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Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Posted on 10. Dec, 2011 by in Breweries, Pubs

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Russian River, Santa Rosa

Russian River Brewing Company is a very popular brewery and brewpub located in downtown Santa Rosa, California.
The brewery produces many popular beers such as Pliny the Elder and its brewmaster is credited with inventing the beer style Double India Pale Ale (or Imperial IPA).

Brief History

The Russian River Brewing Co can traces its roots back to 1997 when the Korbel Champagne Cellars of Guerneville, CA began brewing beer. Vinnie Cilurzo from the Blind Pig Brewery in Temecula, CA was hired as a brewmaster.

Both Vinnie and the brewery won awards at the Great American Beer Festival (GBBF) in 1999 for “Small Brewing Company of the Year” and “Small Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year”. Their beers also brought in numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at many GBBFs.

In 2002 Korbel decided to quit the business and Vinnie and his wife bought the brewery along with the Russian River name and moved it east to Santa Rosa, CA.


Russian River is very popular and can get busy, even on a Sunday. There are plenty of seats available both inside and outside and there are plenty of seats available if you want to eat. The brewery is located on the left glass partitions allow you to view the brewery in operation.

The Beer

You won’t be disappointed with the beer selection available. Over a dozen of their beers are available including a the ever-popular double IPA Pliny the Elder, the very hoppy Blind Pig and their great selection of Belgian ales such as the sour Supplication and their strong golden ale Damnation. A guest is also available and when I visited in September a beer from Sierra Nevada was available.

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Venue Location

Russian River Brewing Co.

725 Fourth Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4407


Tel: (707) 545-2337

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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