Claire Mullen on Clogs, Pouring at Beerworks and Chilean Dreams

Mill Valley native and Beerworks employee Claire Mullen discusses her fashion inspiration and her South American ambitions for the future


Claire Mullen, 22, has been on a Southern Marin journey since her birth at Marin General Hospital. She attended , ,  and Scripps College, where she majored in humanities and media studies.

Mullen currently lives "deep" in San Francisco's Mission district but spends a great deal of time in her hometown of Mill Valley, where she works most days as a bartender at . The beer guru and budding brewer has been with the bar, and now restaurant, since May 2011.

Mill Valley Patch: So how do you spend your time when you're not explaining the difference between a porter and a stout?
Claire Mullen: I just started a production internship at a radio show called "Radio Ambulante." It's a bit like "This American Life" in Spanish. I've also been taking a photography class which has been a good experience.

MVP: What are some of your favorite things to do around Mill Valley?
CM: I like going to the the downstairs room of the to read with the backdrop of the creek. I also like hiking, one of my favorites is a route from Rodeo Beach to the Pelican Inn.

MVP: Where do you see yourself in two years?
CM: Well, I'd like to move to Chile in two years, to a place called Valparaiso. My friend and I want to start a brewery and Mexican restaurant there. Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet, was born there. His "Ode to Age" poem is one of my favorites. 

MVP: Let's deviate and discuss clothing. Can you tell a bit about what you're wearing?
CM: My t-shirt is from American Apparel, but that's not very exciting. I got this sweater at a thrift store on Valencia street in the city. Jeans are from a brand called "Cheap Monday." There was a large skull on the back when I bought them, which I removed. The necklace I'm wearing is from Bolivia, the symbol on it represents "pachamama," which is a word that describes the relationship that people have with nature.

MVP: Please don't forget the clogs.
CM: Of course, I love my clogs, I got them at a store called "" in San Rafael, the owner is an older woman, maybe 80 years old, who has owned the store for a long time and knows virtually everything about clogs. Clogs are a must for a job where you stand all day. I can stand for hours on end in these clogs wihout any foot pain. The Dutch got shoes right!

MVP: How would you describe your personal style?
CM: I've always been into western-styled stuff, but I also like classic elegance, and clothing with simple lines. I also like to be comfortable, hence the clogs. 

MVP: How would you describe the dress-code at Beerworks? I notice a lot of plaid.
CM: Definitely a lot of plaid. I would describe it as urban casual I guess. People usually wear nice jeans and probably a plaid or collered shirt of some kind.

MVP: What sort of music have you been listening to lately?
CM: I've been listening to a lot of radio and podcasts, but in terms of music I've been listening to The Alabama Shakes, Almendra, which is a band from Argentina, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Bud Wiesser August 31, 2012 at 07:00 PM
The bros make everyone wear boring almost cliched black at BW (or BeerRestaurant now) but you still manage to make ur black look cool. Thats the challenge alright and ur hittin it.


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