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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
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BEER AVG
4.07/5
Based on:
52 Beers
55,539 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 352
Visits: 864
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 | map
www.rrbeer.com

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Reviews: 352 | Visits: 864
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
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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 bouncepass
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MadDawg
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of SourAddict
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of windowside
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Pizza here is great, and the beer is even better! Pliny!!!

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Photo of elvisdoc
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place. Pliny on tap. Great food. Pliny on tap. That is all that need be said.

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

My pilgrimage from VA was top notch!

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Photo of JimyJazz
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MIrvine
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Great beer, good bar, decent food.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great brewery and restaurant food quality. Gotta love their Pliny bites. The only thing their really lacking is quality stouts but they've got at least 8-9 amazing beers available here at all times. I wish they had a better system for their bottle releases (we've waited in line before for Bestifivation for 8 hours) but that's how it goes I guess. I still keep coming back because they've obviously got all other aspects of running a brewery down pat.

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Photo of Abragg3
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Very cool Beer geek vibe. Staff was super cool and friendly

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Photo of stan913
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of ZexyDestroyer
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Loved the vibe of the place. Ran the gamut with a flight of all their beers. EXCELLENT

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Cool place, almost always lines now. They seemingly intentionally create a greater more desperate demand by the way they handle staffing. The quality of the product is top notch and not debateable, its one of the best breweries in the whole world.

There is pretty much something available for a wide area of beer choices. Hoppy, mild, sour, bready, smooth, robust, white wine barrel, red wine barrel.

Good food, pizza and calzones are phenomenal.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of GMan310
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

love this place traveled 7 hours from SoCal to get there. My opinion best brewery in California.

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Photo of dmk82
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

This was one of my have to visits when I was in the Bay area and I made the trip up one night. The place was absolutely packed with a line outside just to get in. Our party of three got in about 45 minutes after we arrived and I saw my drink order: a flight of all 17 beers currently on the Russian River chalkboard. That was the best part of the night. Most of the beers were great with a few here and there that I didn't care for. We also ordered two pizzas, BBQ chicken and the Sicilian, but they were just ok, more on the salty side than anything. Definitely a stop for any beer lover though!

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Photo of Absolut
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Drove up from LA. Line is split in two-- those looking to sit and have food and drinks, and those looking for beer/ merchandise to go . Staff was extremely nice an friendly.

had blind pig, pliny, whole cone madness ad confirm no deny. all were excellent.

split two of their pizzas which were both very good.

really and enjoyable place.

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Photo of RajaSTL
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Jgmiller829
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The beer is the obvious draw. What pleased me was how incredible the 'lesser known' selections were. The English IPA, the two pilsners, the wit, the biere de garde, dry Irish stout, etc; these were all phenomenal examples of their respective styles. The vibe is crowded and noisy, not the most pleasant place to drink. The food is pretty lowest common denominator pizzas. Due to the crowds, service can be spotty.

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.