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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.12/5
Based on:
52 Beers
14,154 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 334
Visits: 814
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: 334 | Visits: 814
Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The seventh and final stop for the first evening of the 2004 Sonoma Co. Beer Run (http://www.stoutguy.com/beer/trips/Sonoma/)

After a few brews at the 3rd Street, D, the erstwhile navigator, and I wandered over to the new home of Vinnie C. We were a bit surprised to arrive at the joint and find it jumping with a band and a lot of other folks. The space screams industrial with thick concrete, posters and giant hop burlap sacks. Parts of the brewery are visible through the windows behind the long bar, including the previously mentioned barrels.

No big surprise after walking around the joint, that the whole space once belonged to a bank. If you get a chance to run into Vinnie, he'll even tell you his office is located in the old bank vault. (With a phone inside, just incase he gets locked in! :) )

The beer is pure Russian River with a fair number of interesting tastes. I was disappointed there was no stout when we arrived, but I quickly got over that concern with a Damnation.

Big disappointment of the evening was the food, policy at the pub seems to be that while the band is playing, only slices of pepporoni or cheese pizza are available for the eating. Just a touch annoying when I hadn't had anything to eat since the mussels at Marin. Oh well..

Loud times at the River when a band plays, but still the place was lively and the beer was good. This now makes two great places in Santa Rosa to catch a fresh brew. (1,445 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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). (1,843 characters)

Photo of rudyolph
4.14/5  rDev -7%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of tjk135
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of didgeboy
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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! (342 characters)

Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kbuzz
3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of MattPereira
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Pliny, pliny bites and ability to sample every beer...simply can't beat it. Biggest downside is the wait to get in and the wait for a table once through the first line. Af ter all the waiting the beer is definitely worth it. I recommend getting the sampler first and then getting a full size of your favorite (308 characters)

Photo of hopsrus
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Highbury09
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
98 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.