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>p PRODUCERS Bear Republic Brewing Co. ‘Big, Bold Beer’ Bear Republic Brewing Co.’s IPAs and other beers never fail to make a positive impression on customers across the country. By Jim Harris eople who drink Bear Republic Brewing Co.’s beers for the first time tend to have a very similar reaction. “We call it the ‘wow’ factor,” President and co-founder Richard Norgrove says. “We take our beers to people and they say, ‘Wow, this is really good.’ With dozens of awards to its credit during a more than 15-year history, the Healdsburg, Calif.-based craft brewery and brewpub clearly has inspired the “wow factor” in many beer enthusiasts. Norgrove credits the recipes and palate of his son Ricardo – the comcompany profile pany’s brewmaster – with their positive reputation. “We make big, bold beers that are incredibly balBear Republic Brewing Co. anced in terms of hops and malts,” he says. Revenues: $ million 16 The heart of Bear Republic’s operations and the HQ: Healdsburg, Calif. Employees: 16 place where the younger Norgrove develops and first Specialty: Craft brewing test-markets his recipes is the company’s brewpub in Richard Norgrove, president: “We make big, bold beers that the heart of wine country in Sonoma County, Calif. are incredibly balanced in terms of The brewpub typically serves about 18 beers on draft. hops and malts.” “The pub is the marketing arm for new beers and 104 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • << Based in the heart of wine country in Sonoma County, Calif., Bear Republic Brewing Co. nevertheless draws a lot of attention with its beers. P new styles, and gives us a chance to see how they’re received,” Richard Norgrove explains. “If the beers work at the pub, we can roll them out nationwide.” Bear Republic’s brewing operations are based in a brewery in Cloverdale, Calif., located approximately 16 miles away from the brewpub. Bear Republic is currently the 35th highest volume craft brewery in the United States. Six of its beers are bottled and available in 35 states and six countries. These are: •Racer 5, which is an American India pale ale (IPA); •Red Rocket Ale, which is an American amber ale;

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012