Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
160 Beers
29,671 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 66
Visits: 306
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
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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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Reviews: 66 | Visits: 306
Reviews by willjschmidt:
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5/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,876 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of spark3148857
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I mean this is beer heaven right? Where Ken Grossman took the Cascade hop and changed it all? Yep. Great tour. Great tasting. Great relaxed vibe. Food is delicious though maybe a bit overpriced. As Beerfest taught us..."You go, I'm never leaving this place." (258 characters)

Photo of Ljoreilly
4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Asheville brewery is a sight to behold. The taproom is beautiful, the beers are really good with several you can't get anywhere else, and the food far exceeded expectations. It's a cathedral of beer, the best I've ever visited. (231 characters)

Photo of Selleck
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of charley_m_m
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of chossboss
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dcbelkot
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

We paid this fine establishment ,sampeled many beers and had some very good food to pair with em. the wait can be long so be prepaired for a seat. Pretty cool enviroment, the solar covered parking area is very cool.

Cheers! (226 characters)

Photo of tbone1384
4.38/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ackeeper
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of EMV
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of Drift
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IPAchris
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of eldantastico
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of timontheroad
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (134 characters)

Photo of jonatanlauritzen
3.41/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

They dont do food, its a brewery (32 characters)

Photo of wkosturko1
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of may favorite brews! (26 characters)

Photo of ROW3BOT
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of oldglory78
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Mattfjord
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Caseyk1088
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
98 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.