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Russian River Brewing Company

Brewery, Beer Garden, and Pizza Place$$$$
Santa Rosa
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  • Dawn M.
    "Pliny the Elder is the best IPA you'll have."(73 Tips)
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    "Must try Consecration or any of the sours!"(11 Tips)
    Kyle W.
    "Damnation is the best brew they make!"(8 Tips)
    Adam S.
    "Beer Advocate top rated Blind Pig"(7 Tips)
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  • Robin B.
    Robin BertelsFebruary 5, 2015
    This brewpub is definitely worth a little detour. Take a sampler and find out which of 18 beers you like best. Then have your growler filled with your favorite. Great bites too.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanOctober 12, 2016
    Heaven on earth for West Coast IPA. Beer Advocate top rated Blind Pig (Single IPA) and Pliny The Elder (Double IPA) on tap and bottles to go. If you carry out be sure to drink fresh and keep chilled.
  • Al S.
    Al SNovember 20, 2014
    The best thing about This place is obviously the world-class beer but their prices are a close second. Very reasonably-priced pints and pours. Oh, and eat some Pliny Bites. Yesss.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 12, 2014
    One of the finest craft breweries in the country. They master many styles including IPAs and sours. Don't overlook other beers to get Pliny the Elder, others are fantastic too!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJuly 2, 2014
    Head over to the Russian River Brewing Company and try their award winning Pliny the Elder IPA which was voted by the readers of Zymurgy as the best beer in the country for the 6th year in a row. Read more
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorDecember 29, 2016
    The BEER! Duh! Fill your growler, grab a 12 pack of Pliny, but a t-shirt! This place is run like a well-oiled machine. There's a line to get in. Don't forget your ID!!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SchneiderOctober 12, 2015
    Pliny the Elder is worth the wait. We went at 3:30 on a Sunday and only waited 10 min. Food is delicious and happy hour is all day on Sunday's! You can't go wrong at Russian River Brewing Company.
  • James P.
    James PaulAugust 13, 2013
    Be patient waiting for your beer, it will be worth the wait. Of course, get the Pliny the Elder, but the Row 2 is also a must. Also, a growler of Pliny for $22 is one of the best deals of life.
  • Ranu R.
    Get the full flight to sample everything. Their sours are the best. Pizza and house salad were both great accompaniments. Right off the highway and easy to find.
  • Sonlay V.
    Sonlay VorachakJune 28, 2011
    All belgium drinks come in a specific cup size so you don't need to tell your waiter/waitress the pint size you desire. It will save you time and it will also make sure you won't look like a noob.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RubinJuly 24, 2016
    Every beer is amazing here at possibly the best brewery in the country. Try the 18(ish) beer tasting flight. Skip the food, if you can. Expect a wait for a table, but you can order drinks at the bar.
  • Ville S.
    Ville SundbergAugust 9, 2014
    Enter the line for a table and go get dinner elsewhere. They'll text you when your table is ready about an hour and a half later. The tasting platter is an amazing experience and great value.
  • Santa Rosa C.
    Santa Rosa CVBSeptember 5, 2012
    Home to Beer Advocates's Best Beer in the World, Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing Company is a mecca for the beer enthusiasts. Recommendation: Try the sampler to taste the range of beer types.
  • Kashif R.
    Kashif Rayani1 week ago
    Grab a friend and order a full flight (18+ pours!). Then find your favorites and order a pint or two while enjoying their delicious pizza.
  • Mark R.
    Mark RaggettOctober 27, 2015
    Amazing!! There could be a line to get in but worth the wait. Extremely good beer and good food. Get the sampler if you've never been
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn McKenzieJune 27, 2012
    Stop here! Pliny the Elder is the best IPA you'll have. Get a taster of Supplication, Consecration & Temptation, their line-up of sours aged in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay barrels!
  • Karla G.
    Karla GravesJuly 21, 2012
    Beer lovers Mecca. Can't buy it in PA. If you like hops, Pliny the Elder is a must Note that Wednesday night's in the summer are market night. Parking is tricky. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Sonoma County
    Sonoma CountyJuly 24, 2012
    Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig and Damnation. You can see the actual brew tanks in the cellar next to the bar, and the full, Italian-inspired, beer-paired menu makes lingering even more delicious. Read more
  • Ricardo J.
    Ricardo JerezDecember 30, 2016
    The beers are awesome, so much character. The marguerite pizza was just perfect! The crust, the flavor... not for nothing you have to make a line at 11am.
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsJuly 14, 2011
    RRB have some the Highest Rated Beers in the World!! The Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger are rated #2 and #3 on BeerAdvocate.com You must definitely try some of their Craft Belgian Beers on Tap!
  • Ville S.
    Ville SundbergMarch 22, 2015
    The sampler is so cheap that they're basically paying you to taste 18 beers. After the sampler, get seconds of the sweet Belgians, and Pliny. The sours of the sampler will accentuate their sweetness.
  • Elle B.
    Elle BreezeeAugust 22, 2016
    Get the full flight...Taste ALL the sours and CA style beers.....GET THE PIZZA, it's amazing (had the Mikey and the Margherita)
  • Mariela M.
    Mariela MurphyJanuary 13
    Beer was great and the pizza - heavenly. Crowded but a very fun atmosphere. Bartenders were a mixed bag: if you got a good, friendly one then golden. Would visit again.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BMarch 31
    The line is worth it. Great beer at great prices, tasty bar food, fun & entertaining casual atmosphere. Be sure to buy some extra beer to take home with you!
  • Jonathan S.
    This place is a bit of a hype machine, but great beers come out of here. Can't decide? Get the sampler of everything!
  • Tami I.
    Great beer and food! We have tried to go here so many times but never willing to wait in a long line to get in. We walked right in later in the evening.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 12, 2014
    Grab a sampler flight which will give you 2oz pours of every single one of their beers on tap. It's well worth doing and very affordable too!
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The signature is Blind Pig IPA, but check the chalkboards above the bustling bar, which list the dozens of frequently changing, seasonally inspired small-batch suds available.
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceJuly 5, 2015
    Try the beer flight (duh). Pizzas are good too! Get there early because the line gets really long.
  • katie rose a.
    katie rose alchinMay 13, 2014
    Pretty great little brewery. Every option is a classic micro brew. The pizza and cheese bread are crazy delicious. Beware of their sour beer options they are pretty terrible.
  • Carm P.
    Carm PJuly 29, 2012
    Sampler is intense! 18, I had 19, beers for $15. Beer bites are awesome and a perfect compliment. Loved the "ation" beers...supplication is a favorite!
  • G Keenan S.
    G Keenan SchneiderAugust 10, 2014
    The sampler of beer is a delightful way to experience everything they have to offer. Tasty food as well.
  • Nina K.
    Nina KesterDecember 11, 2010
    Super great atmosphere all the time. Just moved here and I'm definitly going to be a regular. I'll sample a new beer every time, but the sampler is great if you come for a single visit.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniNovember 12, 2016
    Pizza was on point, beer selection is awesome. Pliny the elder obviously and they had some pink sour for charity that was surprisingly delicious.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaDecember 25, 2014
    Consecration (dark sour) is so good. Line to get inside, along with a wait for a table, can be very long. But so worth it...
  • Brice S.
    Brice ShultzDecember 30, 2015
    Awesome beer (and pizza), but go on off hours, it can get VERY busy. Worth the wait, but it's sometimes a long one.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TauerAugust 4, 2015
    Get a pliny, but the sours are the best. Amazing atmosphere but be prepared to wait to get in.
  • Manny B.
    Manny BlackSeptember 28, 2015
    I always spend way too much when I come here. Bring a full wallet because everything is worth trying!
  • Jenifer L.
    Jenifer LeytemNovember 4, 2014
    I just wish it wasn't always so busy! But the constant crowds speak volumes for just how cool this place is! Beer SO GREAT their food could be crap but its also GREAT!
  • Santa Rosa C.
    Santa Rosa CVBSeptember 5, 2012
    This place is packed in the evenings and boasts performances from local musicians. Perfect for those looking for a lively evening. For a quieter beer tasting experience, visit during the afternoon.
  • Jacquie R.
    Jacquie RooneyMay 16, 2016
    Tons of beers on tap, including Pliny of course. California's labeling law is dumb, preventing breweries from filling any container other than theirs.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanAugust 14, 2014
    Awesome beer selection. Get the flight where you can taste every beer. Very affordable too. The Pliny is AWESOME!!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Even if it's not your first time, the sampler just can't be beat. 19 two-ounce pours of RRBC's best for $16!!
  • Jonathan S.
    This place is a bit of a hype machine, but a lot of great beers come out of here. Can't decide? Get the sampler of everything!
  • Vegard H.
    Vegard HellandMay 7, 2015
    Fantastic beer and great pizza. Very busy but great atmosphere even for lunch.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainNovember 12, 2014
    One box of 12 bottles of Pliny per person. Two growler max per person but can only use their growlers.
  • Tatiana P.
    Tatiana PeaveyAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pliny is nice but Row 2 Hill 56 is where it's at and the sour beers are to die for.....
  • Edward G.
    Edward GonzalesAugust 16, 2014
    So many beers of different types. Gotta have Pliny the Elder as well add some of their sours. Great food as well.
  • Shawn T.
    Shawn TumpneyAugust 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer without question is something worth a trip in for. Have a pizza too! Delicious, with many options!
  • Chandra M.
    Chandra MollenhauerJuly 19, 2011
    The sampler is awesome! The chicken wings are great but super spicy (we had the medium) almost too spicy for me but went well with the beer!
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    Cheri 🍓 BerryOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    drink Pliny the Elder. Or Pliny the Younger if it's available. Or Blind Pig. Also, eat the pizza that has the pine nuts and goat cheese...you will be glad you did.
  • Mary S.
    Mary S.April 12, 2013
    Awesome! Great choices of brews, and good food. Had the Abbey pizza.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlankenshipMarch 3, 2013
    Tables outside are first-come, first-serve. It can get really crowded here on Saturday afternoon. Great beer though!!
  • Brad L.
    Brad LeegeFebruary 8, 2013
    Nice vibe. Prepare to wait outside if you come during Pliny The Younger release period.
  • Gary M.
    Gary MorrillApril 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite possibly the best barrel aged Belgian style ales in the country! And their IPA doesn't suck either!
  • Kristen R.
    Kristen ReeceSeptember 29, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Lines are a fact of life here these days, but the people are generally cool and the reward is always worth it!
  • Michael S.
    Food was really good. Recommend the meatball sandwich and Pliny bites. Beer is in a class of its own! Excellent!
  • Devin R.
    Devin ReamsAugust 17, 2014
    Try any of the beers aged in wine barrels. They're worth it! 🍻
  • Steve S.
    Steve StromJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Pliny the Elder is a damn great beer, but don't forget to try one of the sublime Belgian ales. My current favorite is Sanctification.
  • Kiki D.
    Kiki DenisonOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Consecration, Sanctification, Damnation and on occasion Temptation..."I can resist everything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde...arguably, I can resist it - Consecration was always my tricky fish
  • Adelle K.
    Adelle KearnsAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The best beers in the world!!!!! The pizza is great too. It can get really crowded, though!
  • David B.
    David BraunMay 25, 2016
    They have great pizza and a large selection of many beer types. Their IPA's are the best.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchofieldAugust 30, 2015
    All the beers are good. The flight is a great deal and the beer bites are amazing.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph ArandaJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer is great!! Had the excell pizza, was really good!! Cant wait to vist for Pliny the younger!!
  • John B.
    John BakerAugust 8, 2014
    Some of the best beer you'll find anywhere on the planet. The food I had was good too.
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamJuly 27, 2015
    Drink anything that ends in "tion" and take bottles to go!
  • CJ B.
    CJ BryanSeptember 17, 2015
    Of course the beer is spectacular! The real treat is the pizza, their vegan option was really tasty.
  • Pete H.
    Pete HealyNovember 14, 2014
    I love/hate this place. Beers are fantastic. Staff is arrogant and indifferent. Why not make it easier to order food outside? Well, because they're usually packed, anyway, so who gives a shit?...
  • Marcus M.
    Marcus MyersFebruary 12, 2015
    Only waited for 45 min for Pliny The Younger. Try a week night after 7:30 for a short wait b
  • Sam C.
    Sam CouchApril 17, 2016
    Awesome place, but don't get too loud in conversation, security will come tell you to keep it down (that was weird!).
  • Manuel W.
    Manuel WanskasmithMarch 3, 2013
    The 'Rejection' Belgian-inspired Black Ale is outstanding. Served around Valentines Day only. A darker alternative to their lighter/hoppier brews.
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderDecember 20, 2014
    "Pliny Bites" is on the menu but somehow isn't a breakfast cereal for the kids of beer-loving parents. (It's a cheese pizza sliced into tiny slices.)
  • John D.
    John DeneenNovember 9, 2014
    A good place to stop for lunch - enroute to wine tasting trip to Calistoga after my meeting in Sausalito.
  • John C.
    John CassilloJuly 11, 2015
    Prep yourself to wait. But once you're in, get the 19-beer flight and enjoy the ride.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BowdenNovember 26, 2013
    Any of the 'bites' are delicious...one is enough for 4. And obviously, get Pliny.
  • Erik U.
    Erik UriarteAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best beers ever, but can get extremely crowded, especially on the weekends.
  • Craig
    CraigJanuary 15, 2015
    Happy hour is 4-6 M-F, all day Sundays. Arrive early as the place gets jammed up
  • Michael B.
    Michael BSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pliny this and pliny that. All is good, but for the best experience, rock the box . Wow.rockthebox.org
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WhiteFebruary 16, 2016
    Pliny the younger was amazing, sours were amazing, Sicilian pizza is highly recommended
  • Chris B.
    Chris BernardiJuly 25, 2013
    You are already here because of the amazing beer, so at least saddle up to the bar and mingle with the locals and ask for Amir.
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TeykaertsFebruary 12, 2012
    If you're coming for the Pliney the Younger release get to the brewery AT LEAST an hour before they open... And bring a chair...
  • Doug S.
    Doug SchmittJanuary 3, 2015
    Pliny the Elder is outstanding. Blind Pig is just as good. Excellent service. Great place.
  • David C.
    David CraskeSeptember 23, 2016
    Delicious beer. Delicious food. Great ambiance.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.October 24, 2015
    Russian River has some unique beers. Get the Supplication. Obviously get Pliny. Just get drunk.
  • Monty S.
    Monty SkilletNovember 16, 2015
    Wow just wow. Must order the 22 2oz samplers. Then prioritize the awesome barrel aged beers Vinnie has mastered.
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MotaAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Have the Pliny bites with your Pont I pliny. Perfect pairing. Excellent snack while you wait for some pie :)
  • Dïck 🇺🇸
    Dïck 🇺🇸October 4, 2015
    There is often a line, so arrive early. Park in the lot behind for convenient access.
  • Giancarlo H.
    Giancarlo HernandezFebruary 18, 2015
    Best brewery in the world it makes the best beer for my palate
  • Niko D.
    Niko DeMordauntJuly 6, 2013
    You know to get Pliny. Try Blind Pig and Row 2 Hill 56. Or just get the $15 sampler.
  • Susanne A.
    Susanne AultFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Every beer is so good it's stupid. Sour, IPA, Saison, belgian golden ale, it's ridiculous!
  • Kent L.
    Kent LundbladNovember 28, 2009
    Go to the brewery, Sit outside on a summer day with a friend, get the sampler and have every beer on the menu. Get a pizza, "The Mikey" and ask for extra caramelized onions. Read more
  • Chris G.
    Chris GuimarinDecember 28, 2015
    The Beer Tasting is a great way to learn about all of their offerings
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GoodacreAugust 29, 2011
    Great authentic brews that cannot be found elsewhere! Ideal for a casual hangout or visit with old friends.
  • Ray P.
    Ray PineAugust 5, 2012
    Get the sampler and any pizza you want. Also, the beer bites. They're a yes!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DelaneyJuly 15, 2013
    Off to a bad start.. dogs not allowed on the patio. Hope the beer is worth it!
  • schneidermike s.
    Say "ply-knee" not "plinny". The owners say that to make a distinction between the beer and the philosopher and so that it sounds cool when you order a "Tiny Pliny"
  • Clown F.
    Clown Face3August 29, 2013
    To make it easier to drink all that beer, try the DELICIOUS pizza bites.
  • Johnny A.
    Johnny AnglesonOctober 4, 2014
    Pliny the Elder of course! Try it all, you can't go wrong.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfDecember 27, 2013
    Happy Hour from 4 to 6.30 pm, Mon thru Fri, & All Day Sunday!
  • Yaron S.
    Yaron SJuly 24, 2016
    IPAs are solid...especially Pliney the Elder. Sunday is all day happy hour with $3.75 pints! 🍺
  • Natalia P.
    Natalia PoliMay 7, 2016
    Cervejas incríveis e que não encontramos no Brasil. O bar é agitado e animado, vale a pena!
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