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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Kubishark
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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 bmantravel
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Spoda1983
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
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 HopfenUndMalz2015
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I made what I like to call "the pilgrimage" for Pliny the Younger Day. As expected we waited in line extremely early to get in and with good seats. The beer ....of course.... is phenomenal, the food is great, although to be honest we didn't really get much food. The Pliny Bites & Beer Bites were awesome. The server was suer friendly, very nice, helpful, and especially of note is that this is probably the busiest day at the Brewpub of all year. She was great. Lots of reviews for this brewpub, so, it is definitely worth going to if you like their beer.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

There was an half hour wait to get in and another half hour to get a table. The to go line had no line when we were there. Beer selection is great and the sampler of all their beers on tap (21) for $22 was a great deal. The place was packed as it was a Saturday night. The service was good and the only disappointment was the food which was just average Italian fare. I came for the beer so wasn't disappointed there. I picked up a fixed box of 12 beers and some merchandise on the way out so have some Pliny at home now.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great brewery and restaurant food quality. Gotta love their Pliny bites. The only thing their really lacking is quality stouts but they've got at least 8-9 amazing beers available here at all times. I wish they had a better system for their bottle releases (we've waited in line before for Bestifivation for 8 hours) but that's how it goes I guess. I still keep coming back because they've obviously got all other aspects of running a brewery down pat.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Cool place, almost always lines now. They seemingly intentionally create a greater more desperate demand by the way they handle staffing. The quality of the product is top notch and not debateable, its one of the best breweries in the whole world.

There is pretty much something available for a wide area of beer choices. Hoppy, mild, sour, bready, smooth, robust, white wine barrel, red wine barrel.

Good food, pizza and calzones are phenomenal.

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Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

This was one of my have to visits when I was in the Bay area and I made the trip up one night. The place was absolutely packed with a line outside just to get in. Our party of three got in about 45 minutes after we arrived and I saw my drink order: a flight of all 17 beers currently on the Russian River chalkboard. That was the best part of the night. Most of the beers were great with a few here and there that I didn't care for. We also ordered two pizzas, BBQ chicken and the Sicilian, but they were just ok, more on the salty side than anything. Definitely a stop for any beer lover though!

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Photo of Absolut
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Drove up from LA. Line is split in two-- those looking to sit and have food and drinks, and those looking for beer/ merchandise to go . Staff was extremely nice an friendly.

had blind pig, pliny, whole cone madness ad confirm no deny. all were excellent.

split two of their pizzas which were both very good.

really and enjoyable place.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The beer is the obvious draw. What pleased me was how incredible the 'lesser known' selections were. The English IPA, the two pilsners, the wit, the biere de garde, dry Irish stout, etc; these were all phenomenal examples of their respective styles. The vibe is crowded and noisy, not the most pleasant place to drink. The food is pretty lowest common denominator pizzas. Due to the crowds, service can be spotty.

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Photo of bsnone
3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Was here last summer, sat at the bar. The bartender was a flat out jerk to my wife and me. Of course the beer is fantastic, wish the service matched

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

What is there to say besides the fact that everything that needs to be said has already been said about this Brewpub!

The beers are World Class and the atmosphere is phenomenal! A must stop for a beer lover!

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Usually a very long wait. Go during the day on a weekday if you don't want to wait in line. Food is pretty good, Pliny Bites every time forsure. Always a great selection of sours, IPAs and Belgians.

They have a separate line and bar inside for growler fills and bottle purchases which is nice.

Only fill their branded growlers :(

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Photo of Kjbober
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Visited RR in August 2015. We got there right when it opened so we grabbed a seat at the bar. The next thing you know the place was packed...on a weekday! The bar staff are extremely knowledgeable about their products and were more than willing to answer questions and direct drinkers to something they like. The pizza was greasy, but it cut the hops of the IPAs. Try the whole wall flight for a great tasting experience!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

RRB was a nice, iconic place to visit. However, I was rather put off by the decor and by the bathrooms. I have no sympathy for a reputable establishment that has dirty and or poorly designed bathrooms; come on guys, try harder. Secondly, I don't understand their decor. Are they going for German taproom? What's with the red velvet drapes and dusty bottles? It is what it is I guess, but if I was a local I would not make this my regular hangout.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Famous for the name, but their beer world class across 15+ different styles. Best to go early (11am-12pm) or later afternoon (3-5pm) depending on the weekend.

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