Russian River Brewing Company

Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company
BA SCORE
4.06/5
60,455 Ratings
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:
59
Reviews:
15,213
Ratings:
60,455
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.58/5
Reviews:
379
Ratings:
960
pDev:
8.95%
 
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Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in the night before this year's PtY release, and again on the morning of.

The bar in this place seems to go on forever - it is a massive extended plank of bright well worn polished wood flanked by dozens of stools. A low partition separates the "dining" area (tables and chairs and a small stage for music) from the bar, and there is additional seating out front on the patio and around the corner from the bar.

I was impressed at how well the pub has retained a local feel with patrons of all ages and backgrounds (cab drivers, mechanics, bankers, day-traders, etc) stopping in to share a pint or three.

No guest taps, and that's a good thing as it leaves more room for RR's lesser known offerings. Prices on draft beers are very inexpensive especially during happy hour (e.g. $3 for PtE vs. upwards of $8 for the same in some bars in Los Angeles). On the other hand, they charge more for their bottles than most stores (and don't seem to often have rarities) - so unless you are filling a growler - take a trip to Bottle Barn if you want to stock up.

As you would expect, everything is extremely fresh and you can tell they clean their tap-lines frequently.

Service is fast and unpretentious, but a bit gruff/rushed at times (though still friendly). While perhaps slightly disorganized, they did a good job of keeping their composure during the insanity surrounding the PtY release.

Between Flavor, RR, and Sawyer's News (for Centro's espresso) - this little corner of the world makes for a full evening for beer, coffee, and food geeks alike.

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of daem3384
3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of abagri
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cgodwin
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Noobies
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.26/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BdM
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rsn3214
4.9/5  rDev +7%
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 -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -12%
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 +3.9%
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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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
Brewery rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 60,455 ratings
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