Definitely a good stop if passing through the Santa Rosa area. Not a bad drive from San Fran or Sacramento areas. Pretty big place with a huge bar and a nice offering of all the tasty RR brews on the tap list. Lots of tables and space to move around, with the brewery equipment & barrel racks in the back. Their taster flight is a great way to sample every beer on tap. Hands down my best pint of Pliny the Elder at this place, obviously. Bottles to go of the rarer -ation beers as well.
Ambiance: very good, even if you are drinking outside
Service: was prompt they tell you what to expect
Selection: 23 beers on tap
Food: not the best pizza
Value: Beer is super excellent, food can be improve
Overall: i still give it a 20, because I am rating it as a brewery, not an eatery
I am from seattle, and everytime i have driven to the bay area, i go north to visit this brewery
A tough place to rate. The quality and quantity (23 unique beers during most of my visits over the course of a week) of the beer on offer is fantastic. Russian River simply donít make bad beer. Itís almost comical to have such a great selection of house beers for customers to choose from. The price of the beer is also more than reasonable. Pints for most non-sours are $5. Happy hour pricing brings the cost of a Pliny the Elder to under $4. A flight of over 20 beers will run you only $20. However, despite all of the fantastic things about this place, itís hard to give an unqualified recommendation. The brewpub is tiny (125 person capacity) and almost always filled to the gills. Waits for tables can be hours long and thereís little space to stand. The staff are prompt, but generally overextended. This means that during peak times they resort to being impersonal, transaction-oriented and uninterested in talking about their product. Donít expect to come here and feel like your patronage is warmly appreciated. Additionally, the foodís pretty mediocre brewpub pizza. Given that breweries such as Wicked Weed and Surly offer dining experiences that match the quality of their beer, thereís room for Russian River to raise their game in this area (Iím sure their tiny kitchen somewhat limits their options). Overall, Russian River is a great brewpub, but not without some flaws. This place is a must-visit, a bucket list stop for any beer enthusiast. However, despite saying that, Iím not sure that Iíd visit Russian River often if I lived in Northern California.
Bucket-list place tick, one of the biggest that remained. Nice relatively large (but never large enough!) brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa. They have a large number of very high quality beers on tap including a lot of sours. They do happy hour on their non-sour offerings, so it can be quite cheap. Food is not the emphasis here but they have some nice pizzas for you to have a bite to eat and be able to stay longer. I visited it 4 times during my one week stay and it was worth it every time.
Beer heaven. Lots of good beers on taps. Ultimate beer flights available. Best beer place visited so far. Friendly staff. Only bad thing was high number of beer geeks inside but good places are always crowded.
Visited during rbwg. Didnít eat, so havenít added a score for food. Bees were amazing, of course, and I felt that the prices were solid for this area and for the quality. Smaller than I expected, and lacking any stand -out features from the ambiance standpoint. Great service on my visit, and sitting on the front patio was nice. They were cool with us moving the umbrellas around to help with shading from the sun, which was nice. Canít wait for my next visit.
Stopped in a couple of times over rbwg with hopes of trying some younger. No luck on the younger but they did have plenty other beer on the big ass board. The food was ok nothing amazing the service was also just ok. The security I had some issues with. we had to wait outside in a line before we could come in and randomly they would let people in. No one left the place it was odd. Almost like they just wanted everyone know they were running the show and not a bunch of beer geeks. I am ok with not stopping back in.
Visited after the RB festival. Nothing special about the tap room other than the massive tap list, huge samplers and the great beer. It wasnít overly busy but it was full. Didnít think the food was ever going to come out but it was good when it did.
Took me three days to actually get in since over an hour wait was to long, still waited twenty minutes at opening. Once in side the tap list is pretty solid and they have plenty of beers to go/merchandise for purchase. The server was okay, but seemed a little preoccupied with friends seated in his area. Overall a must stop!
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.