Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.89/5
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:
96
Ratings:
26,966
Reviews:
9,480
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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
218
Reviews:
106
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
5.8%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 106
Reviews by foles:
Photo of foles
2.53/5  rDev -38.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I'm going to have to depart from the brilliant reviews given to this place (the reason I visited). My lunch experience there was awful.

I ordered a sampler of all the regular beers. I was advised that that they were out of their Rye IPA, so one space was empty. The waitress did not have the foresight to add a replacement beer (maybe one of the seasonals) to the sampler tray. So I asked her if she could add the Roggenbier to replace the missing one. She said "no problem" and did so. My wife ordered Calamari & I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. Unfortunately it was mainly octopus on the Calamari plate (not mentioned in the menu), and my wife doesnt like octopus. The food was overpriced as well, maybe to suit the seemingly wealthy demographic in the Healdsburg area. And it was of a lower standard to the other 10 or so brewpubs I visited in Norcal/Oregon.

When I received the bill I was shocked to find my sampler tray + ONE ADDITIONAL SAMPLE charged. So I was charged extra for the replacement beer sample despite being given one short to begin with. In addition there was a tip calculator printed on the bill. 18% = , 25% =. etc. The only time I have seen this in all my travels to the USA. Well they got a 50 cent tip from me, and that was generous in my opinion. As I was reading my bill I heard another waitress rudely address a nearby table, "Hurry up boys I need the table".

Beer was ok, but I have experienced much better in the region. I wont be visiting this place again.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +1%
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 -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ambruns1979
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Martin_carvalho
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hoppedelic
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -4.1%
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 +16.4%
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 -9.9%
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 +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dmk82
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA
3.89 out of 5 based on 26,966 ratings.
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