Mill Valley Beerworks

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Mill Valley BeerworksMill Valley Beerworks

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

173 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, California, 94941
United States

(415) 336-3596 | map

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Added by jcatalana on 09-12-2010

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by colonelforbin:
Photo of colonelforbin
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Nice, small brewpub in downtown Mill Valley. Upscale vibe with the layout and decor. The interior is very well done. Bar on the side and a large, long communal table on the other side. Some 4 top tables in the front.

They only had three beers on tap when I was there. Morpho, a collaboration with MateVeza, Tea Time Bitter, an English style bitter ale and Beerworks Black, a black ale. Pretty simple styles. I thought the beers were very well done, particularly the Tea Time Bitter, dry and crisp.

Apparently they are expanding and that is why they don't have a large house selection. There are a bunch of guest taps and a bottle list as well. I will be curious to see if they brew more beers when they expand.

It was fairly crowded when I was there, a Saturday evening.

Didn't eat the food but some of it looked tasty. Not a very big menu.

Pretty close to highway 101 if you are passing through the area, worth checking out if you don't have to go too far out of your way.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Currently the house beers are brewed by Fort Point Beer Company.

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Photo of SveNss0N
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kristianhansen
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Love coming here for the wide selection of beers and the healthy, amazing yummy food.

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Photo of BierBen
2.72/5  rDev -33%

Photo of RyanHophead
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of TGS
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I'd have to say that this is less of a brewpub than it is a bar that happens to make some of their own beers. When I visited there were only three house beers available, and one was a conglomeration between these guys and MateVeza. But what they may lack in their own productions they make up for with a solid guest list. Between bottles and drafts, there is some nice stuff here. I stuck with the cheese plate for food. Overall the menu was more snack oriented with a few sandwiches mixed in, if I recall right. The vibe of this place is very chill. I am no authority on it by any means, but the Mill Valley vibe seems to define this place. My perception of it was one of money, though very northern California in its display of it. (Think subdued, earthy, and definitely not showing it off.) I had my eye on this place for a while and I'm glad I visited, but I'm not sure how often I'd return. If you're making a beer trek and returning from Russian River or Lagunitas, this is a few miles away from 101 if you're heading back to the city, so keep that in mind. But also keep in mind that this is a very chill locals spot. Obnoxious behavior and douchery need not apply.

Also, the location is quite unassuming. I passed it without realizing and on my second pass I would have missed it again if not for the street number on the side of the building.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

An interesting little place, and I hope their brewery expansion succeeds. It seems the township was putting up roadblocks for this tiny brewery to expand into an equally tiny storefront next door, but the expansion looked to be already underway. Apparently the CEO of Dwell magazine lives across the street, and was among the loudest opponents of the brewery, citing noise and "non family friendly" atmosphere. There were kids in there before 9pm when we went, and it wasn't noisy at all (albeit sort of upscale, like the whole town). Parking lot of the Mill Valley Inn next door was noisier than this small establishment.

Back story:

Narrow space with wooden tables up front and a communal table in the back. Short L-shaped bar, hanging lamps, pressed tin ceiling. Pretty dim, music playing. Some brew kettles visible in the back, and open kitchen area that we sat in front of. It wasn't a place that felt especially relaxing, due to a mix of the odd seating, pricey beers, and a little bit sterile interior.

Selection: This is currently more of a beer bar than active brewery, they said this was due to the expansion. One house beer, Morpho, a spiced hibiscus beer brewed at MateVeza. There were some great eclectic and seasonal taps, including a Festbier and JP La Parcela for $12. Drafts were $5-$12. Almanac Vintage '10 on bottle list for $20-something. A few prices were on the high side, the highest being $60 For 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek. Seeing as i've paid $20-23 for this beer once upon a time, $60 sounded like outright robbery-slash-gougery. Other bottles were more affordable, but many things were double digit prices, higher than just about everywhere else in the bay area, save for Monk's Kettle's reserve list.

Service: Quick and timely though one server was little snarky. We were looking for something small to eat, and asked about "milk and cookies" on the menu. Answer: "It's milk...and...cookies." Brilliant! Pressed on after one $12 draft and no cookies, but found some nice meringues from the bakery down the street.

Vibe was trying hard to be minimal and casually unpretentious, but it felt a little pretentious nonetheless. I'd return once they got some house beers on again, and give it another shot.

Addendum: In hindsight, we definitely should have eaten here instead of Avatar's Punjabi Burritos around the corner. The snobbery there was laughable, and from a "burrito place" no less. $14 for one plate of bland rice and veggies with a sweet sauce dumped on it, a side of oily tortillas (ordered naan) and bottled water... The woman behind the counter scoffed when we asked to sit outside (it was 90ยบ inside, tables were near the oven) and acted smug about their cash only policy when asked (pointing at a janky "wall safe" atm behind us). No signs or anything, just a miserable, humorless woman condescending to customers. Indian food may be exotic in Mill Valley, but it wasn't good or authentic here. Zatte in SF was far better.

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Photo of mjl21
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Mill Valley Beerworks is a good little brewery/beer cafe located at the tail end of downtown Mill Valley. It is a fairly small space that will be expanding soon. There is metered street parking out front and spots can usually be had, though you may drive around for a few on a Friday or Saturday night.

When you walk in the bar is on the right hand side of the room. There are a few tables and the bar has decent seating capacity. There is also a communal table. This place tends to get busy a little before dinner time and is full of Sweetwater regulars, families, and cyclists.

They usually have 9 or so beers on tap. Most of the beers are from guest breweries. Typically they will have one or two of their own on tap. The only house brewed beer I have tried was a barleywine that was decent. Their guest taps are pretty good. Over the course of my visits I have consumed Deschutes The Abyss, Port Mongo, Lagunitas Zephyr, and North Coast Old Rasputin. They also have a very large bottle list that is comprised of a lot of imports.

They have increased their food menu over the course of time to include a decent selection of small plates and sandwiches. I have only tried their house made pretzel and I found it to be so-so.

The staff has generally been very friendly. I can't speak to how knowledgeable they are about beer as I typically know what I want to order.

My biggest gripe would be that the prices for both draft and bottled beers are quite high. Most guest taps outside of a Reissdorf Kolsch or Old Speckled Hen run around $8.00 a glass. Bottles are typically marked up two to three times retail prices.

If you are in the area this is definitely worth a stop for a pint. Just make sure you bring enough in your wallet.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

went here with my mom as she said that some of the people who I went to high school had recently opened this place and she knows i'm into craft beer.

She had a stout that was either from Moylans or North Coast.

I had a la fin de monde which as always was great.

They have some limited cheese plates etc as well as some sandwiches.

The service was prompt and attentive and our beers were poured very well.

They have a good selection with a nice variety of CA beers as well as some belgians etc.

It is a very cozy warm atmosphere and I will certainly return.

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Photo of rbastone
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in during a business trip with some friends who live in the area. My initial reaction when walking through the door was that the place had a warm and inviting ambiance.

The beer list is quite well thought out with a wide variety of CA local, US domestic and imported bottles. A nice list of taps as well. If you are really thirsty - there is a 9 Liter bottle of St. Feuillien Tripel available.

If you are in the area - I highly recommend dropping in. It is also a short hop from SF (if you are tired of the usual suspects: Toronado, Monk's Kettle, etc.)

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Mill Valley Beerworks in Mill Valley, CA
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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