Moylan's Brewery

Moylan's BreweryMoylan's Brewery
Moylan's BreweryMoylan's Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

15 Rowland Way
Novato, California, 94954
United States

(415) 898-4677 | map
moylans.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.9
Beers:
59
Reviews:
3,593
Ratings:
6,224
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.02
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
77
pDev:
9.2%
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 77
Reviews by alanforbeer:
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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BerryKumquat
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Miesemer
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

i always imagined this place would be bigger, its quite humble in its size, a freestanding location that looks like it could have doubled as an old red lobster or applebees or something. has that sort of exterior and layout inside, but the place has been around a long time, and they have had quite the distribution footprint for their size too, impressive when you see how small it is. sort of irish sports bar vibe inside, a little more authentic, but similar feel. lots of old beer memorabilia on the walls, and something like 12 beers on tap, maybe more. they had a good mix of their classics that i knew and some new more experimental stuff. i liked the flaneur belgian pale a whole lot, and enjoyed the tealight as well. these guys have been one of those sort of staple california breweries for me over the years, so it was cool to finally check out their spot. i wish we had time for more beers, but the ones we had were all very solid. service was fine, a bit distracted but friendly and liberal with the sampling, just perhaps a little disinterested. they have a good thing going here, a very loyal following, and i think a healthy mix of well known stand by beers and experimental new stuff to keep it interested. great stop when cruising north from san francisco!

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Photo of vonSchulze
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I recently stopped in here on a trip to Northern California. From what I understand, Marin and Moylan's are in cahoots somehow, so the experience here was pretty much the same as I had at Marin. The inside hosts a brewery, bar, and restaurant and just like at Marin, I got a definite sports bar type vibe but Moylan's seemed a bit cleaner and more put together. The bartender was quite nice and answered all of the questions I had. They had around 15 beers on tap, most of which they already bottle, and a few one offs. They also can sell certain bottles to go from what I saw. The quality of everything was good.

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Really good food, and about 20 beers on tap.

Will fill any growler

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Photo of SmashPants
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bobbyhands
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of kingpin1010
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MIrvine
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Nothing special here. Decent beer selection but space is really tired looking. Nice large bar area is a good spot to pop into for a beer if you're stuck on the 101 or 37 parking lots. Food is OK.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Moylan's Brewery in Novato, CA
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 6224 ratings