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.
The beer and the pizza here are great. The selection of beers is impressive, and overall the quality is high. With more than 20 house beers across tap and bottle, the selection here is just about the best I have seen at a brewpub. The pricing is very fair. On the downside, this place is very popular and seems to always be busy. On top of that, some of the staff (not all, thankfully) aren’t the friendliest folks; perhaps dealing with the incessant crowds has hardened a few to the point of curtness. It almost seemed like the feeling among some staff was ’we are so popular that we don’t have to make you feel welcome while you’re waiting’. Once seated, the experience was great. This place also has a bottle/merchandise shop near the entrance, where you can get the classic Russian River beers, t-shirts, etc. If you’re travelling through Santa Rosa, you should make sure to visit Russian River - just make sure you either arrive early or are prepared to wait a bit.
Visited Firday evening before RBBest. After queueing for a few minutes where I got to know some other Ratebeerians, we were allowed to enter and gave our details so we could attain a seating later. Went with STS Pils, Supplication and Consecration from tap for the wait, but soon we were seated. I ordered a flight and a pizza. My flight contained 19 samples, an impressive lineup of various styles. Needless to say, this place does everything right as far as brewpubs goes. I helped myself to a shirt and some bottles on the way out. Growlers are also available.
We visited Russian River on Sunday night, right after the Ratebeer Best awards and bottle share. It was crowded but we were lucky and found easily a place to sit. We had the famous flights and a very nice pizza. No need to say a lot about this place, great ambiance, great service, good beers!
Seemed crowded to me on a Sunday night, but was informed that it was fairly slow. Had their flight of around 20. Everything was first class here. Service was beyond excellent. Only negative was that they were out of Blind Pig. Pizza was very good. Adjacent shop for shirts and Pliny (and others). Obviously a must visit.
Came on a Thursday at about 230, packed!!!. Open setup, long bar with plenty of seating options. Service friendly (minus chick at door) good for a chat & quick. Selection was great for my taste buds. Takeaway options & merchandise good as well
hopscotch (279) Vero Beach, Florida | January 1, 2017| Updated February 5, 2017
Visited in October, 2015 I have nothing new to add to the previous ratings and descriptions. Walked right in and was immediately seated on a Friday night - party of four. The pizza and other food was fantastic and I couldn’t believe it when I saw Beatification, Consecration and Supplication listed on the board. I ignored the huge flight that was offered and drank no Pliny the Elder that night. I drank those three sour ales all night long.