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Reviews by Arbitrator:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I've heard great things about Bottle Barn, particularly their fabled back room. At my last trip to Russian River, I made it a point to stop in.
The selection on the shelves is nothing to write home about; it's mostly a wine and liquor warehouse, with some beer that rivals the selection at my local BevMo. However, their prices are downright cheap, the cheapest I've ever seen for beer in the Bay Area.
They have a nice collection of glassware for good prices, as well.
Zak (Zach?), the beer buyer, was quite friendly and willing to pull stuff out of the back room if I could name it. However, there seemed to be a lot of stuff that was "our last bottle," or stuff that was simply out of stock. I don't know if that was his way of enforcing a bottle limit, which is totally cool with me, or if it was the truth.
I wasn't allowed to walk into the backroom though; I get the feeling you have to be a pretty regular local guy to establish that kind of relationship. And that's fine, but as a non-local I guess I can only evaluate the store from the stuff sitting on the shelves.
I'd definitely go back, but if I'm going to drive more than an hour for beer shopping, I'd prefer to stop by Monument instead.
12-28-2009 04:51:42 | More by Arbitrator
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3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in while visiting Russian River. It's a large place with much more wine than anything else. The beer section isn't all that well defined so I found myself wandering to make sure I saw everything. The selection seems more by chance than plan. They have some great things but also seem to be incomplete in areas. I picked up an Almanac Strawberry sour. It's worth a visit but not all that exceptional.
06-09-2014 13:38:34 | More by GJ40
3.25/5 rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Supposed to be the best shop in Santa Rosa? I feel bad for the area, because if that’s the case then they have the worst selection in Cali despite RR down the road. Mostly wine here and I did find some nice Crooked Stave regulars and the latest Almanac sours. BA Old Raspy and Old Stock Cellar Reserve was there and reasonably priced, and snagged a Four Roses Eclipse. Prices were pretty decent though with Eclipse at $26, when I usually see them at $32. No RR in stock, kind of sad. Glad I was able to find some things worth seeking out, but nowhere close to what I had expected. Only OK.
03-05-2014 05:33:43 | More by BMMillsy
Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
94 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.