Where can I get your beer?

The best place to get our beer, on tap, in growlers, and bottles to go, is our brewpub in Downtown Santa Rosa and our new brewery in Windsor! We have limited distribution in Northern, Central and Southern California, Oregon, Colorado, and the Philadelphia area. Follow this link to see a list of our wholesale accounts.

What can I expect when visiting your brewpubs?

Weekends can be busy at our Downtown Santa Rosa brewpub, especially on holidays and during the summer months.  We do our best to seat everyone as quickly as possible while still providing friendly and efficient service, and answer any questions you might have while you wait.  Brewpub hours are 11AM to Midnight daily.  Happy Hour is 4PM to 6:30PM Monday through Friday, and all day Sunday when parking is FREE!  You can check out our website for the latest beers available on draft and in bottles, as well as our menu and lodging recommendations.

Our new Windsor brewery is now open!  Brewpub hours are 11AM-10PM Sun-Thurs, until 11PM Fri-Sat, with Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4PM to 6:30PM and all day Sunday.  We can seating for about 190 guests with 2 bars, fireplace seating for 16, a beautiful open kitchen and large outdoor dog-friendly beer garden.  We also have a large well-appointed Gift Shop with plenty of bottles and growlers to go.  You can also make reservations for Guided Tours here , or enjoy the Self-Guided tour.  Our Tasting Room is open on weekends and we have 2 acres of FREE parking!

Do you take reservations?

We offer seating on a first come, first served basis for our customers.  The largest party we are able to seat at our Downtown Santa Rosa pub is about 12 with more flexibility in Windsor. The best time for large parties to arrive at either pub is when we first open right at 11AM.  Feel free to give us a heads up if you are bringing a larger party and we will do our best to accommodate 707-545-2337.

Are you dog friendly?

Our brewery family loves animals of all kinds!  But the Health Department only allows service dogs recognized by the ADA inside our Downtown Santa Rosa brewpub due to the open kitchen design. Under the ADA guidelines, a service animal is defined as “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability”.  There is room just outside our patio for pet dogs whom we love and can provide fresh drinking water, just ask one of our friendly staff!  But we have designed an enclosed patio dining area to better accommodate our guests and their beloved pooch.  Windsor also has a large outdoor dog-friendly beer garden complete with a dog bowl/water bottle filling station!  Dogs must remain on-leash at all times.

Do you offer tours of your brewery?

YES!!!  We offer Guided and Self-Guided Tours at our new Windsor location!  Make reservations here !

Do you fill non-Russian River growlers?

We fill BLANK 32 oz., 64 oz. and 2 liter growlers that are clean and of high quality.  We may also fill another brewery’s branded growler IF it is brought in with their logo completely obscured with tape or plastic wrap.  Removable brown paper bags don’t count!  Clear glass, green glass, plastic containers, and metal or plastic screwcaps are not to our quality standards. Brown glass, ceramic, and stainless steel with high pressure ratings and good closures are the best for beer.  Our RRBC branded growler, the brown glass 2 liter Palla bottle with a flip-top closure, will hold beer for up to 2 weeks if left unopened and refrigerated.  Once opened, any growler needs to be consumed quickly or it will lose carbonation and become oxidized.  Further, beer expands when it gets warm.  While this is not a problem in bottles, it can lead to quality and safety issues in growlers which, by nature, do not have a tight seal. Please store all growlers, not just RRBC’s, cold at all times.

Do you ship bottles directly to consumers?

Quality is our number one priority at RRBC.  The main reason we choose not to ship beer is quality, but also quantity and legal reasons.  Shipping beer direct to consumer is complicated, expensive, and illegal in most states.  We are happy to sell you a shipping box in our Gift Shops if you would like to ship it to yourself or check it on the plane.

Has anything changed at your Downtown Santa Rosa pub now that Windsor is open?

Our new Windsor brewery has accomplished what we were hoping it would by relieving some pressure from the Downtown location.  It is now easier to get in on weekends and even get a seat at the bar!  The same great beers, great pizza, and many of our original employees still remain!

I would like to carry your beer in my store, bar, or restaurant.  Do I have to go through a wholesaler, or can I buy it directly from the brewery?

We self-distribute in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties along with San Francisco and much of the East Bay.  While we have been able to take on a few new accounts, we are not flooding the market with beer!  You can email us at info@russianriverbrewing.com to inquire about carrying our beer.  Or check with one of our valued wholesale partners listed on our website here .

Important to note: It is ILLEGAL for retailers (i.e. bars, stores, restaurants) to buy beer directly from brewery pubs, taprooms and tasting rooms in California.  Retailers are required to buy beer from licensed wholesalers at the posted wholesale price in their County.  Buying beer from anyone other than a licensed wholesaler (including other retailers like Costco or Whole Foods) is a violation of Business and Professions code number 23402.5 and enforced by the California Dept. of Alcohol Beverage Control and AB 776. Retailers caught bootlegging our beer are turned in to the ABC. 

When is Pliny the Younger available?

Pliny the Younger, our Triple IPA, is released once a year at both our Downtown Santa Rosa and Windsor breweries on the first Friday in February, rain or shine!  It is available for 2 weeks on draft only, no bottles or growlers to go.  We started brewing Pliny the Younger “Younger” as a seasonal winter release in 2005.  Our brewmaster, Vinnie, wanted to make a higher alcohol and hoppier version of our flagship Double IPA, Pliny the Elder.  The beer was quietly released each February with no hoopla or fanfare.  In 2010, Younger had gained notoriety and popularity among beer enthusiasts and changed the way we release this beer forever!  More information about the beer is available on our beers page.  Each January, we provide more details about the next release.  It has become a pilgrimage for beer fans from all over the world.  In 2019, we hosted over 24,000 visitors from all over the world at both breweries who contributed $4.2M to the local economy, according to a study conducted by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board!  We distribute kegs to select RRBC accounts, some of whom may change from year to year.