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Rafters Grille and Brewery
812 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 453-4200

latitude: 37.972715
longitude: -122.524123
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overall average: 85.00


this location does not have wifi availableWifi Available | this location does not have cask availableCask Beer | this location does not allow indoor smokingIndoor Smoking | this location does not have adequate parkingAvailable Parking
this location is not close to public transportationPublic Transit | this location does not use proper glasswareProper Glassware | this location has outdoor seatingOutdoor Seating | this location is family friendlyFamily Friendly
Value: Inexpensive
Based off of 1 review.

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Selection: 3.75 | Service: 5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Food: N/A
TheChadd's (6) view TheChadd's forum profile send TheChadd a private message Overall Score: 85.0

Alright kids, this is my first attempt at a review. So here we go...

I did the usual sampler and here are my tastings.. I should higlight that it was difficult to get the aroma off the beers with the small glassware (typical for a "sampler").

Hef - Not my favorite Hef (Sudwerk), but pretty damn good. Nice citrus, and a smooth finish.

Lager - Too smooth, tough to discern any distinct flavors. However it is easy drinking.

Amber - Very similar to the Alaskan Amber, but fortunately less sweet and more aftertaste.

ESB - Drank more like a light IPA. Something didn't sit right. Let me try the IPA to see if they got the beers switched...nope...not the IPA.

Pale - Yum! Hoppy yet smooth. It does have a rougth bite at the finish, but that could be me. Very good pale.

IPA - Nice hoppy aroma (yeah, you could smell it). Very hoppy flavor, too (duh). Has a sweet finish. Kinda reminded me a of a double IPA at 7.1% ABV and 70 IBU.

Location - I was on my way to Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax to enjoy their fine Altbier I had at the Marin Brew Fest a few weeks back, but as I passed Rafters in San Rafel, I decided to just stop there. To be left alone with my tasting, I put my ring on my left ring finger, but that apparently didn't work. I was picked up by a 47 yr old gay guy. I was flattered however, and we had a great conversation about local and world beers.

Otherwise the environment is very typical for a microbrewery. Casual atmosphere.
reviewed on: 2007-08-04 13:36:15 this review is based off of one visit