Marin Independent Journal, Thursday, August 31, 1995

Waiters at Novato Brewery will have to taste in private.

Waiters and waitresses working at Moylan's Brewery and Restaurant in Novato are going to have to taste it's suds in private.

That was one of the final conditions the Novato City Coucil put on it's approval of the plans to build a nrew pub at the Rowland Plaza center.

Brendan Moylan, now the brewmaster at Marin Brewing Co., expects to have his own pub open in late 1995.

The City Council approved Moylan's plan on Nov. 30, but had to handle some clean-up issues at its' meeting Tuesday night.

His plans drew opposition from the city Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Council, which argued that the area, Rowland Plaza and the Vintage Oaks shopping center, would have had too many drinking establishments.

The city has no ordinance discouraging having too many bars and liquor-selling businesses in one location.

The drug and alcohol council asked the city to prohibit waiters and waitresses from tasting the beer, but the City Council agreed it could be done out of view of the restaurant's dining room and bar.

Moylan said that on occasion waiters and waitresses have to taste small samples, about 2 ounces, in order to describe the flavor to customers.

"We don't let our employees drink on the job. Tasting is tasting. Drinking is drinking." he said.

Compiled from IJ staff reports