Bear Republic Brewing Announces Legacy Series

With a new brewpub set to open in Rohnert Park, California this year, Bear Republic Brewing has recently launched its new Legacy Series of beers. This “new” Legacy Series will feature beers that the legendary California brewery has built its brand upon. Beers in this lineup include Red Rocket Ale, Hop Rod Rye, Peter Brown Tribute Ale, and Big Bear Black Stout. The Legacy Series is a rotating cycle of four Bear Republic staples, available seasonally in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

“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,” stated
Master Brewer Peter Kruger in a news release.

Here’s a rundown on all five beers and when each will be available provided to us by Bear Republic Brewing.

Red Rocket Ale® – April-June
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.

Pair With: Rich Dishes, Gouda, Beef, Pork, Wild Game
Stats: ABV: 6.8% – IBUs: 67 – Color: Deep Copper Red  – American Amber Ale
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™ – July-September
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.

Pair With: Smoked Meats, Chili, Gumbo, Soft Cheeses, Beef, Pork, Wild Game
Stats: ABV: 8.0% – IBUs: 80 – Color: Amber  – Rye IPA
Notable Awards: Six awards from the California State Fair: 2006-2014

Peter Brown Tribute Ale™ – October-December
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.

Pair With: Sweet and Savory Dishes, Blue Cheese, Beef, Pork
Stats: ABV: 6.3% – IBUs: 21 – Color: Brown  – American Brown Ale
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™ – January-March
A big, black stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.

Pair With: Grilled Meats, Dishes with Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Salty, Sweet, or Creamy Cheeses, Beef
Stats: ABV: 8.1% – IBUs: 55 – Color: Black  – American Stout
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

The Legacy Series beers are available on tap daily at Bear Republic’s brewpub in Healdsburg, California. To find any of these beers near you for a limited time, visit