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Russian River Brewing Company
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Beer Ratings: 33,121
Beer Avg: 4.09
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
725 4th St
phone: (707) 545-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
simply amazing. how can you beat the mothership of the Russian River Brewing Company? you've got to start with the amazing value of the double sample flight - their California style and Belgian style beers. from there, the sky is the limit - this IS Russian River Brewing, riight? my favorite is probably Supplication but it sure is hard to pick. Vinnie and team are a bunch of geniuses.
12-07-2013 20:43:45 |
More by topoisomerase
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Went by when I was on a business trip food was very tasty and the beer was amazing. Very friendly environment, I had a sampler and had a good selection of their beer. I think enjoyed the Piny Elder the most. Cant wait to be able to go back and enjoy some more brew.
11-26-2013 04:24:10 |
More by timthomas
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My problem with RRB is that they refused to fill a growler of mine. I asked them to rinse it out and because I did that they absolutely refused to fill it. I explained that I traveled 3 hours to go there and yet they still said no. I had to wait almost an hour for a seat on a Tuesday night.
Yes the beer is good but after just visiting Seattle and drinking beer up there I felt their beers were over rated and over hyped. Pliny is good but it's not that good.
I just don't understand why they wouldn't fill a growler or even replace it with one of their 30 empty clean growlers that I could see. Last time I checked they are a brewery and must have some star san lying around to re-sanitize the growler I brought. Oh well... They won't be getting any money from me ever again!
10-20-2013 23:19:56 |
More by BeerisUber
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited San Francisco recently, rented a car and made the hour fifteen trip to Santa Rosa. Well worth it. Went with my girlfriend and another beer drinking couple. The place was great. Service was on point and fast. Patrons were friendly. The place was busy but we were surprised on how fast the service was. The food was awesome! Recommend the Pliny bites and pizza. Fantastic. Our group was there for about 2 hours. And after our drinks, food, tshirts, and take out beer, we were well over a $300 tab. Again, well worth it. Coming from PA, it was amazing to see such an abundance of Pliny the Elder for soo cheap. Awesome, awesome place. Everyone should go
10-15-2013 21:27:18 |
More by mikefuski17
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The outside of the building doesn't look incredibly inviting but inside the walls are stacked with beer memorabilia, they have a small stage and a large bar.
This place was super busy the three different times I went there. This includes waiting for an hour in line to get in the place when they opened. Lame. But it was for the bottles of framboise for a cure which is such a delicious beer.
The food is actually pretty good, although I only had the pizza and pizza bites, but I feel like you can judge a place on how well the food is based on bar food staples.
At any given time they have around 16 beers available which they brew themselves. All of these beers are very well crafted beers but I think the true winner are the sour ales. Expensive, but just so well crafted and delicious.
Service kind of falls into the being super busy category. When your turn finally comes up they expeditiously bring you out your beer and food. Don't stand behind the other patrons sitting at the bar because you will just get ignored over and over again. You have to actually be at the table before they acknowledge you're even there. I guess you could wave money around. That'd probably work.
Overall value is inexpensive to reasonable. They have drafts for $4.50 I think unless it's a sour then it's $6.75. They're bottles however are roughly double the price if it's anything in they're beautiful brown corked bottles.
I would definitely go out of my way to visit this place. Such great beer and definitely great bar food as well. If it's on a beer release day, however, I would just wait til a week day around a little after lunch due to the excessive amount of people that will be lined up otherwise.
10-06-2013 16:53:18 |
More by ThaddeusGhostal
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Had a great experience visiting RR Brew co. I arrived at the brewery right before they opened at 11am on a Sunday. I was greeted by very friendly staff and a good vibe. They were happy to let me try any beer and even gave me a free pint of concentration! I did end up dropping a hefty load on growlers and reaching the max on bottle purchases :).
10-02-2013 02:48:00 |
More by Grant89
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited the Russian River Brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa in the mid-afternoon on Thursday, 9/26/2013.
Atmosphere is actually pretty typical one for a good brewpub. It's lively, and I love the giant chalkboard listing everything on tap as well as in bottles. There is just the right bit of live chatter from the other patrons, so its not completely silent but I don't have to scream at my fiancée to be heard.
Everything in the brewpub seems to be solid in terms of quality. Even the televisions in the back display a digitized version of the chalkboard at the bar. The sampler plate looks great, and the whole operation runs smoothly.
Service is great. Its funny, our server looked like an UPS guy wearing a dark gray Russian River work shirt, shorts and a Pliny hat while carrying around one of these handheld PDAs with a stylus that he puts orders in. But he was always passing by and checked on us. The full sampler plate didn't take terribly long to fill and all of our other orders for beer were filled quickly. A+ operation.
The beers on tap were more than solid. All 3 of the major RR sours, Pliny, Blind Pig, Hop2it, Row 2/Hill 56, etc.. I wish they had FfaC but I was a couple days too early. Can't complain about the selection at all here.
We ordered some garlic bread to fulfill our sampler plate munchies. And boy it was awesome. Its the only thing we tried so I can't say more than that, but I bet the beer bites are tasty.
All prices were reasonable. $15 for a full sampler plate (14 sampler glasses, probably 3-4 oz each) is a steal. And the plate of garlic bread was $4 for 4 large pieces. A full glass of Consecration was $6.25, which is an absolute steal for a 375ml pour. And you can order half pints, though the full pint is only $1 more.
10-01-2013 04:21:15 |
More by Stevedore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Over the course of a six day visit to the Sonoma Valley we stopped by three times before we found a time (Tues 3 pm) when it wasn't packed. They must be doing something right. Plan your visit accordingly. It has a standard pub feeling inside with normal service to go along. The value is great considering the quality of the brew. The range of beer is tough to beat for a brewpub with everything from pils to barrel age ___ (fill in the blank). They also have more than a few of their bottles to-go if you can't try them all at once.
09-18-2013 04:28:27 |
More by Fatehunter
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A-The place was jammed on the Sunday afternoon we visited with a wide spectrum of beer drinkers from serious beer snobs to biker-types. The decor and feel are sort-of lame, with fake-looking beer "memorabilia" on the walls and a big chalk-board menu above the bar. I feel like I'm at TGI Fridays.
Q-The quality is, honestly, great. We tried everything they had in the form of samplers and also tried a lot of different brews in bigger pours and, although there were some duds *cough* OVL stout *cough* the line-up of Pliny, Blind Pig, and Row 2/Hill 56 is pretty awesome all by itself, but then you get Supplication, Damnation, etc.
Ser-The waitress was nice enough, but not terribly knowledgeable about the beers she was slinging. She was also really slow. Normally, I don't fault slow service during a busy time, but this was another level of slow. Also, we had to wait an hour (after waiting two hours to get a table) for a sampler board to open up. Lame.
Sel-Russian River's standard brews are pretty good, and with 16 of them on tap that day, I cannot knock the selection too hard. That being said, the take-away bottle selection was limited to three options (Pliny, Row 2, and Damnation), and there were no special, brewery-only releases on tap. It is a bit of a bummer to go to the brewery to get on tap what you can buy in the store down the valley in San Francisco.
V-The prices for tap beer were pretty good, but the prices for take-away were less good. I did not try the food, so I cannot comment on food prices.
O-I really enjoy Russian River brews, and Santa Rosa is a nice little town, but I do not need to visit the brewery again.
09-04-2013 03:16:55 |
More by spoony
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was disappointed by this experience. And I love Russian River beers. They're fantastic. But here's why I was let down by this experience
- website advertised patio that was dog friendly. We got there and the "patio" is just a sidewalk with a fence around it and no dogs allowed
- over an hour wait in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday for a table, so we just went to the bar to get a beer each
- Took us 10 minutes to get a bartenders attention and order. And there were 3 of us. And we weren't alone - the folks next to us waited about that long to try to get their tab and then eventually just left.
- The beers we did get were great (Pliny the Elder, Shadow of a Doubt, and Supplication), but this isn't a write-up on their beers, it's about the brewpub.
Not even going to try to go back there - i'll just enjoy their beer elsewhere
08-30-2013 23:53:43 |
More by SteveTheDog
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