Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 72
Beer Ratings: 19,277
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 93 | Show All Ratings:
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Cool atmosphere, patio area, dining area, usual breweriana abound. Right downtown, all kinds of cool shops, park in the middle of town. Finding the place is a little bit of an adventure, but nothing too difficult.
Quality of the beer is just dandy, as you're used to in the bottle format. Service is cheery, if not the most informed, but that's ok. Selection was decent, hoped to see more one off type of stuff, they did have some old barleywine and strong ales from the cellar available, so that was cool, but something barrel aged would have been a welcome addition. Breweries should have more stuff of a limited or only there type of nature. I can get the usual stuff at Safeway ya know? I guess they had the roggenbier and el oso which were forgettable for the most part.
Wine country, its a little pricey, wish I wasn't so full already when we ate, the garlic fries are awesome. But $12 for a burger, you've been warned.
08-17-2011 16:47:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
First stop on a microbrew pub tour through sonoma county.
Got here mid afternoon on a Monday. It was quiet, but the bar was almost full. Decent size eating area, with some outdoor options as well. Decided to stay in the A/C.
Server was very friendly and very knowledgable. You can either get a flute of their house ales, or their specials. I have had most of their house ales, so I was more interested in their specials. Most of the beers were very good. El Oso was the only one I didn't particularly care for, but even then it was still better than average. I got the burger with the anaheim chile, and it was fabulous. My dad got the mac 'n cheese, and it was positively decadent to say the least. A little rich, and unless you're set on inducing a heart attack, you'd be better off sharing it with someone. Food was a touch pricey, but Healdsburg is a pretty posh area.
Service got a 5.0, and it was deserved. Upon learning that I was from southern california, and up here on beer travels, our server went to the bartender to ask for a sample of Racer 5--all unbeknownst to me--cause he claimed it was different and better out of the serving tank. The bartender asked who it was for, and upon hearing my story from my server, he pulled an entire free pint for me. Very cool and unexpected. Almost made me feel like royalty!
Maybe if I was the type to split hairs over octopus or squid, I would have been able to find something else to complain about. Fortunately I'm a pretty easy going guy, and it seems to rub off on other people. This place is great!
08-17-2011 00:10:39 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop 2 (after Moylan's) on a Russian River Valley pubcrawl 7/18/2011. Bear Republic is consistently one of my favorites with Hop Rod Rye, Racer #5, and Big Bear Stout and I was very excited to see the point of origin. About evenly balanced between indoor and outdoor seating and we choose to sit inside at the bar. Bartendress was about as good as they get and seemed to anticipate our needs very well. You could see into the brewery behind windows and we noted an employee totally working his ass off - if you ever come to Texas you're hired dude. Decent selection of their regular and special beers but the waitress apologized that the last keg of Cafe Racer 15 was kicked the previous day. Right before we left though, working-his-ass-off-dude wheeled out a fresh keg and our waitress went out of her way to make sure we got a free sample. We had the wings during our visit and they were fantastic. Overall a very enjoyable visit.
Incidentally, we stopped for coffee at Flying Goat before leaving town and I've gotta say it was the best cappuccino I've ever had. The barista was a true maestro!
07-30-2011 18:59:38 | More by coldriver
4.4/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I wasn't sure what to expect here. Bear Republic was never my favorite, or a go to for me, so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with my trip and it is a place I will be visiting again for sure. The atmosphere was very casual and relaxed, which I enjoy. I sat at the bar and was thrilled when I saw the selection. 12 beers on tap and a couple of local ciders. I got the tasters option, so I was able to try all 12. One was not very good, a couple were okay, and the rest were phenomenal. Food was decently priced. I got the special which was, half a sandwich, and the soup of the day, which, thankfully, was actually a wild boar chili. Overall, good beer, good food, good service.
07-27-2011 14:46:19 | More by avaldivia
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
After a disappointing trip to North Coast Brewing's restaurant, Bear Republic was a nice change. The bill was $15 less, the food was better, the beer selections better, and the service was way better. This place has a nice outdoor seating area, inside is kinda dark and ugly though. Waitress was great, even offered us tastings of beer to help us decide what we wanted. Pints are reasonably priced as is food. Lots of interesting beer styles on tap (15+) so there's something for everyone. Sandwiches are great. Definitely will hit this place up next time I'm in the area.
05-10-2011 21:53:49 | More by MadeInOregon
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-13-2011 01:36:31 | More by BigB415
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Funky, fun and homey. The restaurant is eclectic, scattered with memorabilia related to racing and the brewery. Most surprising is that the production facility is right there in the restaurant, with the brewers in boots and slickers working over steaming tanks right next to the bar. When there is mashing and boiling going on, the windows fog up and the sweet smell of malt is thick. The service is funky and friendly, and so is the food - basic brew pub menu, no frills. The beer is exactly what you'd expect - interesting, large, earnest and delicious. There are all the usual Bear Republic suspects plus some rarities and brewery-only experiments. Instead of a straight sampler tray, the brewery opts for a series of flights, including lineups of hoppy beers, malty beers, specialty beers and so on. This is a fun stop in a fun town.
02-20-2011 17:26:24 | More by Seanibus
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
02-12-2011 20:00:49 | More by Tucquan
4.15/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
For a brewery whose excellent beers are distributed over a good portion of the US, I was a bit surprised at the humble brewpub with cozy interior representing the Bear Republic brewery.
Interior had a bit of a sports-bar crossed with northern-cabin atmosphere. Comfortable, and there was an outdoor patio for warmer temperatures.
Their regular rotation of beers was featured, along with 8-10 draft-exclusive offerings, which was quite welcome and worth the drive to Healdsburg.
The food was mostly burgers & other bar-grub, however our group did enjoy the chili & lobster bisque soup, and my pasta special was quite good as well.
Our waiter was excellent, but I have to ding the service due to the bartender. I purchased a T-shirt on my way out, was instructed to pay the bartender directly, and he decided to do what only bartenders seem capable of getting away with...keeping my change for himself. I hate that shit.
Anyway, it was a fine experience otherwise, and I tasted the roggenbier style for the first time among others, so you owe it to yourself to check out the brewpub if you're ever in Sonoma County.
12-12-2010 00:37:17 | More by Natural510
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!
10-15-2010 13:35:44 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
92 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.