Travlr (2637) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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 (1234) 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.
bytemesis (876) Sunnyvale, California | September 13, 2012| Updated July 9, 2014
All I can say is awesome. This place rocks from the moment you walk in the door. 19 great beers on tap, plus several in bottles for takeaway. Food, particularly the pizza, is pretty darn good, service is great, and they make the best sours in the world.
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)
One of the worldís best brewpubs that lives up to expectations. Awesome selection of both their American style and Belgian style beers - Blind Pig and Pliny seem to be on pretty much all the time. Service is solid, with a little attitude, but also quite friendly. Prices are more than reasonable, especially considering the prices of some of the bottles. An obvious absolute must stop when in Santa Rosa.
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