Russian River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 41,052
Beer Avg: 4.09
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by SpdKilz:
4.63/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-08-2011 18:55:15 | More by SpdKilz
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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
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