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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
www.rrbeer.com

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BEER STATS
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Reviews:
14,817
Ratings:
57,723
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
99
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
895
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
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Reviews: 360 | Ratings: 895
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Escaped San Francisco with a Saturday Sonoma drive up watching the make believe landscape change; none of this can be real. 2 wineries as we’re too early for Mr. Moonlight, and 2 more afterwards ‘cause we drove by ‘em. Anything else to do up this way? (Duh). Checked in and was temporarily disabled by my hotel bed, but managed to get out and set out a-foggy...

A long straight bowling lane topped bar, wood panel base & piping foot rail; seating for, fuck, I don’t know, at least 2 dozen. Counter space running the barback slightly, with 3 tap towers of 5, 8, & 6 respectively on stainless steel panels, and another 3 more further down. Shelved glassware below taps on center. Framed ‘World Beer Cup’ awards over the taps along the slat wood backed wall space, and double wide horizontal boards above front row center with ABV’s, descriptions, OG’s, + ‘coming soons’, draft & bottle pricing, and happy hour info. Not so random pieces on the boards sills atop there.

To the left, views on a room of barrels with goods (to be sure), and a badass original “New Albion Brewery” sign over its peek-a-boo in on. Past there, house shorty snub growlers over shelved Russian River 375ml bottles to go. GABF medals to the right crisscrossed in displays of 2 & 3 framed and other award type pieces.A wine board, and a single shelf up above with vintage brewerania, bottles, & period pieces. More ‘World Beer Cup’ awards above and shelved pieces atop. Flatscreens in both corners of the bar.

The barback wall is mostly slat wood with beige uppers and blue trim & ceiling, and a deeper red down the hallway to the rear and to the kitchen corner. Cinder block cement far wall red velvety curtained up over, and a front wall of glass windows and doorway positively over 4th Street, with cases, signage, plants and brewerania. Blended duct work overhead, drop suction cup lamps over the bar tracing, and hard hat drops down the center and over the seating areas.

Some light hightop seating down to the far rear towards out back, 6 shorty table hightops adjacent to the bar along a divider (but you have to deal ‘em from up front), and just shy of a dozen tables on the flip side. Kitchenings space to the rear corner there with RR wear displayed above (Do I need a Pliny shirt, or what?), and a small stage in the front corner. Across from thereabouts, a tiny side room around the bend from the front side of the bar offering brew room views. A half dozen or so tables there with vintage beer signage, prints & pieces; Ben diggin’ on the old Colt 45 piece and others (Altes, Simon Pure, Knickerbocker, Schlitz, Ballantine, Gibbons). And a ½ dozen tables out front curbside for the sittin’ at.

19 beers on tap, Great Caesar’s Ghost! One board lists 8 mix & match beers; Aud Blonde, O.V.L. Stout (Irish Stout on nitro), RR Porter (Robust Porter), Gaffers Bitter, Segal Select (Strong Pale Ale), RR IPA, Blind Pig IPA, Pliny the Elder, and a space where ‘Pliny the Younger’ had previously been written. And the other board lists 11 ‘tions’; Redemption (blonde), Perdition (Biere De Sonoma), Damnation (strong golden), Defenestration (hoppy blonde ale), Rejection (black ale), Mortification (Quad), Sanctification (blonde with brett), Damnation Batch 23 (oak aged), Temptation (blonde aged in chardonnay barrels), Supplication (sour aged in pinot noir barrels), and Consecration (sour aged in cabernet barrels). They do a crazy sampler of 18, unfathomable but true. Opted not, but we did drink some of this, some of that, and tried a few things once Ben put a lookin' on people and procured us bar space. The best of ‘em being the RR Porter, Perdition, Blind Pig, Consecration, Supplication, Rejection (their 1X yearly Valentine’s Day beer, which was Perfection), and Sanctification (total ‘effin winner).

Yes, they have a food menu; it’s made up of snacks, salads, sandwiches, and a whole lot of pizza options. Tempting, but there’s Flavor in my future, so no. Dinner done, and now Flavor in the past, we returned to Russian River and stuck around to close the place (not bad for being on NY time). Hard time in the upfront side room; listening to the Dead cover band playin’ up a storm and drinking Pliny & Blind Pig laughingly. Does. Not. Suck.

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Photo of jendre28
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
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 -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NickyDee21
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Danielr26
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Kubishark
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wow, this place was super busy for 1pm on a weekday. Seemed like lots of people from all over, including me and my travel partner who were on the opposite coast from the one we're used to. A friendly bartender talked to us about all the far away places people come from when he checked our Maryland IDs. Quality is without a doubt excellent, as evidenced in the superb beer. Lots of beers to choose from too, though I had to get Pliny the Elder. Didn't have any food here, so leaving that blank.

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Photo of Burgh1328
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Still a old school fav...

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of djkrause
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of bmantravel
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Arrived here at 11am for opening to ensure we got a table. This is Mecca for heathen beer geeks. The place filled up and was packed by 11:45 - loud and busy. Service was good and knowledgeable - they knew their beers. There were 20 beers on tap. You can get a flight of California beers and Belgium sours styles.

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Photo of icemanls4
4.15/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of willreid86
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of cadaugherty
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Hoppedelic
4.64/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of billab914
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BretMC987
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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

Photo of Nuggetz
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Spoda1983
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It is typically extremely packed in the evenings and there has always been a line to pick up Pliny (in the morning) when I was there. The waits are typically not too bad though. In my experience the staff is friendly even though somewhat spread thin on a busy night. There is always a large fantastic selection of regulars and special brews (can be found on their website ahead of time). Food is what you would expect in the range of brewpub food. Because it is RR, i think inherently the vibe is quite cool. Especially if it is your first time there

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Photo of WesleyCannon56
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Some amazing beer. Super busy and very crowded. Pizza is good Pliny is worth the wait.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Stood in line for about 30-40 minutes on a weeknight. That was annoying and unexpected. Set the tone for the visit a bit I guess.

And then so damn crowded once I got inside. Couldn't even find a seat at the bar so I ended up requesting a table just so I could sit down and drink beer. I prefer generally to sit at the bar chat with the bartenders and other patrons and more easily order beers. This too put a bit of a damper on things.

I didn't find much in the way of beers I hadn't had for. Another disappointment but given how awesome their beers are it was nice to try Blind Pig and Supplication on tap.

Biggest bummer was that by the time I had my beers and wanted to grab something to go from their shop, it was closed. Womp womp. Can't win 'em all.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
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