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Russian River Brewing Company

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4.08/5
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:
53
Reviews:
14,966
Ratings:
58,665
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
914
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
6%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 366 | Ratings: 914
Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

After enjoying the beers for quite some time down here in San Diego, I managed to talk my wife into taking a short trip from Napa to the Russian River -- on our honeymoon, no less! She's a keeper!

Anyways, it's a great place to stop in. There's a decent enough food menu -- pizza and other standard pub fare, mostly. Lots of seating room, both inside and out, and the place is located in a cute little section of Santa Rosa with lots of bookstores, coffeeshops, etc. within walking distance. The beer selection, of course, is terrific -- most of the stuff you see in bottles available on tap and a few taps dedicated to beers that are only available at the brewery. There are usually a few bottles you can pick up to go -- I picked up a 750 of Sanctification which I'm looking forward to enjoying in the very near future. Mmmmm...Brettanomyces!

Very friendly people, too. I had run in to one of RR's sales reps, James Chase, at a bar in Napa, and he'd encouraged me to stop by the brewery. Turns out that he was in when we stopped by. He was clearly busy, but took the time to talk to us about the brewery, give us samples of whatever we wanted, and bought us a pint on the house.

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of socon67
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A true iconic place to visit. Always 2 or so taps of their offerings and plenty of great options. Food is standard pub fare. They do sell bottles and growlers to go. Was there twice while in Santa Rosa and was glad to stop in.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of maxcoinage
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Went in on a Sunday early afternoon, drove by myself straight from SFO ( great drive ! ) Had to wait in line about 10 minutes because they were at capacity. The place was pretty packed so I just ordered a pint of Pliny and stood around for awhile, eventually a bar seat opened up and sat next to a couple guys who were real nice. Also talked to one of the bartenders for a bit who was cool. Enjoyed a couple tasters of some sours and finished with a pint of Row 2, Hill 56. Didn't order any food but it looked fantastic, got some Pliny, Blind Pig, and some sours to go. Enjoy my short visit there but couldn't stay too long because had to drive myself to Sunnyvale!

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Photo of Kcl33
1/5  rDev -77.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

I literally could not believe what happened to me today. The doorman called me a chink while waiting for a table and I was extremely upset at the rascism inherent in within the brewery. I feel like the restaurant apparently had never seen an Asian person and despite waiting over 2 hours for a reservation I decided to leave rather than deal with the rascism and discrimination present in this establishment. Please don't support this institution unless you want to support people who are not tolerant of other ethnicities. Come on its 2016 how in the world are people so intolerant!

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Photo of Oidmoe
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Elicoleman
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of JMay419
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great food and friendly staff! Obviously they have some great beers...a must stop when in Santa Rosa area!

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Photo of Paoloboston
4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

20+ minute line to enter on a Saturday afternoon, crowded bar... but worth the wait. Solid selection of outstanding house brewed American and Belgian styles on tap. Efficient and helpful staff at the bar. Well worth the visit to try some prototypical ales.

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Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TimmyRo
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RachelRussianRiverBrewing
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of jendre28
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This years was better than the last two and live up to the hype, definetly as good or if not better than its brother Pliny the elder, it's overall taste was smooth but not overly sweet for being a triple, and the alcohol was so balanced you feel it all come together when you take your second sip and you just smile...the balance of hops sweetness from the this beer is amazing and definetly a bucket list beer.

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Photo of SmokingWood
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NickyDee21
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Danielr26
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
4.08 out of 5 based on 58,665 ratings.
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