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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
Based on:
51 Beers
53,947 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 342
Visits: 832
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: 342 | Visits: 832
Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I visited with my family and got there as it opened. The place got busier and busier throughout the day, but we received great service. I ordered the sampler, which was fantastic and I would highly recommend. In addition, I would away with a case of Pliny, 6 Blind Pig, and 6 of the "-ation" series. Not to miss if you are in the area. My only complaint was I got a growler of the Pale Ale and the growler had a slow leak at the top of the growler. Even worse, I only realized it when I got back to my hotel room before flying the next morning, so we couldn't return it.

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Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of HopLover1
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Coldstorage
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Japsican23
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.06/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of JamLand
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of M_chav
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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Photo of Crafty-Individual
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of RyanK252
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of kdpcp22
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Ann-lise
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of almostjay
4.28/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Docrock
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Got there as they opened and a line already formed outside. Service was quick and friendly. Food was good but not great. Beer was obviously exceptional. Sampler option is insane with 18 beers offered. Never seen a sampler like this before. Would definitely recommend but understand there will be a line on the weekend and the wait can be lengthy. It is a pretty small seating area.

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Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +12.1%

There is no better place for IPAs or Sours in Northern California (probably anywhere actually).

Russian River Brewing Company is 1 hour north of San Francisco, and is nestled in some of the finest wine country in the world. If you are looking to have lunch, you need to get there on or near 11am. Otherwise you are risking a lengthy wait in line.

A rookie mistake to avoid is to try the entire beer sampler by yourself, because if you finish it, you will be hammered. If you have >3 people, its definitely a great option though.

This is a must visit place if you are anywhere near San Francisco. Just an amazing selection of beers and the people there are extremely nice.

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Photo of RogueOz
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

I visited on a recent weekday and walked right in at opening time. Checking in for a few brews and a bite to eat. Sat at the lengthy bar near the register for quicker all-round service/attention. Nice selection of house brews and select others. Great service at the bar with facility full by 12p. Ample parking outside (cheap meters or close parking structure) and bathroom small but meets the need. Great food selection and great food in general. I love this place for the mellow yet vibrant ambiance. Easy to strike up a conversation with those local, and not so local. The combination of food/beers/service/take home bottle selection/ parking/bathrooms make this a go to on my list when in the area. Hope this helps. Cheers.

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Photo of ESCO138
5/5  rDev +12.1%

What can I say about this place that hasn't already been said. World class beers, great food and great customer service. I recommend a Blind Pig IPA with a Paisano pizza or Pliny Bites. This place is superb in every which way and form.

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Photo of Vlaminck
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

I'm not a big fan of Belgium beers but i tried a flight of beer, which was primarily Belgium and huge for only 16 bucks. My wife and I tried them all but just couldn't find a Belgium we liked. If your a fan of wine then this is the brewery to turn you into a beer fan. After all its in wine country. I mostly came for Pliny fresh off the tap and the experience which did not disappoint. PTE and blind pig are great. We also had linner, lunch/dinner. The pizza was surprisingly good, the crowd friendly and talkative. Not beer snobbish, which was nice. Overall I got what I can for, the experience which was very good. I just wish PTY was much more available, but luckily I found a spot that has PTE sporadically to get my fix.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

so as beer goes, there is no place better than russian river, these guys absolutely kill it, we all know about the ipas and the sours, those are some of the best in the world. the place though maybe isnt quite as good as the beer. overly crowded all the time from what i gather. service was awesome, we had a friendly girl who handled here huge workload with grace and ease, but it was noisy and unrelaxing inside. beer medals are strewn about the place like they come pretty easy, other decor is unremarkable. the beer list is impressive, they had all the heavy hitters pouring. the beers of theirs that werent sour or hoppy didnt do much for me sadly. i had higher hops for some of the base beers, but i suppose thats not really a focus here. prices were fair, food looked good, cooked all in a pizza oven, but we didnt eat. a place that has been demystified a little for me, having visited and seen its run by humans. a place of lore that is somewhat of a beer lovers mecca, but the beer is better than the location, hands down.

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Photo of ELS
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Probably the best beer drinking experience I've ever had was at Russian River Brewery! Arrived two days after the Younger release was over so we had no problems with crowds. Yes, we missed a great beer but I'm not willing to wait 4-8 hours. The pub has a great atmosphere with a lot of energy, between the locals at the bar and the out-of-towners sitting at the tables. The people next to us drove up from LA just for the beer. The flight of 17 beers was the best I've ever had and included some great sours like Supplication and Consecration. The pizza is great, the Pliny was good as expected and I took a bottle of Consecration home. Next stop was Laganitas.

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Photo of sidewaysscott
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Took a vacation to Santa Rosa for a nice three day getaway. Fucking place was phenom. Super busy and had to wait 45+ minutes to get a decent seat 3/3 visits, but certainly didn't stop me. a+

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.