Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.03/5
Based on:
50 Beers
51,722 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 767
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.59
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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Ratings: 767 | Reviews: 337
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DoctorZombies
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fantastic bar and selection. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgable.

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It's the mecca for many beer enthusiasts, and I'm spoiled to have it in my backyard. This doesn't take away from its superiority, however. It's always a pleasure coming here, and having a few IPA's and maybe a sour.

Photo of HopLover1
4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Employees are a little snobbish(they know what they're offering)but the food, beer and vibe make up for it. It was nice to be able to grab a growler and a case of Blind Pig for the road after dinner.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Craft beer mecca. Pliny lived up to expectations. Fair priced, friendly employees. Food was comparable to other brewpubs.

Merchandise section was overwhelming in a good way. So many things to choose from, including bottles to-go.

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Love this place! Only tip is get there early if you want a table. Seems like the line forms to get in about 20 minutes before they open and than they fill up quickly. The bar is wall to wall people who eye you table like vultures which dampens the mood. The bar itself has a nice cool feel to it with lots of things to look at. The service is outstanding and I always feel that from the doorman, to the wait staff to the gift shop everyone is really nice and wants you to have a good experience and they get that visiting the brewery is a big deal for a lot of people. The beer selection is huge and the sampler of 18 beers is worth doing (all the good stuff is on tap). Food is so so but come on your not there to eat but to drink world class beers.

Photo of chrisjws
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Easily one of the best brewpubs I've been to. I went on a Monday afternoon and it was packed.

Beer is a duh. 15+ house beers on tap, including Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, and Supplication. Their other sours, farmhouses, belgians, etc are pretty damn good too. I had PtE for $3.50 a pint during happy hour. That's criminally cheap. Even not during happy hour, prices are very reasonable. Get the taster of the whole menu, its worth it!

I've had their food twice and both times it was very good.

You can buy Pliny and other beers to go in the bottle, definitely worth grabbing some to take home.

Photo of Coldstorage
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Lost points on the vibe cause of all the melvins infesting my local spot but they can't be blamed for that. Top notch beer, good enough service (if you aren't a dick), and the food is pretty damn good too. Pliny bites go great with everything, the wings are HOT, the meatball sandwich is great, and the pizzas are all tasty. Clear out the nerds and you'd have a near flawless joint.

Photo of Japsican23
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Pretty much packed every time I go regardless of a special release or not. The beers speak for themselves and they always have a great selection on tap. Food is pretty good and pairs well with their beers. Service is spotty depending on how crowded the place is. If I lived closer I would be here a lot more, but the drive and wait is well worth the end result.

Photo of T100Mark
4.06/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Vibe - Lots of Hipsters in this place.

Quality - Great beer!

Service - Plenty of friendly help.

Selection - Many beers to choose from.

Food - My margherita pizza was tasty.

Overall - A cool space in downtown Santa Rosa (a great little town). The place is half dive bar/half retro watering hole. Plenty of seating inside and a nice outdoor patio in front. If you're in the area, stop on by.

Photo of JamLand
4.36/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Typical brewpub atmosphere. Service is usually solid. The food is consistently disappointing. The best sampler of any brewery you'll ever go to. And you can follow it up with extra Elder and usually Supplication and Consecration.

Photo of april333
4.95/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The flight was huge with so many great beers. Great service for a packed place. The food was yummy too!

Photo of Hopped_head
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Pliny the Younger, is quite possibly the greatest beverage I have ever consumed. And that monster sauce, is definitely not to be taken lightly

Photo of M_chav
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best brewery I have ever had the pleasure to visit, during the PtY/SFBW they were awesome for how many people are trying to enter, the staff was incredibly welcoming and their food was insanely good - pliny bites! The beer, well that speaks for itself... An absolute must visit for any beer lover

Photo of G_Z_a
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Would expect nothing less. A little crowded, but that's understandable. They handle it well.

Photo of Crafty-Individual
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great service especially at the bar. The food is great! Their savage sauce is really good with the pizza. The pliny bites are always a hit (tip: ask for pepperoni to be added, it's free). Very reasonable prices for exceptional beers! I highly recommend you get a sampler with all the beers. Really great deal!

Photo of CJNAPS
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Live music on Fridays and Saturdays, very nice staff a little slow but the place is crazy busy
and Pliny is on tap there, what else do you need.

Go there for the first two weeks of February and be a part of the Pliny the Younger scene, it's crazy

Photo of RyanK252
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It can get a bit busy and noisy, but the food is outstanding, not to mention the beer. Pints and chalices of world class beers at unbelievable prices, especially on happy hour. I keep coming up with excuses to stop hete.

Photo of indian_pale_ale
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Bartenders were awesome. Super cool dudes.

Photo of kdpcp22
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is awesome. I make the 2 hour drive up here fairly regularly and it never disappoints. Yes, it gets EXTREMELY crowded extremely quickly. It opens at 11 so I recommend getting there right at opening, get your haul and stash it in your car. Then go back in and enjoy some pints, some pizza and the great atmostphere.

Photo of Ann-lise
3.65/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I used to go here a lot when I was in college and it was a fun place to grab a bite and a beer with a friend. Since Pliny has gained in popularity I only stop in to fill a growler or grab some bottles. It's always packed and the service has never been very good. But you're not going to the Russian River for the service or the food, you're going for the beer.

Photo of almostjay
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been lucky enough to be "forced" to travel to Sonoma County for work. RR brewing is a pretty great place on random weeknights when it's not insanely busy. It's always busy, but you can actually find a seat at the bar on random weekday afternoons, and that's pretty important to me.

There are plenty of California trucker hat/hoodie types here, but they don't really bother me. The bar staff are pretty nice when they're not slammed with people. The beer is obviously amazing. This is one of those places that I wish would expand just a little bit, but I fully understand why they don't want to. If you're in the area, you should definitely go, but I'm sure my rating isn't what will compel you in the end.

Photo of ryannaman
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Its Russian River...that is all.

Photo of Dmmflys
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

beer is awesome!!!! make sure to get the flight, people are supper nice, food is OK the sesame salad dressing is really good

Photo of Smidge
2.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Had to deal with a DH who asks if I was local? Nope and DHness continued.

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.