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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
Based on:
50 Beers
48,167 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 682
Reviews: 317
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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3.03/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My problem with RRB is that they refused to fill a growler of mine. I asked them to rinse it out and because I did that they absolutely refused to fill it. I explained that I traveled 3 hours to go there and yet they still said no. I had to wait almost an hour for a seat on a Tuesday night.

Yes the beer is good but after just visiting Seattle and drinking beer up there I felt their beers were over rated and over hyped. Pliny is good but it's not that good.

I just don't understand why they wouldn't fill a growler or even replace it with one of their 30 empty clean growlers that I could see. Last time I checked they are a brewery and must have some star san lying around to re-sanitize the growler I brought. Oh well... They won't be getting any money from me ever again!

5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mikefuski17
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited San Francisco recently, rented a car and made the hour fifteen trip to Santa Rosa. Well worth it. Went with my girlfriend and another beer drinking couple. The place was great. Service was on point and fast. Patrons were friendly. The place was busy but we were surprised on how fast the service was. The food was awesome! Recommend the Pliny bites and pizza. Fantastic. Our group was there for about 2 hours. And after our drinks, food, tshirts, and take out beer, we were well over a $300 tab. Again, well worth it. Coming from PA, it was amazing to see such an abundance of Pliny the Elder for soo cheap. Awesome, awesome place. Everyone should go

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4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The outside of the building doesn't look incredibly inviting but inside the walls are stacked with beer memorabilia, they have a small stage and a large bar.

This place was super busy the three different times I went there. This includes waiting for an hour in line to get in the place when they opened. Lame. But it was for the bottles of framboise for a cure which is such a delicious beer.

The food is actually pretty good, although I only had the pizza and pizza bites, but I feel like you can judge a place on how well the food is based on bar food staples.

At any given time they have around 16 beers available which they brew themselves. All of these beers are very well crafted beers but I think the true winner are the sour ales. Expensive, but just so well crafted and delicious.

Service kind of falls into the being super busy category. When your turn finally comes up they expeditiously bring you out your beer and food. Don't stand behind the other patrons sitting at the bar because you will just get ignored over and over again. You have to actually be at the table before they acknowledge you're even there. I guess you could wave money around. That'd probably work.

Overall value is inexpensive to reasonable. They have drafts for $4.50 I think unless it's a sour then it's $6.75. They're bottles however are roughly double the price if it's anything in they're beautiful brown corked bottles.

I would definitely go out of my way to visit this place. Such great beer and definitely great bar food as well. If it's on a beer release day, however, I would just wait til a week day around a little after lunch due to the excessive amount of people that will be lined up otherwise.

Photo of Grant89
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Had a great experience visiting RR Brew co. I arrived at the brewery right before they opened at 11am on a Sunday. I was greeted by very friendly staff and a good vibe. They were happy to let me try any beer and even gave me a free pint of concentration! I did end up dropping a hefty load on growlers and reaching the max on bottle purchases :).

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4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited the Russian River Brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa in the mid-afternoon on Thursday, 9/26/2013.

Atmosphere is actually pretty typical one for a good brewpub. It's lively, and I love the giant chalkboard listing everything on tap as well as in bottles. There is just the right bit of live chatter from the other patrons, so its not completely silent but I don't have to scream at my fiancée to be heard.

Everything in the brewpub seems to be solid in terms of quality. Even the televisions in the back display a digitized version of the chalkboard at the bar. The sampler plate looks great, and the whole operation runs smoothly.

Service is great. Its funny, our server looked like an UPS guy wearing a dark gray Russian River work shirt, shorts and a Pliny hat while carrying around one of these handheld PDAs with a stylus that he puts orders in. But he was always passing by and checked on us. The full sampler plate didn't take terribly long to fill and all of our other orders for beer were filled quickly. A+ operation.

The beers on tap were more than solid. All 3 of the major RR sours, Pliny, Blind Pig, Hop2it, Row 2/Hill 56, etc.. I wish they had FfaC but I was a couple days too early. Can't complain about the selection at all here.

We ordered some garlic bread to fulfill our sampler plate munchies. And boy it was awesome. Its the only thing we tried so I can't say more than that, but I bet the beer bites are tasty.

All prices were reasonable. $15 for a full sampler plate (14 sampler glasses, probably 3-4 oz each) is a steal. And the plate of garlic bread was $4 for 4 large pieces. A full glass of Consecration was $6.25, which is an absolute steal for a 375ml pour. And you can order half pints, though the full pint is only $1 more.

Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.