Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co.Bear Republic Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
88%
Liked Their Beers
3.89 w/ 27,217 ratings
Bear Republic Brewing Co.Bear Republic Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

345 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, California, 95448
United States

(707) 433-BEER | map
bearrepublic.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
97
Reviews:
9,549
Ratings:
27,217
Liked:
23,956
Average:
3.89/5
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
89.5%
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
220
Liked:
197
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 106
Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After having their excellent Racer 5 IPA at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival, I knew I had to try some of their other brews at the source.

Bear Republic is a nice brewpub in downtown Healdsburg. It's behind shops on the main drag, so check the address numbers carefully.

It's a medium-sized room with a large bar. The brewing equipment can be seen to the left of the bar and through windows behind it. More equipment (probably for their bottling operation) is in an adjacent building.

Lots of stuff on the walls. Much is related to "Speed Racer," a big influence for some of their beers' names.

The place wasn't crowded on a Wednesday afternoon in August. I sat at the bar and ordered their beer sampler and their special of the day, chopinno, on the recommendation of the very friendly bartender, who also knew a lot about their brews. The chopinno was good with a spicy sauce and fresh melange of seafood. I should have asked for the price in advance; it was a little shock to pay $18 just for the lunch portion!

Their beer is even better than their food. I was lucky to sample their 1998 barleywine on tap. I'm a big barleywine fan and this one was a great addition to the genre. Nice and smooth, thanks to the aging, I imagine.

Their Big Bear Imperial Stout was their current cask-conditioned selection. I don't remember enough about it for a proper review, though.

Several regulars popped in and out while I was there. Overall, Bear Republic had a great laid-back atmosphere. Their beers are nice and big and hoppy where appropriate, which is fine by me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.21/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of hayesjw
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Excellent low key vibe. If you like IPA's this place is awesome, but other selection are limited. Service was fine for a busy Saturday. Decent selection of their beers. The main thing about this place is that it is basically a restaurant setting and less like hanging out at a brewery. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just a little different from other places in the area. This does mean that the food is excellent, I had the Saturday special, Salmon Avocado Sand-which and it was killer. I would say if you are near by it is definitely worth a stop for lunch and an IPA or 2.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Checked this out on the drive up to Eureka. Filled with locals catching a beer, this place is cozy but non-descript considering the brand. They do offer 8oz pours which is nice since I was driving up. Food seemed to be standard pub grub.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

(#26 of 49) We stopped here to try their beers and to have lunch. The place is located along a busy retail street in the downtown area, and is situated off the street along a walkway that runs between two retail buildings. The large interior has good vibe, but we chose to sit on the covered rear patio that overlooks some park-like property.

We ordered the house flight and the barrel-aged flight that together consisted of 11 of the 19 beers that were on tap that day. Each of the beers was brewed very well to style, and we decided that all 4 of the barrel-aged beers deserved a B+ grade. The other 7 were given scores of either a B or a B-minus so that the overall grade was a 4.0. Some beers were were available to go in bottles, and growlers were also available.

The food here is excellent too. The outdoor setting along with the great beer and food made for a great visit. We'd definitely revisit this pub if ever in the area again.

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Photo of MIrvine
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ambruns1979
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Martin_carvalho
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hoppedelic
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Interesting to visit here, knowing that Healdsburg is in one of the great wine valleys of the world... where tourists typically sample wines in cool cellars and then go to their cars and get hammered by the mid-day sun.
Not so for me on this dreary February day. Yet Bear Republic helps give this main street of this very small city (11,000) some life. These home brewers opened shop in the 1990s and have made a nice go of it... doing the cool things brewers can do and bringing life to that corner of a three block main street.
I did not eat there however because their beers are too hoppy for food for me. But, I did have a nice flight of samplings on tap.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I recently stopped in here on a trip to Northern California. The inside hosts a brewery, bar, and restaurant with lots of racing themed decorations on the walls. It was quite busy when I stopped in and I had a hard time ordering beers from the bar with all of the people waiting at the bar top along with the restaurant orders they were pouring too. They had around 25 beers on tap, including their year round stuff, specialties, and some barrel aged offerings too. The quality of everything was good.

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Photo of HopfenUndMalz2015
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Visited the Bear Republic with some friends. Amazed at how much was on tap. Always loved their beers but, had no idea how much is available at the brewpub. It was very busy and packed on a Saturday night. The waitress was very friendly, and service was quick and professional. We didn't have food, but, the overall atmosphere was fun, and laid back, with some great music!!

Almost everyone I know likes Racer 5, but, I would highly recommend going if you want to see what else they have available.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A good size bar with over a dozen different beers. Food was good pub food but nothing outstanding. Service was good as the place was busy for Thursday night. Beer selection is the reason to go here. Beside the usual great IPAs that they do there are other varieties like sours and bourbon barrel varieties that don't make it out East.

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Photo of marshrat63
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
Brewery rating: 88% out of 100 with 27,217 ratings
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