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Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

151 Ratings
Ratings: 151
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Active Beers: 96
Beer Ratings: 22,518
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 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
Photo of ddarden
4.16/5  rDev 0%

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.

ddarden, May 26, 2006
Photo of TheLoneGunman
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

TheLoneGunman, May 10, 2006
Photo of PuckLSHS
4.2/5  rDev +1%

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.

PuckLSHS, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

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 burger—tasty—and 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

bruachan, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of axisjones
3.95/5  rDev -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.

axisjones, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

kmcnair, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

The day after New Years day was slow it seemed, but things were slowly getting back to normal, I planned on driving home from Santa Rosa in the early afternoon but not before taking the trip to Bear Republic. 15 miles straight up the 101-N from Santa Rosa, once you take the Central Healdsburg exit it’s less than a mile away. My drinking buddy for the New Years Eve weekend Rapapoda directed me to the Parking Lot that is behind Bear Republic.

A cold, very wet and windy day, the outside seating deck was soaking and covered in dead leaves and wind swept fauna and debris from the last few days. A quick close of the eyes soon had me imagining how great this outside deck area must be in the warmer Californian climes though. The exterior of Bear Republic is dominated by a tall galvanized ribbed steel hopper on the corner. The frontage is a two-tone cream and pastel rustic red with a series of Flags of Nations hanging outside.

Inside, the basic down to Earth feel is at odds with many of the surrounding high end Sonoma Wine Bars, Restaurants and Craft Shops. An arched walkway runs down the middle of the single room. To the left tables litter the lower deck and these were sparsely populated during my visit. I always like to sit at the Bar so Raps suggestion that we should was greeted with a welcoming affirmative nod. The bar area is raised up to your right and as such it lends a nice view over the interior of the Bear Republic Pub and the seating area. The Bar has around a dozen taps with a mish-mash of tap handles, all sporting the black, red, yellow and green “Jamaican” color scheme in some form or other. As with nearly every other bar I visited around these parts during my New Year Eve weekend Bicycles were hanging left right and centre, as indeed were yet more Flags of Nations. Artwork is prominently featured here also, the odd beery advert and bits of Racing Cars.

The Brewery is visible to your left as you sit at the Bar; in fact it is right at the end of it, hard to miss. Fermenting and storage tanks were visible through large glass windows behind the Bar. It seems like the whole Brewery and associated vessels are really wedged in here. A real bonus was the utterly incredible aromas filling Bear Republic during my visit, as they were brewing, neat!

Whilst the décor is so-so, the beer range was absolutely solid. From memory they had Big Bear Black Stout, El Oso, Hop Rod Rye, Pete’s Brown Tribute Ale, Racer 5 IPA, Red Rocket Ale, XP Pale Ale, Simply Simcoe #2 and Red Wheat. The Hop Rod Rye was on Cask also. I started with the El Oso which surprised me, better than expected. I also had a Pint of the Red Wheat and finished with a half of the absolutely gorgeous Hop Rod Rye on Cask from the lone Angram behind the bar.

I didn’t really eat here, but I snagged a small bowl of Lobster Bisque which was thick, creamy and lovely, could’ve done with a little more of that. Menu looked varied enough but still seemed to focus on Pub Grub.

Service was reasonable, but the server behind the bar was not very adept at using the Beer Engine, for instance she served Rapapoda the first pull of the day from the lines. Now to be fair Rap requested that she throw it away and serve a fresh half once the line was pulled through which she did. Still, she clearly hadn’t been properly trained to use a Beer Engine, having the glass inches below the bottom of the Beer Engines spout and spraying the beer into the glass, not her fault I know, but always a minor annoyance I find.

Lots of Bear Republic clothing & apparel on sale, as well as beer to go, 12 and 22 ounce bottles together with some kind of inflatable plastic cube thingy too if you fancy a bigger sized take out.

It was absolutely great to finally get to Bear Republic after all these years of drinking their fine brews, and being a fan of them. It is quite remarkable how they brew so many high quality styles from such a tightly packed Brewery, and I love the odd English style special that they knock out once in a while. Well worth stopping by here, a no-brainer if you are in Santa Rosa, it’s only 20-25 minutes away.

Last Visit: Monday 2nd January, 2006.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of oggg
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Healdsburg is a very cute little town filled more with wine tasting rooms, fine restaurants, and little boutiques. Even cuter than Santa Rosa. We parked and followed a trio of tipsy wine drinkers as they walked past Bear Republic to their next wine depot. Bear Republic is a fairly large restaurant with dining tables and an outdoor eating area to the left, and a bar/ bartable area to the right. Racing and firefighting memorabilia adorn the walls. The hostess seemed wholly clueless about the beer. We sat at the end of the bar and saw an ecletic mix of families with children, couples, and even a gaggle of middle aged men drinking beer, waiting for their women to return (from shopping or wine tasting, I don't know =)

With 13 beers on tap (including 1 cask), we had our work cut out for us. The lineup was:
golden honey ale, mexican lager, ESB, XP pale,
rye pale, wet hop ale, red wheat ale, racer 5,
red rocket ale, Hop rod rye, Peter's Brown (cask), hefeweizen
Racer X
The honey ale was sweet, ESB was alright, the XP was excellent, the racer 5 alright, hop rod rye stingingly good (don't bother with the rye pale), the brown was good for a brown, and the racer X was juicy but more bitter than I remember.

The bartender took our food orders and was on top of things.

We order the garlic fries which seemed somewhat unlively or lifeless, but they had some good looking items on the menu, including the prime rib sandwich special, acclaimed burgers, and several desserts of higher quality than you'd expect for a brewpub.

The 13 x 2oz beer sampler was about $10. 1 gallon (milk jug) "bladder" fills are $18.95, with $15.95 refills, a great deal if you can finish that amount quickly. They had 22oz bottles of a brown, XP ale, Red Rocket, and Racer 5. No growlers, but get this: the bartender said they would fill any outside growler that you bring in.

oggg, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Bear Republic is located in one of my favorite places on earth. Healdsburg, CA has a great combination of small size, pleasant climate, nice people, great wine and food, and oh yeah... Awesome beer. I love going here, and recently had a chance to come back on vacation.

Their pub is located in a small development right in the middle of downtown. It has a nice sized dining room, and a spacious bar decorated with lots of beer paraphernalia (theirs and other beers). When I’m in town, it’s all about the patio, and this trip was no exception. Nice medium sized patio available for lunch and dinner.

Service is timely and attentive, and the food is good. I had the chili of the day, and a nice salad. They have a full compliment of sandwiches, burgers, a few pasta items and even a few Mexican selections. Vegetarians are welcome. My food came out quickly and was hot and tasty.

I love Bear Republic’s beers, and it’s great getting it directly from the source. I had Racer 5, Racer X, and a Hop Rod Rye. My only disappointment was the lack of the Stout or Brown (which I’d never had before).

I love this town, love the beer, love the bar.

carln26, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Crotor
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Bear Republic offers a comfortable and fairly unique atmosphere with flags and racing and fire-fighting paraphanalia covering the walls. The location is clean and upscale while remaining unthreatening.

The waitstaff was quick, courteous, and beer-informed, which is all I need. The food was your general, slightly upscale, California-ized pub fare, which was good if a little expensive...

A wide range of bombastically PNW-style British ales offered more than enough to tickle any beer geek. Any and all beer was absolutely top-notch, world class.

A must see if you are ever in the general vicinity of the North Bay.

Crotor, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

A nice brewpub kind of off the main street. A friendly atmosphere with beer knowlegable staff and regulars. Lots of antique paraphenalia including bikes and flags hanging from the ceiling. Some racing paraphenalia on the walls that has a vehicle with a number 5 on it. Lots of Bear Republic stuff for sale. Nice painting on one side of the walls. There is a beer patio outside facing a park like walkway. Some people on motorcycles drove right up close to the back patio.

All stainless steel nozzles with at least one that was brass. Nice copper plated bar with wood siding. Metal stools with cushioned seats and wood tables and chairs. Did not see the kitchen and the restroom was clean.

Service was prompt and knowledgable, befriend your bartender.

Very good selection of their own beers and one cask option, that was empty today. Notables (not in any particular order) were Racer 5, Black, Racer X, Hop Rod Rye, Pete's Tribute, Porter, and XP also some including Red Rocket were out. Did not care for the Mexican Lagers.

The food was good.

Reasonable

Troyone, Jun 10, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev +1%

Visited Bear Republic with Da Boss recently on an early Monday afternoon for lunch and a few brews. We actually sat outside since it was such a perfect day so we did not observe the inside atmosphere closely. Outside it was very pleasant. The area which BRBC resides is kept very tidy and it is dressed up nicely by perannials. Inside it smelled liked a brewery! The young lady that served us was very timely and attentive despite it being pretty busy on the back porch. The selection of brews was very good, the choices were tough to make! The food was pretty good with the garlic fries being very tasty but the sandwiches we had were OK at best. The prices were reasonable, pretty average for the places we have been to around the country. I would recommed it to any fans of BRBC!

arizcards, May 07, 2005
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3.14/5  rDev -24.5%

Atmosphere – This pub is in downtown Healdsburg but not on the street front so it is really easy to miss. The building doesn’t have a face on the street, so you have to find the general address then park and walk around back.

Inside it seems to be a pretty trendy place. I was there during barrel tasting so expected a middle-aged crowd, but it was mostly kids drinking beer and socializing, even in the middle of the day. It'a noisy and has a very college-like clientele.

Quality – This place is a bit run down. I don’t think they are going for fancy-shmancy to begin with, but this really is budget on a shoestring.

Service – The one time I visited here the service was just horrible, but I hate to slam a place after one visit to I’ll give it a 3.0 and try to hit the place up next time I’m in town.

Granted, it was fairly crowded. Having said that, we were seated for ten minutes before anyone even stopped by to bring us water. I ordered a beer sampler that came ten minutes later, then the waiter was off in a rush somewhere. He didn’t stop back again for 30 minutes. That’s right, 30 minutes.

The plus of the story is that I paid the tab and passed on the pizza that my wife and I were going to have. I saw a fresh pizza being delivered as we walked out and it looked like hell, then we got to our next winery visit and they were providing free, fresh-baked pizza from a wood-fired brick oven. Now that’s karma!

Selection – They had a great selection of Bear Republic beers. I just missed the fresh Apex tab, but too bad for me that wasn’t their problem.

Food – Well, I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food since our waiter was out fishing or whatever the hell he was doing, so I’ll try again next time.

Comments – Oh, almost forgot, our dumbass waiter brought me out the wrong beer not once, but twice.

RoyalT, Mar 11, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

This place has good beer. I need to go back so I can have a few fresh ones to review. The Red Rocket is one of my favorites...anyway, I digress.

This is a great brewpub to go to on a nice evening when you can wander around outside if you need to wait for a table. Usually we don't need to because there is plenty of room and large parties are easily accomodated, as well as smaller groups, of course. The beer selection is great. It is possible that they have more than their own brews available but I've never noticed and haven't cared. My normal is the Red Rocket or the Heritage.

Better than the usual pub grub is available and the place is very relaxing for hanging out with friends and enjoying food and great beer. I always try to steer people that way when I go visit them in the area.

misterscooter, Mar 05, 2005
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
93 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.