A cool (albeit fairly small) brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa with a great tap list and equally great food. The service is solid, as is the value, and they have an attached bottle / merchandise shop. If youíre anywhere from San Francisco to Sonoma, this is a must-stop.
What can you say that hasnít been said? You know the beer will be amazing even before you arrive (not sure how many stumble upon this place unexpectedly like an oasis in a craftbeer desert). The pizza is pretty darn good...and thatís saying something from someone that grew up in the NYC area. Add to that a fantastic bartender who hooked me up with an "EIGHTEEN Beer Flight"...and you know youíve arrived in craftbeer nirvana! BTW...love Pliny...but go bonkers for Blind Pig.
Stopped by for lunch.
Hard to say anything bad. Spacious indoor place with outdoor patio. On-site shop for growler fills, bottles, and merch.
Pours are about $6-7 and food for your typical pub food prices. Selection is obviously what youíd expect.
Parking is sparse but thereís a garage nearby for pretty cheap.
Visited the 21th November 2015 with friends. Here we are the temple of the Pliny the Elder! Be careful and come early if you want to have a place on this heaven brewery... The place is really nice and on a medium size, it will be noisy when itís going crowned... We got the full flight to taste all the beers... Really amazing service is good and beers are amazing. Food is ok but itís can be better. There is a shop and price for beers are really smart. A good place to visit for the beers! Thanks Russian Rivers.
So, a cool place as everyone may know already. And of course the beer is pretty fantastic; on the 22 beer flight, no real filler, all extremely drinkable to amazing. Food was solid pizza and the ilk, nothing terribly exciting, but stuff that pairs easily with beer. The service was decent, a little aloof for me, as some people say on here, leaving you unmolested, but I want a little bit more. Otherwise a great place, a must stop on the way down or up California,
We saw a lot of breweries on the way here. We saw a lot on the way back home. But this was our primary destination - the raison díÍtre for burning fossil fuels to see the place with our own eyes. And it was worth it. We were turned away at the door at 5pm after a quick jaunt from our AirBnB, but put on a list. They texted us about an hour later (exactly what the host estimated) and we were seated at a table next to the kitchen. We swiftly put in an order of pizza and the massive sampler set, and while we waited I secured a crate of Pliny up at the gift shop for beer trading at a later date. Our waiter was incredibly composed, even as the rush of human beings coming through the space made me think of Tokyo train stations at rush hour. That impressed upon me, and my girlfriend, whoís been in the service industry for awhile. The ambiance is warm and obviously beer-centered, with a huge blackboard up on the wall showing off the massive menu of Russian River brews available for consumption. I donít recall seeing any guest beers. Just Russian River 4 Days. I donít need to say how good the beer is, but itís a long slog through the sampler marathon, and theyíll let you sit around, unmolested, taking notes, and bantering over the life changing sours and IPAs. The walk away from the brewery came with that feeling one gets on Sunday morning as a student, where one is still in the weekend, but you feel the fun fading, and the dread of Monday approaching. Russian River left quite the impression, and Itíll occupy a large part of the memories Iíll take away from this miniature road trip.
Stopped by on a Tuesday afternoon. Place was packed and there was a 20 minute wait--and this was at 2:30 in the afternoon on a weekday. Service was prompt and friendly. Prices were decent, and the taplist was awesome. The beer was of course excellent too. Definitely worth a stop, even if it means going out of your way for it.
Iíve been three times, always a great experience. Their 20-beer tasting paddle is perfect to experience a nice trip over the different styles of beer. The food is great too.
SinH4 (67) Garching b. MŁnchen, Germany | June 29, 2015
Quite packed all the time obviously. Took me about 10-15 mins to get in, then an additional 30 mins to get a table - but it is well organised, they have a SMS service for the tables. Also, in the meantime we found a table to sit and have our Sampler Set in the open seating area. Beer prices are ridiculously low, especially during Happy Hour / Sunday. Staff and service is nice and fast, and they know their beer. The pizzas they serve are quite pricy but extremely good. Overall this place deserves to be the beer mecca of the West Coast.