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Russian River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 33,165
Beer Avg: 4.09
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
725 4th St
phone: (707) 545-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great Brew Pub. Just don't go during a Younger release if you are impatient lol Great Food paired with great beers! Definitely go if you have never been. Add it to your list of breweries to visit! I moved to WA a year ago and can not wait to come back for a visit.
08-30-2013 19:28:58 |
More by LumpkinBrews
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Spent 4 days in Santa Rosa and cold not get enough RR.
Long wait in the evenings but well worth it and plenty of standing room out side to enjoy a couple beers while you wait for a table.
If your wine tasting, hit these guys up. Their sour beers are amazing. Well, all their beers are great. $15 gets you a massive sampler of everything they have in tap.
08-28-2013 20:46:54 |
More by ToddO
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
I used to live a mere twenty minute walk from this fine establishment, and never knew how lucky I was until I moved away. This has some of the best beers and food (for a brew pub) I've ever had. Waking up on an off day on an early afternoon, coasting down to get a pint of Pliny the Elder and get some savage wings, oh it was amazing. This place is usually very crowded. Like hella crowded. If you can reservations is a must, or you can drink outside in a very small and tight outside porch crammed like sardines. But it's okay because everybody there is super friendly and more than willing to say hi, talk about beer, etc. It's a very nice place too. Comfortable tables (if you can get one) and a very large nice bar. The service can be slow, but I still feel it's amazing considering the sheer volume of patrons. You never feel forgotten. The selection of beer is well, it is Russian River, so let's just say its amazing. Sometimes they will run out of certain beers, but usually are very keen to write it on the board or let you know up front what is available. Food is also extremely good. Nothing too fancy, just very delicious and pairs perfectly with the beverages. Though again, it can sometimes take an hour or more to get your food, which just leaves time to have another pint and hang out some more. After a couple hours, a few pints, some wings, pizza, salad, sandwich, etc., and a last pint, you leave feeling good, awaiting the next time, cause there certainly will be a next time!
08-24-2013 21:56:48 |
More by drunkheathen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
My friends and I(from New York) were hiking in Yosemite and had a day to kill. So we made the 260 mile trek to Russian river. Being this close, it was an opportunity not to be passed up. We got there @ 1245pm on a Thursday and the bar was packed. There was only a few tables open. Quickly after being seated the other tables filled up. We had some beer bites and then our lunches. I ordered a California flight and it was top class. Wished I ordered the full flight with all the beers. Waiter was good and upon exiting we headed up to the bar to get beer to go. My friend went first and was treated like crap by the bartender. Like how dare you ask for beer. After witnessing this, I went to the far end of the bar to put in my order. Unfortunately the same bartender came down to get my order. He was rude to me as well. Like I was bothering him by ordering an embroidered glass and six bottles of Pliny the elder. Big turn off. Outside of that it was a great experience.
08-19-2013 15:10:37 |
More by Cooker_stp
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visiting Russian River Brewing Co. is one of those things that I always look forward to and always seem to enjoy. It's worth the trip, the crowds, and the hassle to enjoy some world class brews, a world class sampler, and some excellent bar food.
The place has the look and feel of a brewpub. A large, crowded, bar frames the centerpiece of the establishment: a large blackboard colorfully populated by the brewery's diverse and fantastic offerings. The beers are grouped into two categories: American styles (mostly pale ales and IPAs, not that I'm complaining) and Belgians (everything from blonde ales to their world class sours).
Seats are hard to come by and their is often a wait to be seated as well as served. But in the end, you are rewarded with some wonderful bar food. I especially enjoy the pliny bites, which essentially consists of a pizza crust topped with a ton of cheese and jalapenos, cut into bite size portions and served with a delicious marinara sauce. It's an incredibly satisfying bar snack and very reasonably priced. Their pizzas and salads are also pretty good, though for me the pliny bites remain a staple.
I don't think much needs to be said of the beer, except to note that the sours and IPAs are all fantastic. Pliny the Elder deserves the hype, but their single IPAs and pale ales are also tremendous.
One piece of advice: you NEED to get the sampler if you come here. For $15 you can try ~ 2-3oz of every beer available on tap. Each time I have gone they have had upwards of 15 selections, making this a ~ $1 per tasting kind of party. Sometimes there may be fewer options, but it remains a great compliment to any visit. I'd also recommend picking up a glass of your favorite sour or IPA as the prices are quite reasonable compared to the bottles.
Speaking of bottles, they offer growlers (only their labelled growlers by CA state law) as well as select bottles for reasonable prices. The sours are a bit steep but that's unfortunately what you are going to pay for any fantastic barrel aged blended beer. Pliny and their other standard offerings are quite reasonable at $5 per bottle (usually in the range of ~16oz of beer).
All in all, this is a fun place to visit and enjoy some excellent beer and good food with friends. If you want to avoid the wait, then avoid the weekends, though Sundays are better than Saturdays.
08-17-2013 02:31:46 |
More by TychoNDC
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
After spending a very hot afternoon at Lagunitas, we headed to the hotel to cool off. As the heat lingered into a Saturday night, we drove to Russian River but couldn't find a spot to park in the busy downtown area, so back to the hotel for a cab. By the time we got to Russian River Brewing, it was busting at the seams and an hour wait. Luckily, a couple of seats opened at the bar just after we managed to buy our first beers from the end of the bar (on advice from Dave that we met at Lagunitas on how to negotiate the chaos).
So, the obvious to start—the beer is amazing. Because we took a cab, I bypassed the cool sampler tray for $15 for everything on tap and dove right in with a glass of Pliny the Elder and my wife did Consecration. On my pre-trip research, I found this great 12 minute documentary on Pliny beers, Younger and Elder, the engine of Russian River's success. No write up of these wonderful beers because we were hawking for a seat to avoid the one hour wait for a table. After unceremoniously pushing my way past a couple with my size to two open bar seats, we ordered some beer bites (pizza bread with mozzarella cheese and garlic), which came quickly.
Just before the appetizer arrived, we ordered Cheese Louise for dinner, a cheese pizza with mozzerella, parmesan, cheddar and marinara. We decided poorly because the Beer Bites were so large (and similar) that we took much of the pizza home. The food was fine but the meat market atmosphere made the stop uncomfortable. When one of us went to the bathroom, the youngsters immediately filled the space, clamoring for a beer. On my restroom trip to the back bar, there was at least one family and a few beer geek types, but they were overwhelmed by the young crowd. Maybe just a Saturday night, but Dave and Meredith had said pretty much the same on their trip a night or two before.
Just prior to dinner, we had received our next excellent RR drafts. Mine was Row 2 Hill 56, a 100% Simcoe Pale Ale: stark white head over an amber ale with gold highlights; bright and clean Simcoe in the nose with light, fresh breadiness; tongue follows the nose exactly. Row 2, Hill 56 is a great pale ale in spite of being the weakest beer of the night. My wife ordered Santification, a 100% Brett fermented ale: yellow with hints of gold and a thin film from an off white head; delicate Brett and underlying bready malt; clean and rich sourness on tongue. Simply an amazing beer that was nearly matched by last beer of the night, Supplication, a brown sour barrel aged Pinot Noir barrel: little head and no lace; cloying amber to brown ale; sour and wine in nose; wine, thin malt, hint of dark fruit, slightly hot alcohol and bracingly sour on the tongue. Can't beat the beer here.
Like Lagunitas earlier in the day, I again found myself dislocated from my expectation. In short, the beer is not the brewery or brewpub. While the food was fine at Russian River, I wouldn't return there just for a meal. The beers are Russian River were everything I hoped and expected to find and we even left with bottles of Pliny the Elder, Sanctification and Damnation. The local heat wave strained our drinking resources and personal patience, which may have impacted our visit as well. However, I didn't leave thinking I'd love to live around the corner. If going back again, I would definitely make Russian River an afternoon or weekday trip to avoid the crowds so that I could quietly focus on the beer.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/08/russian-river-brewing-santa-rosa-ca.html
08-14-2013 15:30:40 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is what a brewpub is all about. The atmosphere is fun and lively. They have outdoor seating in front. Fairly good sized but usually crowded anyway (the price you pay for being so good). They have bands most weekends. I had the pizza which was delicious and what can I say about the beers. Huge selection and most all are world class.
08-13-2013 23:07:12 |
More by heytomcat
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Their beers are world class. There is in doubt about that, but that may have gone to their heads just a little too much.
The brew pub had a good atmosphere, a busy lunch trade and they had a great selection of beers on tap in bottles and for growler fills. I didn't try the food as I was getting some to-go bottles only as I passed through town. The food did look great though and seemed reasonably priced too.
My problem (and a couple of friends have expressed the same viewpoint) is that the bar tender and even the regulars at the bar seem to size you up as you walk in and treat you like a nobody or a tourist trying to get in on their private little club. Service was very abrupt and unfriendly and fairly condescending.
Great beers but a pretentious vibe that I can do without, I thought the beer crowd was supposed to be less stuck up than the wine connoisseurs? Not in this place.
08-01-2013 16:10:30 |
More by NorCalAussie
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The only thing wrong with this brewery is that other people seem to know about it too. Despite the heavy crowds, the service held up for the most part. The food was pretty good with nice selection and quality. The beer was amazing though. The full flight of 17 at the time was truly incredible including a plethora of styles evenly divided between Belgium and West Coast.
It's highly recommended to arrive early as there is no way to beat the crowds.
Ultimately, this place was amazing.
07-30-2013 21:00:45 |
More by GraduatedCashew
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for happy hour (back in March), cheap Pliny the Elder, how can you beat that.
Had a pizza and an American Sampler, which that night included OVL Stout, Segal Select, Row 2 Hill 56, Blind Pig, PtE and Shadow of a Doubt--all were great!
Chatted with the people around me, met a real nice local guy that suggested trying the Salvation i think--it was very good.
Bought some goodies for friends back home and headed out.
Great place along with the top-notch beers!
07-25-2013 02:05:03 |
More by Spigman
Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA
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