Brewing handcrafted beers for over 20 years, Bear Republic Brewing Co. has recently expanded on its barrel-aged program with the introduction of its Wild Club, an exclusive, members-only club.
“We want our members to fall in love with the passion and creativity of our team and the expression that comes through in the beer,” said Wild Club Manager Frances Kruger.
There are two club levels available, Wild Club and Wild VIP. There is no fee to become a member, customers just pay for the beer each shipment and enjoy the perks.
Wild Club member perks include
- Exclusive access to Wild Club beers
- First access to purchase library beers and magnums
- Save on shipping: Bear Republic will split the cost of shipping on all full case (12 bottle) purchases
- Invitations to dinners with the brewers
- Private tours of the Bear Republic facilities
- Each shipment will include a one-time use 10 percent discount (20 percent discount for VIP Members) coupon for items on the Bear Republic website www.bearrepublic.com or at the brewpub in Healdsburg.
The Wild Club consists of four shipments per year: February, April, September and December.
With beers carefully chosen by Bear Republic’s brew team, the beers released in this month’s shipment are:
Barrel 188: This Little Figgie
We brewed this giant monster of golden ale specifically to put into barrels in December 2014. Our dear friend Marko Karakasevic from Charbay Distillery sold us these barrels, which had been used to age brandy for over 30 years!
This Little Figgie has so many complex layers — you will love pairing it with your food! There is a smoky sweetness that pairs well with barbecue and char, and the caramel component complements desserts, such as toffee and chocolate to perfection.
‘Twas the Beer before Christmas
This is a blend of Bear Republic’s Old Baba Yaga, Tartare Noir, Tartare Apricot and “Epic,” huge brown ale. It gets its peanut butter roast malt character, dried apricot dustiness and clean tartness from a battle royal of house yeast and adopted critters. The base beers have additions of licorice and dried fruit and have been barrel-aged for up to 28 months, resulting in a reddish-black color.
Goat Rock Funk (VIP Members Exclusive)
Goat Rock Funk is created with a spontaneous ferment starter from Goat Rock Beach on the Sonoma Coast. The natural yeasts from this area provide a unique flavor derived from this particular terroir. This starter is added to the wort into a single, neutral reused wine barrel and fermented. The natural yeasts and barrel characteristics create an enjoyable wild ale that has lemon-lime tartness, citrus and pineapple notes, with a fruity and estery nose. Goat Rock Funk pairs well with dry-aged goat cheese and creamy chicken dishes.