Visiting this shrine was good enough, but a bit of a letdown. At least 5 of their draught beers were out, and none were being replaced, which meant only 5 Belgian styles on tap. PtE for $3.25 a pint on Sunday was the best value on earth, and the Temptation on tap was also wonderful, but for such a famous and hyped brewery, the selection was disappointing. Outside seating was nice enough, though a bit narrow. When I got to talk to a server he was very nice, interested in what I was doing, and gave me a free beer to take home, so that was cool. Maybe Sunday, though they have a cheap happy hour, is not the day to visit? Service can be a bit surly and arrogant, not to mention spotty, especially when packed.
It goes without saying that the beer is great. The prices are also awesome. You can get a sampler which comes with fifteen two ounce pours of every beer on tap for fifteen bucks. Pliny costs around $4 a pint and the sours go for $6.75. In good old Los Angeles you would have to pay double the price to get these beers. Service was prompt and friendly even though it was busy. Pizza was okay. If pizza was better I would give this place a perfect score.
A destination spot north of San Fran that is a must stop... The building is an ugly shade of blue, located in a strip mall. Inside is much bigger than anticipated, thought it would be more homely. Awesome decorations of old beer signs that you see on American Pickers... 15 beers on tap, 6 brew pub only, then of course pliny and temptation, supplication, consecration and sanctification. Great prices, and even better on tap then in the bottle... Ok bar food, nothing is a must try, get a snack and head to Flavor Bistro... Service was horrible, long wait times, one server knew nothing about beer, couldn’t even tell us batch certain sours were, another was a smart ass. Great time though!
Awesome sampler set here! 15 different varieties including some sours as well. Food was good. Service was pretty bad... Employees made you feel like you were bothering them to ask for anything. I don’t expect a lot, so I was put off by the attitude that everyone seemed to have. Probably wouldn’t go back.
Really there are very few places id rather be drinking. If my house was this place, id rather be there... the food is perfect pub fair, the beer is beyond legendairy and the noise is loud enough that you really have to shout... which is perfect. love it love it love it
Loved the place! The locals sitting at the bar were friendly. Food was great. Bartenders were friendly. And I got to drink fresh Pliny the Elder on tap! What more can you ask for? I’ll be back next year!
(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 River’s 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.