Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 72
Beer Ratings: 19,097
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Have visited BR on a number of occasions. Healdsburg just seems to get more and more gentrified all the time, but BR, I'm happy to report, has changed very little over the years.
Located just off the downtown square, the brewpub is moderate size with a nice outdoor patio area. As one walks in the door, there is good size (not huge, but good size) dining room in front of you with a moderate size bar area on a raised floor up to the right. My guess is the bar holds somewhere between 12 and 15 stools and is where I sat on a beautiful day in September. Atmosphere at BR is informal and laidback with a very comfortable vibe. On this particular day they had around 12 or 13 beers on tap, including an oak aged black mamba on the beer engine. As expected, quality across the board was high and the beers brewery fresh. They were out of the Racer X the afternoon I was there, but was more then happy with the APEX DIPA they had on tap in its place. Service was exceptional on this day, with the staff quick, efficient and well informed. Also, as I was wearing my Boundary Bay brewing t-shirt, the bartender knocked a couple of bucks off the price of my APEX.
Maybe it has something to do with the brewpubs location in the wine country, but the food here is a significant cut above what I've come to expect at most brewpubs. They even have a decent selection of wine by the glass; again one assumes, in keeping with the wine country location. Prices are reasonable for what you get I thought.
One of the better brewpub experiences I can think of. Always a must visit whenever I'm in the area.
09-04-2008 13:17:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
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