The story of Bear Republic, like most other craft brewers, began with homebrewing. It was the spark for their passion to create quality, hand-crafted beers. Beers are like family to them. They take great pride in being known as one of the best IPA producers in the world. They’ve been brewing one of the original West Coast IPAs, Racer 5, for almost 2 decades. But the most important part of Bear Republic is the people. They have a diverse group that show up every day to help produce, package and serve their beer. If you find yourself visiting Sonoma County, stop by for a pint at their current brewpub, Lakeside, in Rohnert Park, California – or better yet, stop by their booth at Beerfest, talk with their experts and find your favorite Bear beer.