Marin Brewing Company
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- Marin Brewing CompanyMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
On a normal Saturday afternoon (is there such a thing in Marin?), our "Linner" would have been a solid 3 star experience. In other words, our excellent beer (IPA and Porter) was balanced by pretty good food (bleu burger, club sandwich, fries/rings and an excellent tomato), along with slow and sometimes uninspiring service.
Gayle and I had just finished a rigorous (at least for us) and hot hike at Phoenix Lake. After wards were in desperate need of some shade, a cold beer, food, and a place to tie up the dog and keep his whinny separation anxiety to a minimum. After driving around San Anselmo and San Rafael a bit, we called up the Marin Brewing Company. The friendly and helpful guy who answered the phone advised that dogs could be tied up at the back patio rail on the public side. That worked just fine as we found a shady spot for all, and Yogi was able to rest under our bench seat.
+0.5 Star for the dog and +0.5 Stars for a great example of kindly handling a difficult customer (see below).
Patio seating etiquette is a bit confusing here. Signs tell you to go up front and ask to be seated. Yet, that rule is selectively broken as the party next to us was immediately greeted, while the same waitress ignored us. But everything eventually worked out, and a new set of neighbours became part of the afternoon's entertainment. To our left was a group of happy friends, which featured a fairly obnoxious (yet entertaining) blond, who loudly recounted her previous night's blind date. She reminded me of a shiksa version of Fran Drescher.
To our right was a father, his embarrassed wife, and their 2 girls. He was obnoxious and just a plain jerk, as he belligerantly refused to move from the food tables to where the adjacent drinks-only area was located. He eventually moved on his own (and to shadier environs), but I'm sure that his daughters are learning valuable P.I.T.-related lessons on his knee. Gayle and I were both impressed with wait staff's professionalism and good manners in dealing with this situation.