Russian River Brewing Company

BEER AVG
4.08/5
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:
57
Ratings:
60,057
Reviews:
15,181
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
955
Reviews:
377
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
5.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 955 |  Reviews: 377
Reviews by drewbage:
Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The seventh and final stop for the first evening of the 2004 Sonoma Co. Beer Run (http://www.stoutguy.com/beer/trips/Sonoma/)

After a few brews at the 3rd Street, D, the erstwhile navigator, and I wandered over to the new home of Vinnie C. We were a bit surprised to arrive at the joint and find it jumping with a band and a lot of other folks. The space screams industrial with thick concrete, posters and giant hop burlap sacks. Parts of the brewery are visible through the windows behind the long bar, including the previously mentioned barrels.

No big surprise after walking around the joint, that the whole space once belonged to a bank. If you get a chance to run into Vinnie, he'll even tell you his office is located in the old bank vault. (With a phone inside, just incase he gets locked in! :) )

The beer is pure Russian River with a fair number of interesting tastes. I was disappointed there was no stout when we arrived, but I quickly got over that concern with a Damnation.

Big disappointment of the evening was the food, policy at the pub seems to be that while the band is playing, only slices of pepporoni or cheese pizza are available for the eating. Just a touch annoying when I hadn't had anything to eat since the mussels at Marin. Oh well..

Loud times at the River when a band plays, but still the place was lively and the beer was good. This now makes two great places in Santa Rosa to catch a fresh brew.

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Photo of amesetz
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of mnine
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of deebo
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of daem3384
3.98/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of abagri
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cgodwin
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Noobies
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BdM
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rsn3214
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -9.8%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.6%
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 -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Daude
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Budlum
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
4.08 out of 5 based on 60,057 ratings.
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