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No Joke: Marin Brewing turns 20 today

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 12:23 pm in On Beer, what's on tap.

Given that it was April Fool’s Day 20 years ago, people must have thought they were joking. A brewery in Marin County? But Brendan Moylan was quite serious, as evidenced by Marin Brewing celebrating their 20th anniversary today. He and his late partner, homebrewer Craig Tasley, opened the first brewery in Marin on this day in 1989. Since that time, the award-winning Marin Brewing has built a solid reputation for quality and innovation.

Current brewmaster Arne Johnson continues to makes their classic favorites, such as Mt. Tam Pale, White Knuckle Double IPA, Bluebeery Ale, and Pt. Reyes Porter. But he also finds time to create exquisite ales such as his bourbon barrel aged Barleywine, or the rich and thick Quad, so “fully loaded” that one can only have 10 oz. in one sitting.

Arne Johnson and Brendan Moylan

The above photo is Brewmaster Arne Johnson showing off the four gold medals he won at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival along with Marin Brewing founder Brendan Moylan.

All day today at the brewpub at 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur (take the ferry there) “pints will be only $2.00 and select retail items will be offered at a discount price.” Also available today, Brewmaster Arne Johnson has brewed a batch of Anniversary Ale, the Tripel Dipsea Belgian Ale, and the 20th Anniversary Old Ale, which will be an English style ale, but these will only be around for a limited time only. Tonight at the brewery there will be live music with Petty Theft from 5-8pm.

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  • Jim Smith

    GREAT microbrewery and brewpub! Cheers to 20!

  • James

    I’m headed there tonight…I hope they still have their threee specials on tap. I agree with Jim, a great brewpub

  • craig

    great brew pub indeed…also has great steamers and a great beerfest every summer..