Beltane Brewing Company 401 Bel Marin Keys Blvd Ste B, Novato, CA94949 Artisan ales and good conversation — that's what Beltane Brewing Company brings to the Bel Marin Keys section of…More 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.
As of May 2012, homebrewers in the North Bay have a retail shop to grab their goods. J&M Brewing Supplies opened…More up on Roblar Drive in that small strip of businesses just north of Hamilton Marketplace and just south of Bel Marin Keys Boulevard.
Joe Capone, who works at Biomarin, opened the place with Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Marty Wall as a source for homebrewers as well as people who want to make wine and cheese. J&M is a site for homebrewing classes and other DIY seminars, too.
Dr. Insomniac's Coffee and Teas 800 Grant Ave, Novato, CA94945 A quaint coffee shop located on Old Town's main drag, Grant Avenue, Dr. Insomniac's — previously known as Dr.…More Insomnia's — has been serving up coffee and tea since 1994. It still retains that hometown feel out of a classic red barnlike building at the corner of Grant and Reichert. The charismatic baristas are always ready with freshly brewed coffee, tea and baked goods and customers can often be seen drinking their coffee outside on the charming patio. It has a quiet area in the back tbat fewer people know about. The motto at Dr. Insomnia's? "Caffeinate and dominate."
Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant 15 Rowland Way, Novato, CA94945 On the southern fringe of the Wine Country, Moylan's for many locals is the beginning of Beer Country. Nationally known…More 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.