Russian River Brewing Company

Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(707) 545-2337 | map
rrbeer.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.45
Beers:
65
Reviews:
15,622
Ratings:
63,066
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.57
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
1,021
pDev:
8.75%
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Reviews by TychoNDC:
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TychoNDC from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visiting Russian River Brewing Co. is one of those things that I always look forward to and always seem to enjoy. It's worth the trip, the crowds, and the hassle to enjoy some world class brews, a world class sampler, and some excellent bar food.

The place has the look and feel of a brewpub. A large, crowded, bar frames the centerpiece of the establishment: a large blackboard colorfully populated by the brewery's diverse and fantastic offerings. The beers are grouped into two categories: American styles (mostly pale ales and IPAs, not that I'm complaining) and Belgians (everything from blonde ales to their world class sours).

Seats are hard to come by and their is often a wait to be seated as well as served. But in the end, you are rewarded with some wonderful bar food. I especially enjoy the pliny bites, which essentially consists of a pizza crust topped with a ton of cheese and jalapenos, cut into bite size portions and served with a delicious marinara sauce. It's an incredibly satisfying bar snack and very reasonably priced. Their pizzas and salads are also pretty good, though for me the pliny bites remain a staple.

I don't think much needs to be said of the beer, except to note that the sours and IPAs are all fantastic. Pliny the Elder deserves the hype, but their single IPAs and pale ales are also tremendous.

One piece of advice: you NEED to get the sampler if you come here. For $15 you can try ~ 2-3oz of every beer available on tap. Each time I have gone they have had upwards of 15 selections, making this a ~ $1 per tasting kind of party. Sometimes there may be fewer options, but it remains a great compliment to any visit. I'd also recommend picking up a glass of your favorite sour or IPA as the prices are quite reasonable compared to the bottles.

Speaking of bottles, they offer growlers (only their labelled growlers by CA state law) as well as select bottles for reasonable prices. The sours are a bit steep but that's unfortunately what you are going to pay for any fantastic barrel aged blended beer. Pliny and their other standard offerings are quite reasonable at $5 per bottle (usually in the range of ~16oz of beer).

All in all, this is a fun place to visit and enjoy some excellent beer and good food with friends. If you want to avoid the wait, then avoid the weekends, though Sundays are better than Saturdays.

Aug 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
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rorjets from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Arrived on a Wednesday afternoon in January. Pleased that there was no line to enter, and the 4 of us got a table right away. The place was close to full upon arrival, and was certainly full when we left after about an hour. Unfortunately due to other obligations we couldn't stay long. I had two of their classic beers - Pliny the Elder DIPA and Shadow of A Doubt Imperial Porter. Both were excellent, but I think I enjoyed the imperial porter a bit more, probably because it wasn't something you get too often. Loved al the old beer signs hanging around the place, and picked up some merch on the way out. I'm hoping this isn't my only trip to RR, but if it is I had a great time there!

Jan 29, 2020
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Crusher81a

4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jan 17, 2020
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wc94wc from California

4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Dec 23, 2019
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nov 15, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Sep 30, 2019
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MAS from California

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Sep 28, 2019
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Sep 01, 2019
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Noah_Aimar from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Aug 02, 2019
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cryptichead from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Jul 02, 2019
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JonnyS from California

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

Jun 23, 2019
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Apr 19, 2019
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paulman86 from California

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Mar 09, 2019
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Mar 02, 2019
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Hondafit682311 from Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Feb 24, 2019
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 20, 2019
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Clembo1957 from England

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Feb 14, 2019
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fegelFatso from California

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Feb 09, 2019
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BWood from California

4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Pliny the younger release 2019. 15th anniversary. Good experience.

Feb 07, 2019
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COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Feb 01, 2019
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edsanchezz28 from California

3.73/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

bring blank growlers, they will not fill ones from other breweries

Jan 20, 2019
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acurtis from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Dec 25, 2018
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Psaulnier from Vermont

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.

Nov 28, 2018
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bolanosco from New York

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Sep 28, 2018
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Billybass from Idaho

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Sep 27, 2018
Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
Brewery rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 63066 ratings