Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.12/5
Based on:
52 Beers
14,047 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 324
Visits: 796
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: 324 | Visits: 796
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

A-The place was jammed on the Sunday afternoon we visited with a wide spectrum of beer drinkers from serious beer snobs to biker-types. The decor and feel are sort-of lame, with fake-looking beer "memorabilia" on the walls and a big chalk-board menu above the bar. I feel like I'm at TGI Fridays.

Q-The quality is, honestly, great. We tried everything they had in the form of samplers and also tried a lot of different brews in bigger pours and, although there were some duds *cough* OVL stout *cough* the line-up of Pliny, Blind Pig, and Row 2/Hill 56 is pretty awesome all by itself, but then you get Supplication, Damnation, etc.

Ser-The waitress was nice enough, but not terribly knowledgeable about the beers she was slinging. She was also really slow. Normally, I don't fault slow service during a busy time, but this was another level of slow. Also, we had to wait an hour (after waiting two hours to get a table) for a sampler board to open up. Lame.

Sel-Russian River's standard brews are pretty good, and with 16 of them on tap that day, I cannot knock the selection too hard. That being said, the take-away bottle selection was limited to three options (Pliny, Row 2, and Damnation), and there were no special, brewery-only releases on tap. It is a bit of a bummer to go to the brewery to get on tap what you can buy in the store down the valley in San Francisco.

V-The prices for tap beer were pretty good, but the prices for take-away were less good. I did not try the food, so I cannot comment on food prices.

O-I really enjoy Russian River brews, and Santa Rosa is a nice little town, but I do not need to visit the brewery again. (1,651 characters)

More User Reviews:
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)

Photo of JR86
4.94/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Get the beer sampler! Includes a taster of every Russian River on tap...19 when I was there (91 characters)

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
98 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.