Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.07/5
Based on:
50 Beers
48,257 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 685
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.58
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 by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Samsyounglife
4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Fogindex
4.26/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Ann-lise
3.65/5  rDev -20.3%
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 italianstallion
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of almostjay
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Its Russian River...that is all.

Photo of ac24
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jaemeno3
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Compwizsac
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -40%

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 685 ratings.