Russian River Brewing Company

BEER AVG
4.07/5
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:
15,091
Ratings:
59,394
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
936
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
5.33%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 936
Reviews by amatuerbeerguy:
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Cheers to Vinnie,


Great job with the place. Nice relaxed atmosphere, helpful bartenders and wait staff. Service was top notch very attentive waittress. Even accommedated me with request to give personal thanks to Vinnie for returning email. It was for the beer list to be expected, around the day I would arrive. Large selection there were more than 10 different beers on tap. Also had five in bottles. Food was an appetizer, very tasty, cheesy bread. Went well with the deification, also excellent. Went twice in the same day with two other people, on first visit, plus second visit picked up some bottles to go. Inexpensive for the overall experience, and the price of beer, and food. Highly, Highly recommend. Short drive from either San Francisco, or Oakland. So no excuses. Go there.

Cheers
Raymond

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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 Jeff_Hallam
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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Photo of Mikey440
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BlondeDeChambly
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of locoformavs
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Beer1stWife2nd
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
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