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Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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23,909 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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345 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, California, 95448
United States
phone: (707) 433-BEER

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After a disappointing trip to North Coast Brewing's restaurant, Bear Republic was a nice change. The bill was $15 less, the food was better, the beer selections better, and the service was way better. This place has a nice outdoor seating area, inside is kinda dark and ugly though. Waitress was great, even offered us tastings of beer to help us decide what we wanted. Pints are reasonably priced as is food. Lots of interesting beer styles on tap (15+) so there's something for everyone. Sandwiches are great. Definitely will hit this place up next time I'm in the area.

Photo of BigB415
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Bear Republic has a convenient location right in the middle of downtown Healdsburg in Northern California. A cozy little place with nice tap list(regular line up and draft only beer) and some great food. I like getting the Jamaican Jerk Burger which has a slice of pineapple in it and the stout or hop rod rye or if it's fridays I get the fish and chips. Service is quick and friendly and I've only had to wait for a table once or twice when it gets really busy but I didn't have to wait that long since they are pretty quick to clean the table and get it ready for the next person. I recommend checking it out if you're in the area.

Photo of Seanibus
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Funky, fun and homey. The restaurant is eclectic, scattered with memorabilia related to racing and the brewery. Most surprising is that the production facility is right there in the restaurant, with the brewers in boots and slickers working over steaming tanks right next to the bar. When there is mashing and boiling going on, the windows fog up and the sweet smell of malt is thick. The service is funky and friendly, and so is the food - basic brew pub menu, no frills. The beer is exactly what you'd expect - interesting, large, earnest and delicious. There are all the usual Bear Republic suspects plus some rarities and brewery-only experiments. Instead of a straight sampler tray, the brewery opts for a series of flights, including lineups of hoppy beers, malty beers, specialty beers and so on. This is a fun stop in a fun town.

Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here on 2010-08-21.

Stopped here after a long hike in the Armstrong Redwood Forest.

This is my kind of brew pub. Nice location, atmosphere and enviorns. Lots of windows, a big sitting area and interesting stuff hanging on the walls.

Had a Racer 5 after a long hike and it tasted fantastic. Enjoyed sipping this beer and a couple other small glasses while enjoying my dinner.

Struck up a conversation with a couple other patrons. Generally a very upbeat vibe and I look forward to a return visit.

Photo of Natural510
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

For a brewery whose excellent beers are distributed over a good portion of the US, I was a bit surprised at the humble brewpub with cozy interior representing the Bear Republic brewery.
Interior had a bit of a sports-bar crossed with northern-cabin atmosphere. Comfortable, and there was an outdoor patio for warmer temperatures.
Their regular rotation of beers was featured, along with 8-10 draft-exclusive offerings, which was quite welcome and worth the drive to Healdsburg.
The food was mostly burgers & other bar-grub, however our group did enjoy the chili & lobster bisque soup, and my pasta special was quite good as well.
Our waiter was excellent, but I have to ding the service due to the bartender. I purchased a T-shirt on my way out, was instructed to pay the bartender directly, and he decided to do what only bartenders seem capable of getting away with...keeping my change for himself. I hate that shit.

Anyway, it was a fine experience otherwise, and I tasted the roggenbier style for the first time among others, so you owe it to yourself to check out the brewpub if you're ever in Sonoma County.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was a great place to stop for lunch on our back to San Francisco. Good beer, good eats really nothing at all to complain about. I have always been a fan of their beers and it was great to stop by and check out some of the specialty brews that we can't get here in Colorado. Even my wife, who isn't a huge beer drinker, really enjoy the atmosphere and the Racer 5 IPA. Myself I hade the Rye beer and something else that was crazy good and over the top. This is exactly what i needed after drinking nothing but wien for 2 days. Thanks Bear Republic!

Photo of foles
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I'm going to have to depart from the brilliant reviews given to this place (the reason I visited). My lunch experience there was awful.

I ordered a sampler of all the regular beers. I was advised that that they were out of their Rye IPA, so one space was empty. The waitress did not have the foresight to add a replacement beer (maybe one of the seasonals) to the sampler tray. So I asked her if she could add the Roggenbier to replace the missing one. She said "no problem" and did so. My wife ordered Calamari & I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. Unfortunately it was mainly octopus on the Calamari plate (not mentioned in the menu), and my wife doesnt like octopus. The food was overpriced as well, maybe to suit the seemingly wealthy demographic in the Healdsburg area. And it was of a lower standard to the other 10 or so brewpubs I visited in Norcal/Oregon.

When I received the bill I was shocked to find my sampler tray + ONE ADDITIONAL SAMPLE charged. So I was charged extra for the replacement beer sample despite being given one short to begin with. In addition there was a tip calculator printed on the bill. 18% = , 25% =. etc. The only time I have seen this in all my travels to the USA. Well they got a 50 cent tip from me, and that was generous in my opinion. As I was reading my bill I heard another waitress rudely address a nearby table, "Hurry up boys I need the table".

Beer was ok, but I have experienced much better in the region. I wont be visiting this place again.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.46/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A brewpub located just off the square in beautiful downtown Healdsburg. I'm sure everyone is familiar with their beer, so I won't get into that much. It's universally fantastic. They had about 8 of their regular beers on-tap. These are the ones that are bottled and widely available. They also have about 6 seasonal beers. Prices are very reasonable. I did not have any food but it's a typical brewpub menu. Even though it's in a touristy town this place has a very local feel to it, especially if you sit at the bar. Bear Republic is highly recommended stop for anyone that finds themselves in Sonoma County.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I really like stopping by Healdsburg to visit this very chill (at least during the day on weekends) place. Nice outdoor patio area for those that like the sun, but i prefer to stay inside where its cooler and darker. Selection (10-14 beers typically) and quality are great and I really like that that they almost always have a special "one off" brewery only beer on tap. I also find their tasting pours to be pretty large. Only downside is that often, even though they are not busy, the service is very slow. Definitely worth checking this place out when in northern Sonoma. Never had the food.

Photo of Hatzilla
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have now visited Bear Republic twice with my wife, and we enjoyed it both times. The decor is nice - you can see the brewing operation as the mash tun and brew kettle are just to left of the bar, and different tanks can be seen through the glass behind the bar. The food selection is nice - great bar food. One our first visit I had the Black and Blue Burger, a burger with blue cheese, bacon and avocado. This goes great with a fresh Racer 5 - Yum! My wife had the Cobb Salad, which she also enjoyed. They also make great fries, onion rings and a garlic appetizer you should not miss.

Their beer selection is very good - There are always 12 to 14 of their beers on hand, including some specials. On our first visit in January 2010, they had the BRBC tripel on tap. When we returned in February, it was the Five Zero. (I still haven't had the elusive Racer X).

The staff is very friendly and attentive. If you are ever in the bay area, be sure to visit Healdsburg and Bear Republic.

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by this place on a recent trip to Northern California.

This place kind of reminded me of a family chain restaurant in a way. There were lots of families there and the decor was very bright. They had several televisions and it was kind of like a sports bar. The dining area is very large with ample seating for large dinner parties and small high top tables. The bar run across the right wall when you walk in and if fairly large, again with plenty of seating.

They have a very nice selection of their beers including year round, seasonals, and limited one off offerings. When I was there they had Racer X, BRBC Tripel, Carburator and Sotoyome Amber which was an amber ages in oak whine barrels. The only problem is the lack of guest taps. If there were any I couldn't tell.

The food was decent, a little above average. I had the clam chowder which was very good and some turkey and brie pressed sanwhich which was very dry. As mentioned above it was decent and better than the average pub food but nothing spectacular.

I sat at the bar and the service was very good. I was waited on by two different bartenders and they were very friendly and somewhat knowledgeable and always made sure I had a beer in front of me. One of them actually showed me how to reset my iPhone when the internet stopped working. Thanks again!

Overall this place was pretty cool and I'm glad that I had a chance to stop by and drink some of my favorites from them frsh from the source. Also, that Sotoyome Amber is amazing and if it's on tap you should order it without question.

Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was a nice little place. I went for lunch so there weren't many people there, but the atmosphere was good. It seemed kind of laid back, but there's no real telling what the night life is like without having been there.

The quality was fine. The beers were fresh and flavorful and the food was fresh as well.

The service was good. The guy that waited on us was really nice, and he sounded like Paul Walker so we got a kick out of it.

The selection was nice for the food and the beer. Although, I like to see different things at a brewpub outside of their normal bottled offerings and nothing really stood out to me as something that I really had to try.

The food as I said earlier was fresh and flavorful and was exactly what we wanted at that moment.

Overall I have no complaints. It's a solid brewpub and if I lived in the area I would certainly frequent it.

Photo of JTahoe
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Great beers overall as expected. I have enjoyed the samplers as well as full pints of my favorites like Racer 5, Racer X, Hop Rod Rye, Go Cart Racer, Jack London ESB, and Red Rocket.

The vibe here is average, not as great as I had expected, but not bad by any means. The raised bar area is pretty nice and has a few TVs for sports.

Food is decent, but not at the same level as the beer. Perhaps I need to try more items to give a fair review.

Staff is fine--not super attentive, and I didn't find them to be particularly knowledgeable which was somewhat surprising.

Overall, though, a very worthwhile stop for the beers alone--just keep your other expectations in check.

Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice place. Hard to find (it's back off the main street). Typical brewpub atmosphere. Lots of great beer on tap. There is some interesting stuff available that you won't typically find in bottles, like -bal aged versions of Hop Rod Rye. Big samplers available and sometimes you get freebies. Food is reasonable and not too expensive, especially considering it's Healdsburg. Service is pretty good - you shouldn't ever have to wait too long for a beer. You can also buy bottles of their stuff on the premises.

Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I love Racer 5 IPA and their Apex DIPA. Stopped in Healdsburg for the night while cycling in Sonoma. Hit Bear Republic right after a 40 miles ride in the hot Sonoma sun. Not right on the main road, have to walk back into the plaza a bit, so look out for the directory signs on the sidewalks.

My burger was good and enjoyed it with a Hop Rod Rye and a Racer 5 for dessert. My wifes Mango Mahi sandwich was drenched in dressing with too much cumin which killed an otherwise good sandwich.

The service was not great, but it was perfectly acceptable and atmosphere was good. Loved the beer and enjoyed the food myself but that is mixed. The great beer wins out any day!

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Boy do I love Bear Republic brews. We can get all their bottled selections here, racer5 being a downright tasty ipa. We made a lunch visit to their brewpub, which sits back off the road in Healdsburg where we were staying for a couple days. Sonoma loves fine wine and beer, thats for sure. I had a tasty brie press sandwich thing, a sampler of beers, and a couple pints shared with my wife. She loved the racer5, I went with a lager. Great brews and food. Service was a tad slow, but the place was packed and it was very hot out. A shady umbrella and the cold beer fixed the later issue. All the beers in the sampler were great and the atmosphere on their deck is nice and friendly. Stop here if you're in Sonoma!

Photo of bret27
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This place was definitely good, but not amazing. Overall I think I think my score will probably fall a little short and here's why...

atmosphere-nice clean open well-lit area, family friendly and friendly young staff.

quality- quality of beer was good, food was ok

food-average to poor. The problems was for the value of dripping greasy pub fare the prices were a little high.
beer- above average, but maybe not what some people might think. The usuals that they have available at all local bottle shops are all good. Then they have some heavy beers that are pretty good as well. Other than that though, the majority of the taps are just average wheat or pale ale type beers that I was pretty unimpressed with.

So overall, I would probably recommend it, and it was good, but for the prices probably not as good as it could have been.

Photo of PDXHops
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hit this place and Russian River on the same day and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy Bear Republic a lot more.

It's right in the middle of a very touristy spot, so definitely consider an off-peak time to visit if tourists drive you nuts. We didn't have any problems, though. As soon as we sat down at the bar, we were made to feel right at home by locals and staff alike. Our bartender (can't remember his name) was top-notch. Once he found out we were from Portland, he was anxious to swap beer stories. Very friendly guy and exceedingly knowledgeable about their beers.

Although we sat at the bar, we noted plentiful indoor and outdoor seating as well. It's roomy without being cavernous.

Pretty extensive assortment of high-quality brews. We ran through a couple of sampler trays and everything was good to excellent for the most part. Good pub food, too.

Photo of surfer4life
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow, we were up in Santa Rosa for the Russian River Brewing Company's 5 year birthday and we decided the next day to travel a little further north to try this place out. So glad we did. We were sat outdoors on a wonderful day although I did go inside to see what it was all about. Great little bar inside but plenty area for family dining. The manager whose name I forgot already was delightful and very friendly. The entire staff was pretty much the same and all very knowlegdable on the beer. Of the 16 taps they had, I would say 12 of them were unique beers not available in bottles in most areas. The beers were all phenomenal. Then came the food and wow, it was so very very delicious. This place is just plain awesome and I can't wait to be in Norcal again as I will certainly stop by the establishment everytime.

Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Overall, this is a great place in my experience.

The atmosphere is good, a nice bar, interesting and enjoyable seating area inside, and a very nice covered patio area outside, the real highlight of the place itself. The patio is along the pedestrianised area and creek while the location in downtown Healdsburg, along the creek and pedestrian walk to the public parking is wonderful, attractive, pleasant, yet convenient.

It has a large selection of beer at any given time, with a pretty large number as well as great variety. They also have a occasional cask beers. The beer also is very good, some excellent, but a few are very weak and sub-par.

The food is generally really good and quite varied for a brewpub.

Photo of mjl21
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Decided to head on up here to spend a nice January day in Healdsburg. Something about Sonoma County and 70 degree days in January that works so well together.

It is a decent sized place with plenty of seating indoors and a nice patio. The bar area is not that big and fills pretty early.

The food is standard pub food. The wife had a Red Rocket burger which she enjoyed and I went with The Press chicken sandwich which was also good. The fries served along side were also very good.

They had about 15 tap options and one cask beer (ESB at the time). They had their usual beers and a bunch that I had not tried. I went with the Rebellion IPA (lots of Simcoe flavor); Heritage (sweet Scotch ale); and Crazy Ivan (great stuff made from Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye wort brewed with Belgian yeast). They were out of Racer X and APEX.

They have four sizes of beer that you can get including 3 oz samplers and 5 oz samplers if you want to try all of the beers and be able to walk out the door.

The service was prompt and I never had to wait for a new beer to be delivered. It is a great place worthy of a stop if you are doing the Sonoma County beer crawl.

Photo of JWD
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The wife and i decided to visit after being at RR the night before to check it out as we were only 20 min away.

A- very bar like, more than RR, but we were sitting at the bar so this could taint my opinion a little bit. overall it was what was expected.

Q- Great beer, i was hoping for Racer X but had to settle for mach 10 which was pretty good and also enjoyed a black bear stout wahich is always good.

S- Once again i was at the bar and they were not that busy so service was great the bartender never let my beer run dry and kept asking how we were doing.

F- I was full from breakfast, my wife had a salad that looked awesome, she was impressed with the food.

Great pace to visit, it is hard for me to pass RR for anything so just that we went there is a compliment..

Photo of xhcadamx
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A - This is what you expect a brewpub to look like. Wooden floors, chairs, tables, and bar very comfortable feel. Sacks of grain on the ground.

Q - Bear Republic Beer served here - enough said.

S - It's always packed here but the service is always good. A buddy of mine ordered me the wrong beer once and they exchanged it for the beer that I wanted free of charge!

S - Always a ton of beer on tap. A lot of beers available only at the brewpub.

F - Exceptional for a brewpub. Typical brewpub fare but they have hired people that know what's going on in the kitchen.

V - Very inexpensive considering you are dining and drinking in Healdsburg.

Photo of MrFootstones
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere-I wanted to leave the whole time I was there, as I was harassed by two old guys at the bar (they thought my hat was a Yankees hat, when it had nothing to do with sports at all, and proceeded to call me homosexual in numerous ways). The other locals and bartender were not particularly pleasant either.

Quality-Bear Republic has good beer. I had Racer X, which was pretty good, though not my favorite DIPA.

Service-The bartender gave my friends and I samples of a few beers before we chose our pints, which was nice. The first time I went here the bartender was more personable though.

Selection-Many more beers were available here than I have ever seen from them, so it would be nice to have an afternoon to try a few different things.

Value-The Racer X I had was $5 plus a $1 tip, more than I would spend for a pint of Pliny, which I would have preferred.

I would like to go here again in a while, but you know how those bad experiences stick with you and can skew your impression of a place. It's worth a visit, just make sure if you have a hat on it is a Giants hat.

Photo of wolffman17
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We stopped by while running around the area. Bear Republic feels like the typical brewpub...there's lots of breweriana around, it has a comfortable atmosphere, and there are plenty of laid back patrons enjoying the beer. It's cool to see a place that has such a big name and wide distribution but not feel stuffy and commercial.

The beer is great as expected. Tried out Crazy Ivan, Racer X, and the barrel-aged Barleywine...made for a good afternoon!

High quality, attentive service, and awesome beer make it a must visit if you're in the area.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
93 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.