sandwiches for me and my colleague were pretty standard fare.

Overall this brewpub doesn't really stand out, especially when compared with a place like Russian River, but it is worth checking out for travelers in the area.

Dogbrick, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.93/5  rDev -2%

Moylan's along with Marin Brew Co. are the two brewpubs that got me into going to brewpubs. Moylan's is more Irish themed and you can see that simply by the name of all of their beers.

The selection is always fairly large and they usually have 1 or 2 beers on both Cask and Nitro. I like the beer for the most part (I'm a huge Giants fan and it pains me to say Orange and Black is terrible). It doesn't compare to RR or Lagunitas usually, but it is solid and enjoyable. I typically come here on Wednesdays because it is $3 Pints for everything below a certain ABV. The prices for the beers are actually really good even if you don't go on Wednesday.

The food ranges from decent to pretty good standard bar fair. I usually go with the Moylan's Burger which is pretty good. They have a decent size menu and I have never had anything that wasn't at least decent.

The Service is really good typically. I usually sit at the bar, and come during less busy hours. things can be hectic if you come here during peak hours, so keep that in mind.

Overall, this is a place I go to every now and then, and always enjoy myself. I recommend it to anyone in Marin who wants good food and beer for a decent price.

avaldivia, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of alanforbeer
4.53/5  rDev +13%

A friend of mine and I dropped by for an afternoon of beer drinking while on a trip up the CA coast this past December. I have to agree with some previous reviewers that the location of the place (in the middle of a giant shopping complex) is less than desirable.

I found the atmosphere to be very comfortable. Not particularly unique, but there is plenty of beer paraphernalia on the walls and the wooden rafters overhead to keep your eye busy, and the conversation going.

We showed up on a Saturday just minutes after they opened, and were the first ones at the bar, but within an hour or so the place was full. Ordered up some lunch. My overall impression of the food (although my review is based on just one visit to the place) is that its high quality pub fare, definitely above average, although perhaps a bit on the rich side.

Had a couple rounds of Dragoons, which I think is a somewhat underrated beer, and tried nearly everything else on tap. Solid beers all around, all highly drinkable.

The best part of the visit was the way we were treated by the bartenders, and the rest of the brewery employees. All were pleasant and professional even though we were there for several hours (after all that beer-drinking we had to sober up before hitting the road). Bought a couple of bottles on my way out.

I'll definitely visit again next time I'm in SF.

alanforbeer, Feb 19, 2011
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Moylan's Brewery in Novato, CA
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.