Bear Republic Brewing Company

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Bear Republic Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founders Richard R. and Sandy Norgrove
Richard G. and Tami Norgrove
Headquarters Cloverdale, California, United States
Coordinates 38°36′40″N 122°52′15″W / 38.611078°N 122.870816°W / 38.611078; -122.870816 (BRBC)Coordinates: 38°36′40″N 122°52′15″W / 38.611078°N 122.870816°W / 38.611078; -122.870816 (BRBC)
Number of locations 1 Pub & Restaurant
Key people Richard R. Norgrove (CEO), Richard G. Norgrove (Brew Master)
Products Beer
Production output 72,000 US beer barrels (8,400,000 l; 2,200,000 US gal; 1,900,000 imp gal) (2013)[1]
Owners Richard R. and Sandy Norgrove
Richard G. and Tami Norgrove

The Bear Republic Brewing Company is an American microbrewery located in Cloverdale, California, USA.[2] It was established by the Norgrove family in 1995, with Richard G. Norgrove as brewmaster. The name is said to refer to California's 1846 Bear Flag Revolt.[3] In 2006, Bear was named Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.[4]

Bear's best-selling product is Racer 5, an India Pale Ale which accounted for about three-quarters of the company's 2009 sales.[5][6] Their other brews include Big Bear Black Stout,[7] Hop Rod Rye,[8] and Green House Lager, a Czech-style pilsner.[9]

The company operates a brewpub in Healdsburg, California.[10][11]


Beer Pack  % ABV IBU Description
Racer 5 IPA 6/12 7.0 75+ This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops.[12]
Red Rocket Ale 6/12 6.8 67 Red Rocket Ale is a bastardized Scottish style red ale that traces its origins to our homebrew roots. This full-bodied and hoppy brew finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.[12]
Hop Rod Rye 4 8.0 80 A high-gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt. Hop Rod Rye has a floral hop aroma and subtle caramel notes with a slightly earthy and spicy rye character.[12]
Big Bear Black Stout 4 8.1 55 Big Bear is a big black stout that you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.[12]
Peter Brown Tribute Ale 22 oz/keg 6.3 21 Peter Brown Tribute Ale is malty American Brown Ale, brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops.[12]
XP Pale Ale 22oz/keg 5.4 35 XP is short for Exception Pale Ale. This light golden pale ale balances the malt and hops for a smooth, drinkable beer.[12]


Beer  % ABV IBU Availability Description
Black Racer 7.8 75+ Spring An aggressively hopped ale brewed to a style pioneered in the Pacific Northwest known as Cascadian IPA or Black IPA. Essentially an India Pale Ale with additional crystal malt and roasted malts for layered flavors with very little roast character relative to its dark color.[12]
Late Harvest Lager 6.3 25 Fall This traditional Oktoberfest beer is brewed to be enjoyed throughout the fall. Big, malty biscuit flavors are balanced by an alcohol warmth and a dry finish. Crisp hop bitterness and noble hop aroma round out this seasonal lager.[12]
Ryevalry 8.2 70 Spring A Double IPA brewed with 30% rye, large quantities of American hops, and fermented with Belgian ale yeast to create a bitter, hoppy, and spicy ale.[12]
Racer X 8.3 100+ October An uncommon Double India Pale Ale which puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X™ is balance in a bottle.[12]
Heritage Ale 7.6 17 Winter True to the Norgrove's Scottish Heritage, this Wee Heavy is brewed with Scottish malts and lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings. Big and malty sweet, this ale will have you hearing bagpipes.[12]

Pub Specialities[edit]

Bear Republic Brewing Company brews many beers that are only available at its Pub & Restaurant. A short list of these includes: El Oso, Spanish for 'The Bear', is an amber-colored brew with a suggestion of caramel, crafted in the tradition of the famously crisp and thirst quenching Mexican lagers; Maibock, a take on the German lager brewed to commemorate the coming of spring - traditionally a hoppy, high-gravity lager, our version is bigger and hoppier using traditional European malts and special German hops; and Speed Bump, a complex malt bill that mixes distinctive pale, caramel, and roasted malts with aromatic Apollo, Centennial and Chinook hops whose unique malt and hop character make this lower-alcohol brew a great beer to enjoy with friends.[12]


  1. ^ Stevens, Loralee (January 24, 2014). "Brewery tackles drought with tech". North Bay Business Journal. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Contact - Bear Republic Brewing Company". Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ Myers, Benjamin (October 1999). Best American Beers: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Most Distinctive Craft Brews of the Us and Canada. CLB. ISBN 9781841001371. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "2006 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards" (PDF). Great American Beer Festival. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Miller, Norman (July 15, 2009). "The Beer Nut: Bullish on Bear Republic's beers". Metro West Daily News. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Hampson, Tim (2010-07-19). Great Beers: 700 of the Best from Around the World. Penguin. pp. 53–. ISBN 9780756672584. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Perry, Charles (October 13, 2011). "Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout: review". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Kreck, Dick (April 19, 2006). "Beer of the Week". Denver Post. p. F2. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Lenker, George (September 17, 2009). "Bear Republic creates magic beer yet again". The Republican. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Goldsmith, Philip (2007-11-28). Moon Northern California Wine Country. Avalon Travel. pp. 243–. ISBN 9781598800784. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Melnik, Peg; Fish, Tim (2011-05-02). Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination. The Countryman Press. pp. 157–. ISBN 9781581571363. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Our Brews". Bear Republic Brewing Company. 

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