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
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]
Owner 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]


  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. [permanent dead link]
  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. 

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