Russian River Brewing Company

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4.06/5
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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:
15,192
Ratings:
61,062
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.58/5
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
989
pDev:
8.73%
 
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4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BeerMe8
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Nuke
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Hard to find... But Delicious!

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Photo of DT509er
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great beers, second to no one. Food is limited but the pizza is excellent. To me service is great but I know at times it falters, sometimes because of staff, most times because of the customer. With the opening of their new brewery 8 miles away much is expected of the new pub but for my friends and I, the 4th St pub will be the place where everybody knows our name!

Prost!!

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Photo of vincechan
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Tukiluka
4.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Tbarnes1414
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of grapeshops
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mxsluis
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Came for the Pliny and was not disappointed. We had a flight and appreciated almost all of them as very good or better. They should open a second brewery in Grand Rapids ( beer city), they would be welcomed there. The place was crowded and a little loud even though we were there for a late lunch. The service could of been a little better but was good. The bites are great and I recommend them; and I was raised on great Chicago Pizza (flat and stuffed, not deep dish). I am an admitted pizza snob, but loved the bites. The sandwich was ok, but next time I staying with the bites.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of kd0h
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of stevoj
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Never a dull moment, hard to find a quiet time, or a seat. Good food, sours much better than expected, other beers run the gamut from decent to great Worth the wait? Depends on how bad you want a Pliny....

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Photo of RMW66
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ogman
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Grahampuba
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made it here during the thick of it for Pliney the Younger. Despite the mayhem, beer, food and staff were all exceptional and handling it well. Great pizzas!

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Photo of JimiTheBastard
3.65/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great beer... average restaurant

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Photo of WalkingBrews
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Good beer and decent food. Super long wait on a Sunday afternoon but forgot all about it once I had a few world class brews.

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Photo of Shaugn
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Good place to drink great beer!

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Photo of Loli88
4.03/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Bartender was overall great, the hostess not so much, overall vibe was okay, felt a lot like southern California, if you know what I mean, lol, am from San Diego and appreciate NorCal's more humble vibe but this place I wouldn't exactly call humble but their beer was exceptional!! The only beers I did NOT like were the sours but am not a sour beer fan.

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

a little loud inside and long waits. love the pliny bites

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Photo of skiking70
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of crobinso
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
Brewery rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 61,062 ratings