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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."(65 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)
    Carm P.
    "Loved the "ation" beers...supplication is a favorite!"(6 Tips)
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Sam C.
    Sam CouchApril 17
    Awesome place, but don't get too loud in conversation, security will come tell you to keep it down (that was weird!).
  • Gary M.
    Quite possibly the best barrel aged Belgian style ales in the country! And their IPA doesn't suck either!
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Manny B.
    Manny BlackNovember 3, 2015
    My all time favorite company. Try anything. Try everything. You won't be disappointed!
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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 3 weeks ago
  • 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...
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.)
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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?...
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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!
  • 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!!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Pat B.
    Pat BirchJuly 14, 2014
    If they ran it like a business they could make 1000 times more than they do now. Total chaos. Hire some managers who went to UNLV hospitality school. More workers standing around back bs'ing
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Paul S.
    Paul SMarch 25, 2014
    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!!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Meg H.
    Meg HerbertJune 15, 2013
    Pizza. Amazing. (Get the Megan, but w/ cheese if you're not Vegan). Beer. Even better. Service? Terrible. The host took our order. Growlers? They ran out. Better off trying their beer elsewhere.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    Cheri 🍓 BerryOctober 11, 2011
    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.
  • Steve S.
    Steve StromJuly 26, 2011
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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"
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Truckee L.
    Truckee LynchMarch 28, 2010
    Amazing how consistently slow the food is. The beer is fantastic, and the bartenders are super cool. But the food is sooooo slow. It has been this way for years. Meh.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • 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
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