Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.12/5
Based on:
52 Beers
14,061 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 327
Visits: 800
rAvg: 4.45
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: 327 | Visits: 800
Reviews by TheRealBigC:
Photo of TheRealBigC
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

FINALLY made it out. This place is only 4 hours away, but damn that California traffic! I was going to stop here and Lagunitas in the same day, but Russian River was just too bountiful and too good and I couldn't make it out to Petaluma by the end of my stay in Santa Rosa. Not much needs to be said about Russian River. It is one of the best breweries in the world. Their taps run the gamut from porter to sour to IPA. And they are ALL good, if not better. And it's reasonably priced! 4.50 pints or 3.25 during happy hour. 2oz. tasters under a dollar? Could a beer lover ask for more? Well there is more! You can buy bottles to take home! They obviously cost less coming directly from the source. And their food is pretty good too! The only issue I had was that the house vinagrette was too oily - not mixed enough or something.

Service is a little slow sometimes, but you can't fault them entirely considering how packed it gets in there.

A tremendous value to be sure. You're drinking $$$$ quality and you're paying $$ for it. (1,032 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of GarrettB
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

We saw a lot of breweries on the way here. We saw a lot on the way back home. But this was our primary destination - the raison d'être for burning fossil fuels to see the place with our own eyes. And it was worth it. We were turned away at the door at 5pm after a quick jaunt from our AirBnB, but put on a list. They texted us about an hour later (exactly what the host estimated) and we were seated at a table next to the kitchen. We swiftly put in an order of pizza and the massive sampler set, and while we waited I secured a crate of Pliny up at the gift shop for beer trading at a later date. Our waiter was incredibly composed, even as the rush of human beings coming through the space made me think of Tokyo train stations at rush hour. That impressed upon me, and my girlfriend, who's been in the service industry for awhile. The ambiance is warm and obviously beer-centered, with a huge blackboard up on the wall showing off the massive menu of Russian River brews available for consumption. I don't recall seeing any guest beers. Just Russian River 4 Days. I don't need to say how good the beer is, but it's a long slog through the sampler marathon, and they'll let you sit around, unmolested, taking notes, and bantering over the life changing sours and IPAs. The walk away from the brewery came with that feeling one gets on Sunday morning as a student, where one is still in the weekend, but you feel the fun fading, and the dread of Monday approaching. Russian River left quite the impression, and It'll occupy a large part of the memories I'll take away from this miniature road trip. (1,600 characters)

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A must visit for me while in San Fran area. Went on a Saturday morning. Highly recommend getting there at least 15 min before open to get a seat. Families were there (some sitting at the bar), also lots of 20-30 something's. FYI - family-friendly doesn't mean they don't allow people to swear or have adult conversations. It's also pretty loud when it gets packed, which happened by 11:30. Food took awhile to be made/served but service was friendly. The environment is very cool with vintage beer fixtures and signs.

Bar service and selection were great, best part of the visit. Bottles and growlers were also very easy. Had pizzas and they were very tasty - lots of options for ingredients. Varmint wasn't bad - $2 for 2 hrs street or lot parking. The back side parking is recommended. Had a great time. (818 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Amazing beer, pretty cool place, and a friendly atmosphere. I would be heaven if you didn't have to wait 45 minutes to get a place to sit down. Overall...hell, it is is RR. You have to go. (191 characters)

Photo of Front_Ranger
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of American_Brown
4.76/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SaucerfulOfSecrets
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife and I visited on our honeymoon in February for a quick lunch. This quick lunch turned in to 4 hours sitting at the bar, a full paddle of every beer offered followed by a few pints, and ordering food 3x. Such a great experience, we are already looking forward to our return trip to California and will plan to spend a full day at Russian River next time. (362 characters)

Photo of jloomis
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Tgilly
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of CMiesen
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Obviously world class beer. Great selection and access to bottles to go. Only downfall is the near inevitable 2 hour wait for a table. (134 characters)

Photo of eifster82
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Mburk
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of suckaj
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of VinceMig
4.63/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Telly13
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Navypride48
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best atmosphere around. I went with a good friends of mine on a Friday night of course it was packed and we couldn't get a seat at the bar but it was alright. The beer plus everyone there is friendly (probably because the beer is that good). Good convo great beer good friends? Can't beat that Russian river is king. (317 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SFCraft
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bradley_BizKutZ
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Ravenz98
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
98 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.