Russian River Brewing Co – Santa Rosa, CA

Russian River Brewing Co is not only the most famous brewery of Santa Rosa it has the best beer selection! Once inside the place it can a bit overwhelming with the section of beers and food at first but the super friendly staff has all the answers. This place is worth every bit of hype and their beers speak for themselves.

Russian River has a typical “brewpub” atmosphere. Set in a small to medium sized town with street parking it has a long bar and two dining rooms. You will love the giant chalkboard listing everything on tap as well as in bottles. There is just the right bit of live chatter from the other patrons, so it’s not completely silent but at the same time you don’t have to scream to your company to be heard.

The food of Russian River is something that’s phenomenal but often overlooked. The wait staff (more like beer geniuses in disguise) is very knowledgeable on food pairings that go with RRBC brews and they can really help you out. Their pizzas are especially good and you can’t get wrong with them. They come with thin yet chewy dough with a light spread of marinara sauce and a perfect balance of flavors and textures from the toppings which will leave a noteworthy first impression. Also try the House Green Salad and which is lightly dressed with their house vinaigrette! Crunchy veggies, sweet corn, mealy black beans, and a refreshing salad dressing with a little tang and some zest to finish it off is quite filling for a small salad.

There are all kinds of beers for all kinds of people at RRBC, some of the most popular ones including-

  • Blind Pig IPA- Full-bodied, very hoppy, citrus, pine, fruity notes with nice dry, bitter finish!
  • Golden Ale- Inspired pretty much by Duvel and other strong golden ales of Belgium. It is medium-bodied, has a fruity/banana bouquet, and a dry, spicy finish.
  • Pliny the Elder- It is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why they make it in such limited supply.

Overall, Russian River Brewing Co is a place that you shouldn’t miss if you are in Santa Rosa. It has a number of surprises for you!

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