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Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bear Republic Brewing Co.Bear Republic Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

144 Ratings
Ratings: 144
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Active Beers: 90
Beer Ratings: 22,111
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

345 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, California, 95448
United States
phone: (707) 433-BEER

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brbcbrew

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Photo of gmuller
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

In our travels around Sonoma County wine tasting we stopped at a restaurant in Bodega Bay for a very late dinner, where they were serving a beer called Racer 5. It was an IPA I had never had to so I decided to give it a shot, and it was fantastic. I made a note of it and moved on.

Later on while wine tasting in Sonoma county we stopped in a one of the bigger cities we could find, Healdsburg, for lunch. We walked in to this place place and discovered they were the brewer of this Racer 5 IPA I had the night before. Being barely in the mood to drink after all the wine, it took me a minute to warm up to the idea of tasting some new beers, but I got around to ordering A Hop Rod Rye (to compare to my hometown favorite, Terrapin Rye), Red Rocket, and Racer X ( a double of Racer 5), all of which were fantastic. The atmosphere is awesome, with the brewing operation literally going on inside the restaurant all around you (The bags of barley aren't just decoration). If you end up in Sonoma County, check it out. Better atmosphere than Russian River's brewpub, though the beers at RR might have one up on them.

gmuller, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

We were staying just outside of Healdsburg on the Sonoma part of our California tour. On Saturday we had two tastings set up by a friend (11AM and 2PM). We decided after our first tasting to hit Bear Republic for some chicken tenders and brews. I was very excited because while I enjoy wine, I don't seek it. Bear Republic is located right off Healdsburg Sq. tucked down a walking street.

As we approcahed I saw some people sitting outside in the patio area and a line out front. A line? At 1PM? We walked in and immediately turned right and headed towards the bar. Bar abuts the brewhouse where you can see the fermenters, mash tuns, and boil kettle through the glass. Not a huge bar area with about 12 or so seats. Lots of tables and chairs. Paraphernalia hanging from the ceiling and on the walls included t-shirts, bikes, car doors and hoods with Bear Republic's logo. They seem to sponsor car/bike races. Bags of malt line the floor as it seems they don't have much area for storage.

Chalk board with the brews on tap.
On tap:
Racer 5, Racer X, Red Rocket Ale, Green House lager, Big Bear Stout, Oso Negro, Sammy's Strong Ale, Smokey Bear stout, Special XP Pale Xp, Wit, Pete's Brown, and a cask ESB dry hopped with EKG's.

Started with a Racer X as I wanted to try a fresh one--the last one I had at the hophead throwdown was a bit maltier than I remembered it being in the past. This fresh X was loaded with spicy, prickly, and piney hops. Simcoe? Good malt base rounds out the mouthfeel. Resiny and a tad slick on the tongue. Cask ESB with dry hopped EKG's was excellent. Soft and fluffy. Light citrus nose. Dry bitterness that doesn't exactly scorch the tongue, but is quite pleasant. Good balance between the malt and hops.

Standard pub grub. Some of the best fries I've ever had. This is the second place I've had these type of fries on this trip (the other being the Thirsty Bear)--Garlic and Parmesan--The east coast needs to discover this. I left quite happy and ready to sample some more wines with food. I'm surprised that a place this small is able to churn out as much as they do. Excellent beers. Good service. Good pub food.

bjohnson, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of kleffman
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Bear Republic was a great decision for a place to have dinner. I wanted to visit this and both Russian River in the same night, and this is definitely the place for food first. They had their brown ale on cask, which was a nice surprise. The hamburger was pretty delicious, with a gourmet style bun and very fresh vegetables which is huge for me. Good service, willing to bring out 3 oz beer samples, picked up a couple coasters and a pint glass. Go there! I like how they have sacks of grain sitting around on the floor too, I wish I could see them brew in there.

kleffman, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Awesome down to Earth bar filled with chill locals and really friendly, beer obsessed staff in the heart of snobby California wine country. Making it here was a major thrill for me as Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries. The bar is one large room decked out with Bear Republic stuff. One corner plays host to brewing equipment. I can’t believe that until recently they produced their product in this little space. Tap line-up included all of their regular offerings except for Hop-Rod. They also had El Oso, Crystal Wit, a specialty stout and a couple of guest taps. Nearly all Bear Republic bears are phenomenal and the Crystal Wit, which I tried for the first time was no exception. I had a great time chatting with the staff and really enjoyed my time there. A great place.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev -3.6%

I loved this place. I had a great time. The beers were good (cask-conditioned racer-5 dry-hopped with simcoe anybody?) The staff was friendly and competent, the atmosphere was cheerful and open. An open, high ceilinged eating area, with the bar sectioned elevated a few steps from the rest of the place. A nice patio out back which we sat on. All my favorite beers were on tap, and they had nice shirts and hoodies for sale. Healdsburg seems a nice little town of sunshine and friendliness, or was it just the warmth and glow of the Bear Republic brewpub experience?

dedrinker, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of beermebaby89113
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

So just getting some time here but wanting to do this since last week. Well I wish every brew pub could be my favorite but that doesn't work so let me tell you what makes this a favorite.

1st off we come in from 101 south get off the exit for downtown Healdsburge/Dry Creek Road stop at the Texaco (1281 Healdsburge rd.) to get the address and see a little sign in the window. TASTY KAKES sold here!!! Now be being from Pa. and not having them for about two years now since I last visited back east this was a treat all into itself.

So we head up the road to the brew pub a find a street fair going on parking was tight being the holiday weekend but looped around a bit and found a spot. I don't think it would be a big deal any other time. The brew pub itself is set back off the street a bit on the west side of the street but there are little signs on the post's to guide you right in. I had my dog with me so this was the next step in which I give the place and exceptional rating on service.

I go in and ask if we can sit outside on the patio with the dog and get the hole health board answer but the hostess had a plan B. Behind the regular seating is the I guess the smoking /dog section back next to the kitchen. One long both seat with table and chairs rounding it out. She tells me there is no wait staff for back there and I would need to go to the bartender to place my food order and get my own drinks, and that was it. So I grabbed a menu we made up are minds and I went in to place my order.

I tell the bartender all the info about us sitting in the back, order our burgers and 1st round and it was perfect. I told him I'd be back to grab the food in a bit and before I knew it here he comes with our order. So I had the black and blue burger with fries and my girl had the "just a burger" with cheese and the pasta salad. The burgers are grilled not fried on onion buns and are big. Damm good and filling. The pasta salad was made by them and was very tasty. You have a choice of sides at no extra cost which was nice.

As for the beer the best thing about it is you can get here in Sacramento in bottles so I wanted to taste it on draft. I started with a Hop Rod Rye, this I.P.A. is somethig else. The flavor of the rye and the creamy head the lacing on the glass the color the I'm drinking a good brew feeling you get when you put it to your taste buds makes this one of my top ten brews for sure. I can not think of another beer that tastes this way. Words don't do it justice you must try it. I will send out bottles to any one that wants one let me know it's that good. My girl being the brown fan she is went with there Pete's Brown. I had a taste I'm not a big brown fan to sweet for me but she liked it. After that we split a hefeweizen it was hot outside and it did a great job washing down the burger and had a great taste, a great summer beer for sure.

I would have sat there all day but I was crawling so next time. We checked out "craigslist" when we got home and found some people that rent out private places to stay in Healdsburg which is what we plan on doing when we head back up there to explore more of the area. Can not wait to hit this place again what a great time!

beermebaby89113, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev 0%

I've been waiting to get out to Bear Republic for several years now. I finally got the opportunity while touring wine country with the wife.
Located in the little, cozy town of Healdsburg we finally found the brew pub situated on one of the side alleyways.
Upon entering the pub, you're greeted with aromas of malted grain boiling away, along with the fresh grain bags that saddle the walls. A very spacious, open, industrial sized building with high ceilings and ventilation ducts. A pleasant, outdoor patio overlooks a fountain. Two large grain silos adorn the outside of the building. Vintage bicycles hang from the ceiling.
A large, wall sized mural highlights the one side of the room. Looks like a dam, a river, and people carring bags of grain with hot air balloons floating in the background. Simple, concrete floors run the length of the restaurant. The long bar is capable of seating many with a nice view into the steel tanks in the back. The bathroom is old school with weird, blue walls, and beer lables stuck all over it. It sort of reminds me of some of the music clubs I've been into over the years.
Our waitress was pleasant and attentive. She didn't know a whole lot about beer but she knew what was on tap and what the specials were.
The selection was decent, though nothing too out of the ordinary. I had recently missed the Racer X(been salivating for this), and I was hoping to check out the 3R Belgian but they didn't have it on. I did get to check out the Maibock, as well as the Hefe, which were nice.
The food was good, as well. I had a pressed sandwich with garlic fries. I don't think I've ever had garlic fries quite as good as these. They were quite addictive.

weeare138, May 14, 2007
Photo of VegasBill
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

I finally made it here after tearing myself away from Russian River. The beer is legendary but what I did not know is that they have some selections on tap that I guess are not bottled, I thought they bottled everything. Anyway I discovered Heritage Scotch Ale and Apex IPA both on tap and very very good. I sat at the bar and ordered lunch, the food is pub fare but way above average. The bartender was great, funny and had a great knowledge of the beers.
On the downside the bar and restaurant seemed very dirty. It just had that feel that everything was not cleaned often.And the servers were totally clueless, as to their work and no knowledge of the beer.They were constantly coming to the bar and asking the bartender questions not only about the beer but just how to do their jobs.When I was there no one was seating the customers so every party that entered waited and finally someone,often the bartender, would yell out"would someone seat those people" .

VegasBill, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Talisker
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

A must-visit for beer lovers touring wine country. The quality of Bear Republic beers is astonishingly high across the entire line, and the brewpub always has enough worth sampling.

The (rightfully) well-known beers are Racer 5 IPA, Hop Rod Rye, Black Bear Stout, and Red Rocket. These are distributed in bottles, but gain a lot from being served fresh on tap.

But be sure to look for the Racer X DIPA, Heritage Scotch Ale, Rebellion IPA, Apex IPA - all worth trying, and not available in bottles. Also try whatever they've got on their hand pump - it's not always operating, but amazing when it is.

Table service here is marginal at best - I've been at all times of day, all different days and never had the remotest kind of prompt or friendly service except when I've sat at the bar. Clearly the proprietors don't put much stock in operating the restaurant. Food is typical bar food - edible but not remarkable - with the exception of the excellent fried green tomatoes.

But none of that really matters. This is the strongest lineup of self-made beers you'll find at any brewpub on the planet. Bear Republic does not misfire.

So if you're in wine country, make a stop at Bear Republic. With its convenient location in downtown Healdsburg, it's in walking distance of a dozen wine tasting rooms - so your wine-interested friends can walk around while you sample everything on tap (and cask) at Bear Republic.

Talisker, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Went here for dinner after spending the day hopping from one wine tasting room to another. Was greeted at the door by our waiter who introduced himself and asked how the rest of our day had turned out - apparently he was working at one of the wineries we'd stopped at in the morning. Wine-making and beer serving in the same day: now that's my type of person.

The interior of the restaurant is high ceilinged and large with a rustic pub feel to it. Several TVs throughout the room please the sports crowd, and a big bar along one wall satisfies those who come solely for the beer. Luckily we arrived at the restaurant early and were seated at an outside table - apparently very sought-after as the whole deck filled up quickly after we arrived. A beautiful, warm evening spent drinking beer and watching the sunset through the trees - I definitely cannot complain.

The service was fast and cordial. Though he could not offer up a whole lot of information about the beer, he knew more than most wait-staff that I've experienced. My g/f got a burger w/ blue cheese, french dressing, bacon and avocado.. and it's one of the best burgers I've ever tasted. I got chili of wild boar and antelope - a very interesting idea, and tasty, but the chili was under-spiced and I require some chili (peppers) in my chili!

Beer selection was good. $4.00 pints and $1.00 for 3oz tasters. They had 15 beers on their menu though a couple were tapped out. It was nice to have access to their unbottled selection, like Black Bart and Racer X.

A definite recommendation.

clickpush, Nov 06, 2006
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
92 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.