She said she couldn't
buy critics' concerns that the brewery would encourage underaged
drinking or that it would lead to youngsters being hit by motorists
who had been drinking at the pub.
"I think we should look at their record
and how they've contributed to the community in Larkspur," she
said, pointing to the fact that Marin Brewing Company is not a
police problem in Larkspur.
Councilman Harry Moore agreed.
"What is being sold here is not inviting
to teen-agers," Moore said, stressing that the beer is too expensive
and too hard to get for youths' tastes.
Fishwick voted against the pub, saying
that the location at the corner of Rowland Way and Rowland Boulevard,
is designated for a restaurant, not a brewery that allows off-sale.
The council was under pressure from the
Novato Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council, a city-formed
task force that developed programs aimed at stemming youths' access
The council argued the area, Rowland Plaza
and Vintage Oaks, already has too many restaurants that sell alcohol.
Five restaurants in the area sell alcohol,
from beer and wine to liquor.
Brendan Moylan, a co-owner of the Marin
Brewing Co., said the site, near Highway 101 and the Vintage Oaks,
is perfect. The brewery is set to open late next year.
Eileen Moylan, his wife and partner in
the new brewpub, stressed the restaurant aspect of the pub.
"Many people come down and don't drink
beer at all, " she said.
She urged the council not to bend to the
drug and alcohol council. "This group has been so misguided in
their hunt that they have created demons where there are none.
This insanity must stop."