Travlr (2489) Washington, Washington DC | November 29, 2010| Updated January 6, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Ferris (1151) Burnaby, British Columbia | January 22, 2014| Updated February 8, 2016
Efficient, busy and did I mention busy? A good place, but you arenít going to get personal service, it will be efficient and they can all answer your beer related questions. Food is good, but you will wait for it. Beer is very reasonable from the tap.
Visited on Sunday evening, 27/04/14 around 9pm.
The place was pretty packed, no room at the bar but we grabbed one of the last remaining tables.
I took down the tasting tray which contained all 18 beers that were on tap, with a bottle top from each nailed onto the tray next to the beer, which was pretty cool.
Solid beers as you come to expect from RR but you also get some of the íyouíve tried the best, now try the restí offerings which didnít really excite but a rates a rate.
Food was solid enough but not standout.
Picked up 6 bottles of fresh Pliny to go for a little over $30, bottled 5 days previously. 6 bottle limit per person.
The crowd was largely 25/30 something locals, we got chatting to some beer geeks who had come for the weekend from SF.
In all a solid stop.
Beershine (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | December 4, 2011| Updated December 5, 2011
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
(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.
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)
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2006
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.