Russian River Brewing Company

BEER AVG
4.08/5
Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(707) 545-2337 | map
rrbeer.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
58
Reviews:
15,125
Ratings:
59,597
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
377
Ratings:
941
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
5.33%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 377 | Ratings: 941
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of rsn3214
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 gr8fulbeerhead
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.75 | 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 the 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 +5.8%
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 +0.9%
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 epyon396
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Daude
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Inglewood
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Budlum
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jennstrummer
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best pizza in town, and the staff are great and fun. Some non-locals have said they had bad service, but you give respect to get respect. Shrug.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +11.1%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of richdeneault
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 al2913
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kmolson11
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ha-sheem
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NapaClancy
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
4.08 out of 5 based on 59,597 ratings.
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