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Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.Bear Republic Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

164 Ratings
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 22,405
Beer Avg: 3.87
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 John_M
4.45/5  rDev +7%

Have visited BR on a number of occasions. Healdsburg just seems to get more and more gentrified all the time, but BR, I'm happy to report, has changed very little over the years.

Located just off the downtown square, the brewpub is moderate size with a nice outdoor patio area. As one walks in the door, there is good size (not huge, but good size) dining room in front of you with a moderate size bar area on a raised floor up to the right. My guess is the bar holds somewhere between 12 and 15 stools and is where I sat on a beautiful day in September. Atmosphere at BR is informal and laidback with a very comfortable vibe. On this particular day they had around 12 or 13 beers on tap, including an oak aged black mamba on the beer engine. As expected, quality across the board was high and the beers brewery fresh. They were out of the Racer X the afternoon I was there, but was more then happy with the APEX DIPA they had on tap in its place. Service was exceptional on this day, with the staff quick, efficient and well informed. Also, as I was wearing my Boundary Bay brewing t-shirt, the bartender knocked a couple of bucks off the price of my APEX.

Maybe it has something to do with the brewpubs location in the wine country, but the food here is a significant cut above what I've come to expect at most brewpubs. They even have a decent selection of wine by the glass; again one assumes, in keeping with the wine country location. Prices are reasonable for what you get I thought.

One of the better brewpub experiences I can think of. Always a must visit whenever I'm in the area.

John_M, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Located in the rear of a downtown mini-mall, there was a patio to the extreme left on the creek side. Coming in, the m.d.s. was straight ahead with a glass cabinet of logo items off to the left and carved wood bears seemingly everywhere. Continuing straight aft was the restaurant area with standard restaurant tables and chairs and a beautiful mural against the back wall. To the right of the m.d.s. was a slight incline that passed another glass cabinet of logo items followed by a couple of FVs and, wrapping around, the half-hexagonal shaped, copper-topped bar with numerous FVs visible behind glass behind the back bar. To the left of the bar was the brewhouse on full display.

Beers: El Oso (4.3); XP Pale Ale (5.4); Bravo Pale Ale (6.5); Big Bear Black Stout (8.1); Racer 5 IPA (7.1); Racer X (8.4); Hop Rod Rye (7.6); Red Rocket (6.8); Crystal Wit (5.0); and Black Bart Stout (6.4) on nitro.

woodychandler, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Stopped right around opening on Saturday. Bear Republic is pretty accessible from the bay area. It took a little over an hour to get up here from south Oakland.

As it was early, the place wasn't that crowded, so hard to get a good feel for the atmosphere. Lots of tables and outside seating as well, but we ended up at the bar. Decent sized bar with about 15 taps or so-all Bear Republic stuff. The bartender was great. Said he had been working there for over 10 years, and clearly knew his stuff. I don't know if he was also one of the brewers, but he was on top of things, and very friendly to boot.

Got a sampler because there was just too much to choose from, and too many beers I hadn't heard of to really make a good decision. I wasn't sure what to expect from this place, to be honest, from a selection standpoint. I figured you'd get the common stuff (Racer 5, Red Rocket, etc...), and they did have that, but there were plenty of brews that I hadn't seen before and that probably were never bottled. The sampler was all 16 beers, which probably ends up being about 3 pints worth. The beer was all fantastic. The few that stick out to me were Crazy Ivan (combines worts from Racer 5 and Red Rocket, brewed with Belgian yeast and spices), Rebellion IPA (100% simcoe hops), Pete's Brown, and the topper was Racer X with simcoe added.

The food was fantastic. I got a burger (medium rare! hell yeah) and my buddy got the prime rib, which he felt was very good.

Prices were find I guess. The sampler was 19 bucks, but for the amount of beer you get, that's not bad. Food was reasonable...the burger was 10 bucks and came with fries. I dunno how much pints were but I'm guessing 5-6 bucks.

I think this is a must do if you're planning on going to some of the Sonoma breweries. It's worth the extra 20 minutes if you're going to Russian River. Very impressed...just wish we could get more of their stuff down here in LA.

rxdrewthejew, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%

Stopped in around noon on a Wednesday. We sat at the bar, the place was not very crowded at this time. The guy behind the bar was nice enough and poured us a couple sampler sets. They had 13 beers on tap which more than surprised me... I was expecting maybe like 6 or 7, but I didn't know they brewed so many other special beers here. We didn't have any food, just finished our tasters, ordered a pint of our favorite, and then left. Nice place to hang out in overall. If I lived within 20 miles of Bear Republic I would drive there often.

MiScusi, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Yetiman420
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

My wife and I made a stop at Bear Republic on a Sunday afternoon prior to an evening at Russian River. It's in a quant square in downtown Healdsburg and you could easily spend additional time strolling around and shopping (we opted to head to the hotel to relax by the pool). The actual building is a bit underwhelming for the area and the expectation that we had for such good beers. We also had problems finding a seat that wasn't by a wall of flies or blasting HVAC and the service was bad but I give them a break because it was between dinner and lunch. Overall, BR is a good stop if you're planning a trip around Russian River.

Yetiman420, May 21, 2008
Photo of mbunje
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

Part of a recent trip to Sonoma. Came here for lunch after a few wineries. C'mon...have an open mind.

Healdsburg Square is a beautiful little town area with tall redwoods/sequoias. Pretty upscale area for Sonoma. Bear Republic overlooks a grassy area bordering a creek. Bar is nice, outdoor patio is nicer.

All the classic Bear Republic bears....Racer 5, Hop Rod, Racer X, XP, Stout....nothing missing and few special beers as well.

Food is average

Great place to relax in the late afternoon and have a few high quality beers. Probably could drop $100 on dinner for two anywhere else in Healdsburg.

Bonus: I met Ed Grimley here....apparently has seen alot of UFOs and consults for TV shows on UFO sightings. Interesting set of stories I got from this guy, including: Apparently he met Robin Williams and Martin Short and they immitated him and created Martin Short's SNL character "Ed Grimley" by impresonating him. However he looks and acts NOTHING like this guy. This guy looked like cooter from the dukes of hazard + 20 years and a goatee...anyway, interesting experience.

mbunje, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Made it here as part of a NorCal beer trip. This was a definite must in my book because of their great brews. We unfortunately got there a little later than we had planned, when we arrived we had about an hour until closing, and at least 6 untried beers to sample, as well as dinner. Their Heritage ale was delicious, but not as delicious as their Bourbon barreled Heritage ale. We made our case to the bartender who slyly told us we can continue on our beer sampling until she was ready to walk out the door. Sweet! The four of us began to order dinner, which was a close second to their beer. I had Antelope pot pie, which tasted like beef to me. And the Black and Blue burger was a crowd fave. We were all pleasantly surprised by the restaurant component of the brewery, and equally pleased with their brews. If you are in this neck of the woods, and you enjoy beer and/or tasty upgraded bar fare....you gotta check this place out.

m1ked, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of belhav0322
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Wow. I have always been a very big fan of all things Beer Republic, but was really surprised by how great the brewpub is. Most impressive was the quality of the beers that are brewery only. I was rather crestfallen to find that Racer X was not available during my 2 visits there, but the Apex double ipa was simply amazing. More impressive was the Booster Rocket (Um, it may be Rooster Rocket. I did not take any notes, and the beer is not yet listed on this site or Bear Republic's. Sorry!) barley wine. This was easily one of the best barley wines I have ever tried, with an amazing hop backbone. One of the best beers I had during my NoCal visit.

We sat at the bar on a Thursday afternoon and had great service from the bartender who was more than happy to answer our beer geek questions regarding all things Bear Republic. Service in the dinning room area a few nights later was not as great, though that was rectified once we moved to the bar after finishing our meals. We only split a few apps, but the food was great, esp. the wings.

In all, this is an amazing brewpub that lived up to the reputation of its brand. Damn, I wish they bottled some of their brewery only selections and shipped them back east! Oh well, that leaves more for you lucky bastards in Sonoma County!

belhav0322, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Brewpub located in the quaint town of Healdsburg, CA. Visited on 12/31/07. Fun room with lots of bicycles, race car parts, and other contraptions and memorabilia all over the place. Small brewhouse off to the side (I'm guessing this just supplies the brewpub). Good food (lobster bisque was especially good). About 12 beers on draft including several seasonal and specialty beers. Barrel Aged Blend was best beer I tried during my visit. I've been here several times and each visit has been enjoyable.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A buddy and I stopped by Bear Republic after a quick visit to California to check out some good beers. I previously had Hop Rod Rye about two weeks before I showed up here so I couldn't wait to try Racer X. Needless to say, it didn't disappoint. The brewpub is smaller than I expected but it is pretty nice and very inviting. They had a blended smoked porter with the Hop Rod Rye on cask that was freaking bomb.com. Amazing.
The waitress that served us at the bar was very friendly and had a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. I think she had a good time F'n with us! I had a cup of clam chowder that came with some bread that was out of this world. The clam chowder was really good too but I couldn't get over the bread... Amazing! Everything was reasonably priced and very good. I actually wish we would have gone to Russian River first, then came back and hit up Bear Republic. Definitely worth stopping by if you're ever in the area.

younger35, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Went to this place on vacation with the Mrs. on christmas eve. Staff was friendly, beer was flowing, and food was great. I was a little disappointed they had no cask but the beers they did have were excelente! Fun bicycle decor hanging from the ceilings, speed racer fatheads on the walls, and getting to watch them brew the beer there was fantasmagorical. Oh yeah, there food is really rich and good.

They had a couple beers on tap you cant get in s.f. Like their esb, oso negro, and wit beer. Around this time they have a holiday spice beer which I had last year, and it still is excellent. Go there.

Murchmac, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of gmuller
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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 +4.1%

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 -2.6%

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 +3.4%

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 -3.8%

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%

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 -0.2%

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 -8.7%

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 -7.9%

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 +0.5%

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
Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

tonistruth, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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).

Georgiabeer, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

flexabull, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of benito
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

benito, Jun 14, 2006
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
93 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.