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Russian River Brewing Company

Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 37,436
Beer Avg: 4.1

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
99
world-class

400 Ratings
Ratings: 400
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.67%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

725 4th St
Santa Rosa, California, 95404-4407
United States
phone: (707) 545-2337

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Kustom01

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

Great food, Great brewery... was a great time.. the flight of 16 was amazing.. so many beers to try... They definitely earned the good reputation that came with it. Worth the trip out there from San Fran... can't wait to get back up there again and bring some more Pliny home with me. !!! YUM>

04-17-2014 18:25:58 | More by Kustom01
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mabermud

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

There isn't much to say about this place, except that it is a great place to be and drink beer. They have an outstanding beer selection and they have good grub. This place is laid back, but it can geta little crowded. If only to hey weren't so far away and they distributed to Washington State...

04-08-2014 00:42:46 | More by mabermud
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Mikeb8

California

3.91/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Love love love the beer. Not a huge fan of the place. Small, cramped, hard to get a beer, or order food. Not much space in front of the bar so you feel like you're in everyone's way while you're trying to wait in line for an opening at the bar. Order two at a time so you don't have to go back multiple times. I heard they were redoing it though. Can't wait to check it out.

04-03-2014 15:59:48 | More by Mikeb8
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$

Stopped in while doings Napa Valley visit with the wife. Older looking place in downtown Santa Rosa, could use some sprucing up on the outside. Inside was neat, we sat at a table rather than the bar. For the full menu sampler, so 17 beers today, only 3 of which I had before. Was excited to finally try Consecration and Supplication, but was hoping to see Temptation which wasn’t around. Beers were good and I got some bottles of Pliny, Blond Pig, Consecration, and Supication to take home. They also had their imperial porter bottles for sale but didn’t get any. Good was decent, wife had a salad and I had some beer bites. Prices were reasonable at $16 for 17 2oz samplers. Overall I was slightly dissapointed but it was great to visit. Really, how many variations of a golden ale and an IPA can they have on the menu at once? Otherwise obviously worth stopping in given its reputation.

03-05-2014 05:32:15 | More by BMMillsy
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ironchefkook

California

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $

I have been here on a couple of occasions. Mind you that on the second venture it was during SF Beer Week and everyone was thirsty for a taste of PtY. But I mention this because regardless of the chaos of hundreds of people and waiting in line for 5+ hours, RRBC certainly cared about the details. Knowing that people would wait, they provided portapotties, tents for when it rained, Vinnie and Natalie came out to just talk with the people as well. There is not a sense of snobbery or gimmicky "car salesman" act; seemed very genuine. On that one account alone, I would give them a perfect score. But above all else, they have great sours (my favorite). The service was quick even during the PtY stampede. Their Pliny Bites are very good and spicy, which of course, pairs nicely with the PtE. Servers, hostess, crowd, atmosphere, all of the above great.

02-20-2014 01:26:53 | More by ironchefkook
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$

An under the radar destination in the sleepy town of Santa Rosa. We walked in at about 5 on a Sunday afternoon and pulled up a couple of stools at the roomy bar...

Well, yeah, so that never happened.

Little can be said about this place that has not already been said many times in these reviews. Though the place is apparently packed at all times, the efforts to score a table or a bar stool are well worth it (we got both after a bit of patience on two visits).

The tap list is out of this world, not only for its consistent high quality but for its mastery of all styles it serves. You like hops? Cool. Sours? Some of the best ever. Other Belgian styles? Yeah, they've got 'em. Start with the sampler (and a friend to share it with) and go from there with your favorites.

The pizza is surprisingly good. The service is really pleasant and non-douchey, which is a lesson many other successful places could learn.

Go there. But you knew that already, right?

HV

02-17-2014 14:52:22 | More by sholland119
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Rick778

California

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

Visited during Pliny the Younger Release. The event was done efficiently and once in the brew pub the service was great (considering the place was packed). The atmosphere was what I would expect in a small local brew pub. The beer selection was awesome. I was really impressed with their 20 beer sampler (everything on tap). Definitely a place I will return to.

02-14-2014 16:15:06 | More by Rick778
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here earlier today for the PTY release, I have wanted to visit this place for so long, the PTY was just an added bonus. After standing in line for nearly six hours I finally got inside and promptly found a seat at the bar. Atmosphere was hopping, as expected with such a large event going on. Service was solid all things considered, I did have to wait a bit but that is more than understandable with the insane amount of people looking for beers are all times. Quality was great, beers and food were both top notch. Selection was awesome. 20 beers on including PTY, Beatification and a vintage Sanctification. Food was awesome. I decided on the Jasper bites and they were awesome. I really wanted a pizza as well but the bites filled me up so well I just didn't have it in me. Prices were great, especially the sampler on all 20 beers for $16. Overall one of the best brewery tap rooms I have ever visited, I look forward to visiting again in the future, hopefully when PTY isn't going on so I won't have to wait for 6hrs to get in.

02-14-2014 07:48:12 | More by orangesol
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mverity

Florida

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$

I love how this place is tucked away within the quaint downtown of Santa Rosa. Small bar, small kitchen, small dining area all make you get really friendly with those around you. I can imagine that when Younger is on tap that this place is a mad house. I was here on a quiet Saturday afternoon and it was still packed. That tiny kitchen is packing out some great food that the bartenders will pair with an amazing brew. Food is a tad pricey, but the beers are dirt cheap for the outstanding beer they produce. Bartenders were very happy that I brought some Florida stuff to share with them. One even pedalled home to grab a Beatification to share. Friendly and open atmosphere. I would love to live somewhere besides a 4 hour plane ride from this place!

02-05-2014 06:08:14 | More by mverity
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NickBiller

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

As a local, I feel lucky to have this brewery in my town. I've been going here for a number of years and the beer, food, and servers are all top notch. My biggest complaint is that RRB's success has made them very popular and they are almost always busy. I've experienced times when I've had to wait more than 30 minutes to get someone's attention to get a growler filled up. I've had Pliney the Younger three of the past four years. Last year I waited almost 8 hours to get in. I wish they allocated tickets (either sell, drawing, or charity donation) so that the line was not so crazy.

My favorite beers there are definitely the sours. The Younger is an amazingly crafted beer (very smooth for the alcohol content) but the sours are much more flavorful and interesting.

Thank you RRB for opening my eyes to great beer and continuing to stay true to your roots!

02-04-2014 05:57:11 | More by NickBiller
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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.