Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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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!
06-02-2007 17:31:15 | More by beermebaby89113
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.
05-14-2007 20:50:47 | More by weeare138
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" .
02-19-2007 07:39:30 | More by VegasBill
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.
02-19-2007 04:39:46 | More by Talisker
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.
11-06-2006 21:23:37 | More by clickpush
4/5 rDev -3.6%
A- i got here right before dusk, drove by it once before i realized it was in the back of the building not right out on the street. The weather was beatiful, and the brewpub just seemed to fit nicely. Once inside it seems typical brewpub, but the patio is more of a nice resturaunt. The decor inside was great with little wood carved bears everywhere, different breweries coasters lined the bathroom and the hallway to it. The bar is on your right when you enter, giving you a view of the brewery.
Q- the beer was awesome, but i noticed if you buy a sampler they dont give you the big bear black stout. Dont know why, should of asked but i didnt. the hop rod rye was really good, as were the racer 5 and racer X, i doubt i need to say it, but the red rocket was awesome.
S- our waiter wasn't the best, most refills we got were from other employees, in fact someone else brought out food. He did come with the check though. I'm sure he was a little busy, but he visited the four tables right around me at about a 3:1 ratio. My favorite part though,
Me- "do you have a logo pint glass for sell?"
Waiter- gives confused looked and names off 3 different glasses they have
Me- point to my waiter cup "any with this logo"
Waiter- "we dont sell those cups"
Me- "i know i want a glass with this logo"
Waiter- gives another confused look, "i'll show you what we have"
sure enough he comes back, they have a red rocket glass, racer 5 glass, and a bear republic glass. Why was that so hard?
S- all house brews, i think 10 or 12 of them, and they had a little wine list
F- i good some garlic cheese bread, then a burger with garlic fries (seems like everything has garlic on it in north califorina) all were fantasic.
I had a good time, good brew, and good food. I didnt really wanna leave. Awesome place.
09-25-2006 15:31:34 | More by tonistruth
4.15/5 rDev 0%
A good place off the square in the town of Healdsburg. Despite what some other reviewers have said, its actually pretty ideally located- just over the small pedestrian bridge from the square parking plaza, meaning it has some of the easiest parking in town. Kind of your standard brewpub decor, but this is hard working brew pub that is pretty tighly packed, so there are mash tuns inside the eating area being worked on as you consume your beer. The quality of all the brews is excellent. All fresh, all well pored and respected. There are also growlers and their six most common brews in bottles to go. The selection is also quite good when I was there. Their six standard brews on tap, + Racer X, a Summit IPA, and something lighter. I believe there was also one cask conditioned. The food was decent- a little ambitious, and they don't always pull it off. Not bad, and a fairly reasonable alternative in this expensive town. Also, they serve glasses, pints, and schooners for some variation. Definitely a great place to have lunch or just grab a beer or two. This should be a stop everyone makes in Sonoma beer country- along with Russian River, Flavors for Moonlight, Third Street Alehouse (all in Santa Rosa); and Stumptown (in Guerneville).
08-21-2006 23:44:01 | More by Georgiabeer
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
One of my favorite brew pubs to visit. While I have never been completedly blown away by the food... especially since it is just a tad over priced in my opinion... It is certainly good enough.
What seperates this place from the boys for me is the quality of beers. Consider yourself especially lucky if Racer X is on tap. If you like Racer 5, you'll love Racer X. Too me it tastes like they took everything that was good about 5, and doubled it. There are plenty of other good choices too... the original Hop Rod Rye, the big dark Black Bear Stout, and the very drinkable XPA.
07-28-2006 00:41:34 | More by flexabull
3.71/5 rDev -10.6%
In the oh-so-cute town of Healdsburg, there's a wine tasting room every five steps and more upscale restaurants than one could shake a stick at, whatever that means. So it's not that surprising that Bear Republic's front door is relegated to an alleyway entrance, out of view of the town's main street. My friend and I drove by it twice before seeing the small sign pointing us in the right direction. Good thing we saw the sign.
Inside, Bear Republic has that ever-more-familiar feel of an American brewpub--large expansive dining area, dim lighting, and a patio. It is inoffensive and what I expect when walking into a new brewpub these days.
They had ten brews on tap (though, unfortunately, they were out of both Red Rocket and XP Pale), so we ordered a sampler and tried the field. Overall the brews were above average, though none of them were anything to write home about. Importantly, there were also no total duds. Some high points: the my-reputation-precedes-itself-so-I-better-be-good Racer 5 IPA, Black Bart Stout, and Pete's Brown. IAnd then the rest in the middle: the hefeweizen, blonde ale, el oso lager, aggression ale (with a new, single simcoe hop), hop rod rye, and ESB.
There's nothing exceptional here--in beer quality, selection, or ambience, but If, per chance, I'm ever in Sonoma again, I wouldn't hesitate to make a return visit to Bear Republic. Recommended for anyone passing through or in the area.
06-14-2006 17:16:36 | More by benito
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
I dropped by the brewery for a couple of beers while in No Cal on business. I had already eaten lunch so I did not try their food. The establishment had the feel of a typical brewpub. The bar area was a good place to drink. There were a quite a few locals hanging out afterwork and were quite friendly. I could imagine if I lived in there, I would hang out regularly to drink beer. The bartender was very attentive and took good care of me. I had the Racer X and Hop Rod Rye...two of my all time favorite beers. I also got a couple of fresh bottles to take home with me. Overall, the place was nothing extrodinary, but it has great beer and a friendly atmosphere, so definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
05-26-2006 18:18:44 | More by ddarden
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
92 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.