Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.64/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I love this place more and more every time we go to Chico.
Always been a SNBC fan and was lucky enough to marry a woman who was raised in Chico, so "going home for a few days" is NEVER a bad thing.
Great beer served in the proper glass, great prices, even for growlers and just as many distributed beers available on tap as there are brewery exclusives, so a win-win! Bigfoot is on-tap always too.
So while you can get the Pale, Celebration Ale and Torpedo on-tap, they also have a bunch of not released beers like Barrel Aged Ovila Dubbel (Quad also available but in bottle only), Bigfoot and other specials.
Good gift shop as well.
11-26-2012 22:20:39 | More by SanFranJake
4.58/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Chico is not convenient to anywhere - but I had wanted to visit for a long time and am glad I finally did as it did not disappoint. As you turn off freeway and drive down 20th you can not miss it.
Arrived on wed before thanksgiving around 11:45 - was able to snag the last spots on the 1pm tour (you can sign up ahead of time - but they always reserve half the spots for walk - in. Around holidays tours seemed to fill up fast.
Went and ate in the restaurant while waiting - super attentive staff, friendly to kids, quick service. Ordered pretzels, ham and bean soup, goat cheese salad, fish and chips, chicken curry (a special). All were very good, medium price. Also did 2 tater flights - $3 for 4 2oz tasters. As me and my wife were splitting 2 of them wish the size was a little bigger. Ideally in retrospect would have done tour than ate, but ended up not doubling up on many of the beers. Most all beers are all available as taster, half pints, pints or growler fills.
If you've trekked up here you better do the tour - and as it's free and they start you off first thing with a glass of SNPA you can't go wrong. Last about 1.5 hrs - highlights for me were the hop room and the packaging line. Ends in a tasting room where you get to try another 8 or so beers. Very awesome - guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
No k ids under 12 allowed on tour - although there is a short self guided tour open to any one.
11-22-2012 07:22:42 | More by drewone
4.33/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is quite a place. Beautiful copper everywhere, hugh fermenation silos, impressively landscaped, solar panels covering the large parking lot and even an electric charging station for your car.
It wasn't too crowded for our late lunch in the fall, but there were still a number of people eating and enjoying the beer. And there is plenty to choose from, at least 15-20. We took a tour and it was great. It was a pleasure to see the creatitivity, cleanliness and attention to detail everywhere. I was very impressed, especially since I prefer supporting the smaller breweries. Sierra Nevada is the largest craft brewer in the US and is getting ready to open another brewery near Ashville, NC. But this place is excellent with plenty of beer styles to choose from and I will continue to buy them.
If you are near Chico you must visit this place. Not only is the beer excellent but so is the food. This is a quality brewery.
11-07-2012 19:53:34 | More by excalibur
4.28/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been here a couple times as I frequent the area visiting famiy. Plus I graduated from Chico State. Chiii Coooo!!
This place is top knotch. The dining room is huge with lots of room at the tables, plus a big bar. More restaurant than brewpub.
Great food, excellent beer. My fave is pale ale. And it pairs well with many of their dishes, like the sandwhich I ate.
The gift shop had the usual stuff, but it was set up as its own store away from the restaurant. The external windows on the brewery showcases the huge shiny copper tanks, which you can see as you drive by.
The garden at the adjacent corner lot is one of their garden/hops fields. And you can park right next to it.
07-22-2012 06:27:44 | More by DrunkenMonk
4.3/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I do not often get much farther north in California than San Jose. This last weekend I traveled to Redding California to view the Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012.
I had enough time to dash to Chico for lunch and get back with plenty of extra time.
First thing you notice the thing is very big! The brewery is attached to the gift shop and the restaurant and bar.
Parking is problematic, I ended up parking behind the place.
About 2 groups waiting for tables in the restaurant, but I was solo so I just headed for the bar. Inside is all copper and wood and very well maintained, no small thing with copper.
I had the Calamari and fries, technically an appetizer, but for $10 you get a pretty damn big plate calamari and fries. I almost couldn't finish the squid. The fries are of the fresh made variety, nothing from frozen.
Beer prices are VERY low for a brewery like $5 for a snifter of knock on wood and $2.50 for a 1/2 pint Best Bitter.
Service was reasonable for a very busy Sunday.
Checked out the bathroom and they have copper sinks and brass fixtures in there, very different.
I did not get to take the brewery tour they were sold out of all tours before 10:30 AM, plan ahead and get a reservation.
Clean and neat gift shop selling their beers and misc associated items.
Not much to complain about at all, but I do have two annoyances. Brewery tours were sold out and the Parking is problematic, it is a busy place.
I plan to return sometime.
If you are within about 120 miles with a car and have the time to make the detour this is worthwhile destination.
05-22-2012 03:21:43 | More by Zorro
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited here earlier today. Made the 2.5 hour trek up from Napa. Figured it was time to pay homage to one of the biggest most consistent craft brewers in the world. My perspective is from the brewery tour Da Boss and i took as well as dining in the restaurant after the tour.
Atmosphere in the pub was very comfortable. Long bar area with seating for maybe 20 plus room to stand behind as needed.
Quality of the beers was quite good, you cannot beat fresh hops at the source. The tour was very imformative and definitely one of the top three i have experienced.
Service was very good on the tour and at the restaurant. John our tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgable for the hour plus tour and tasting. Jimi-Lynn our restaurant server was very sweet, kind, and timely on a early Monday afternoon.
Selection of brews was very good. I think there were 15 SN brews on tap and 4 bottles available for purchase including SN 30th anniversary brews. I enjoyed the flip side double ipa weighing in at 8.2 abv and about 90 ibu - very fresh and tasty.
Food was very tasty, I believe that the beef and veggies are grown on the SN estate. Da Boss and i split a bleu onion burger and a porter goat cheese salad - all very fresh and tasty.
Overall is was an execellent experience and a very reasonable day cost wise with the tour and lunch. Got to sample a Wee Heavy brew and purchase a bottle in the gift shop. Great place to visit if you happen to get in this remote neck of Cali!
03-27-2012 01:14:37 | More by arizcards
4.58/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I don't know why it took me so many years to get here but I can safely say it won't be long before I return. Didn't get a chance to do the tour but will be back for it next time. Food was very good although we were there during the late afternoon when they have a shortened menu during the 3-5 pm period. The beer quality was excellent as expected.
The atmosphere is very warm with lots of wood. Though it was crowded the noise level was acceptable for conversation.
This is a first class operation.
01-07-2012 07:46:35 | More by marshrat63
4.53/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Top notch company, facility, etc., all the way around. It doesn't get much better than Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. They do what they've done for years and they do it exceptionally well.
The bar/restaurant is very well laid out, a lot of thought was put into the design and it shows. The same can be said for almost all the facilities at Sierra Nevada. Lots of wood and a cozy bar area with room for people to stand behind the folks at the bar if it's crowded.
Selection is always excellent. I was just there again on Friday and there were at least 15 beers on tap, including 3 wet hop, single hop, estate grown hop beers (20th St. Pale Ale, Cascade, Citra and Chinook varietals). I had these three side by side by side and they were excellent. Also had a Cele-Foot (Celebration-Bigfoot blend) that was phenomenal. Just great beers all around, what can I say?
The steps this company goes through to lessen its impact on the environment is also most impressive. I won't go into the details, but suffice to say that they are head and shoulders above most businesses of their size in taking the steps they take. Great to see and they also set an example for other companies, and breweries in particular, to strive toward.
Other amenities include their own hop and barley fields, a nice company store, and brewery tours every day of the week. Really a world class facility, and a place worth visiting, if you are anywhere in northern CA (or Oregon or Nevada, I suppose as well).
11-15-2011 07:06:51 | More by colonelforbin
4.3/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Last brewery on the trip from Bend back to Santa Cruz County and the 400th brewery I visited.
Located right off the highway and can't miss it with the hop fields and the grain silos.
My wife and I hit the gift shop where I scored a Timbukto SN bag for my 400th brewery.
We got there at 5pm ish on a Friday and got seated with in 10 minutes. The tap room is stunning and you have to see it to believe it. Our seat was above the bar in height and to the side giving us a great view.
I have to say I was disappointed by the beer selection. Of the 9 breweries visited on this trip the selection was nothing special. Yes they had the standard SN line up plus Ovila and Life and Limb 1 and 2. But only three special tap room only brews. One the Draught Pal Ale was one of the best two or three beers on this trip, a Rye PA, and a Kolsch. I expected more as delivered by Deschutes.
Food was exceptional-we split the sausage sampler, the salmon filled pasta shells, and the seafood pasta-top notch.
I would mos' def drive the 4 hours to get here even for a few hours-I wish they would kick up the tap only selection.
08-22-2011 22:38:46 | More by bradybeer
4.63/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Overall, an exceptional destination. A place I often bring visitors; everyone knows the beers. To take them to the brewery is always a plus. I also frequently take them to the gift shop to buy swag. The regularly have an interesting selection of various beers not distributed. Recently, the added the growler option which lets you take home a selection that you try in the pub. The food is excellent! Well worth the visit. Even though I live in town and frequently visit, I am always interesting in checking out the new draft selections as well as the new menu items.
05-07-2011 12:26:40 | More by kpattonunc
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
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