Moylan's Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

15 Rowland Way
Novato, California, 94954
United States

(415) 898-4677 | map

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Reviews by drewbage:
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stop number four on the 2004 Great Sonoma Beer Run.

Moylan's is the sibling brewery of our 3rd stop, Marin Brewing. Located in a freestanding resturant on a corner lot with a big malt silo right next to the bar entrance.

Similiar to Marin, the room is dominated by a long narrow bar with a large restaurant area running behind.

Unlike Marin's beers, which tend to be along the lines of west coast hoppy beer, Moylan's brews tend to flow more to the UK side of the fence. This time D, the erstwhile navigator, joined me in a whopping sampler of 10 beers each. The funny part is once you move beyond the obligatory blonde and wheat beers, the remaining 7 beers were all in the same color range.

Service was genial and just aloof enough to allow road weary beer geeks the peace and quiet needed after a long period of tire hum.

Not a bad place, a lot quieter than Marin, but since I prefer Marin's beers, I have my preferences.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1%
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 +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +14.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of MIrvine
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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 +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Moylan's Brewery in Novato, CA
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