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Russian River Brewing Company

Brewery, Beer Garden, and Pizza Place$$$$
Santa Rosa
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  • James P.
    "Also, a growler of Pliny for $22 is one of the best deals of life."(68 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.
    Upvoted Oct 11
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanOctober 12
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Steve R.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Get the full flight...Taste ALL the sours and CA style beers.....GET THE PIZZA, it's amazing (had the Mikey and the Margherita)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 Gasparini3 weeks ago
    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...
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jacquie R.
    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!!
  • 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.
  • Vegard H.
    Vegard HellandMay 7, 2015
    Fantastic beer and great pizza. Very busy but great atmosphere even for lunch.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.....
  • 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!!
  • Mary S.
    Mary S.April 12, 2013
    Awesome! Great choices of brews, and good food. Had the Abbey pizza.
  • Shawn T.
    Shawn TumpneyAugust 26
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer without question is something worth a trip in for. Have a pizza too! Delicious, with many options!
  • Brad L.
    Brad LeegeFebruary 8, 2013
    Nice vibe. Prepare to wait outside if you come during Pliny The Younger release period.
  • Gary M.
    Quite possibly the best barrel aged Belgian style ales in the country! And their IPA doesn't suck either!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Devin R.
    Devin ReamsAugust 17, 2014
    Try any of the beers aged in wine barrels. They're worth it! 🍻
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