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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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137 Beers
111,859 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 297
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by ojclark:
Photo of ojclark
4.28/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The restaurant/taphouse is a very nice room with lots of wood and lots of copper (bartop, taps, even the giant, immaculate air conditioning duct). The waiting area and the area near the bar have a nice view of one of the several brewhouses in the Sierra Nevada complex. The food was good, especially the gorgonzola pasta my wife ordered. I ordered a pizza that was pretty good, but not exceptional. Their beer sampler contained every beer they served on draft, 14 total the night I went (very nice!). The wood-aged Bigfoot was the standout beer, but several of the samples were excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of EMV
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

My wife and I visited the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico on our way back from the Lassen Volcanic National Park. We'd booked a tour ahead of time (a must) and it's probably the best brewery tour we've taken anywhere. Period. It took about 2 hours... going through all the brewing/bottling/canning etc. and they have a pretty damned impressive setup here. They're pretty eco-conscious and showed off some of their solar power setup (they actually sell electricity back to the grid) and best of all... there was a generous tasting at the end of it. After the tour we had a great lunch and a few more beers at the attached brewpub. This place is a must if you're a beer fan and in the area. Definitely recommended.

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Overall this is one of the best brew pubs that I have visited. The food is good, and the on tap selection will keep you busy for days.

Photo of jonatanlauritzen
3.41/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

They dont do food, its a brewery

Photo of wkosturko1
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of may favorite brews!

Photo of SierraCain
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place, great times!!

Photo of Jakkusu90
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The brewery is so big. They have solar panels and are very eco friendly. It's beautiful. The only downside is there isn't much of an outside/patio area. The food was great, lots of vegetarian options. They had a great selection of their beers and other local beers.

Photo of Bfrickz
4.74/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Simply amazing Brewery and restaurant, make sure you take the tour

Photo of Reds76
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Great brewpub.

Photo of Lard_City
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Every homebrewer that has the opportunity should tour Sierra Nevada at least once.

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -13%

Great food, affordable pints, tasters, growlers. This place is beautiful, well decorated, seeing and smelling all the hops and wort being boiled. Almost sensory overload, try to sign up for the tours ahead of time they were booked out a week when we were there.

Photo of Finkline
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Favorite beer of all time is the Pale Ale. I try a lot of different beers throughout the year and that's the one I come back to time and again. Has a smooth yet full flavor taste. It's great for an everyday beer. Their other beers are pretty amazing as well.

Photo of everythingiszen
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Haven't had a bad beer from them, and I tend to judge styles from several of their beers. Big fan, would love to visit.

Photo of Hophazzard
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

They've got a little something for everyone. Not the best but pretty damn good. The best thing about Chico, CA.

Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%

As the fashionable breweries of California perpetuate the trendy obsessions with big IPA's and stouts, Sierra Nevada has been turning out quality, understated but complex classics for thirty years. I would take this brewery over nearly any other in California.

Photo of StoutChaser7D
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is hallowed ground in Chico, California. The restaurant is great, the bar is awesome, but usually pretty packed. They normally have about 16 brews on tap not including the Thursday Cask. The service is prompt, bartenders are nice, but usually very busy. If taking the day or weekend in Chico, the tour is a lot of fun, but fills up very fast.

Overall Sierra Nevada presents a very full craft beer experience. There are no gimmicks, just good beer, classy environment, and nice people. The only issue I have with the place is during busy nights, the place gets a bit loud, but not so bad that it interferes with conversation. It is always worth the trip.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of Fatehunter
4.14/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Overlap
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Bouder32
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Photo of 111213forlife
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Morgoth
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of GeorgeH
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of willjschmidt
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
100 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.