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Russian River Brewing Company

Brewery, Beer Garden, and Pizza Place
725 4th St (btwn D & E St.), Santa Rosa, CA 95404, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Handcrafted Beers in the heart of Wine Country


Based on 1,097 votes

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    James P.
    "Also, a growler of Pliny for $22 is one of the best deals of life."(63 Tips)
    "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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  • casual
  • authentic
  • good for a late night
  • trendy
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  • great value
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  • Kelly S.

    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.

    Kelly Schneider · October 12, 2015
  • Robin B.

    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.

    Robin Bertels · February 5, 2015
  • Al S.

    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.

    Al S · November 20, 2014
  • James P.

    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.

    James Paul · August 13, 2013
  • Staff Picks

    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

    Staff Picks · July 2, 2014
  • Avery J.

    RRB have some the Highest Rated Beers in the World!! The Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger are rated #2 and #3 on You must definitely try some of their Craft Belgian Beers on Tap!

    Avery Jenkins · July 14, 2011
  • Ville S.

    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.

    Ville Sundberg · August 9, 2014
  • Santa Rosa C.

    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.

    Santa Rosa CVB · September 5, 2012
  • Ville S.

    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.

    Ville Sundberg · March 22, 2015
  • Dawn M.

    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!

    Dawn McKenzie · June 27, 2012
  • Karla G.

    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

    Karla Graves · July 21, 2012
  • Sonlay V.

    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.

    Sonlay Vorachak · June 28, 2011
  • Santa Rosa C.

    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.

    Santa Rosa CVB · September 5, 2012
  • Sonoma County

    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

    Sonoma County · July 24, 2012
  • Nina K.

    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.

    Nina Kester · December 11, 2010
  • Pete H.

    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?...

    Pete Healy · November 14, 2014
  • Jeremy K.

    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!

    Jeremy Krantz · August 12, 2014
  • Mark R.

    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

    Mark Raggett · October 27, 2015
  • SFGate M.

    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.

    SFGate Manager · July 16, 2012
  • Jenifer L.

    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!

    Jenifer Leytem · November 4, 2014
  • katie rose a.

    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.

    katie rose alchin · May 13, 2014
  • Kent L.

    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

    Kent Lundblad · November 28, 2009
  • Meg H.

    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.

    Meg Herbert · June 15, 2013
  • Carm P.

    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!

    Carm P · July 29, 2012
  • Jeremy K.

    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!

    Jeremy Krantz · August 12, 2014
  • 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"

    schneidermike schneidermike · December 19, 2010
  • Truckee L.

    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.

    Truckee Lynch · March 28, 2010
  • Cheri 🍓 B.

    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 will be glad you did.

    Cheri 🍓 Berry · October 11, 2011
  • Go Find Alice

    Try the beer flight (duh). Pizzas are good too! Get there early because the line gets really long.

    Go Find Alice · July 5, 2015
  • Pat B.

    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

    Pat Birch · July 14, 2014
  • Gnat B.

    One box of 12 bottles of Pliny per person. Two growler max per person but can only use their growlers.

    Gnat Brain · November 12, 2014
  • Chandra M.

    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!

    Chandra Mollenhauer · July 19, 2011
  • G Keenan S.

    The sampler of beer is a delightful way to experience everything they have to offer. Tasty food as well.

    G Keenan Schneider · August 10, 2014
  • Brett L.

    "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.)

    Brett Lider · December 20, 2014
  • Manny B.

    I always spend way too much when I come here. Bring a full wallet because everything is worth trying!

    Manny Black · September 28, 2015
  • Ryan T.

    Get a pliny, but the sours are the best. Amazing atmosphere but be prepared to wait to get in.

    Ryan Tauer · August 4, 2015
  • Bommy C.

    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...

    Bommy Cha · December 25, 2014
  • Steve S.

    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.

    Steve Strom · July 26, 2011
  • Brice S.

    Awesome beer (and pizza), but go on off hours, it can get VERY busy. Worth the wait, but it's sometimes a long one.

    Brice Shultz · December 30, 2015
  • Marcus M.

    Only waited for 45 min for Pliny The Younger. Try a week night after 7:30 for a short wait b

    Marcus Myers · February 12, 2015
  • Paul S.

    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!!

    Paul S · March 25, 2014
  • Lindsay L.

    Awesome beer selection. Get the flight where you can taste every beer. Very affordable too. The Pliny is AWESOME!!

    Lindsay Lehman · August 14, 2014
  • Joseph B.

    Tables outside are first-come, first-serve. It can get really crowded here on Saturday afternoon. Great beer though!!

    Joseph Blankenship · March 3, 2013
  • Gary M.

    Quite possibly the best barrel aged Belgian style ales in the country! And their IPA doesn't suck either!

    Gary Morrill · 3 weeks ago
  • Manuel W.

    The 'Rejection' Belgian-inspired Black Ale is outstanding. Served around Valentines Day only. A darker alternative to their lighter/hoppier brews.

    Manuel Wanskasmith · March 3, 2013
  • Stephanie T.

    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...

    Stephanie Teykaerts · February 12, 2012
  • Manny B.

    My all time favorite company. Try anything. Try everything. You won't be disappointed!

    Manny Black · November 3, 2015
  • Brad L.

    Nice vibe. Prepare to wait outside if you come during Pliny The Younger release period.

    Brad Leege · February 8, 2013
  • Sam C.

    Awesome place, but don't get too loud in conversation, security will come tell you to keep it down (that was weird!).

    Sam Couch · 2 weeks ago
  • Edward G.

    So many beers of different types. Gotta have Pliny the Elder as well add some of their sours. Great food as well.

    Edward Gonzales · August 16, 2014

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