Russian River Brewing Company

Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(707) 545-2337 | map

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Reviews by beerwolf77:
Photo of beerwolf77
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

So any self respecting beer geek owes it to themselves to visit this place at some point in their life. This was the pinnacle of our beer trip out west.

My wife and I stopped in at around 7 on a Tuesday night. We were a bit shocked by the crowd. The place was packed wall to wall. After a brief wait we scored a table and began drinking the place dry. My head was spinning from all the SOUR POWER available on tap. Glass after glass was consumed. Our server was super friendly and quick with the refills. After getting a solid buzz we ordered food. I had heard good things about the jalapeno pizza bites. They did not disappoint. So spicy and delicious. We ordered a couple entrees as well and they were very tasty. We finished the evening with several more pints and cabbed it back to our hotel.

I told my wife I wished we could of had a more intimate experience while there. So she recommended we head back first thing in the morning when they open. I love that woman. We did just that and it turned out to be a great decision. We were the only people at the bar. Got to shoot the shit with the staff and get a more personal view of the place.

Can't wait to go back. This is a must stop for all beer fans.

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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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Photo of Jvandever
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I visited Russian River while road tripping down the West Coast, and I'll admit that visiting RR was a big part of deciding to do the road trip. I got to drink Pliny at the source and make all my friends jealous.

I was extremely happy with my decision to visit RR. I had high expectations, and they were all met. The atmosphere is great, lots of beer-centric decorations (a Hamm's sign! antique photos of hop farmers!), and a large, welcoming bar. When I visited, the place was absolutely slammed, with standing-room only; still, I got good and efficient service at the bar (I did eventually get a seat).

They had 18 beers on offer, split between 9 "regular" beers and 9 specialty/sour beers. As I expected, everything I had was outstanding. I even made myself try the dubbel, which was pretty good despite not being one of my favorite styles. Everything else was, as expected, great. I also grabbed dinner; just a sandwich and salad but super tasty. Russian River is definitely worth a visit if you're in Santa Rosa, and it's worth making a special trip just to go there.

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Photo of Drjulius
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Rated 2x, different occasions, onsite, RRB, last week. Lacks the intensity of PtE, and Pliney's complexity and length of finish, yet an IPA for non-IPA lovers, smooth, light in the mouth, not feather light, more cumulus clouds light, with evergreen and eucalyptus notes, tinged by overripe grapefruit on the nose (after vigorous swirling), that reappears momentarily on first sip. Pleasant, not memorable, other than the name, fast-forwards from initial taste to abrupt finish, bypassing mid-palate impact. Likely better, if not tadting side-by-side with Elder. Fun and mildly pleasurable, yet a bit overwhelmed by "Mikey,". RRB's sausage and pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.41/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
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