Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
60
Reviews:
15,251
Ratings:
60,830
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.58/5
Reviews:
380
Ratings:
973
pDev:
8.95%
 
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Reviews by AylwinForbes:
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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Russian River Brewing was the focal point of our brief visit to northern California; having heard and read so much about PtE, not to mention PtY and all the variations on Catholic behaviour in Belgian style offerings. Thus it was with immense anticipation that we strolled down Fourth Street on a sunny Saturday morning in search of our prey. Unlike the micros with which we are familiar with in Chicagoland that are tucked away in nondescript industrial estates, RR is right downtown Santa Rosa slap in the middle of a shopping/restaurant center. I wonder how many Santa Rosans are aware of how blessed they are to have one of the world's premier breweries right there.

Aware of the tendency of this place to become crowded we made an early start, gratifying to find the doors open at 11. While this may offend the more puritanical beer drinker, the kind that thinks the sun must be below the yardarm (in this case it was barely risen above it), we shamelessly quaffed our first PtE only minutes after finishing the breakfast croissant.

Even at 11 there was a fair trickle of people entering for their luncheon pint, which made for a pleasant atmosphere. Beer selection of course speaks for itself. We were gratified to find beer offered in halves (oh and the pints are real - not those fake Shaker "pints"). If you do buy a pint, the price is very sporting ($4.50 for a 20 oz pint of PtE); the halves at $3.25 not such a deal but nice that they are offered.

The staff, that sometimes take a beating from reviewers, were of the pierced and tattooed variety, and perhaps they had occasional occasion to partake of the medical marijuana, were efficient, friendly and courteous to us. I think betraying a genuine interest in and reverence for the products on the part of the customer helps. A fellow beside us was clearly something of an authority as he entered brandishing a pile of beer magazines and books. He provided several good suggestions as to where else to go.

Did not try the food so cannot speak to that. All-in-all, the visit did not disappoint despite the high expectations.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JimiTheBastard
3.65/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great beer... average restaurant

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Photo of WalkingBrews
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Good beer and decent food. Super long wait on a Sunday afternoon but forgot all about it once I had a few world class brews.

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Photo of Shaugn
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Good place to drink great beer!

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Photo of Loli88
4.03/5  rDev -12%
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 garrettyoung
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

a little loud inside and long waits. love the pliny bites

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Photo of skiking70
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of crobinso
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WRXSTV
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of AlexCarls
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.38/5  rDev -26.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of LibertyBlaine1774
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great brewery, awesome beer. I would come back and will come back many times. Only complaint is the price. Buy a 6 pack for 33 bucks? Come on

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Tomesco
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
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 lazymanatee
4.49/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mjco04
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of amesetz
4.49/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.9/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of mnine
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of deebo
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
Brewery rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 60,830 ratings
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