I've been to the place on several occasions and it was noisy, crowded and ordering a beer was about a 10-15 minute wait depending on crowds.
The beer is quite tasty but the food is just your average sysco processed junk. Even the pizza is not so spectacular when you consider the quantity and quality for the price.
I am astounded that Pliny the Elder remains so popular. The beer has gone through changes. When the pub first opened the beer was more floral,citrusy,piney, earthy than it's new incarnation. Over the years the recipes have been changing. It seems like the Blind Pig used to be a much better beer. Now it is more husky and grainy tasting.
The beers are not as dry as they once were. I am tasting the signature base malt from Idaho in the beers more and more. I suspect the beers are being produced faster, hence the lack of dryness they once exhibited.
I can't fathom why people get so fanatical about the beers produced from Russian River Brewing. Although I find some merits in the beer the overall craft appeal is not there. I taste the Belgian style beers and I find that the overall character is very much over hopped and Americanized.
The Erudition Saison is one particular beer that is quite unbalanced. There is less belgian yeast profile available to the pallet because of the over abundance of hops.
I simply don't understand how many patrons of Russian River Brewing exclaim "It's the best beer in the world." I often retort "You've tried every beer in the world."
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