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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
Based on:
51 Beers
53,819 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 341
Visits: 827
Avg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 341 | Visits: 827
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tokimedo
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

if you come to russian river and DONT get the pizza, youre doing it wrong. the wait is worth it as long as the line isnt around the corner. come 30 min before they open and youll be able to get a seat at the bar.

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Photo of n2pux
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Currently my favorite brewery so I might not be as objective as some. Easy drive up from the Bay Area. Nice, clean, modern facility that seemed pretty family-friendly. Lovely selection of all their styles on tap ...including Pliny & Consecration. Service was fast & friendly. Didn't eat but the food looked/smelled good. Well worth the trip if you're a fan of their beer (and how could you not be?!). I could easily spend a few days in the area & go there nightly.

Probably stating the obvious but if you want to take home some Pliny & you're only there for the day, the earlier the better. I sat on the patio on a nice summer day & watched case upon case go out the door thinking ...oh, they have plenty ...only to find they were out of bottles when I went to cash out. Happy ending ...still got a growler of it.

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Photo of travisatlarge
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went there for the first time this past summer for my birthday. It was epic. I got the sampler which was HUGE. Then we ordered some pizza and some kind of bread with cheese but I don't remember exactly because I drank a whole sampler. When the bartenders found out it was my birthday they gave me a free beer and some other people sitting there bought me some drinks as well. Great place!

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was pretty cool. Stopped in on a Tuesday night about 8:30 and the place was pretty busy. I grabbed a pint and stood by the bar until a few people got up. Obviously the beer was great, but I was surprised at how cool the people were. Not a hint of arrogance.

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Photo of Mumbled
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Capsfan90
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Chris912
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

"accidentally" arrived on a Thursday PM during Pliny the Younger. Wait was about 30 minutes and consider myself grateful. Had their sampling platter of beers. Food is great, had their pizza. Place was pretty damn crowded if you ask me tho.

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Photo of duceswild
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of ThePigsMeow
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of GRFounder
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came to RR on our honeymoon, not knowing what to expect, but was pleasntly greeted by a friendly staff, good service, and great beer and food. Recommended 100%

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon, not too busy (30 min wait to get in). Got a bar seat, obviously great beer selection. Just opted for a couple tasters (ipa/sours). Pliny bites and pizza were great. Not a huge fan of the staff who ranged from inattentive at best to just rude. I get it, its busy, but like the active disdain for the customers was a little off putting. Overall fun stop, well worth it for the beer!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

-Worth the wait in the line. A person would have to be a prick to complain.
-That being said, it will be busy. The servers are doing a hell of a job, but that doesn't mean your beers/food will immediately pop onto your table.
-^Service is exceptional, especially for how hectic it is. I can almost guarantee they were over capacity, every single seat was taken, aisles were crowded, and servers were still floating through the crowd and happily attentive, and bartenders almost looked relaxed. I was impressed.
-Vibe is energetic. Lots of beer paraphernalia all over the walls, with plenty of homage to classic macros. Décor, if you can call it that, is casual. A few outdoor tables are available, too. Decent view of the brewing room.
-This place could offer only their own beers and I would still rate the selection highly, because why would one even look for something else? Still, they do offer some wines and bottles from other breweries.
-The selection of food, however, is limited to basics. Mostly pizza and pizza offshoots, like cheesy bread. Still, for what it is it's very good. Also good to have high grease/protein options, because if you're like me you will need lots of alcohol-soaking food to offset the ridiculous amount of beer you will drink.
-The beer. Incredible. Duh. I was downright flabbergasted at how reasonable the prices were, too. No price gouging here (you can tell ABInBev hasn't bagged them yet). Incomparable value. Where else can you get literally a half dozen+ world-class beers in one location for the price of what most bars charge for shelf beer?

This could be a dirt hole with RR taps installed and it would still beat other breweries by a landslide. The beer is world class, and they are doing a damn fine job with trying to keep up with the demand for it. (Points lost for being so far away from me).

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Photo of rudyolph
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've heard rumors of this place having a wait of 3 hours or more so I was very happy to immediately get a table when I walked in. I had just been doing some wine tasting in Sonoma and decided since we were in the neighborhood to drop and and get some PTE on tap. Service was quick the beer was delicious and the bar had a very nice crowd. It wasn't busy but it also wasn't empty.

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Photo of tjk135
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Awesome selection of beers and really a great deal as every beer is $4.75 or $4 except for the sours which are $6-7. We got the full tasting board which comes with 19 beer samples. Pizza was excellent as well.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This is just an incredible place to get a beer and a pizza. Both their food and their beer is just world class. Grab a sour, or a Pliny and eat some pizza and enjoy. Be prepared to wait for a table though. This place is always busy.

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Photo of didgeboy
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

You all know the beer, so no point mentioning the obvious. Yes, they have beer, yes its really good. But the food is pretty fantastic too. For a brew-pub I was very impressed with the quality of their house pizza. Selection of beers is unsurpassed. Get the sampler and you'll be well on your way. You can even get 6packs to take home. WOOHOO!

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

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Visited on a Friday afternoon and we had to wait 45 minutes to get a table. I had a flight of their Belgian beer, all were world class. We ordered a pizza and some hot wings. Pizza was really good but the wings were burnt and wings did not come to our table for about an hour after placing our order, the pizza was there within 30 minutes. Our waiter seemed a little aloof and slightly unresponsive to our concerns but all other employees were really helpful. A vibrant atmosphere, lots of people, and we are planning on making another trip next year. Took home some beers that do not get distribution in my area.

My one recommendation is be patient but the quality of beer and food is worth the time.

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Photo of Mista_Carta
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kbuzz
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MattPereira
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.