Dragoons Dry Irish Stout brewed by Moylan's Brewery, Novato, California
Dry, roasty and incredibly rich in flavor, Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is made
with a unique blend of imported hops and malted barley from the United
Kingdom. This award winning Stout is brewed in the Irish tradition to
commemorate General Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th
Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Pours pitch black color with a small 1 finger fairly dense tan head with nice
retention that reduces to a lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the
glass as well. Aromas of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee,
vanilla, and some coffee. Some damn nice aromas here with good strength and
balance. Taste of big roasted malt, milk chocolate, and caramel; with light
coffee and vanilla. Some noticeable bitterness on the finish, with lingering
notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and vanilla on the finish for a short
period of time. Still quite dry as would be expected. Medium carbonation and
body; with a nice smooth mouthfeel with tons of creaminess. No alcohol noticed
at all in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, this is the best dry stout I
have ever had. For 5%, this has tons of flavor with a great mouthfeel.
Moylan's Brewery History
In 1995 Moylan's Brewing Co. opened at Rowland Plaza, bringing Novato into the
ranks of other world class brew towns like Portland Oregon and Seattle
Washington by claiming the rights to it’s own Microbrewery thanks to bay area
native Brendan Moylan. The 44 year old co-owner of Marin Brewing Company in
Larkspur, Brendan brings more than 28 years of brewing experience to Novato,
which began with his first home brewing kit one year after college.
“One January I went out and bought the Christmas gift I really wanted: a beer
brewing kit, and one thing led to another” Moylan said. “I got a degree in
accounting and decided I didn’t want to go there and started working for a beer
importing company, then one day I walked into Buffalo Bill’s brewpub in Hayward
and my eyes got big and I knew it was what I wanted to do.”
After taking extension classes on brewing techniques at UC Davis, Moylan became
a founding partner in Marin Brewing Company, which opened in April of 1989.
Moylan moved his family from San Francisco to Novato in 1989 because he wanted
to raise his two children in the city’s small town atmosphere. In 1991 Moylan
decided to expand on his brewing ideas. “My adopted home town was the natural
choice for a brewery” he said.
Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant, Novato’s only brewpub, was $3.5 million project
that has established a strong following among North Marin’s beer connoisseurs.
Moylan’s features a 57 foot long bar, a dart room with a fireplace and a reading
library featuring brewing books and magazines from Brendan’s personal
collection. By constructing the brewpub in an empty lot from his own vision,
Moylan was able to increase efficiency and productivity, while still leaving
room for expansion as the establishment’s popularity grows. According to Moylan,
the location at Rowland Plaza provides good freeway visibility and helps attract
a greater number of customers from the nearby theatre and corporate offices.
When Moylan co-founded Marin Brewing Company back in 1989 there were only about
a 100 brewpubs across the country. Today, there are more than 2000.