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Beltane Brewing Company
401 Bel Marin Keys Blvd Ste B, Novato, CA 94949
Artisan ales and good conversation — that's what Beltane Brewing Company brings to the Bel Marin Keys section ofMore Novato. Opened in December 2012, Beltane is a small-batch brewing operation with a cozy tasting room about the size of a master bedroom. Brewer Alan Atha and business manager Cathy Portje wanted to create a social gathering place in a part of town that doesn't have many. It's no sports bar — there are no TVs. It's suited for people who want to enjoy each other without distractions. Beltane's beer selection, presented on 12 taps, is full-bodied, eclectic and available to-go. If you're hungry, bring your own — only pretzels and peanuts are available. Live acoustic music presented on some evenings.
Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
15 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945
On the southern fringe of the Wine Country, Moylan's for many locals is the beginning of Beer Country. Nationally knownMore in beer circles, the microbrewery is renowned for its big, robust and flavorful ales. Brendan Moylan, founder of Marin Brewing Co. a few miles south in Larkspur, decided in the early 1990s that he wanted a build a second brewery from scratch closer to his home. It debuted in 1995 following a knock-down, drag-out battle with community and civic leaders who were worried about having a brewery in town. Today, with more than a dozen beers on tap created by ace brewer Denise Jones and her staff, this 15-year-old brewpub delivers a perfect compliment for any meal. The menu features items such as grilled steaks, wood-fired pizza and fresh seafood, providing food that's a notch above the traditional bar fare. In Novato, Moylan's is one of a select few certified meeting places where friends or families will congregate.
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