Readers Choice: Where's the Best Craft Beer in Marin?

Porters, IPAs, ambers, Belgians, stouts — you know, beer with actual flavor rather than just carbonation — can be found at several brewpubs and restaurants around the county. Cast a vote for your favorite.

Craft beer geeks like me are so lucky that we live in one of the epicenters of the microbrewing movement. People talk about the North Bay being Wine Country, but fine ale fans know it's just as much of a paradise for us, too.

Marin has several amazing craft beer spots, but we want to know which one is the best when it comes to the selection of pale ales, IPAs, reds, ambers, porters, stouts and Belgians.

In our latest edition of Readers' Choice, we've given you the keys, letting you primarily formulate the list of nominees and then select the winner. We solicited nominations from June 18 to July 9.

Voting began on July 23 and continues until Aug. 17. Some Readers' Choice categories span across all of Marin and others dig deep into individual towns and cities; this one is a countywide one. Visit our topics page for all the Readers' Choice information.

The nominations for best craft beer spot in Marin are:

And if you own or manage one of the businesses in our contest, be sure to "Claim" your listing; this allows you to customize the information that appears on our site, and to thank your loyal customers for the five-star ratings they give you.

Tom MacDonald July 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Brent- It is no surprise that you chose to have a beer tasting poll. I'm sure you personally and extensively research the establishments. How about a margarita poll?
Rick Voorhees July 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
How can you beat the taste of Kiltlifter...no better beer in Marin...Moylan's is the place...
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Here you go, Tom: http://patch.com/A-wrLl
Rick Fraites July 23, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Moylan's...Hands Down and Pint Glasses Up!
Will Lamers July 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Gotta love Kiltlifter from Moylans. But I have not had the pleasure of having visited all the contestants, so I will need to do that before casting my vote.
Jessica July 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Sleeping Lady has Pliny the Elder on tap!
Bob Ratto July 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Pliny is simply fantastic!..which brings up an interesting twist...if, Sonoma brewed Pliny is served on tap at one of the brewpubs listed above, does it qualify?...if they could manage to get their hands on Pliny the Younger (which is made only a couple of times a year, I think) that would be a complete game changer!
Jessica July 23, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The contest doesn't specify that the establishment actually brews the beer they serve. For example, if the same question was posed for Petaluma I'd be tempted to say Lagunitas, but I would probably have to vote for TAPS just for sheer numbers and variety.
Elizabeth McGrady July 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Iron Springs by far is the best. Their food, beer and rockin' atmosphere can't be beat. Plus they give back to their community every week!
Kim Burggraf July 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Pliny Younger would be the bomb!
Kim Burggraf July 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Iron Springs makes badass brew!
Dennis Lindsey August 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I vote for Dennis's house
Rick Voorhees August 15, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I have one word Kiltlifter.....the best beer in Marin from Moylans.....
Bud Wiesser August 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The local establishment should indeed brew its own, not just buy a keg from someone else. That would be too easy, wouldn't it? But yes the parameters of this popularity contest just asked who has the best selection of craft beers, so anything goes. If you like to just drink 1 beer all the time whether it be the excellent Kiltlifter or Pliny, then fine, but for my money Mill Valley Beerworks has the best, most eclectic and diversified bottle list of any here. The Catalana bros also brew their own in small batches (nothing bottled yet like Moylan's et al) and the product has ranged from good to excellent to amazing. Plus for me, it's close by -- I'm a mere bike mile away. Try driving back from your favorite pub after 1 brew or 5!


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