Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 84
Beer Ratings: 21,332
Beer Avg: 3.83
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Reviews by Shaw:
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
After having their excellent Racer 5 IPA at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival, I knew I had to try some of their other brews at the source.
Bear Republic is a nice brewpub in downtown Healdsburg. It's behind shops on the main drag, so check the address numbers carefully.
It's a medium-sized room with a large bar. The brewing equipment can be seen to the left of the bar and through windows behind it. More equipment (probably for their bottling operation) is in an adjacent building.
Lots of stuff on the walls. Much is related to "Speed Racer," a big influence for some of their beers' names.
The place wasn't crowded on a Wednesday afternoon in August. I sat at the bar and ordered their beer sampler and their special of the day, chopinno, on the recommendation of the very friendly bartender, who also knew a lot about their brews. The chopinno was good with a spicy sauce and fresh melange of seafood. I should have asked for the price in advance; it was a little shock to pay $18 just for the lunch portion!
Their beer is even better than their food. I was lucky to sample their 1998 barleywine on tap. I'm a big barleywine fan and this one was a great addition to the genre. Nice and smooth, thanks to the aging, I imagine.
Their Big Bear Imperial Stout was their current cask-conditioned selection. I don't remember enough about it for a proper review, though.
Several regulars popped in and out while I was there. Overall, Bear Republic had a great laid-back atmosphere. Their beers are nice and big and hoppy where appropriate, which is fine by me.
08-27-2003 04:25:38 | More by Shaw
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
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