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Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.Bear Republic Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
67 Beers
22,669 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 168
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 WhatsNewinBooze
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by this place on a recent trip to Northern California.

This place kind of reminded me of a family chain restaurant in a way. There were lots of families there and the decor was very bright. They had several televisions and it was kind of like a sports bar. The dining area is very large with ample seating for large dinner parties and small high top tables. The bar run across the right wall when you walk in and if fairly large, again with plenty of seating.

They have a very nice selection of their beers including year round, seasonals, and limited one off offerings. When I was there they had Racer X, BRBC Tripel, Carburator and Sotoyome Amber which was an amber ages in oak whine barrels. The only problem is the lack of guest taps. If there were any I couldn't tell.

The food was decent, a little above average. I had the clam chowder which was very good and some turkey and brie pressed sanwhich which was very dry. As mentioned above it was decent and better than the average pub food but nothing spectacular.

I sat at the bar and the service was very good. I was waited on by two different bartenders and they were very friendly and somewhat knowledgeable and always made sure I had a beer in front of me. One of them actually showed me how to reset my iPhone when the internet stopped working. Thanks again!

Overall this place was pretty cool and I'm glad that I had a chance to stop by and drink some of my favorites from them frsh from the source. Also, that Sotoyome Amber is amazing and if it's on tap you should order it without question.

Photo of younger35
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice place. Hard to find (it's back off the main street). Typical brewpub atmosphere. Lots of great beer on tap. There is some interesting stuff available that you won't typically find in bottles, like -bal aged versions of Hop Rod Rye. Big samplers available and sometimes you get freebies. Food is reasonable and not too expensive, especially considering it's Healdsburg. Service is pretty good - you shouldn't ever have to wait too long for a beer. You can also buy bottles of their stuff on the premises.

Photo of misterscooter
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of heytomcat
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

If you're ever in "whine" country, you have to check this place out. Located in the downtown area of Healdsburg, you can send your wife out to check out the many overpriced art, antique, and clothing stores around (just don't give her the credit card) so you can concentrate on some serious beer swillin'. They have about 6 House Ales, plus about 10 other seasonal offerings. The Berliner Weiss was outstanding. It even came with the syrups you get in Germany. I preferred it plain though.

Photo of drewbage
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Fifth stop of the great 2004 Sonoma County Beer Run. (http://stoutguy.com/beer/trips/Sonoma/)

Bear Republic is honestly one of my favorite California breweries. I will admit to having a beer crush on the brewery.

The brewpub is located in downtown Healdsburg, a town that still feels like a slice of the 1950's, only with high rent antiques and some truly funky places (including an old movie palace the Raven Theater with acts like Charlie Musselwhite). The pub itself is actually hard to spot from the main street as it's located on the backside of a small commercial block. The brewery is actually in a separate building next to the restaurant and is visible through a set of windows.

The pub is clean and well light with a raised bar dias next to a set of serving tanks.The selection of beers here was top notch! While D, the erstwhile navigator, ran down a pint of Grandma's Own and Hop Rod Rye, I sampled the largest sampler of the trip, a whopping 12 beers!

While beer republic doesn't do new growlers anymore, some of the bar staff is sympathetic enough to help a guy who's driven 500 miles and so I went home with a growler of Racer X.

The crowd was great at the pub, very friendly and outgoing. One of the fellows we spent our time jawing with, actually ended up buying our pints. That's a good thing, but even without it, this pub would make my day if it was anywhere near me.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

For a place with nearly national distribution their brewpub had a laid back, small town feel to it. Even on a weekend night when places just down the road were packed and lively my party still managed to find a table without any wait and enjoy a few beers. Food was on par with expectations—nothing dazzled, and the prices were about what I’d expect to pay. The real plus here was the service—the servers were exceptionally friendly and welcoming across the board. Good beers, good people, good times.

Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

On a recent road trip, I was happy to take a detour to Bear Republic Brewery and Pub, which brews what is perhaps my current favorite IPA of all time. Driving to the pub through Healdsburg, I had no idea that the brewery was located in such a boutique-filled community! Not only were there loads of small, chic stores and wine bistros, but nearly all of them were packed even by 10pm! It was reminiscent of stores I'd seen in San Rafael and San Mateo, so it was surprising to see the brewery here.

Anyhoo, once I walked in, the atmosphere of the brewery was already beyond fun. Flags and sports attire adorn the walls (as well as Speed Racer) and there are loads of woodwork on the ceiling and the outside porch area that give it an old-fashioned, NorCal gritty feel.

The selection of beers is beyond fantastic - not only do they have all of their classic brews on tap, but also over half a dozen of specialty brews to pick from. I got a Racer X on tap and tried some of their Black Racer - both were great. The menu was quite diverse, yet I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food. I ordered their house-made gumbo, yet there was an extra charge to add shrimp. While it was good and spicy, I immediately understood that one should come here for the beer first and foremost. I did try their cobb salad as well, and that was great.

The service was very fast and available, and showed no issues throughout the night, and did not even charge me extra in providing me more bread to soak into the remaining gumbo sauce. I left feeling quite satisfied, and next time that I return I will have one of their large salads with a beer or two. Overall, while the food is slightly expensive for what it is, the beers are ridiculously cheap (Red Rocket ale for $4.50, for instance) and the location is lots of fun. Recommended a visit!

Photo of TheLoneGunman
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.

Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.