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Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
Based on:
51 Beers
54,661 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 348
Visits: 843
Avg: 4.46
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: 348 | Visits: 843
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jgmiller829
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The beer is the obvious draw. What pleased me was how incredible the 'lesser known' selections were. The English IPA, the two pilsners, the wit, the biere de garde, dry Irish stout, etc; these were all phenomenal examples of their respective styles. The vibe is crowded and noisy, not the most pleasant place to drink. The food is pretty lowest common denominator pizzas. Due to the crowds, service can be spotty.

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Photo of bsnone
3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Was here last summer, sat at the bar. The bartender was a flat out jerk to my wife and me. Of course the beer is fantastic, wish the service matched

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Photo of Redgoatman
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What is there to say besides the fact that everything that needs to be said has already been said about this Brewpub!

The beers are World Class and the atmosphere is phenomenal! A must stop for a beer lover!

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Usually a very long wait. Go during the day on a weekday if you don't want to wait in line. Food is pretty good, Pliny Bites every time forsure. Always a great selection of sours, IPAs and Belgians.

They have a separate line and bar inside for growler fills and bottle purchases which is nice.

Only fill their branded growlers :(

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Photo of BDeibs
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kjbober
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Visited RR in August 2015. We got there right when it opened so we grabbed a seat at the bar. The next thing you know the place was packed...on a weekday! The bar staff are extremely knowledgeable about their products and were more than willing to answer questions and direct drinkers to something they like. The pizza was greasy, but it cut the hops of the IPAs. Try the whole wall flight for a great tasting experience!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

RRB was a nice, iconic place to visit. However, I was rather put off by the decor and by the bathrooms. I have no sympathy for a reputable establishment that has dirty and or poorly designed bathrooms; come on guys, try harder. Secondly, I don't understand their decor. Are they going for German taproom? What's with the red velvet drapes and dusty bottles? It is what it is I guess, but if I was a local I would not make this my regular hangout.

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Photo of Ancalagon
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Famous for the name, but their beer world class across 15+ different styles. Best to go early (11am-12pm) or later afternoon (3-5pm) depending on the weekend.

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Photo of MrTcell
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hanserelli
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of gandres
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of tokimedo
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

if you come to russian river and DONT get the pizza, youre doing it wrong. the wait is worth it as long as the line isnt around the corner. come 30 min before they open and youll be able to get a seat at the bar.

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Photo of n2pux
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Currently my favorite brewery so I might not be as objective as some. Easy drive up from the Bay Area. Nice, clean, modern facility that seemed pretty family-friendly. Lovely selection of all their styles on tap ...including Pliny & Consecration. Service was fast & friendly. Didn't eat but the food looked/smelled good. Well worth the trip if you're a fan of their beer (and how could you not be?!). I could easily spend a few days in the area & go there nightly.

Probably stating the obvious but if you want to take home some Pliny & you're only there for the day, the earlier the better. I sat on the patio on a nice summer day & watched case upon case go out the door thinking ...oh, they have plenty ...only to find they were out of bottles when I went to cash out. Happy ending ...still got a growler of it.

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Photo of travisatlarge
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went there for the first time this past summer for my birthday. It was epic. I got the sampler which was HUGE. Then we ordered some pizza and some kind of bread with cheese but I don't remember exactly because I drank a whole sampler. When the bartenders found out it was my birthday they gave me a free beer and some other people sitting there bought me some drinks as well. Great place!

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was pretty cool. Stopped in on a Tuesday night about 8:30 and the place was pretty busy. I grabbed a pint and stood by the bar until a few people got up. Obviously the beer was great, but I was surprised at how cool the people were. Not a hint of arrogance.

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Photo of Mumbled
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Capsfan90
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Chris912
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

"accidentally" arrived on a Thursday PM during Pliny the Younger. Wait was about 30 minutes and consider myself grateful. Had their sampling platter of beers. Food is great, had their pizza. Place was pretty damn crowded if you ask me tho.

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.