Where to Get Marin’s Best Brews

There are more places to quaff a well-crafted brew in Marin than ever. Marin beer brands are
getting creative. And the non-alcoholic beer trend is making a mark, too. What’s your California
beer style? The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is The Junction (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County brewery picks see below.

Our 2023 Dining category sponsor is Rodney Strong.

Because there are so many great ones, we’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.

Southern | Central | Northern 

Southern Marin

Best Day Brewing


Photo: Best Day Brewing Facebook

Though he does not have a beer garden with his non-alcoholic (NA) beers on tap, Tate Huffard of Sausalito’s Best Bay Brewing designed a set of brews in a can with an eye on NorCal’s outdoor-focused, up early to hike culture. In 2021, Huffard launched a non-alcoholic Kölsch and an IPA onto the market. Building on the success of these early adapters, Huffard’s hazy IPA followed in 2022. You can find his NA beer wherever beer is sold.

300 Turney St, Sausalito, 415.766.8999

The Junction

Mill Valley

Photo: The Junction Beer Instagram

Owner Dez Fiedler’s devotion to micro-produced and local beer is evident from the 30 taps and a
robust can program including Socks and Sandals from Humble Sea in Santa Cruz, and
experimental bottlings, like Barebottle Brewing’s Tangberry Typhoon, all easy to pair with
pizzas from Pizzahacker. Grab your fleece to sip one by a fire pit on the huge backyard patio
where live music is often on offer and a kids play area beckons.

226 Shoreline Hwy, Sausalito, 415.888.3544

Central Marin

Fieldwork Brewing

Corte Madera

Photo: Fieldwork Corte Madera Facebook

The see-and-be-seen patio enlivens the outdoor eating scene at Corte Madera Town Center, one
of eight NorCal locations for this brewery. The draft list includes everything from Belgian
dubbel-style to lighter Czech-style lagers and hoppier double IPAs. The pizzas have a dedicated
following and roasted Brussels sprouts and a chopped kale salad round out the menu.

107 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera; 415.891.8273

Creekside Pizza and Taproom

San Anselmo

Photo: Creekside Pizza & Taproom Facebook

Home to over 30 different craft beers from over 25 top craft breweries, plus kombucha and cider on tap. From local favorites, seasonal offerings, rotating handles and specialty breweries, guests are invited to explore the ever-changing, wide range of products with a personalized flight of craft beers. Enjoy happy hour every day at 4 p.m. with $4 beers on tap and $4 wines by the glass. Creekside To Go always has a great selection of 4-pack cans for takeout, outdoor dining, and online ordering. Open seven days a week from 11AM.

638 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo; 415.801.3265

Way Station


Photo: Way Station Brewing Marin Facebook

Though probably better known for their ‘cue (the plant-based burger with avocado is great, too),
the former gas station and mechanics shop in the center of town boasts an extensive draft
program featuring not only pilsners, hazy IPAs and Kölsches from local breweries but wines
from California and around the world.

2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax; 415.300.3099

Ounces Outdoors

San Rafael

Photo: Ounces Outdoor Facebook

Enjoy small-batch, locally brewed beers on tap from Adobe Creek Brewing, Fogbelt Brewing
and Pond Farm Brewing, or a range of ciders at an all-outdoor, dog-friendly beer garden with fire
pits and bocce courts. Grab a seat at a picnic table before digging into a chile verde pork or steak
and mushroom savory pie, a warm pretzel with mustard, or a caramelized onion grilled cheese

5800 Northgate Dr, San Rafael, 877.747.0383

Pond Farm Brewing

San Rafael

Photo: Pond Farm Brewing Facebook

The microbrewery in the West End from husband and wife team Trevor and Stephanie Martens
has a rotating list of beers on tap from brewer Trevor, and a new food menu for enjoying in the
beer garden or at the bar. Look for snacks like a pretzel loaded with cornichons, gruyere and
salami, salads and mains like a sausage plate with mashed potatoes or a veggie sandwich.

1848 Fourth St, San Rafael, 415.524.8709

Monk’s Kettle

Terra Linda

Photo: Monk’s Kettle Brewing Facebook

Like the original in San Francisco, Christian Albertson’s restaurant in the shopping center kitty-
corner from the Terra Linda Pool serves quaffable beers (like Pliny the Elder on tap), burgers,
and pub grub to match the suds. The Mission Fried Chicken has an ardent following but there are
plenty of veg-forward offerings, too. The mochi pancakes at brunch are not to be missed — try them with an Ettaler Heller Bock from Bayern, Germany.

655 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael

Northern Marin

Adobe Creek


Adobe Creek

Bring your own food and well-behaved dog to enjoy the hop-forward flavors at this Marin-based small-batch brewery. Adobe Creek started production in March of 2017 and has since opened two locations in Novato and Petaluma. Head brewer Jonathan Macdonald comes from a home brewing background and is always experimenting with tastes and styles. Look forward to trying something new and unique each time you visit.

67 Galli Dr, Suite E, Novato, 415.506.4565

HopMonk Tavern


Photo: HopMonk

The tables shaded by umbrellas and live music pumping from the stage set a lively scene for this
beer garden at Novato’s Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. While many come to savor a Pliny the
Younger (when in season), the restaurant is known for its killer Reuben and fish and chips with
Caribbean slaw.

224 Vintage Way, Novato; 415.892.6200

Indian Valley Brewing


Photo: Indian Valley Brewing Facebook

Just off of Novato’s main drag, this nano brewery has an outdoor patio complete with umbrellas
and picnic tables to savor everything from Grumpas, a Scotch style ale, to a dry stout named
Genius. Taquiza Los Cunados serves up Mexican food every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and
Amore Mio Pizza serves their signature pies on Thursdays during trivia. Look for pop-ups from Lone
Mountain Barbecue, too.

1016 Railroad Ave., Novato, 415.301.4983



Photo: Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant Facebook

The big tanks out front are a sign of the beer to come at this long-running brewery in Novato.
Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables in the backyard patio before sinking into a bowl of beef
and bean chili or the restaurant’s famous corned beef and cabbage. The beer menu is similarly
Irish-American in flavor with Irish stouts and NorCal IPAs available in equal measure.

15 Rowland Way, Novato; 415.898.4677


Rodney Strong: 2023 Best of the County Dining

Rodney Strong was an acknowledged visionary who understood the potential that Sonoma County’s soil and climate held for producing world-class wines and was one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in Russian River Valley and the first to produce a Chalk Hill appellation Chardonnay.

How do you cater to both oenophiles and newbies?
At our winery, we pride ourselves on creating an exceptional experience that caters to both connoisseurs and newbies alike. We offer a diverse range of offerings and services that accommodate the varied preferences and knowledge levels of our guests and are committed to providing a custom experience.
What sets you apart from other wineries?
Our winery has achieved national recognition for its exceptional craftsmanship, with our wines consistently earning high scores and accolades from esteemed critics and competitions.
How do you cater to both oenophiles and newbies?
At our winery, we pride ourselves on creating an exceptional experience that caters to both connoisseurs and newbies alike. We offer a diverse range of offerings and services that accommodate the varied preferences and knowledge levels of our guests and are committed to providing a custom experience.