Bottoms Up

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Where to drink good beer in Marin County

By William Brand
Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 11:10 pm in Uncategorized.

Note…to the commenter who asked about decent pubs in San Rafael in Marin County, I turned to the San Rafael IJ’s Brent Ainsworth, who writes about beer, among many other things, for the IJ:

San Rafael … Let’s see … The Flatiron in downtown…  (724 B St., San Rafael, CA 94901, (415) 453-4318 is a  sports bar (lots of TV screens) with a few decent selections on tap.

The Mayflower on Fourth Street ( 2111 Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94901, (415) 459-6683) is more of an authentic British pub and a much better choice on the taps, plus traditional Irish music jam sessions on Tuesdays (I think) …

Wipeout Bar & Grill in Greenbrae (302 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, CA 94904, (415) 461-7400 has Arrogant Bastard and a surf theme …

In Novato, I recommend Finnegan’s Marin, ( 877 Grant Ave., Novato, CA, 94945. (415) 899-1516 ) a classy 2-year-old pub that sometimes has a Moonlight ale on tap …

Frankly, when I’m out and about, I stick to the brewpubs — Broken Drum, (1132 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901, (415) 456-4677),  Iron Springs in Fairfax, Marin Brewing in Larkspur, Moylan’s in Novato. As a true beer geek and devoted hophead, I loathe \ a long line of tap handles with pils after pils after pils. That’s not selection. – Brent Ainsworth

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  • James

    I live in San Rafael and agree with most of the places listed. I have always heard good things about the Broken Drum, but after my first experience last week I have to disagree. Overcrowded and the beers, while all brewed on site, are just OK. I felt “Pint Sized” also a bar on 4th street had a much better selection of brews…Speakeasy, Firestone, Lagunitas and at least 5-6 other good beers I can’t remember and didn’t sample. Haven’t tried Iron Springs yet, heard good things. I’d have to say Marin Brew Co. and Moylans (Same Owners) are the best places for good beer in Marin.

  • William Brand

    Thanks for the input James. Will add Pint Sized to the list:

    Pint Size Lounge
    1615 4th St
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 457-2673

  • Jerry Karr

    10/1/08 I have been looking throughout your site for over ten minutes and I can not find the recipe for Star Tavern Fish & Chips mentioned in today’s column about Fuller’s ESB.

    Thanks, Jerry Karr

  • William Brand
  • easong

    Ah, Marin County, land of good brew. Just like Sonoma, Mendocino, Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco, and even Santa Cruz Counties. Why oh why is Santa Clara, the Bay Area’s most populous county, such a freaking fresh brew wasteland? What I’d spend if there were a Moylan’s in San Jose…

  • Ainz

    Bill, it’s the Marin Independent Journal where I work, not the San Rafael IJ … I think the paper’s office moved from San Rafael to Novato in the early 1980s.