Russian River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 54
Beer Ratings: 42,008
Beer Avg: 4.08
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 498 | Reviews: 294 | Display Reviews Only:
4.94/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Made the drive out here from Napa after fleeing from a haunted hotel in St. Helena in the middle of the night. I made it in right about opening time and was immediately feeling like I was in the right place. Ordered a Consecration on tap and was treated to some great conversation from the bartender. If it weren't for the homeless lady next to me asking me to buy her a beer, this place would have received a 5 for atmosphere. The quality and selection of the brews is unmatched, obviously, this being RR. While I was there I tried Consecration, Sanctification, OVL Stout, Perdition, and of course when home with a growler of Pliny. The single bartender somehow managed to serve about 30 people singlehandedly before finally getting some help - pretty amazing watching him pour several brews (including growlers) simultaneously without so much as spilling a drop. This place is awesome. I will be back, probably with my growler, to load up on PtY next Feb.
04-01-2009 17:58:46 | More by raoulduke37
4.35/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went up to Santa Rosa for the Younger, but ended up having some elsewhere on the way up so it was really all about Consecration for me (which is an Awesome, Awesome beer, btw). Walked by early on the the day and there were already many drunken fools staggering out of the place. One guy fell off the curb into the street, which isn't a good thing to see. Later, we went in ourselves for dinner. Nice setup, with massive hop bags hanging all around the walls and ceiling, labeled with their previous contents "Columbus," "Cascade," "Saaz", etc. Bar sort of in the middle of the building, with seating in rooms on either side or at the bar. >10 beers on tap, split into two groups, the "-tion" series, or other beers. Most people seemed to be hitting the younger (explains perhaps the high level of drunkenness outside), but also a few snifters of other beers apparant. We ordered Consecration, Redemption, and a pizza. Pizza was extremely (!) expensive, but the beer was modestly priced, so that's a tradeoff i can deal with. Beers of course were excellent... pizza good, but not worth the price. Biggest complaint was that there were tons of people smoking outside, which is such a drag (no pun intended).
02-09-2009 19:00:17 | More by aforbes10
4.53/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been here lots of times and finally doing a review of this famed brewery. The brewpub itself is situation on a downtown street which can make parking difficult at times. The atmosphere changes depending on the time of day and day of week. During the day you get a mellow older crowd of people enjoying a few quality beers and a pizza in a relatively quiet and warm setting. At night especially on the weekends the place can be ridiculously crowded with college students and a motley assortment of other folk. This place gets extremely loud at times so much so that you have to shout to talk to your friends. Not my scene afterhours but the vibe during the day is just what the doctor ordered in my opinion. Lots of friendly andknowledgeable beer consumers.
My last visit was the day after the Pliny the Younger and Consecration releases so it was pretty busy. What can I say about the selection here other than it ranges from excellent to extraordinary. The quality brews produced by Vinnie and his crew are top notch and are recognized as such by the local and national beer industry and community. The day I was there they had no less than Pliny the YOunger, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Consecration, Sanctification, Temptation, Salvation and a bevy of other outstanding brews on tap and a number available for purchase in bottles and growlers to go. Super nice growlers I might add. The prices are very reasonable and they have a nice happy hour that includes cheap beers on Sunday.
The service here has always been very good on my visits. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and are more than willing to give you free samples of anything on tap before you order a full pint.
Food is average to above average and consists of pizzas, calzones and a few sandwiches. My pizza was certainly edible and hit the spot but this is definitely not a food destination so I wasn't expecting a four star meal. The sandwiches that my buddies got were good from what I was told.
I would recommend anyone visiting the San Francisco Bay Area to drive up to Santa Rosa for a pizza and a large beer sampler. It is worth the time and effort in my opinion and I have never been disappointed.
02-07-2009 06:42:47 | More by ipa247
4.25/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I stop by Russian River perhaps once a month. While finding a table on weekends can often be difficult, weekdays and daytime hours are rarely a problem. It's a bit louder than your standard brewpub, with a lively local crowd.
The bartenders are quite efficient, and even when busy I've rarely waited more than a few minutes. Behind the bar are large windows revealing the huge tanks where the magic happens. Also behind the bar is a giant chalkboard listing currently available beers. A digital representation of it is available on their website, a very cool feature.
This being BeerAdvocate, I doubt I need to say much about selection. Pliny, Consecration, Supplication, Blind Pig, Beatification... this place usually has at least three or four Best of BA beers available at any given time.
The food is above-average pub fare. I've never been disappointed.
01-19-2009 08:00:17 | More by ThirdLap
4.13/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Visited September 08, on a bit of a whim. I had no plans to visit, but I was in San Fran and decided to get some Russian River from the source. Pretty easy to find, even without doing anything in the way of formal directions
Nice interior design, a roomy bar area and nice dining area. We were there on a Friday afternoon, and it wasn't too busy, but business was picking up as we were leaving.
I'm trying not to rate the selection of the brewpub versus, say, a world-class beer bar. The selection was good - 12 beers on tap (one of which was nitro), from regulars to more limited beers. I had a Blind Pig and Damnation, both of which are among my favorites in their respective styles. They had a few bottles for take home purchase too, but seeing as I was flying I had to limit myself to one Pliny and one Salvation.
Quality wise, Russian River is hard to beat. They are definitely one of my favorite breweries. I have yet to have a "miss" from Vinnie. Pricing was great, especially since we caught the happy hour deals. $2.75 for a pint of Bling Pig or Pliny?? $3.25 for Damnation? Great deals, that's less than Bud tends to go around here. Food was good... went with the pizza, nice and tasty but thats what fresh pizza usually is :-)
I loved this place. Great beer and great prices, you can't go wrong.
01-17-2009 02:22:48 | More by jophish17
4.68/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Having made the trek out here thrice, I finally feel comfortable reviewing it. Friendly, bohemian atmosphere with a fair bit of chatter in the evening and mostly quiet on a Sunday morning. The selection is ridiculous, to say the least - some of their fantastic beers on tap with some bottles available to go as well. The food is solid - I had a breakfast pizza which was intriguing, and a calzone that was pretty big and filling. Fresh ingredients are always a plus in my book. Prices? 3$ pints of Pliny? Any time.
01-02-2009 16:08:24 | More by DefenCorps
4.47/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I love this place, my wife and i frequent very regularly. it is very inviting and open to families as i have had my 2 kids there several times. Food is your typical brewpub stuff, pizza and sandwiches but the pizzas are very good. The beer is well the best on the planet IMOP. if you are in santa rosa and love great beer this is a must stop.
The staff is very knowledgable about the beers and Vinnie the brewmaster is always around if you have any questions, this is a great example of a brewpub that truely cares and appriecietes all the patronage it recieves.
12-29-2008 03:41:20 | More by JWD
4.28/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Been dreaming of visiting this place for awhile and now finally live within a hour or two of it. As it is in Santa Rosa, we took the liberty of enjoying some Sonoma County wine tasting before heading there the first time. The brewpub is tucked away in a relatively unassuming strip mall, but it is pretty spacious inside. Both times I've visited it has been pretty crowded; the second time there was perhaps a 20 minute wait. Would like to be there when they have live music to get a better feel. But overall the feel is good--not my favorite for the atmosphere, but still good. They have a huge selection of both food and beer. Their food (at least their pizza) is pretty good. Again, there is a big selection, though I've had better pizza at other brewpubs. But they have a huge selection of their own beer--probably about 20, half being Belgian brews.
12-27-2008 21:26:47 | More by lhaqq
4.13/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A - You don't go to RR for the atmosphere. However, this place is decked out in very interesting beer antiques.
Q - The beer here is amazing.
S - At the bar the service is always great. Sitting at a table is a completely different story. Some of the staff can amaze you but others underwhelm you. Just depends on which way the wind blows I guess
S - Always a bunch of beers on tap. From light, hoppy, belgian, even a good stout
F - They only have salads, pizzas, and calzones. All of which are good. Come for the beer if you need to eat then what they offer will do.
V - Good prices. Happy Hour all day Sunday!!!
12-27-2008 03:24:31 | More by xhcadamx
4.4/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere-This place has a good atmosphere. Friendly locals always down for a conversation. A view of the barrel room, big burlap sacks with hop names stenciled on them adorning one of the walls, live music. Only complaint is it gets a bit too loud to hear yourself think sometimes.
Quality-If you're reading this, you know Russian River's beer is top notch. There is nowhere I'd rather be when craving a high quality brew.
Service-Often slow, sometimes grumpy/short, sometimes awesome.
Selection-Beer-wise, it is magnificent. Almost any style you could want, and some you probably haven't tried. The food is typical pub food. Sandwiches, pizza, appetizers and such.
Food-The pizza I had was delicious. Good ingredients, great crust. Very good.
Value-Growler fills for $13! Reasonably priced beers $3.50-$6.50, food is a bit pricey though.
11-29-2008 21:59:57 | More by MrFootstones
Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.