Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BA SCORE
4.06/5
Exceptional
Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

725 4th St
Santa Rosa, California, 95404-4407
United States

(707) 545-2337 | map
rrbeer.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
57
Reviews:
15,355
Ratings:
61,939
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.57/5
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
1,011
pDev:
8.75%
 
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Reviews: 386 | Ratings: 1,011
Photo of ManapuaMan
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Windsor Brewery...new new new and huge huge huge. Wow! What a large setup that caught me off guard. Full disclosure- I've never been to the Santa Rosa pub.

Sparkling new brewery with enough space to brew multiple batches of whatever they like. I had the kids in tow so the space worked out very well - large, distinct spaces for the pub, gift shop (with bottles to go), tasting room that was closed during our visit, self-guided tour (basically you can look down into the brewing and packaging areas) and a large outdoor area to let the kids stretch their legs. I can see this being gangbusters over the summer.

Such joy knowing that you can take home bottles upon bottles of Pliny, Happy Hops, Pig, select -"ations" . Wonderful and easy. Food was solid and reasonably priced. Pliny was snappy and crisp from draft. Beautiful.

Nothing quaint about it - it's a destination that you can spend several hours enjoying, and that's just what we did.

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Photo of Psaulnier
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Finally made it from the East Coast to Santa Rosa to try Pliny the Elder and some of their other brews. Definitely worth a visit and a wait for a table. The pizza is really good too and with a crowd of happy beer enthusiasts of all ages its all good.

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Photo of DT509er
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great beers, second to no one. Food is limited but the pizza is excellent. To me service is great but I know at times it falters, sometimes because of staff, most times because of the customer. With the opening of their new brewery 8 miles away much is expected of the new pub but for my friends and I, the 4th St pub will be the place where everybody knows our name!

Prost!!

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Photo of Mxsluis
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Came for the Pliny and was not disappointed. We had a flight and appreciated almost all of them as very good or better. They should open a second brewery in Grand Rapids ( beer city), they would be welcomed there. The place was crowded and a little loud even though we were there for a late lunch. The service could of been a little better but was good. The bites are great and I recommend them; and I was raised on great Chicago Pizza (flat and stuffed, not deep dish). I am an admitted pizza snob, but loved the bites. The sandwich was ok, but next time I staying with the bites.

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Photo of stevoj
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Never a dull moment, hard to find a quiet time, or a seat. Good food, sours much better than expected, other beers run the gamut from decent to great Worth the wait? Depends on how bad you want a Pliny....

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Photo of Grahampuba
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made it here during the thick of it for Pliney the Younger. Despite the mayhem, beer, food and staff were all exceptional and handling it well. Great pizzas!

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Photo of Loli88
4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Bartender was overall great, the hostess not so much, overall vibe was okay, felt a lot like southern California, if you know what I mean, lol, am from San Diego and appreciate NorCal's more humble vibe but this place I wouldn't exactly call humble but their beer was exceptional!! The only beers I did NOT like were the sours but am not a sour beer fan.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

From the infamous Pliny and Blind pig, you’d think their tap room/brewery would be majestic like...while their beer selection consist of everything imaginable, the inner beings were that of a standard bar/restaurant combo. The inside is decorated well, but service was slow, and we only ordered a beer. I will always stop by if in the neighborhood to grab me some blind pig...but I guess I’ll have to wait for the updated tap room coming.

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Photo of rsn3214
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Top notch craft brew house. Monster selection of beers with the world famous Pliny the Elder on tap for $5! Super packed but all the employees are cool as hell. Only thing was I didn't really dig the food! Probably a personal thing though since I usually don't eat when I drink anyway. A must visit for beer lovers!

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The vibe that I felt might be skewed: my friends and I visited during Pliny the Younger release. We got there around 8 and waited for the place to open. We were lucky and were part of the first hundred to be let in. The wait was easily manageable.

Once inside, it was like beer Mecca. tons of beer pilgrims were wide-eyed with glee. I tried to not let the hype overwhelm me, but I was very excited. I ordered my first PtY and a 25 taste flight. This is one of the best offerings in the business. You get to taste everything.

My friends and I had a blast and picked up some takeaway bottles. The food was subpar, but we didn't come for food anyhow. I strongly recommend the trip if you are thinking about It.

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Photo of jvande7
4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This place is somewhat inconveniently located in a strip mall in downtown Santa Rosa. Parking was somewhat difficult to find on my visit and the brewpub itself was very busy. There was nowhere to sit and it was difficult to get a beer. Once I did get a beer I shuffled around trying in vain not to be in anyone's way. I finished the beer as quickly as I could, bought a few bottles of Pliny and got the hell out of there.
Their beers are good and there are plenty to choose from, but this place is overrun and overrated. The service probably isn't "bad" so much as overwhelmed--and they do manage to give the place some internal character/decor considering it's in a strip mall, but the crowd/noise was too much for me to actually enjoy myself.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

What can I say? One of those places you dream of visiting, and when it happens, its a dream come true! Visited last September, and got every legendary brew they had available to take with me on my journeys. You have to pay for parking if you use their joint lot, as its checked regularly. Place was packed mid day on a week day, efficient and helpful servers, and overall an exuberant feel.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Had not anticipated visiting RRBC, BUT so glad we made the drive from Bodega Bay! The long wait to get a table was all worth the wait! ALL the wait staff are very professional and hard workers. Kudos to management!

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Photo of Daude
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The first time I tried to roll into Russian River was the day they released Pliny the Younger. The line to get in was 5 blocks long!!! I do consider myself a beer-nerd, but I refuse to stand in line for four hours just so I can tell my friends that I had the Younger on the day it was released. It is probably a fantastic beer, but it is just beer. That said, I do believe that Russian River has set the standard for what a great IPA should be. Pliny the Elder doesn't just have great taste, it is a well balanced ale that hits multiple notes as it crosses from the front of your mouth to the back of your throat, and that is something that is hard to say about 99% of the IPAs I have had in the past 30 years. I came back to Russian River a few months later after Pliny the Younger was long gone, and I tried their full flight. There wasn't anything I did not like, including Supplication, the first sour wild ale that I fully enjoyed. Thank you for expanding my palate, Russian River! The food was basic burgers and fries, but that is not why you want to come here, is it? In fact, if it good food that you want with Pliny on tap, I can tell you to head over to Korbel's Winery along the Russian River. They have great gourmet deli sandwiches and cheeses with always one or two Russian River selections on tap.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went here for Pliny the Younger and was not disappointed. Waited in line for 3 hours on a Thursday morning to get in and try the Younger. Staff was awesome and generally seemed like they enjoyed the crazy nature of the younger crowd. Everything ran as smooth as possible and I really enjoyed it there. I will be going back next year.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Food is better that excellent and beer is world class. Was blessed to come for Younger and not disappointed! Had my allotment of three and then tried a new one, Jane Drake, good beer, but not a Pliny.

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Photo of richdeneault
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It is all about the beer here. They could easily charge more or change the look, but not doing so represents their commitment to beer excellence. Food is good too - although it is just there so that you don't get drunk without feeling hungry!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Made a small diversion from wine country with the wife here on a Friday night for dinner and man, Friday nights here are packed! Wait time was acceptable for the number of people and you can get beers while waiting, which is good. The vibe is odd, but not off-putting, as it is on an old street in Santa Rosa, nestled in the standard row of businesses. Inside is a cross between a pub/sandwich shop interior with a giant bar and some tv's.

Variety of beers is pretty self explanatory if you know their portfolio, with 16 beers on tap (8 traditional ales, 8 wild ales). All are above average or great for the most part. The best part is that they have a full, 16 pour flight. Service was very prompt for the crowd on a Friday night. The food was very good for what was on the menu, but the menu itself is basically just a pizza and grinder menu. The food we had (garlic bread, pizza) was very good.

Overall, this is a must for any beer fan in the area. Good food, great beer, great service, and a solid offering of beer to go combine to make this a real treat of the craft beer brew pub world.

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Photo of NapaClancy
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Its all good. The beers you rate lower would be higher had you not had them against the rest of the line up. But each expression hits point and house style is threaded throughout. Thanks for being only 45 minutes away.

For the beer pilgrammage all need to do!

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Photo of Beer1stWife2nd
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place was amazing and very family friendly. It was my west cost summer trip to California with my wife and 3 kids (7, 5 & 4) and we got to sit at the bar with the best bartender. My wife is a wine and martini drinker and to her a beer is a beer. The bar tender let her sample some great beers on tap and now the wife is a fan :) (sorta).. Would visit again and hang out with the hipsters LOL.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I visited Russian River while road tripping down the West Coast, and I'll admit that visiting RR was a big part of deciding to do the road trip. I got to drink Pliny at the source and make all my friends jealous.

I was extremely happy with my decision to visit RR. I had high expectations, and they were all met. The atmosphere is great, lots of beer-centric decorations (a Hamm's sign! antique photos of hop farmers!), and a large, welcoming bar. When I visited, the place was absolutely slammed, with standing-room only; still, I got good and efficient service at the bar (I did eventually get a seat).

They had 18 beers on offer, split between 9 "regular" beers and 9 specialty/sour beers. As I expected, everything I had was outstanding. I even made myself try the dubbel, which was pretty good despite not being one of my favorite styles. Everything else was, as expected, great. I also grabbed dinner; just a sandwich and salad but super tasty. Russian River is definitely worth a visit if you're in Santa Rosa, and it's worth making a special trip just to go there.

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Photo of Drjulius
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Rated 2x, different occasions, onsite, RRB, last week. Lacks the intensity of PtE, and Pliney's complexity and length of finish, yet an IPA for non-IPA lovers, smooth, light in the mouth, not feather light, more cumulus clouds light, with evergreen and eucalyptus notes, tinged by overripe grapefruit on the nose (after vigorous swirling), that reappears momentarily on first sip. Pleasant, not memorable, other than the name, fast-forwards from initial taste to abrupt finish, bypassing mid-palate impact. Likely better, if not tadting side-by-side with Elder. Fun and mildly pleasurable, yet a bit overwhelmed by "Mikey,". RRB's sausage and pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of socon67
4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A true iconic place to visit. Always 2 or so taps of their offerings and plenty of great options. Food is standard pub fare. They do sell bottles and growlers to go. Was there twice while in Santa Rosa and was glad to stop in.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Went in on a Sunday early afternoon, drove by myself straight from SFO ( great drive ! ) Had to wait in line about 10 minutes because they were at capacity. The place was pretty packed so I just ordered a pint of Pliny and stood around for awhile, eventually a bar seat opened up and sat next to a couple guys who were real nice. Also talked to one of the bartenders for a bit who was cool. Enjoyed a couple tasters of some sours and finished with a pint of Row 2, Hill 56. Didn't order any food but it looked fantastic, got some Pliny, Blind Pig, and some sours to go. Enjoy my short visit there but couldn't stay too long because had to drive myself to Sunnyvale!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

20+ minute line to enter on a Saturday afternoon, crowded bar... but worth the wait. Solid selection of outstanding house brewed American and Belgian styles on tap. Efficient and helpful staff at the bar. Well worth the visit to try some prototypical ales.

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
Brewery rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 61,939 ratings