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Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

570 Ratings
Ratings: 570
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.75%
Active Beers: 54
Beer Ratings: 44,689
Beer Avg: 4.06
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +9.4%

One of the highlights of my trip to California was the trip to Russian River. The place had a very good feel, and it had a feel of not only it being a place where beer geeks go, but also locals who would pass the time by after work over a beer reading a newspaper or discussing the weather. EXTREMELY impressed with the sampler, containing some of their expensive releases for only $11. Service was also excellent considering the amount of people, and definitely a place I wish I could frequent more than just a night. It was also August and possibly the most prime time to have a Pliny, although I really enjoyed the Temptation much more.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of ottovon
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Went here over Thanksgiving break with whiterascal.

We sat at the bar and sampled everything on tap. They have really reasonably priced samplers. Had around 4 or 5 sours on tap, plus a lot of their belgians, and regular offerings. Got to try some new RR sours that I haven't seen bottled like Compunction.

The food was good too. We had the caprese salad, and a pizza. The pizza was surprisingly good as was the caprese salad.

Everything was very reasonably priced, including all the beer on tap. I was very impressed with the place, the beer, the food, and the prices.

I wish I lived close to this place, I would probably be there once a week.

ottovon, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of mistaya
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

I'd been wanting to get here for a while. Happy we did. Sunday afternoon. Great beer selection, not sure what the comments on the questionable service were about? It was crowded and noisy in kids room but felt good, good vibes, even for old folks. Had the Pliny the Elder on draught. I'd had it at the Bier Stein in Eugene, but it was fresher and great. Also the Brown which was surprisingly hoppy (but what else would you expect). Great color and taste, good balance of malt and hops. Needed a growler, but California's (?) rules are crazy (need to buy the growler?). The pizza was thin crusted and not burned like a lot of places. Coulda stayed longer for another, but had to hit the road. Will hit it on the way back.

mistaya, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.8/5  rDev -16.8%

Being a local, I've walked past the restaurant forever it seems until finally making a point to visit it. The beers are legendary, as is the lack of service.

Well the place was packed as usual, but in the end the food was good (damn the jalapenos!) and the beer excellent. Since it was so busy (again as usual) I could understand the slow service.

It was loud, very loud there, but the brew trumps it all. Now, if only they'd expand the dining area!

I haven't seen it, but have heard that many famous musicians who now make Sonoma County and nearby their home will hop up on the stage and jam sometimes.

if just only for the beer from this legendary brewery...check this place out.

IRONRakkasan, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

Been here two times, this time, it was the Sunday in between the 5th annual West Coast Barrel Aged beer festival and the Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary party. Pretty epic 3 day trip.

Place was crowded, but we got lucky and found 2 spots at the bar. Over the course of many hours, you meet some cool people, some "you got to be kidding me, are you really posing that hard in your lame unbelievable story," type of people. I guess happy hour all day (Sundays) has the potential to bring that element moreso, but its definitely tolerable given the price break, although, many of the beers (especially anything ending with -tion it seemed) are excluded from happy hour specials. Whatever.

Bartenders were reasonably fast and friendly given the conditions. They boost not only the service numbers but also the atmosphere when they call the locals on their bullshit.

Calzone was good. Was too drunk to eat all of it unfortunately. You know how it goes, you go from the blonde (excellent) to the brown ale (excellent) and the consecration (excellent) and the temptation (excellent) and the pliny (excellent) to the salvation (nobody's perfect) and then you figure why not a supplication at the end of the night (excellent).

Glad I was driving, but I still don't remember the ride home.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Beak01
3.88/5  rDev -15.1%

I go to Russian River for one primary reason....The Great Beer. The setting is alive and the people are fun. Though when I roll in there for some great beer I have to recognize that it can be very loud and service will be slow (because the beer is so good there are always lots of people). I've had their food and its "good", but good food and marginal (at best) service makes for a so-so experience. So...rather than battle that scenario every time, I simply hoard the bar and drink their "wonder beer"....then go eat someplace else and come back later for more beer.

Beak01, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of pixieskid
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

Visited on a Sunday this summer while on my road trip up the west coast.

Obviously, I was there for the beer.
Everyone knows and loves their beers, but I feel I have to do RR's kitchen justice.

I was blown away by the Simcoe calzone!
It was seriously one of the best meals of my life. It came from the oven piping hot, which I love. The cheese was so fresh as were the vegetables, the crust was amazing; fluffy and crispy.
It was a great portion size, I could have easily eaten another one, as I am somewhat known for my food eating challenges; but one was plenty to be full.

Aside from the Calzone, the beer was phenomenal. Had the sampler of the sours; my favorite was actually Sanctification.
The atmosphere was good, but obviously crowded, given the Sunday happy hour.
Left with a handful of Fresh Pliny's and a full stomach!

Do yourself a favor, go hungry, get the sampler, and order the Simcoe calzone!

pixieskid, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Chincino
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

There was much anticipation about my visit to the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA when I visited in August 2010. I live in the Boston area so this was quite a treat for me to visit Russian River Brewing Co. I was surprised at first my the outside of the place as the outside of the building was far from impressive and if you weren't looking specifically for the the Russian River sign, this gem of a place could easily be missed.

Upon entering the building, you realize the atmosphere is very conducive to drinking quality rare beers. The setup/atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff were all super friendly and knowledgable and willing to answer all of my questions.

The food was only average, but the beer selection far made up for the average food selection. I had Pliny the elder, supplication, and damnation on tap. I also shared with a friend a sampler of the 17 beers that were on tap that day. The beers were absolutely incredible and the trip was totally worth it. I was able to buy bottles to go which was great. I highly recommend checking out the Russian River Brewing Company!

Chincino, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of calir1
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

This place is awesome for those loving great beer. Not a ton of food on the menu, but what they have is very goo. The bar area gets really crowded and hard to move when it gets crowded and hard to get a beer, but if at a table, it is easy. The service is sometimes slow, but the beer and food make up for everything. To get the best atmosphere, I feel one needs to go around lunch time. Some people in there, great food, but not a loud annoying experience.

The beer makes everything worth it. Please go check it out

calir1, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

GET THE SAMPLER. Right when you sit down and the waitress asks you what you want to drink don't think about it AT ALL, just say, "I'll have a water and the sampler" if she says anything else just say, "No I want the whole sampler"---shortly a tray of two ounce sample glasses will be delivered and you'll be in heaven.

We were there during a SF Giants world series game...ugh...despite the mess our waitress was pretty attentive and we got our beers and appetizer and pizza quickly and sensibly.

There were 15 beers on tap at the time, all Russian River beers and I got stupid drunk over them all. I love this brewery and if I lived in northern California I would be here all the time. I love this place.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2010
Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.