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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company

572 Ratings
Ratings: 572
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.75%
Active Beers: 54
Beer Ratings: 44,689
Beer Avg: 4.06
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 by SpdKilz:
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4.63/5  rDev +1.3%

2012 Edit

Flew in from Chicago for the release (sadly I am back in IL now). Met up with Abel and some others for some PtY. We went on a Monday this year, and arrived about an hour early. We were the first 10 or so there and were the first in the door when they opened. No need to go into any other details that my prior review already does...but just wanted to say another amazing and enjoyable time. I hope to make a tradition out of this. Cheers!


I drove a total of 1,000 miles this past weekend to go from Southern California up to Santa Rosa for the PtY release. I was fortunate enough to meet many fellow BA's, and had an outstanding time. Now, on to the review.

We arrived a bit later than expected and had to stand in line for over two and a half hours. This was expected and nothing that can be held against Russian River. I did appreciate the lead hostess who did not bend the rules for anyone the entire time, though it may have frustrated people (i.e. letting people sneak in for an open seat). Once you let one person do it, everyone wants to and chaos ensues.

Once we finally were in Russian River, the atmosphere was energized. Everyone was having a good time, enjoying outstanding beers and food. The service was pretty damn good for being as busy as it was, and everyone was cheerful and as accommodating as they could be in a situation as described.

The selection of beers on tap floored me. In Southern California we rarely get any RR sours on tap, and when we do, it is almost always Consecration. I was able to try Temptation, Sanctification, Compunction, and Supplication on tap, in addition to all my heart's desire of Pliny the Younger.

The pizza we had was damn good, and I wish I could have tried more of the many varieties they had.

The price there was so much cheaper than I am used to in LA, so I'm going to say the entire time there was a bargain. I probably dropped about a hundred dollars on beer/food (I overpaid a bit on purpose) but it was well worth the experience, meeting new BA's, and having such delicious beer. I hope to be able to go back there in the future when it is not as insane.

SpdKilz, Feb 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

great tap list. awesome food plus a great venue to enjoy it

indianabeerman, Today at 01:35 AM
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

banger7, Saturday at 10:45 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

so as beer goes, there is no place better than russian river, these guys absolutely kill it, we all know about the ipas and the sours, those are some of the best in the world. the place though maybe isnt quite as good as the beer. overly crowded all the time from what i gather. service was awesome, we had a friendly girl who handled here huge workload with grace and ease, but it was noisy and unrelaxing inside. beer medals are strewn about the place like they come pretty easy, other decor is unremarkable. the beer list is impressive, they had all the heavy hitters pouring. the beers of theirs that werent sour or hoppy didnt do much for me sadly. i had higher hops for some of the base beers, but i suppose thats not really a focus here. prices were fair, food looked good, cooked all in a pizza oven, but we didnt eat. a place that has been demystified a little for me, having visited and seen its run by humans. a place of lore that is somewhat of a beer lovers mecca, but the beer is better than the location, hands down.

StonedTrippin, Saturday at 05:05 PM
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Probably the best beer drinking experience I've ever had was at Russian River Brewery! Arrived two days after the Younger release was over so we had no problems with crowds. Yes, we missed a great beer but I'm not willing to wait 4-8 hours. The pub has a great atmosphere with a lot of energy, between the locals at the bar and the out-of-towners sitting at the tables. The people next to us drove up from LA just for the beer. The flight of 17 beers was the best I've ever had and included some great sours like Supplication and Consecration. The pizza is great, the Pliny was good as expected and I took a bottle of Consecration home. Next stop was Laganitas.

ELS, Saturday at 05:58 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BKotch, Thursday at 06:16 AM
Photo of jhestand
5/5  rDev +9.4%

What hasn't been said about this place at this point? Its world class! I had a smile on my face the whole time I was there.

jhestand, Wednesday at 10:37 PM
Photo of dagubna
5/5  rDev +9.4%

dagubna, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

gspeer711, Sep 15, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

wethorseblanket, Sep 15, 2014
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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.