Bear Republic Brewing Co. Introduces Sonoma Tart

unnamed - 2019-02-13T165648.340Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) has officially announced that Sonoma Tart Sour Ale will begin hitting craft beer shelves and taps during the week of February 11.

Brewed as a celebration of “Sonoma County’s rich agrarian history along with its newer ‘Wine Country’ identity”, Sonoma Tart is a Sour Golden Ale that has been lightly fruited with guava and passion fruit.  Coming in at an easy-drinking 5.2% ABV, Sonoma Tart is an approachable refresher that can easily serve as either a “gateway beer” for wine drinkers or a versatile daily drinker for craft beer enthusiasts.

“Compared to barrel aged beers, Sonoma Tart is much more drinkable and crushable. The tartness activates your taste buds, gets your palate flowing while fruit essence comes through without cloying sweetness,” said Bear Republic’s Master Brewer Peter Kruger. “Afterwards there’s a dry finish, for wine drinkers this beer is analogous to a sauvignon blanc.”

Sonoma Tart is rolling out this week with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this refreshing new brew at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sonoma Tart from Bear Republic Brewing Co. 

Release – Launching the week of February 11, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 17
Malts – 2-Row, White Wheat & Carapils
Yeast – BRBC Ale Yeast & Lactobacillus
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blue cheese, goat cheese, mussels, egg dishes, seafood, pork”
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “CEO/Brewmaster Richard G. Norgrove provided Sonoma Tart’s label art which features Sonoma County regional landmarks such as the Dry Creek General Store, Healdsburg bridge, Santa Rosa’s Round Barn (sadly burned down during the 2017 Tubbs Fire) and a water tower representative of the tank houses which dot the area. The font style of Sonoma Tart is an homage to a popular Sonoma Coast inn which for decades has welcomed thirsty travelers from the world at large.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/

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Bear Republic Brewing Co. Doubles Down on the Haze with Release of Drift Racer Hazy DIPA

BearRepDriftRacerPosterBear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) has announced that its highly anticipated Drift Racer Hazy Double IPA will officially begin its first wide release during the week of October 15.

Riding in on the tail of Thru the Haze IPA’s recent successful release, Drift Racer emerges as a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that “showcases some of the hottest new hop varieties including Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon.”  This hop combo works with the beer’s malt bill to produce “a juicy, fruit forward flavor profile and a smooth mouthfeel with just enough bitterness.”  Meant to be equally appealing to “craft beer enthusiasts or newbies searching for a juicy soft malt mouthfeel beer, or those who prefer a less bitter ale,” Drift Racer (8% ABV, 70 IBUs) is here to serve as a universal “escape car into a tropical, full flavored and tasty adult beverage.”

“This beer is the culmination of years of working to make an unfiltered beer as clear as possible, and then turning that knowledge on its head. We’re proud to deliver an unfiltered ale with this much character. We’ve designed Drift Racer to have huge tropical impact, and because of this the haze comes through. Drift Racer will resonate with diehard and casual craft beer fans alike,” said Bear Republic’s Master Brewer Peter Kruger. “Looking for juicy? Look no further.”

Drift Racer Hazy Double IPA will officially enter distribution during the week of October 15 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Drift Racer Hazy Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, mid-October 2018
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc & Huell Melon
Malts – 2-row, Pilsner & Wheat
Yeast – Barbarian
Fun Fact – On the label artwork:  “Label artwork of Drift Racer has been carefully brought to life by Brewmaster/COO Richard Norgrove Jr. (Bear Republic’s label artist since our inception), the label features a sketched image of Richard’s own race car, his beloved Nissan Datsun S30. The artwork pays homage to Japanese auto culture and challenges the race car drivers within all of us to explore new ways of driving and thinking. Enjoy the shifts of Drift Racer and what it embodies for Bear Republic’s Brewing team: a love and desire to go the distance.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Drift Racer should be enjoyed with traditional pub fare foods like hamburgers, wings, fries and maybe chicken & waffles.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/

Thru the Haze IPA Set to Debut for Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Thru-the-Haze-Tap_Handle_Digital_Label_2018webBear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, California) has announced that it will officially launch Thru the Haze India Pale Ale during the week of August 20, 2018.

Developed from “a half decade of research” on the wildly popular IPA sub-style that originated on the East Coast, Thru the Haze is a “Hazy IPA built in the style of Bear Republic ales without hop-centric bitterness.”  Thanks to a hop bill loaded with Vic Secret, Citra and Hallertau Blanc hops, Thru the Haze (6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs) has “grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas set the stage for a huge citrus explosion of flavor on your taste buds, without all the bitterness.”

“Overall it’s more juicy, less bitter and bracing,” declared Bear Republic Brewing Co. Master Brewer Peter Kruger. “There’s a tangerine and strong melon character to it with a hint of concord grape. Compared to traditional American IPAs, Thru the Haze is more approachable with a wider range of flavor compared to west coast style ales. For this beer, we’ve added hops later in the brewing process, giving you the aroma of hops along with a fuller mouth feel.”

Thru the Haze will make its debut at Bear Republic’s Healdsburg and Rohnert Park brewpub locations during the week of August 20. This Limited Release will enter distribution at that time as well.  You can expect to find Thru the Haze IPA available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Thru the Haze IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; August 20, 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale (Hazy/New England-style)
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Vic Secret, Citra & Hallertau Blanc
Malts – 2-row, Pilsner & Wheat
Yeast – Barbarian
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/

Café Racer 15 Makes Seasonal Return for Bear Republic Brewing Co.

crthumbBear Republic Brewing Company (Cloverdale, California) has announced that Café Racer 15 will officially begin its Seasonal return in January.

Arriving as the first release of 2018 in Bear Republic’s Seasonal lineup of Double India Pale Ales, Café Racer 15 is a “high revving” brew that is absolutely packed with Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Chinook hops.  Those little nuggets of hoppy goodness give Café Racer 15 (9.75% ABV) a “loud and assertive” personality that “features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine . . .  complimented by a dry malt finish.”

Café Racer 15 will officially release on January 5 and has plans to hang around through March 2018.  You can find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, January through March 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.75%
IBUs – 100+
Featured Hops – Citra, Amarillo, Cascade & Chinook
Malts – 2-row Barley & Honey
Yeast – BRBC Ale Yeast
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/

Bear Republic Brewing’s Racer X Returns, Now in 6-packs

racerx-copy-copyBear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, California) has officially announced that Racer X Double IPA is making its annual return in October, and this year it will have availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the first time in the beer’s 14-year history.

Widely known to be “one of the most desired Bear Republic offerings” and the big brother to Racer 5 IPA, Racer X is back this month to take its rightful place in the brewery’s newly-established Double IPA Series.  Billed as an “uncommon Double India Pale Ale”, this Seasonal brew “puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone.”  Although it clocks in at a sizable 8.3% ABV, hop heads can expect Racer X to be nothing but “balance in a bottle.”

“Racer X is a very hoppy and malty Double IPA. It pairs perfectly with boldly flavored cheeses, barbecue, and spicy foods.”

 

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

Racer X officially returns in October and will hang around while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles, and on draft at select retailers, bars, and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Racer X from Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Double IPA Series, October 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.3%
IBUs – 100+
Awards – Four-time winner at the California State Fair
Suggested Food Pairings – “Barbecue, Spicy Foods, Bold Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Aged Cheeses, Beef, Poultry, Pork”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/

Apex Special IPA Makes Seasonal Return for Bear Republic Brewing Co.

ApexnewBear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) recently announced that Apex Special IPA is slated for release as the summer installment in the brewery’s seasonal series of Double IPAs.

Brewed as a means to find “the elusive apex of malt and hops,” Apex Special IPA is a constantly evolving Double India Pale Ale that sees a change in its hop bill with each release.  The 2017 version of Apex Special IPA has been brewed with First Gold, Ella, Hallertau Blanc, Hull Melon and Cascade hops to create flavors and aromatics that are absolutely loaded with fruit-forward notes.  The finished beer clocks in at 8.25% ABV and 100+ IBUs.

“Each year this beer focuses on different hops. It’s also what makes this beer so awesome to brew and to drink. I hope our fans continue to enjoy this journey, along with me.”

 

– Richard G. Norgrove, Brewmaster and COO of Bear Republic Brewing Co. 

The 2017 Apex Special IPA will officially release on draft in Bear Republic’s Healdsburg brewpub at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30.  On July 1, this Seasonal offering will then become available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic Brewing Co.’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Apex Special IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal/Double IPA Series, July through September 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.25%
IBUs – 100+
Featured Hops – First Gold, Ella, Hallertau Blanc, Hull Melon, & Cascade
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder (a.k.a. Bear Tracker) – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Wings, Burgers, Spicy Dishes, Savory Dishes, Beef, Poultry, and Pork Dishes, Hard Cheeses, Aged Cheeses, and Sheep’s Milk”

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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Bear Republic Brewing Adds Fastback Racer DIPA to Seasonal Lineup

Fastbackcollage_edited2Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) recently announced that they will expand their Double IPA series in April with the seasonal release of Fastback Racer Double IPA.

Arriving as Bear Republic Brewing Co.’s newest Seasonal offering, Fastback Racer is a massive Double India Pale Ale that has been “packed with intense bitterness and massive hop additions of Citra and Ekuanot.”  These featured hops produce pronounced tropical and citrusy notes that ride high atop “a chassis of Rye, Munich, and light caramel malts.”  Clocking in at 10.4% ABV and 100+ IBUs, Fastback Racer certainly lives up to its billing of being “a Double IPA with full-throttle hoppiness.”  Fastback Racer Double IPA joins Cafe Racer 15, Apex, and Racer X within the brewery’s Seasonal lineup of Double IPAs.

“Fastback has quickly become one of our favorites and we are thrilled for it to make its debut as part of Bear Republic’s Double IPA series.”

– Richard G. Norgrove, Bear Republic Brewing Co. Brewmaster and COO

Fastback Racer Double IPA officially releases April 1 and will be available for a limited time.  This offering will be available at select craft beer retailers, restaurants and bars located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution footprint.  This release of Fastback Racer Double IPA is pretty much guaranteed to not last long on shelves and taps, so be sure to pick this one up while you can, hopheads.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fastback Racer Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, arriving April 1, 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 10.4%
IBUs – 100+
Featured Hops – Citra & Ekuanot
Malts – Rye, Munich & light caramel malts

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder (a.k.a. Bear Tracker) – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Spicy Foods, Savory Dishes, Poultry and Pork Dishes, BBQ Pork Ribs, Honey Glazed Ham, Orange Chicken, Cheesecake, Soft Pungent Cheeses, Aged Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese”

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Hop Shovel IPA Now Available Year-Round from Bear Republic Brewing

hsthumbBear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) has officially announced the addition of Hop Shovel IPA to the brewery’s portfolio of Year-Round offerings.

Even though this beer has previously only been available on draft, Hop Shovel IPA has quickly become one of Bear Republic’s most desired offerings. This well-rounded India Pale Ale achieved fan-favorite status thanks to a recipe that incorporates “a high proportion of wheat and rye” malts and three incredibly juicy hop varieties – Mosaic, Meridian and Denali.  This combination yields a 7.5% ABV IPA that is absolutely loaded with “huge tropical and citrus notes.”  After receiving high praise from fans and earning a couple awards along the way, it was a very easy decision for Bear Republic to have Hop Shovel IPA join Racer 5 IPA, Grand-Am American Pale Ale, Pace Car Racer Session IPA, and Double Aught Pilsner in their year-round lineup.

“Hop Shovel is one of our favorite beers to brew. We are very happy to add this to our year-round lineup and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.”

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

Hop Shovel IPA is officially available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round brew on shelves and taps at craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers in Florida and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution footprint.  If you happen to be a hophead, this West Coast IPA certainly needs to be on your radar.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hop Shovel IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round as of January 20, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 100
Hops – Denali, Meridian & Mosaic
Awards – Silver and bronze medal winner at the 2015 and 2016 California State Fair in the American India Pale Ale category
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder (a.k.a. Bear Tracker) – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/

Racer X DIPA Makes Seasonal Return for Bear Republic Brewing Co.

racerx-copy-copyBear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) recently announced that Racer X Double IPA is making its highly anticipated, annual return during the month of October.

Created as the much bigger brother to the brewery’s flagship Racer 5 India Pale Ale, Racer X Double India Pale Ale is a true California take on English brewing traditions.  This offering boasts an “assertive hop aroma and bitterness” thanks to Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial hops utilized during both the kettle and dry-hop stages.  Although it may be a lupulin-laden experience, Racer X still retains a firm malt backbone to display “balance in a bottle.”  The final beer weighs in at 8.3% ABV and a whopping 100+ IBUs.

“Racer X is bold with a California spin,” said Bear Republic Brewmaster/COO, Richard “Ricardo” Norgrove.  “It really embodies the role of big brother to Racer 5 with flavorful hops and a sleek, strong malt base.”

Racer X Double IPA officially released on October 1 at Bear Republic’s Healdsburg brewpub, and it is now rolling out with very limited availability to select retailers, bars, and restaurants in Florida and throughout the brewery’s full distribution footprint.  Look for this offering to turn up in 22 0z. bottles and on draft. Expect Racer X to disappear with a quickness, so get yours while you can. Prost!

Vital Information for Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, beginning October 1
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.3%
IBUs – 100+
Hops – Cascade, Centennial & Columbus 
Availability – 22 oz. bottles and draft
Notable Awards: Four-time winner at the California State Fair, with three silver medals and one bronze
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/