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Broken Drum Brewery and Wood Grill - San Rafael, CA
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Broken Drum Brewery and Wood Grill
Overall: Great    Score: 70.9 / 100
1132 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
United States
(415) 456-HOPS
Listed Since: July 1998
Last Updated: April 2002
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We had a spicy chicken quesadilla and the kids had grilled cheese (kids ate free). We sampled three of the beers and all were pretty good. The double IPA didn’t taste much different than the regular IPA though.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Kenneth N Kenneth N, Chico, CA
(01/06/2011)

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Great Good Great Awesome! Great
Dropped into the Broken Drum today for the first time. We had an IPA and a Terrifico. We loved them both! The IPA proved to be a complex, but balanced ale while, the Terrifico turned out to be an up-scaled version of your favorite mexican lager. The fellow behind the bar was very eager to talk about the beer and we soon learned he was the assistant brewer. He gave us a tour of their 10bbl system and talked about some of the creative work arounds for brewing in such confined quarters. After sampling some super spicy buffalo wings and discovering their secret weapon, the Whamber, we had decided we'd be back for another Sunday afternoon.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bram Bram, Oakland, CA
(11/09/2008)

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So So Great N/A Good Good
I visited this brewpub on 5/7/08 and had the following beers; Hemp Porter, Whamber 7.2%, IPA 7.2%, Wheat 4.1%, Pale Ale 6.4%, Terrifico 4.2%, Golden Ale and Pokemon 7.4%. Most of the brews were not very interesting. My fellow beer travellers and I could find no evidence of this place being a lesbian bar.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from G. L. Averill G. L. Averill, Lakeway, TX
(05/13/2008)

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The manager Matt Smallback is a pompous, smug individual who could take a few lessons on how to treat people. i could never go back to this place as long as he manages this place.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from G G, San Rafael, CA
(03/04/2008)

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Good Good Lousy Lousy So So
definitely a lesbian bar but also a great place to get lousy food, your order messed up, and a warm beer.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Chris Haas Chris Haas, novato, CA
(02/07/2007)

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Great N/A Good So So Good
Two visits prior to christmas, great beer, but service was hit and miss.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Eric Christensen Eric Christensen, North Branch, MN
(01/12/2007)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Lousy Lousy Lousy Lousy Lousy
Unless you're the queen of the local trailer trash husband-cheaters club there's no reason to go here!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Benicia, CA
(07/25/2006)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Lousy So So N/A Lousy Lousy
I am suprised at the number of good reviews on this place. The place looks like a Denny's diner inside and outside is a semi-enclosed patio that is smoking and not vented. On a friday night you can sit inside and scream at people over the loud live terrible music or sit outside and drown in smoke. The beers not good enough to warrent either.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mandy Mandy, Westlake Village, CA
(07/09/2006)

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Broken Drum featured 8 beers on tap to go along with a full bar. Had a pint of Amber to start with which was good. Switched to the Prohibition ale which was a blend of their IPA and Stout. It was really tasty but was running low quantity-wise. Had to ask one barkeep for a menu even though it wasn't very busy. Did order some fish tacos that were piled so high they should be renamed tostados. And the Habanero sauce I got on the side had me sweating. Sure makes the beer go down fast.The next barkeep that took over during the shift change kept practicing his Tom Cruise glass swirling/tossing which was a bit disconcerting since I was too close to the action. Both places in San Rafael, Broken Drum and Rafters, seem to be a bit more local-friendly as though they don't mind taking the tourist money but that's as far as it goes. Neither place will be on this travelers list of places for a return visit.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from J. King J. King, Campbell, CA
(04/09/2006)

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Great Great Good Great Good
Nice location, great selection of beers for a small place.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Glenn Glenn, Bakersfield, CA
(09/16/2005)

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Awesome! Great Great Great Awesome!
I was extremely pleased with everything about this place. I had two beers, the IPA was fabulous and true to style (maybe a bit strong but who's complaining), the WHAMBER was a strong ale at 8.2% and a cross between a wheat and amber - it was quite tasty. The food was really good. I will definitely be stopping in the next time I head through (or even near) San Rafael.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Paul Kassner Paul Kassner, San Mateo, CA
(01/31/2005)

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A great selection of beer, but none of the beers were great, average or a little better.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Kevin Kevin, Oswego, NY
(08/07/2004)

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Great Great Good Great Great
Great atmosphere unless you are outside with the kids smoking which is a real turn-off. The brews are very consistant and good. Don't miss this one in San Rafael.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Moose Moose, San Rafael, CA
(12/19/2003)

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Popular lesbian Bar.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Melissa Washington Melissa Washington, Vineburg, CA
(01/29/2003)

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Good Good Good Good Good
Stopped by on a hot day for lunch with no heavy imbibing planned so not a definitive review here-had a pale ale which was good and crisp and my buddy had a Hefe which was equally drinkable. Will return.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Carlotta  Carlson Carlotta Carlson, Burlington, VT
(10/11/2002)

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This was only a quick visit. I had a brown ale that was good but not outstanding. The brewing equipment, which seemed small, is located toward the back and above the main restaurant level. It is just a few blocks west of Willow Street Brewery on San Rafael's Fourth Street.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Craig Stichtenoth Craig Stichtenoth, Katy, TX
(04/06/2002)

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So So Good N/A So So So So

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Marilyn Tomlin Marilyn Tomlin, Mountain View, CA
(03/28/2000)

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Great Good Great Awesome! Great
Almost all of their beers are great, with the exception of the new lager "Terifico." They make a GREAT double-wheat called Whamber, their food is very good (it's improved greatly this past year), and the staff is nice.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Vlad Vlad, San Rafael, CA
(03/07/2000)

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So So So So Good Good So So
I've been to worse places, but, then again, I've to a lot more better places than this. Purely pedistrian beers on tap, that, while may taste a little better with the pricey pizza's and such, on their own they were unimpressive....//TSB

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bis Bis, San Diego, CA
(10/24/1999)

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Awesome! Awesome! Great Great Great
I think this is the best brewpub in San Rafael. The food is great, the beer is great, and the service is excellent.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Steve Shackley Steve Shackley, El Cerrito, CA
(10/06/1999)

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Great Great Good Great Great
A nice find in downtown San Rafael. Nice selection of beers and good mexican food. Worth the effort if you're in the area

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Rich Rich, San Francisco, CA
(03/29/1999)

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Good Great Great Great Great
Friendly atmosphere, great food, good beer, great prices!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review San Rafael, CA
(11/19/1998)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great N/A Awesome! Awesome!
This place just opened a week ago and their beer is great! They have a Wheat, Cherry Wheat, Amber, Nut Brown, and a Stout. From other breweries, they also have a cider and lager on tap. My favorites were the Amber and Stout. The place isn't quite finished, and the complete menu wasn't available yet, but this is definitely a place to go back to.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Matthew J. Reid Matthew J. Reid, Santa Rosa, CA
(07/22/1998)





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