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Bear Republic Brewing Company was founded in 1995. Our original brewery, located just off the downtown square in Healdsburg, California, is where we created and sometimes stumbled upon some of our favorite beer recipes. Ricardo's Red Rocket Ale, Racer 5 IPA, and many others began in that very brewhouse.

After 11 years of rapid growth, we opened our Factory 5 brewery in Cloverdale, California, where we brew and package all our beer that goes to market. We hand select our ingredients for each batch, the grains and hops we use are chosen for their unique characteristics, and the recipes and formulations are patiently developed over time. Many recipes start as a home-brew and then develop into the commercial beer available in many retail outlets today. We pride ourselves in using our established methods while always looking to improve efficiencies and techniques to provide quality beer to share with the world. 

We are driven to bring you fresh, never-filtered, hand-crafted beer.  

Our beers are like family to us. We take great pride in being known as one of the best IPA producers in the world. We've been brewing one of the original West Coast IPAs, Racer 5, for almost two decades.

The most important part of Bear Republic is the people. We have a diverse group that shows up every day to help produce, package, and serve our beer. So if you find yourself visiting Sonoma County, stop by for a pint at our current brewpub, Lakeside, in Rohnert Park, California.

Below, you'll find a timeline of notable events in Bear Republic history.


Ricardo's Red Rocket Ale® wins Best New Product at The Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas.


Bear Republic Brewing Co. is founded.


Brewing begins at original location in Healdsburg, California.


Racer 5 IPA® wins first GABF Gold Medal for American IPA.


Original Healdsburg location expands into additional production space.


Bear Republic breaks ground at Factory 5 Brewery in Cloverdale.


Bear Republic named Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.


Bear Republic installs world's first All USA commercial solar array. First of 135 kW of solar.


Bear Republic opens Lakeside Brewpub in Rohnert Park, California.



Thru the Haze wins gold and Best of Show at Copa Cervezas de América, N.E. IPA Category.


Over 500 awards and counting.

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