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1809 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur CA 94939
Telephone: +1 415-461-4677
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-midnight, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-1:00am.
Brewer: Arne Johnson, Greg Larsen
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Notes

Visited: January 12, 1995

Opened: 1989

Annual Production: 3,000 bbl

Contributor: Siegfried Binge

Located almost in the shadow of San Quentin. One of the best Bay Area breweries, known for their Pale Ale, Stout, and fruit beers. Everything they make is rocket fuel, but it usually tastes great. Good food, OK service, OK prices, reasonable crowd. Directions: 80 East/580 West from the Bay Bridge. Keep left and take 580 West over the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Take the second exit after the bridge (Sir Francis Drake). Turn right at Larkspur Landing Circle, across from the Ferry Terminal. Or, you can get there from Highway 101, but I forget how. I owe a big thank-you to Brendan Moylan for sending the bottles in July 2000!

Updated: October 30, 2016

Beer List

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  • 4.90% abv.
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    • Date: July 17, 2000 (#3485)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Dark amber, high carbonation, thick head. Chocolatey, caramelly, spicy hop aroma. Medium body, big hop flavor, mildly bitter caramel finish.
    • Date: February 11, 1995 (#775)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 11½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-amber, OK head, very low carbonation. Overbearing Tettnang aroma and flavor. Too bad.
    • Date: April 25, 1993 (#19)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Darker than the Mt.Tam Pale Ale, good thick head. Malty nose, touch of hops. Real Smooth. Real alcoholic Creamy thick. I like this a lot, but I'm not sure I could drink a lot of it. It's a very big beer.


  • 4.00% abv.
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    • Date: February 2, 1995 (#748)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow hazy. OK head, good carbonation. Blueberry aroma is detectable from two feet away! Some malt, too. Flavors are blueberry and malty...same sort of maltiness as Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Lager.
    • Date: July 25, 1993 (#146)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark (sort of) yellow. Thin head, cloudy. Hop aroma, not much blueberries. Fizzy. Thin. Not much flavor...sweet. Mix it with Stout for a Black and Blue.

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    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
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    • Date: October 10, 2009 (#7954)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Red-brown opaque. Dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Huge spicy-resiny hops. Smoky.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Massive beer. Hugey malty. Big herbal, grassy, fruity hop flavor. Fairly bitter. Surprisingly clean finish.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very nicely balanced DIPA.
    • Date: August 19, 2000 (#3510)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      A "Double IPA" brewed for the pub's 11th anniversary. Orangey-red, moderate carbonation, thick head. Citrusy, spicy hop aroma. Big bitter beer. Lots of hop flavor, malty and chewy, nice bitter finish.

  • Herb and Spice Beer
    5.50% abv.

  • South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock
    8.00% abv.
    • Date: November 19, 1994 (#606)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Yellow opaque. OK - not great - head. Some wheat aroma, some spiciness, some alcohol. Excellent wheat beer. Heavy and just hoppy enough with a gallon of alcohol per pint.

  • Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    5.10% abv.
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  • Holy Smoke Harvest Ale
    Bamberg-Style Rauchbier

  • Hoppy Holidaze
    Herb and Spice Beer

  • I.P.A.
    American-Style India Pale Ale
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  • Irish Red
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

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    Mt. Tam Pale Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.50% abv.
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    Old Dipsea Barleywine
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
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  • Point Reyes Porter
    Robust Porter
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  • Raspberry Trail
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer
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    San Quentin's Breakout Stout
    Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
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  • St.Brendan's Day Strong Ale
    American-Style Brown Ale

  • Stinson Beach Peach Ale
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

  • Ten Year Old Ale
    Old Ale
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  • Three Flowers IPA
    Rye Beer
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  • Tiburon Blonde
    Belgian-Style Pale Ale
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    Tripel Dipsea Belgian
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    9.20% abv.

  • Triple Wheat Ale
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.70% abv.

  • Weiss
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    5.10% abv.

  • Weizenbock
    South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock
    6.10% abv.