Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.12/5
Based on:
52 Beers
14,052 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 325
Visits: 797
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: 325 | Visits: 797
Reviews by slander:
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4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Escaped San Francisco with a Saturday Sonoma drive up watching the make believe landscape change; none of this can be real. 2 wineries as we’re too early for Mr. Moonlight, and 2 more afterwards ‘cause we drove by ‘em. Anything else to do up this way? (Duh). Checked in and was temporarily disabled by my hotel bed, but managed to get out and set out a-foggy...

A long straight bowling lane topped bar, wood panel base & piping foot rail; seating for, fuck, I don’t know, at least 2 dozen. Counter space running the barback slightly, with 3 tap towers of 5, 8, & 6 respectively on stainless steel panels, and another 3 more further down. Shelved glassware below taps on center. Framed ‘World Beer Cup’ awards over the taps along the slat wood backed wall space, and double wide horizontal boards above front row center with ABV’s, descriptions, OG’s, + ‘coming soons’, draft & bottle pricing, and happy hour info. Not so random pieces on the boards sills atop there.

To the left, views on a room of barrels with goods (to be sure), and a badass original “New Albion Brewery” sign over its peek-a-boo in on. Past there, house shorty snub growlers over shelved Russian River 375ml bottles to go. GABF medals to the right crisscrossed in displays of 2 & 3 framed and other award type pieces.A wine board, and a single shelf up above with vintage brewerania, bottles, & period pieces. More ‘World Beer Cup’ awards above and shelved pieces atop. Flatscreens in both corners of the bar.

The barback wall is mostly slat wood with beige uppers and blue trim & ceiling, and a deeper red down the hallway to the rear and to the kitchen corner. Cinder block cement far wall red velvety curtained up over, and a front wall of glass windows and doorway positively over 4th Street, with cases, signage, plants and brewerania. Blended duct work overhead, drop suction cup lamps over the bar tracing, and hard hat drops down the center and over the seating areas.

Some light hightop seating down to the far rear towards out back, 6 shorty table hightops adjacent to the bar along a divider (but you have to deal ‘em from up front), and just shy of a dozen tables on the flip side. Kitchenings space to the rear corner there with RR wear displayed above (Do I need a Pliny shirt, or what?), and a small stage in the front corner. Across from thereabouts, a tiny side room around the bend from the front side of the bar offering brew room views. A half dozen or so tables there with vintage beer signage, prints & pieces; Ben diggin’ on the old Colt 45 piece and others (Altes, Simon Pure, Knickerbocker, Schlitz, Ballantine, Gibbons). And a ½ dozen tables out front curbside for the sittin’ at.

19 beers on tap, Great Caesar’s Ghost! One board lists 8 mix & match beers; Aud Blonde, O.V.L. Stout (Irish Stout on nitro), RR Porter (Robust Porter), Gaffers Bitter, Segal Select (Strong Pale Ale), RR IPA, Blind Pig IPA, Pliny the Elder, and a space where ‘Pliny the Younger’ had previously been written. And the other board lists 11 ‘tions’; Redemption (blonde), Perdition (Biere De Sonoma), Damnation (strong golden), Defenestration (hoppy blonde ale), Rejection (black ale), Mortification (Quad), Sanctification (blonde with brett), Damnation Batch 23 (oak aged), Temptation (blonde aged in chardonnay barrels), Supplication (sour aged in pinot noir barrels), and Consecration (sour aged in cabernet barrels). They do a crazy sampler of 18, unfathomable but true. Opted not, but we did drink some of this, some of that, and tried a few things once Ben put a lookin' on people and procured us bar space. The best of ‘em being the RR Porter, Perdition, Blind Pig, Consecration, Supplication, Rejection (their 1X yearly Valentine’s Day beer, which was Perfection), and Sanctification (total ‘effin winner).

Yes, they have a food menu; it’s made up of snacks, salads, sandwiches, and a whole lot of pizza options. Tempting, but there’s Flavor in my future, so no. Dinner done, and now Flavor in the past, we returned to Russian River and stuck around to close the place (not bad for being on NY time). Hard time in the upfront side room; listening to the Dead cover band playin’ up a storm and drinking Pliny & Blind Pig laughingly. Does. Not. Suck. (4,291 characters)

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of Teen-o
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of jonesjere
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of A_Rad
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went here on a road trip. My wife had to drag me out, otherwise I'd still be there. (85 characters)

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
98 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.