Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 84
Beer Ratings: 21,440
Beer Avg: 3.83
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A- i got here right before dusk, drove by it once before i realized it was in the back of the building not right out on the street. The weather was beatiful, and the brewpub just seemed to fit nicely. Once inside it seems typical brewpub, but the patio is more of a nice resturaunt. The decor inside was great with little wood carved bears everywhere, different breweries coasters lined the bathroom and the hallway to it. The bar is on your right when you enter, giving you a view of the brewery.
Q- the beer was awesome, but i noticed if you buy a sampler they dont give you the big bear black stout. Dont know why, should of asked but i didnt. the hop rod rye was really good, as were the racer 5 and racer X, i doubt i need to say it, but the red rocket was awesome.
S- our waiter wasn't the best, most refills we got were from other employees, in fact someone else brought out food. He did come with the check though. I'm sure he was a little busy, but he visited the four tables right around me at about a 3:1 ratio. My favorite part though,
Me- "do you have a logo pint glass for sell?"
Waiter- gives confused looked and names off 3 different glasses they have
Me- point to my waiter cup "any with this logo"
Waiter- "we dont sell those cups"
Me- "i know i want a glass with this logo"
Waiter- gives another confused look, "i'll show you what we have"
sure enough he comes back, they have a red rocket glass, racer 5 glass, and a bear republic glass. Why was that so hard?
S- all house brews, i think 10 or 12 of them, and they had a little wine list
F- i good some garlic cheese bread, then a burger with garlic fries (seems like everything has garlic on it in north califorina) all were fantasic.
I had a good time, good brew, and good food. I didnt really wanna leave. Awesome place.
09-25-2006 15:31:34 | More by tonistruth
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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 +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
One of my favorite brew pubs to visit. While I have never been completedly blown away by the food... especially since it is just a tad over priced in my opinion... It is certainly good enough.
What seperates this place from the boys for me is the quality of beers. Consider yourself especially lucky if Racer X is on tap. If you like Racer 5, you'll love Racer X. Too me it tastes like they took everything that was good about 5, and doubled it. There are plenty of other good choices too... the original Hop Rod Rye, the big dark Black Bear Stout, and the very drinkable XPA.
07-28-2006 00:41:34 | More by flexabull
3.71/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I dropped by the brewery for a couple of beers while in No Cal on business. I had already eaten lunch so I did not try their food. The establishment had the feel of a typical brewpub. The bar area was a good place to drink. There were a quite a few locals hanging out afterwork and were quite friendly. I could imagine if I lived in there, I would hang out regularly to drink beer. The bartender was very attentive and took good care of me. I had the Racer X and Hop Rod Rye...two of my all time favorite beers. I also got a couple of fresh bottles to take home with me. Overall, the place was nothing extrodinary, but it has great beer and a friendly atmosphere, so definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
05-26-2006 18:18:44 | More by ddarden
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If your in Healdsburg, don't miss this place. Bear Republic is known for having great beer and the pub experience is a lot of fun. I went with my girlfriend. But she wanted to check out a few shops before they closed. So that left me to meet Rapapoda for a few. We ran into some characters (women). That was an interesting exchange.
The bartender was really cool and the Hop Rod Rye on-cask was outstanding! The food was good and the overall service was great. The place is rather large with a long bar on the right that lets you get a glimpse into the brewery. Really a great place hang out.
05-10-2006 19:26:34 | More by TheLoneGunman
4.2/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bear Republic is a great place to go with friends after work. Their roasted garlic and appetizers are great. The beer is always good and a step above the normal everyday brews that you would find in the area. The place is decorated for their cycling interest and is very sportsman oriented. I always try to get to Bear Republic when I am up north.
Since I attended Sonoma State University, I ended up being able to go to Bear Republic a lot. I tend to enjoy the Hef, the Race 5 is excellent and Pete Brown's Tribute Ale is quite amazing. They usually have a few seasonals on tap every time I am there. Right now, they have their Barleywine on tap. I am never ever disappointed with my trips to Bear Republic.
I suggest pulling up a chair and ordering a few pints, getting some of the garlic fries and enjoying the company and the scenery.
04-19-2006 03:43:28 | More by PuckLSHS
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
not the cheapest of joints (but by no means expensive. $8), but quality. a friend reports that all three of her visits have yielded fine food, and my one visit confirms (to a limited degree). i had the rocket burgertastyand a goddam delicious bavarian rhubarb and strawberry cake. our waiter raved about the dessert guy, who apparently shows up at night to do his thing
the waiter seemed a bit overworked, but the atmosphere was cool and simple and the tunes were solid as well
sampled the house IPA, Hop Rod (one of my favorites), Big Bear Black and Old Scouters Barley Wine and tasted the hefeweizen, ESB and blonde: good beers (ESB seemed a little off target, but i didn't have enough to review)
the glorious aroma of hydrated malt permeated the air...even outside
03-30-2006 06:36:16 | More by bruachan
3.95/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Took the journey up to Healdsburg with Denali and Brewbacca. I have been a huge fan of Bear Republic ever since Racer X ripped my tongue to pieces without mercy. This trip was long overdue.
The actual establishment is hidden behind some buildings on town square. The inside is cool, typical brewpub style with a stock car vibe. The sacks of Belgian malt were definitely cool. The brewing operation is in plain site (a bit smaller than I would have thought) with huge storage tanks on the periphery of the building. We sat outside on a gorgeous day.
The service was decent. The waitresses are uniformly cute and pleasant. My friends order was wrong, but was quickly fixed and it left us with free garlic fries. Theoretically this evens out, but I am going to give it a plus because we came out ahead.
The selection is typical Bear Republic with some notable hard-to-finds and cool additions. First off, there is a Nitro Racer 5 (didn't have it, as curious as I was) and a Cask Hop Rod Rye (simply amazing). Racer X was in full effect, as was the seasonal barleywine. If you like Bear Republic, you will be in good hands.
The food was good, just one small step above "meh". I had a pulled pork sandwich which was tasty but nothing special at all. The garlic fries were pretty damn good however.
As a singular destination, this is a toss up. It's alright with some good unique beer offerings. As part of a larger beer trip (Russian River, Anderson Valley, Third St. Aleworks) or a wine country trip (sonoma, Napa, Calistoga) it is a great stop over in a quaint upscale town.
03-21-2006 08:33:03 | More by axisjones
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
During a weekend in Sonoma wine country, my girlfriend Amanda and I were in the Healdsburg area and we decided to stop by Bear Republic for a late lunch and a couple of brews. Beer selection was good sporting a few interesting items on the beer menu including Nitro Racer 5, Old Scouters and Big Bear Black was on cask. I opted for the cask, my girlfriend got the Hefe Weizen. My cask beer was a bit on the stale side, I probably should have asked when the cask was tapped. The Hefe was crisp and refreshing. I also tried the Old Scoutter's Barley Wine, which I recall being rather tasty. For food, we both settled on burgers. I went with the Rocket Burger, while Amanda opted for the Black & Blue burger. Both burgers were quite tasty, but her choice was clearly the better. Our service was good, food prepared well and quickly, waitress came back to check on us several times. Overall, a quite enjoyable experience that if I lived in the area, I would no doubt come back often. Highly recommended.
03-08-2006 07:12:39 | More by kmcnair
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
93 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.