Bear Republic Brewing Company Celebrates Twenty Years

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIF. – This year, Bear Republic Brewing Company® celebrates their twentieth anniversary. To continue the festivities, Bear Republic will be hosting a celebration at their original brewpub in Healdsburg on Monday, February 29 from seven to ten pm, with an invite only VIP session taking place from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Bear Republic Owner Richard Norgrove said, “We are excited to be celebrating twenty years.” He continued, “It is with the support of our community, family, and friends that we have been able to live our dream all these years.”

What started as a company of the four owners in 1995 has expanded into two locations with over 150 employees. Originally operating on a small brewpub system in downtown Healdsburg, California, Bear Republic has expanded over the last twenty years, with a production brewery established in 2006 just 15 miles North of the original Healdsburg facility in Cloverdale, California, and has become the 39th largest brewery in the United States.

Last year, Bear Republic was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Small Business of the Year for Northern California and was named one of the Best Places to Work by the North Bay Business Journal in 2014.

Additionally, Bear Republic received the Sustainable North Coast Award from Congressman Jared Huffman’s Office for their commitment to conservation and sustainable business practices in 2014.

The daring and bold brews of Bear Republic have earned top honors in the American brewing industry. Racer 5 IPA® is one of the most award-winning beers in the USA. In 2006, Bear Republic won the Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year awards from the Great American Beer Festival®. Brewmaster Rich Norgrove likens this to winning the Daytona 500.

To date, Bear Republic has won 22 medals from the Great American Beer Festival®. Additionally, Bear Republic has won various medals from the World Beer Cup®, Good Food Awards™, The California State Fair, and many more.

Bear Republic is dedicated to supporting the communities that it’s a part of and donates to various organizations in the North Bay, including Rotary, Boys & Girls Club, Kiwanis, Active 20-30 Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, PTA, Special Education, the Little League, and small worthy groups locally.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at our Healdsburg brewpub and at the door. Please visit for more information.

Event Location: 345 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Time: VIP – 4:30-6:30 pm, General Public – 7:00-10:00 pm
Cost: General Public – $20, includes a 20 year commemorative glass, 5 beer tickets, hors d’ oeuvres, and more!

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