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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
4.06/5
Based on:
53 Beers
55,668 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 354
Visits: 866
Avg: 4.49
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: 354 | Visits: 866
Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HopfenUndMalz2015
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I made what I like to call "the pilgrimage" for Pliny the Younger Day. As expected we waited in line extremely early to get in and with good seats. The beer ....of course.... is phenomenal, the food is great, although to be honest we didn't really get much food. The Pliny Bites & Beer Bites were awesome. The server was suer friendly, very nice, helpful, and especially of note is that this is probably the busiest day at the Brewpub of all year. She was great. Lots of reviews for this brewpub, so, it is definitely worth going to if you like their beer.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

There was an half hour wait to get in and another half hour to get a table. The to go line had no line when we were there. Beer selection is great and the sampler of all their beers on tap (21) for $22 was a great deal. The place was packed as it was a Saturday night. The service was good and the only disappointment was the food which was just average Italian fare. I came for the beer so wasn't disappointed there. I picked up a fixed box of 12 beers and some merchandise on the way out so have some Pliny at home now.

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Photo of bouncepass
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MadDawg
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of SourAddict
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of windowside
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MIrvine
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +4.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of ZexyDestroyer
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -5.1%
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 -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of GMan310
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +3.3%
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 -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Frobert_Reynolds
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Jgmiller829
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.