January 25, 2017 1:14 pm Published by



Bear Republic Brewing Company has released not one, but TWO new six-packs. We know, it’s the best news you’ve heard all day!

The latest addition to the market is fan favorite IPA, Hop Shovel, previously only available on draft.

Winter seasonal release Café Racer 15 is back in 22 oz. bombers and is now available in six-packs, marking the official launch of the Double IPA series. Who’s thirsty now?

The Deets

Hop Shovel – this pale and hoppy IPA was brewed with a high proportion of wheat and rye for a smooth, well-rounded flavor and mouthfeel. Overflowing scoops of hop varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali were added to create huge tropical and citrus notes.

A great beer to enjoy by yourself or with friends, Hop Shovel pairs perfectly with spicy foods and barbecue, such as wings, burgers, and grilled vegetables.

Stats – ABV: 7.5% – IBUs: 100 – Color: Yellow – American India Pale Ale

Café Racer 15 – originally brewed in celebration of Bear Republic’s fifteenth anniversary, this beer quickly became a brew team favorite. Named in honor of the spirit of the counterculture street racer motorcyclists and our brewmaster’s first racing bike, number fifteen, Café Racer 15 is an assertive Double IPA with an intense grapefruit flavor and faint honey character.

Although perfect to indulge in by itself, the hoppiness of the beer pairs well with spicy and savory dishes, and cheeses such as aged cheddar and Parmesan.

Stats – ABV: 9.75% – IBUs: 100+ – Color: Golden – Double India Pale Ale

What the Brewers Say

Brewmaster and COO, Richard G. Norgrove: “We are very excited to release these beers in six-packs and continue the Bear Republic legacy.”

Master Brewer, Peter Kruger: “These are some of our favorite beers to brew. We are very happy to add these to our lineup and hope everyone enjoys them as much as we do.”


Hop Shovel:

Silver medal winner at the 2015 California State Fair – American IPA category

Bronze medal winner at the 2016 California State Fair – American IPA category

Café Racer 15:

Silver medal winner at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival® – Imperial IPA category

Winner at the 2014 Good Food Awards – Beer category

Where to Find the Beer

These beers are on tap now at our brewpub in Healdsburg, California. To find these beers or any of our other products near you, use our online bear tracker.

About Us

Founded over twenty years ago by the Norgrove family, Bear Republic Brewing Company has become one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California. With a growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.

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  • Toby Sudduth says:

    PLEASE come to Austin! I’ve had Cafe 15 from Sunrise Mini Mart here in town, but that was several months ago. Now that you’re in 6-packs, any chance you’ll distribute here? I guarantee you’ll be well-received! Thanks, Toby

  • Rob Trangmar says:

    Is 15 going to remain around?? It is really, really good!!!

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