Bear Republic Brewing Co. Establishes Legacy Series

LegacyRedRocketBear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) recently announced that they will now offer a selection of their classic, brewery-defining beers as seasonally released offerings in the newly established Legacy Series.

As an act of reflection upon 20 years of brewing handcrafted beers, Bear Republic Brewing Co. has launched the Legacy Series to feature “a catalog of craft beers that have helped define the brewery’s legacy.”  Each year, this new series will highlight ” a rotating cycle of four Bear Republic staples” that will be available on a seasonal basis.  The lineup of Legacy Series offerings in 2017 (and part of 2018) is as follows:

Red Rocket Ale

  • Release – April to June 2017
  • Style – American Amber Ale
  • Description – “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. The complex malt bill mixes distinctive pale, caramel, and roasted malts with aromatic Cascade and Centennial hops.
    Red Rocket is the brew that started it all. An example of Bear Republic’s hop forward approach without fear of stepping outside the style guidelines, this was the Brewmaster’s original quest for brewing excellence with no boundaries. This is a beer with many stories to tell.”
  • Stats – ABV: 6.8% – IBUs: 67 – Color: Deep Copper Red
  • Suggested Food Pairings – Rich Dishes, Gouda, Beef, Pork, Wild Game
  • Notable Awards – Great American Beer Festival® Silver – Other Strong Ales: 1998, 1999; World Beer Cup Bronze: 1998; Seven awards from the California State Fair: 1998-2012

Hop Rod Rye

  • Release – July to September 2017
  • Style – Rye IPA
  • Description – “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.”
  • Stats: ABV: 8.0% – IBUs: 80 – Color: Amber
  • Suggested Food Pairings – Smoked Meats, Chili, Gumbo, Soft Cheeses, Beef, Pork, Wild Game
  • Notable Awards – Six awards from the California State Fair: 2006-2014

Peter Brown Tribute Ale

  • Release – October to December 2017
  • Style – American Brown Ale
  • Description – “A malty American Brown Ale brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and hopped with Cascade and Centennial. It’s just the way Pete would have wanted it.”
  • Stats: ABV: 6.3% – IBUs: 21 – Color: Brown
  • Suggested Food Pairings – Sweet and Savory Dishes, Blue Cheese, Beef, Pork
  • Notable Awards – Great American Beer Festival® Gold, Silver, Bronze – Brown Porter: 2004, 2006, 2012, 2015; Three awards from the California State Fair: 2007-2012; San Diego International Beer Competition, Bronze: 2016

Big Bear Black Stout

  • Release – January to March 2018
  • Style –  American Stout
  • Description – “A big, black stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.”
  • Stats – ABV: 8.1% – IBUs: 55 – Color: Black
  • Suggested Food Pairings – Grilled Meats, Dishes with Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Salty, Sweet, or Creamy Cheeses, Beef
  • Notable Awards – Great American Beer Festival® Silver – American-Style Stout: 2007; World Beer Cup Gold: 2002; Four awards from the California State Fair: 2004-2014

“While our team is constantly creating new recipes, the Legacy Series is a testament to the success of the great classic Bear Republic beers that have been a part of our portfolio for over twenty years.”


– Peter Kruger, Master Brewer at Bear Republic Brewing Co.

As mentioned above, the Legacy Series kicks off with the release of Red Rocket Ale from April to June 2017.  Red Rocket Ale is available for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution area.  The remaining three Legacy Series beers will get the same packaging and distribution treatment as Red Rocket Ale during their scheduled times of release.  If you happen to be a die-hard fan that is local to Bear Republic’s brewpub in Healdsburg, California, you are the real winner here because “the Legacy Series beers are available on tap daily.”  These iconic brews are true examples of American craft beer history, so be sure to revisit these Legacy Series offerings as they release throughout the year.  Prost!

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