Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.71/5 rDev +13.5%
Stopped here on our Spring Break 2013 California-Oregon Road Trip. I had read the good reviews, but had only tried Racer 5 in a bottle, which I found to be good, but not my favorite IPA. This experience (and Apex) changed my mind. I have a newfound respect for Bear Republic. They do it right. Also: Dogs allowed in the back area!
Atmosphere - Excellent. Comfortable indoor/outdoor seating. Friendly people (servers and guests alike). We enjoyed being here. It was relaxed and friendly.
Quality - Excellent. Beer especially. Racer 5 is a solid IPA, but I think Apex is a fantastic and extra-special Double IPA. A must-try, if you like that style of beer. I tried a few more, but I'm stuck in my ways...my girlfriend enjoyed the different beers she tried.
Service - Our service was excellent. The bartender was knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and friendly. He made good recommendations and seemed to be happy doing his job. We sat out back and the service back there was good as well.
Selection - Good. Plenty of different beers and food to choose from.
Food - Solid bar food (tough food competition in wine country). We had Calamari and a salad. It tasted fresh and delicious to me.
Value - The prices were excellent for a high-quality product in a very expensive area.
Summary - We will definitely come back here. Food, service, beer, and all else was of high quality. We thoroughly enjoyed Apex and wish Bear Republic would bottle it. A delicious brew.
Location - Healdsburg tiptoes the line between being a bit snobby and just being a great place to be - it's clean, safe, friendly, and easy on the eyes. It's 'boutiquey' as one reviewer mentioned, but overall, a pleasant place to be.
A few tips: The Wurst Sausage Grill right off the square (and just a few minutes walking distance from Bear Republic) has fantastic food and serves Racer 5. We mostly drank at Bear Republic and ate over at the Wurst. Also, you can get a fantastic deal on weekdays at the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn which is about a 15-minute walk from the square, Bear Republic, and the Wurst. Don't drink and drive, fool!
05-23-2013 23:53:25 | More by WheelsRule
4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
03-14-2010 06:35:43 | More by Hatzilla
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
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
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.