Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 72
Beer Ratings: 19,115
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 93 | Show All Ratings:
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
For a place with nearly national distribution their brewpub had a laid back, small town feel to it. Even on a weekend night when places just down the road were packed and lively my party still managed to find a table without any wait and enjoy a few beers. Food was on par with expectations—nothing dazzled, and the prices were about what I’d expect to pay. The real plus here was the service—the servers were exceptionally friendly and welcoming across the board. Good beers, good people, good times.
08-31-2012 02:52:13 | More by elNopalero
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Had a nice lunch here on Fathers Day 2012. Good food, excellent service and good beer. I was surprised the waiter wasn't prepared to offer pairing suggestions.. I ordered a burger and asked his advice on what to pair with it. He kept telling me a hamburger, so I figured he misunderstood and didn't know what I was talking about. No problem.
I ended up with a sample paddle of MANY beers that were draft or brewery only, and not sold in stores. The wine country wheat beer was a bit grapey. Many of the others were hop-centric. I'd eat and drink here again.
07-22-2012 06:06:32 | More by DrunkenMonk
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for a quick 'beer' lunch. The beer selection was very nice. All their regulars were available with some nice specials/limited beers too. They even had the Texas brown ale on tap. I enjoyed an oak iipa as well. We only had the roasted garlic spread appetizer for food. Good selection of clothing to buy, and the service was very friendly as well.They were even brewing behind the bar. it smelled awesome. Would love to make this place a regular stop if I lived here. lots of seating as we were out on the patio to enjoy a beautiful spring day.
05-02-2012 15:00:26 | More by WeedKing4
4.4/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I spent an afternoon drinking and carrying on with the locals here. It's a fairly nice brew pub but nothing I haven't seen before. The beers were all good especially the 10 year old barley wine. The best part of our experience was the bar staff and the locals. The bar tender was filled with stories and silly jokes. Had us cracking up the whole time. Plus the locals were very friendly and fun to chat up. It was like being back home in a bar we had been to a hundred times. After several pints we got hungry and ordered some food. It was very good but standard fare for a brew pub. This was a great stop on our way up to wine country.
02-15-2012 01:41:13 | More by beerwolf77
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoyed my time here. I didn't have huge expectations and this was a nice surprise.
A - A bit nicer than your average brewery.
Q - Great quality for what you spend.
S - We had great service and conversation the entire night and even some good reviews of other local breweries.
Sel - I had 8 of about 16 beer available. Great selection and if it has "racer" in the name you must try it.
F - Pretty good appetizers and a nice price.
V - It was fine we saved money by going with appetizers but the menu was fair for all types of food.
02-07-2012 17:43:40 | More by williamjbauer
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Right in downtown Healdsburg, this was a stop on the way North to Anderson Valley and Fort Bragg.
The atmosphere is very dark and a little dingy. The overall vibe though is of a sports bar. That all said, it just didn't feel that comfortable.
The quality of the beers is not bad and the pours are decent.
The selection is pretty good with a few interesting and slightly unusual BR beers on offer.
Service is brusque and a little cold. Not bad but certainly not great.
On the whole, I like their beers well enough but I'll take them in the bottle at home.
01-22-2012 06:22:24 | More by dgilks
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited Bear Republic over the 2011 to 2012 New Year's Eve weekend. Saturday afternoon and the place was crowded with people waiting for space at the bar and waiting for tables. No problem. Places opened up at the bar for folks and tables turned.
Lots of locals clearly present but friendly and engaging. Staff handled crowd really well, even to the point of filling two growlers for me and, while telling me I'd have to wait a little bit to get a full tasting flight, she got it to me in about 2 minutes!
Great selection; great service and great value. Only problem is that you've got to get to Healdsburg! We probably tasted close to 15 beers and all were excellent. I don't think Bear Republic knows how to make bad beer! I'd gladly welcome Racer X as my daily beer.
01-08-2012 23:04:50 | More by GRG1313
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went here for lunch the other day with my lady and our friend. Atmosphere is warm but busy feeling as the dining area is cozy and there are TVs and decorations everywhere (I’m being a bit picky though). Everything on the menu sounded wonderful, and the entrées we ordered were all delicious albeit a bit expensive. The service wasn’t necessarily slow, but it was noticeable. The place has outdoor seating, a decent sized dining area, and a bar section. The tap list was extensive and consisted of all their ‘normal’ brews they offer in bottles plus a handful of limited brewery only releases. They even had a little section on the menu that offered vintage bottles of the breweries beers that they have tucked away, some for over a decade, and they also frequently offer things on cask.
Overall, this place is worth a stop at least for a beer but maybe even for a meal. They have a big menu, a broad beer list, and a warm (but crowded and loud) atmosphere. This place does fill up quickly, especially on weekends, so get there early.
10-17-2011 01:04:27 | More by scottfrie
4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in while on our honeymoon to Sonoma County. It was midafternoon on a weekday, and we had both just eaten so we didn’t sample the food. The beer however was great. They had their standards on tap which you can get almost anywhere in a bottle. It was their other offerings that really grabbed my attention. I was able to try their Apex IPA, Das Koma, and their roggenbier. They offered both 8 oz sample sizes and 16 oz pints. They offered even larger mugs if you were daring. They had different flights which seemed to be quite popular. They even offered a large flight which had a sample of each beer on tap. The service behind the bar was a bit slow, but they had just gotten a tour in and were quite busy. They offer regular dining room seating, bar seating, and a bar garden. This is definitely a place worth checking out if you’re in Healdsburg.
09-21-2011 21:45:06 | More by tdm168
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
On a recent road trip, I was happy to take a detour to Bear Republic Brewery and Pub, which brews what is perhaps my current favorite IPA of all time. Driving to the pub through Healdsburg, I had no idea that the brewery was located in such a boutique-filled community! Not only were there loads of small, chic stores and wine bistros, but nearly all of them were packed even by 10pm! It was reminiscent of stores I'd seen in San Rafael and San Mateo, so it was surprising to see the brewery here.
Anyhoo, once I walked in, the atmosphere of the brewery was already beyond fun. Flags and sports attire adorn the walls (as well as Speed Racer) and there are loads of woodwork on the ceiling and the outside porch area that give it an old-fashioned, NorCal gritty feel.
The selection of beers is beyond fantastic - not only do they have all of their classic brews on tap, but also over half a dozen of specialty brews to pick from. I got a Racer X on tap and tried some of their Black Racer - both were great. The menu was quite diverse, yet I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food. I ordered their house-made gumbo, yet there was an extra charge to add shrimp. While it was good and spicy, I immediately understood that one should come here for the beer first and foremost. I did try their cobb salad as well, and that was great.
The service was very fast and available, and showed no issues throughout the night, and did not even charge me extra in providing me more bread to soak into the remaining gumbo sauce. I left feeling quite satisfied, and next time that I return I will have one of their large salads with a beer or two. Overall, while the food is slightly expensive for what it is, the beers are ridiculously cheap (Red Rocket ale for $4.50, for instance) and the location is lots of fun. Recommended a visit!
08-18-2011 21:19:18 | More by magictacosinus
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
92 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.