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Beer Available At Russian River Brewing (arranged by most recent)
Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Russian River Noble Experiment Blonde Ale , Russian River Happy Hops 95, Russian River Temptation 100, Russian River Saison Blonde 79, Russian River OVL Stout 93, Russian River Framboise for a Cure 2013 100, Russian River Consecration 100, Russian River Pliny the Younger 100, Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +) 100, Russian River Hop 2 It 88, Russian River Hopfather 99, Russian River Shadow of a Doubt 98, Russian River Row 2/Hill 56 99, Russian River It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine 92, Russian River Aud Blonde 75, Russian River Damnation 98, Russian River Redemption (Batch 002+) 97, Russian River Hoptime Harvest Ale 99
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Travlr (1257) Washington, Washington DC | November 29, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
OMG this place is amazing. 16 taps of shockingly good beer, an incredible blues band, very friendly and helpful staff who are generous with the samples, and a whole bunch of really friendly locals. How can you possibly ask anything more from a bar. Come here. Now.
3fourths (1186) Boulder, Oregon | August 16, 2004| Updated July 7, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This place rocks! Awesome beer, awesome food, friendly staff even late at night, good college crowd as well... love the Belgian styles. Walking distance to 3rd Street Aleworks.
t0rin0 (975) Riverslime, California | July 12, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Visited a number of times over the years, usually around Thanksgiving or Christmas when visiting family in the bay area. Service can be hit or miss here, the food is usually good though it can be a while before it comes out if theyíre busy (waited an hour once for the Pliny bites or what ever theyíre called). Not sure Iíd recommend this place for dinner but for drinks itís great. Happy hour is dangerous. They always have a dozen house beers on including at least 3 or 4 hoppy beers as well as the same amount of sour beers. Some bottles are available to go. Best beer place in Santa Rosa but there are other places listed here that are walking distance from Russian River.
Braudog (696) Hampton, Virginia | April 13, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
April 2008 - Visited for dinner and beers on a busy Thursday night. Anyone reading this knows that Russian River ranks amongst the best brewers there are, so this was a true solid gold evening. I even scored some Pliny the Elder and Salvation, right before they ran out of each. I also got to chat with Vinnie for a brief period, as he graciously let me bud in on his dinner with a visiting Italian brewer. Nice guy, awesome place. Oh, and the pizza rocked, too. (Brewery #460, 4/10/2008)
Beershine (681) The Sunshine State, Florida | December 4, 2011| Updated December 5, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Top quality beer in a wide range of styles served in an unpretentious environment with the best possible happy hour value makes this the ultimate American brewpub, itís simply like this: http://vimeo.com/8578344
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | July 7, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
One more or one less rating is not going to change this placeís destiny. Still, I must say I surprisingly did not enjoy the pub all that much. First, the 3 waiters who looked like bouncers did not seem to appreciate the fact they work for one of the most highly regarded brewery in the world. Iíve not caught the shadow of a smile on any of their faces. While the place was busy on a Saturday night, it was as expeditive as it gets. Besides that, the place is quite dark, very loud and the patrons mostly consisted of a young College crowd. Basically, remove the beer and I would not stay for even one beer since getting a seat and ordering a beer must have taken us in the area of 30 minutes. Afterwards though, we of course got transported into a realm of excellence. The IPA are legendary, the Belgians as well and there are even many more beers youíd like to try just because the rest is so good, but you end up sticking to the best of the best. Make sure you are not driving out of this place because youíll almost certainly stay a little longer than you intended. How ironic when one does not even like the place itself. Still, that kind of selection is tough to beat for a brewpub. Up there with Dieu du Ciel and the likes.
Dogbrick (637) Columbus, Ohio | July 12, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
(Visited 01/2011): Made the drive from Larkspur to Santa Rosa to visit Russian River. It is located in the Cherry Street Historic District on 4th Street. Parking seems to be pretty much metered street parking in the immediate vicinity.
The brewpub was packed on a Tuesday evening during the OSU/ Arkansas Sugar Bowl. The bar is along the left side of the space, with table seating elsewhere. TVs are located around the bar, and there is a large chalkboard listing the current beers.
As for those beers, thank goodness for the chalkboard because the list is pretty extensive, and they have one of the largest sampler paddles I have ever seen, segmented by style and bottle cap markers. Several of their flagship beers are readily available such as the IPA and Blind Pig, and on our visit they also had goodies like Redemption, Rejection, Mortification, Perdition, Consecration, OVL, Little White Lie and Dead Leaf Green. All of the beers were top notch. They also sell bottles to go.
Service during the busy bowl game was better than expected. The bartenders knew their stuff and were on top of their game. One of them even snuck us sips of Younger out of the fermenter. Awesome.
Russian Riverís food is fairly standard brew pub food. Our pizza was good.
Overall this place is highly recommended and I would make it a point to visit again on any return trip.
brokensail (624) Orange County, California | February 22, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I arrived around 9:30 on a Friday night since I had to drive from my grandmotherís in San Leandro where I was staying for the weekend, so I was expecting it would be quite busy...it was.
I should say that being from So. Cal and making a trip to Stone every few months, Iím much more used to the upper-scale atmosphere of their brewery and bistro. But Russian River is much more of a regular bar/pub.
My girlfriend and I stood and had a drink (I had a Sanctification) while we looked for a table or some bar stools to open up. We finally were able to get a table around 10 and ordered the Nu Deal pizza. It was one of the better pizzas Iíve had, and it was a lot more than I was expecting. I ordered a Consecration, but the keg was nearing empty so I only got half a glass--the bartender didnít charge me for it and I got to try this excellent beverage. Pretty nice of him. I also had a pint of Hop2It.
The service was pretty good. They were attentive but not always in your face. Again, more than I was expecting considering the general atmosphere.
The prices are quite reasonable as well, especially considering the quality of the beer that youíre getting. The growler fill (2 liter) was only $14 for Blind Pig.
My only gripes would be that they were tapped out of Consecration (so I only got that half-glass) and they were out of Blind Pig bottles. And they do have a fairly large tap list but I do wish it was a bit bigger (I know, Iím being needy here). Otherwise, a great experience.
Oakes (614) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Atmospherically not much better than Third Street - crawling with "upscale Californians". Ick. But the beer list is serious business. 13 house taps, 11 of which are worth your time. I like that once youíve been teased with those bottles, you can visit the pub and have many more similarly awesome beers. I had a respectable pizza and the service wasnít too bad considering how busy it was. Youíll want to go here, if just for the beer.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Hard to rate this place, really. The house brews are absolutely stellar. Some of the worldís best IPAs, some of the worldís best sour and wild ales. It is rather rare that a brewer masters two completely different types of brews, but Vinnie does it, as most people here know. The place though is quite drab. A haphazardly decorated, dark industrial pizza place... Not very warm or cozy and definitely not the kind of atmosphere in which Vinnieís masterpieces deserve to be served. But hey, if you are a craft beer lover, you will be in heaven here and will probably not even look around to see whatís on the walls.
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