Russian River Brewing Company
Ratings: 533 | Reviews: 299 | Display Reviews Only:
4.47/5 rDev -2%
Finally made it up to this beer palace with a few good buddies. Thanks everyone for making this one of the best birthdays ever!
A: A mix of young and old, but more leaning towards the mid-20 to 30 year old range. Typical, yet upscale, brewpub that featured a wide range music and nice ambiance.
Q: The first thing I grabbed was their flagship beer...PtE (you could argue Blind Pig is their flagship brew...but whatever). And man, I loved this beer before...but it took me to another level. So...as the story goes, every beer thereafter delivered the same experience for me. Not one disappointing beer over the two trips we took their....therefore, quality wasn't an issue at all.
S: Pretty standard; nothing that I found extraordinary...or bad either. To sum it up...GOOD.
S: I was happy to see Temptation, Consecration, and Supplication on tap...which was a plus. Roughly 15-20 in house beers on tap, all which I enjoyed.
F: Above-average brewpub food at a decent price.
Overall: I would find it hard not to have fun at this place, even if you weren't drinking beer...it's that good. A must stop in Northern California. Cheers!
05-14-2010 19:51:36 | More by OlieIPA
3.85/5 rDev -15.6%
Russian River makes some of my favorite beers. Supplication and Consecration both make my top 10 easy, so naturally I was very pleased to get an opportunity to stop in on a road trip.
I wasn't as blown away as I thought and hoped to be. The food was unanimously (I was with 4 others) mediocre. Not offensive but definitely lacking. That's fine, I was mainly there for the beer. I wanted to make sure that I try beers that I don't have access to at home in Seattle and that I haven't already tried. I opted for the Porter and Salvation although Supplication, Temptation, Consecration, Pliny and Blind Pig all sounded delicious. Neither of my beers were anything to write home about and the Salvation definitely left something to be desired. I tasted the temptation my friend was sipping on and I have to say that a bottle is most definitely the better veseel for that beer and likely most of their other belgian styles as well.
I still love Russian River and would definitely stop in again in the unlikely event I find myself in Santa Rosa again, but I won't driving out of my way to get there again anytime soon.
04-25-2010 18:54:26 | More by SRossman
4.6/5 rDev +0.9%
Russian River Brewing was the focal point of our brief visit to northern California; having heard and read so much about PtE, not to mention PtY and all the variations on Catholic behaviour in Belgian style offerings. Thus it was with immense anticipation that we strolled down Fourth Street on a sunny Saturday morning in search of our prey. Unlike the micros with which we are familiar with in Chicagoland that are tucked away in nondescript industrial estates, RR is right downtown Santa Rosa slap in the middle of a shopping/restaurant center. I wonder how many Santa Rosans are aware of how blessed they are to have one of the world's premier breweries right there.
Aware of the tendency of this place to become crowded we made an early start, gratifying to find the doors open at 11. While this may offend the more puritanical beer drinker, the kind that thinks the sun must be below the yardarm (in this case it was barely risen above it), we shamelessly quaffed our first PtE only minutes after finishing the breakfast croissant.
Even at 11 there was a fair trickle of people entering for their luncheon pint, which made for a pleasant atmosphere. Beer selection of course speaks for itself. We were gratified to find beer offered in halves (oh and the pints are real - not those fake Shaker "pints"). If you do buy a pint, the price is very sporting ($4.50 for a 20 oz pint of PtE); the halves at $3.25 not such a deal but nice that they are offered.
The staff, that sometimes take a beating from reviewers, were of the pierced and tattooed variety, and perhaps they had occasional occasion to partake of the medical marijuana, were efficient, friendly and courteous to us. I think betraying a genuine interest in and reverence for the products on the part of the customer helps. A fellow beside us was clearly something of an authority as he entered brandishing a pile of beer magazines and books. He provided several good suggestions as to where else to go.
Did not try the food so cannot speak to that. All-in-all, the visit did not disappoint despite the high expectations.
03-21-2010 16:19:41 | More by AylwinForbes
3.65/5 rDev -20%
Been in here three times. the first bartender was a rockstar, a big guy with wispy facial hair and a command of the bar to be rivaled by few. We drank, relaxed, and got the hell out of this beautiful town.
The second time we were tired, hungry, and ready for a sunday of adventure. The server was basically the worst server I have ever had. A thin guy, short dark hair, around 6 foot. He was slow, unresponsive, forgot the order, and after asking twice still screwed it up. It's cool, because the beer was amazing, and the food decent, but jeesh, don't show up that high man.
The third time we had a new bartender. He was in his mid thirties and looked like he was ready to box a hobo. He was fast, kind, and oddly insightful. He was a winner, through and through.
Overall, I would go back, but I would definitely sit at the bar where the winners work.
03-07-2010 22:26:32 | More by olympuszymurgus
4.39/5 rDev -3.7%
Finally made it into the brewery a few weeks ago since I was in the north bay purchasing a vehicle. The bar is pretty big with friendly staff working. Probably 20-25 tables as well. Apparently they have really good pizzas, but I didn't get a chance to try them.
Very tall ceilings throughout to accommodate the large barrels and brewing tanks which are visible through the glass behind the bar. The walls are decorated with various beer and Russian River memorabilia. Has a nice, homey feel to it, especially considering the age of the brewery.
They had a lot of the classics I have come to love from the brewery. I tasted Pliny the Elder, Temptation and Consecration while here, but they seemed to have about 12-15 beers on draught. Fresh Pliny bottles and other randoms available for take out as well. Grab a Russian River t-shirt for the road as well; they serve as great conversation starters for other beer advocates when you are out and about.
02-28-2010 18:50:37 | More by ibbjamin
4.46/5 rDev -2.2%
Stopped in the night before this year's PtY release, and again on the morning of.
The bar in this place seems to go on forever - it is a massive extended plank of bright well worn polished wood flanked by dozens of stools. A low partition separates the "dining" area (tables and chairs and a small stage for music) from the bar, and there is additional seating out front on the patio and around the corner from the bar.
I was impressed at how well the pub has retained a local feel with patrons of all ages and backgrounds (cab drivers, mechanics, bankers, day-traders, etc) stopping in to share a pint or three.
No guest taps, and that's a good thing as it leaves more room for RR's lesser known offerings. Prices on draft beers are very inexpensive especially during happy hour (e.g. $3 for PtE vs. upwards of $8 for the same in some bars in Los Angeles). On the other hand, they charge more for their bottles than most stores (and don't seem to often have rarities) - so unless you are filling a growler - take a trip to Bottle Barn if you want to stock up.
As you would expect, everything is extremely fresh and you can tell they clean their tap-lines frequently.
Service is fast and unpretentious, but a bit gruff/rushed at times (though still friendly). While perhaps slightly disorganized, they did a good job of keeping their composure during the insanity surrounding the PtY release.
Between Flavor, RR, and Sawyer's News (for Centro's espresso) - this little corner of the world makes for a full evening for beer, coffee, and food geeks alike.
02-23-2010 17:33:46 | More by augustgarage
3.9/5 rDev -14.5%
Was here for the PtY release, wife and I were the first ones in line at 830 AM after leaving SB county at 3AM to get there. It was a madhouse. I noticed several BAs. Atmosphere was hectic because of the release. Lots of beer nerds. Quality is awesome. RR of course. They did not have a gameplan on service, some were getting served ALOT and some not at all sadly. The local influence could be seen and heard. He said no growler fills but yet he filled them right in front of me, not cool. However, our server at the table was on his game and garnered a king size tip from me. He worked his ass off and did a great job. Selection was amazing. Who needs guest handles when you have 12+ of the best beers money can buy from RR. Food was not so great. My pizza tasted like a grocery store Tombstone pizza but some like it, however the beer bites were very good and scarfed them down fast. Prices were ok considering the quality of beer, a tid bit more than I would have liked on the PtY but everything else was pretty good, no complaints. Overall a very good place.
02-07-2010 14:25:40 | More by barleywinefiend
4.9/5 rDev +7.5%
I went here for the release of Pliny the Younger today. I got there and there was a huge line which I was expecting. People came down from Oregon. Once we got inside we got a table and the place was packed. I was really excited to get Pliny the Younger. My fiance and I shared a pizza. We had the Excel. It was delicious. The food is so good. I also got 4 growlers of Pliny the Younger and 1 of Russian River IPA. We also got the sampler and I tried quite a selection of their beers. Our waiter was awesome. The service was so good. I love this place.
02-06-2010 00:30:43 | More by jeffjeff1
4.83/5 rDev +5.9%
This place is mythical. The beer is amazing and world-class...yet they still have happy hour on Sunday's and most of the Belgian's - while 13oz. or so - are under $4.50!!! Pliny + amazing Belgian's + amazing barrel aged beers make Russian River one of the finest beer establishments you'll ever visit. Food is decent too... I like the calzones. The atmosphere is very relaxed, unpretentious, and very down home feeling probably since Santa Rosa is a moderate sized town with a small town feel. Get here however you can!
01-31-2010 23:21:25 | More by 4000qtrap
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
I have wanted to visit RRBC since my trip to Oregon Brewers festival in 2008 and 2009, and I had their beer from a tap rather than a bottle.
There is plenty of metered parking, the place was crowded and loud (NFL playoffs on TV), an extemely long bar, with an amazing selection of beers. I did not try the food, but "Rejection" was great, their porter was OK, but the best of all was the Pliny the Elder.
I missed the roll out of Pliny the Younger by couple of days, but hopefully I will be back there to sample it.
This place is the destination for anyone that enjoys phenomenal bear.
01-24-2010 03:08:11 | More by serreos
Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.