Russian River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 41,145
Beer Avg: 4.09
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Reviews by AylwinForbes:
4.6/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Russian River Brewing was the focal point of our brief visit to northern California; having heard and read so much about PtE, not to mention PtY and all the variations on Catholic behaviour in Belgian style offerings. Thus it was with immense anticipation that we strolled down Fourth Street on a sunny Saturday morning in search of our prey. Unlike the micros with which we are familiar with in Chicagoland that are tucked away in nondescript industrial estates, RR is right downtown Santa Rosa slap in the middle of a shopping/restaurant center. I wonder how many Santa Rosans are aware of how blessed they are to have one of the world's premier breweries right there.
Aware of the tendency of this place to become crowded we made an early start, gratifying to find the doors open at 11. While this may offend the more puritanical beer drinker, the kind that thinks the sun must be below the yardarm (in this case it was barely risen above it), we shamelessly quaffed our first PtE only minutes after finishing the breakfast croissant.
Even at 11 there was a fair trickle of people entering for their luncheon pint, which made for a pleasant atmosphere. Beer selection of course speaks for itself. We were gratified to find beer offered in halves (oh and the pints are real - not those fake Shaker "pints"). If you do buy a pint, the price is very sporting ($4.50 for a 20 oz pint of PtE); the halves at $3.25 not such a deal but nice that they are offered.
The staff, that sometimes take a beating from reviewers, were of the pierced and tattooed variety, and perhaps they had occasional occasion to partake of the medical marijuana, were efficient, friendly and courteous to us. I think betraying a genuine interest in and reverence for the products on the part of the customer helps. A fellow beside us was clearly something of an authority as he entered brandishing a pile of beer magazines and books. He provided several good suggestions as to where else to go.
Did not try the food so cannot speak to that. All-in-all, the visit did not disappoint despite the high expectations.
03-21-2010 16:19:41 | More by AylwinForbes
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