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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 137
Beer Ratings: 68,475
Beer Avg: 3.86

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

112 Ratings
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.95%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1075 E. 20th Street
Chico, California, 95928
United States
phone: (530) 893-3520

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sierranevada

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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Average price for a good beer. Have tried several brews from this brewery and i am not at least disappointed at all. A great craft beer deserves a recogntion from brewer and the raters of the beer. Always look forward to new beers from this place at the liquor store

04-17-2014 22:02:53 | More by yuenglingfan101
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

It was a beautiful day so we sat outside. The inside bar and dining area looked nice too.
Nineteen of their beers on tap with a fairly wide variety between them, though only one "Belgian" style beer. Whatever, all their beers are solid or great.
The service was the perfect blend of normal American style of "bugging-me-every-other-minute-to-ask-if-everything-is-okay" and German "never-approach-your-table-unless-you-are-doing-jumping-jacks-to-get-attention".
The food was great. I would go there just for the food. We had some fries, pretzel and beer cheese and a salad.
The prices were normal for the area. The gift shop has great prices on glassware, $3 for an imperial pint.

04-15-2014 05:25:50 | More by Fatehunter
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Overlap

Washington

4.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Friendly staff. Wife and I take the tour every New Year's Eve afternoon then enjoy an early dinner. Facility is always clean, tour guides are knowledgeable and enjoy working there. Food is almost as good as the beer. The soft pretzels with mustard are always a favorite. And then there is the beer... Always a great selection of unique brews on tap. Every fan of quality beer should visit Sierra Nevada.

02-06-2014 05:48:05 | More by Overlap
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jeffjeff1

California

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I went to Sierra Nevada Brewery today with my wife and parents. Great experience. Luckily there was no wait then and we got seated immediately. We were seated in a booth but the booth was weird. The seats went all around and you could rotate it around. It was pretty cool. They had a few beers that they don't have anywhere else and we tried a few of those. I had the Brewer's Pizza which was delicious. After that we went to the gift shop where we spent a ton of money. I got two tap handles, two pint glasses, two shirts, some mustard, and a cookbook. I highly recommend it. The brewery is also huge. It is truly a beautiful place. I felt like Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wanted to go on the tour but we didn't have enough time so next time we will go on the tour.

01-21-2014 02:38:25 | More by jeffjeff1
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Bouder32

Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

Really enjoyed the brewery tour and ate lunch in the Brew Pub afterward. Was a bit disappointed that they changed out the Hoptimum to Oktoberfest from when I started the tour to when it came to the end and the sampling. I was really looking forward to Hoptimum as I have not tried it as yet, but the sampling was great at the end of the tour. Enjoyed the food at the Pub and sampled quite a few other beers during lunch. Was very impressed with the presentation and food quality. Can not wait to come back again next year!

10-16-2013 19:12:00 | More by Bouder32
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111213forlife

California

4.9/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I LOVE THIS! i want every birthday and special occasion to happen here. funeral too. i absolutely hate disneyland, but i called this place disneyland for beer loving adults. i went on the tour. it blew my mind. so much detail and so much information. i got to play in the hop bins! the story, the people, the beer, everything about this place just makes me happy and proud. i want to support this company, these people, this beer, and this place so that it can keep getting better and better. the things you will find on tap here can NOT be found anywhere else. the food is nicely paired, and the restaurant and patio are a great place to spend an afternoon. the gift shop will break your wallet. i try to come here at least every two months, but i am looking for ANY reason to go more often than that. i do appreciate their sustainable approach, and have said to myself, "well if sierra nevada can do it, i'm sure i can be more sustainable too." i am really looking forward to the east coast expansion, what sort of excitement do you think they'll come up with? i would encourage everybody to come here and see for themselves, but seriously, i like that it's not that crowded in chico... if you go at the right time.

09-26-2013 03:42:24 | More by 111213forlife
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Morgoth

Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I spent 15 years growing up in the Chico area.
Before turning 21 I heard legends of the awesomeness of Sierra Nevada, as a brewery and as a restaurant. My first beer (and yes, I actually waited until I was 21 to try) was a Pale Ale!
As a advocate and entrepreneur in the Sustainability industry I have been constantly been inspired and impressed with SN's M.O.
I can not speak highly enough of this company, or what they have done for my community. I promote SN wherever I go, and have increased sales in multiple states ;).
The way the treat their employees has been a model for my own management for years.
I admire this company greatly and cannot speak highly enough of them.
Cheers!

09-07-2013 17:36:26 | More by Morgoth
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GeorgeH

California

4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

Awesome place to visit. I took the tour and it was outstanding. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Tour was just the right amount of time. Seeing their facility is extremely impressive, and recently, has become very energy efficient. Tour ends with a large sampling of everything they are currently serving in the area, which is a much larger selection than you can get anywhere outside of Chico. I can't recommend this place enough. Sierra Nevada has been my go to beer when I'm unsure of what I want to drink. I know it will be outstanding every time. Go enjoy this place!

07-16-2013 20:14:44 | More by GeorgeH
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willjschmidt

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I finally made a visit to my favorite brewery and it lived up to my expectations and more.

Atmosphere: The brewery, restaurant, and grounds are beautiful. There is a restaurant with inside and outside sitting. There is also a large hopyard adjoining the brewery. There is also a great gift shop where you can purchase beer, apparel, and other merchandise.

Quality: Everything about this place is high quality. The beer, the food, their commitment to the environment and sustainability. They only use the highest quality ingredients in their beer and food. For example, they only use whole cone hops and are the largest user of whole cone hops in the world.

Service: All the employees that I came across here were top notch. The bartenders, the tour guide, our waitress, and the gift shop employees. They were all fun, knowledgable, and you can tell they enjoyed their jobs.

Selection: They have all of their production beers on tap along with about 8 one-offs available only on-tap at the brewery.

Food: The food was great. I ordered a steak pizza. The steak was from a local ranch where the cattle are feed spent grain from the brewery. The circle of life! The cheese was made from Torpedo beer. It was excellent.

The Tour: I highly recommend their tour. It is top notch. It's 90 minutes and free. They start off with a video about the history of the brewery. The tour then takes you through all of the production from mashing, to the boil kettles, to the hop storage room, to the packaging line. Along the way they explain how they reuse and recycle 99% of their waste and generate a large portion of their energy and electricity. At the end you go into a tasting room and taste 8 different beers. Our guide was fantastic. She was knowledge and passionate about beer and Sierra Nevada.

I highly recommend a visit to what is really the mecca of American craft beer.

06-25-2013 20:43:32 | More by willjschmidt
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QuakeAttack

California

4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co has been on my bucket list for a long time. I have been drinking their beer for 25 years, but never found the chance to visit Chico and check out the brewery. When my second son wanted to check out CSU Chico, I scheduled a tour on a Friday afternoon.

The tour was a lot of fun. You get an introduction while having a taste of pale ale and checking out different types of malts. Afterwards, you go on a tour to check out the hops (get to smell them) and follow the complete process of making beer! In the end, they give you a sample of about eight different beers (varies depending on the time of year). We got to try barreled aged Big Foot. Awesome! The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

Afterwards, we went to have dinner at the restaurant. Not sure if they take reservations, but if they do, get them. We had to wait an hour to get seated. The food was good and the atmosphere was laid back, but nice.

05-20-2013 21:44:32 | More by QuakeAttack
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
100 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.