Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1075 E 20th St
Chico, California, 95928
United States

(530) 893-3520 | map

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4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by walt5 from Delaware

June 11, 2017

Nov 15, 2020
4.74 by MJSFS from Florida on Feb 21, 2020
4.09 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon on Aug 20, 2019
4.54 by MSPEAR1 from Illinois on Oct 28, 2018
4.05 by SierraNevallagash from Maine on Oct 26, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by Jebadiah77 from Ohio

I love this wet hop ale! Look forward to buying it by the case every year. Exceptional IPA!

Oct 18, 2018
4.46 by Mirandabp from California on Aug 19, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
by Act25 from New Jersey

Best brewer in USA?

Jul 24, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
by lpfgim from California

I like Sierra Nevada. The food has been up and down in the past, but the last couple of years it's been really good. Sometimes I think they go out of their way to put brews on their board just to be different, but there always seems to be quite a few that are really good and worth drinking.

May 28, 2018
4.09 by Tjb14 from Michigan on Mar 08, 2018
3.43 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2018
3.9 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Sep 11, 2017
4.39 by jrgoose from Florida on Jun 26, 2017
4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California on May 28, 2017
4.91 by wekoontz from Maine on Apr 30, 2017
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4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5
by richdeneault from California

The food here is excellent. The beer choices are varied, and many choices that are not available outside the brewery, including seasonal beers. Nice merchandise store too.

Feb 10, 2017
4.81 by tmunson from Arizona on Feb 10, 2017
4.34 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 31, 2017
4.53 by Mikey440 from California on Jan 10, 2017
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
by frkonalsh2003 from California

Took their free tour which was an hour and a half long. Tour guide was hilarious and welcoming. They start you off with their flagship Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and the tour begins. You'll visit the hop freezer, taste some wort, check out their packing facility, and finish up with some beer tasting.

Beer tasting consisted mostly of year rounders with some seasonals. Below is the list they had for the free tour.

Pale Ale
Torpedo Extra IPA
Tumbler Brown Ale
Otra Vez
Oktoberfest 2016 with Mahrs Brau
Narwhal Imperial Stout

After the tasting they will give you a nice keychain bottle opener. I can't wait to go back for the Beer Geek tour.

They have a gift shop where you can buy fresh beer, food made with beer, clothes, etc. I was able to get a nice sweatshirt on sale. Comfortable and high quality design. I think it was cheap because it was out of season,

UPDATE 4/28/17
Went for the Beer Gear Tour and it is much more in depth and lot of more beer tasting than the brew house tour. We covered got to try a IPA collaboration with Treehouse Brewing that was delicious. It was probably my favorite beer on the tour. We also got to try Narwhal that was barrel aged for two years in a bourbon barrel. At the end we got to try new beers that included Ovila White Ale and a couple of A Trip in the Woods barrel aged beers. It was totally worth it for the Beer Geek Tour. They will give you an exclusive shirt and growler and the tour itself it packed with beer and information about Sierra Nevada.

Jan 03, 2017
4.88 by EEscobar from Tennessee on Nov 20, 2016
4.44 by frasergrove from California on Oct 09, 2016
5 by Agentveba from North Carolina on Sep 27, 2016
4 by kingpin1010 from California on Sep 15, 2016
4.38 by crob3888 from California on Aug 05, 2016
4.66 by tazzman from Florida on Jul 22, 2016
4.24 by That_Bearded_Guy from California on Jul 10, 2016
4.43 by kalenclayton from California on Jun 20, 2016
5 by deniserat from California on Jun 15, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
by Coldstorage from California

Vibe: It is a deathstar with a big ass restaurant, no way around that fact. It's worth seeing for scale but hardly charming in any way.

Quality: Here is of course where they shine... consistent and classic. These guys laid the roads down for all the new breweries to drive around on and even though you sometimes have to be cornered at a wedding bar to pick up a Pale Ale its always a nice reminder that quality is on every corner for a decent price.

Service: Always been ok. Never bad, never particularly remarkable.

Selection: There is usually at least one or two interesting taps to make you feel special. Plus a great opportunity to try all the other SN goodness fresh at the source. This is actually a huge plus considering a lot of this stuff does serious time at your local.

Food: Not great the 3 times I have had it. Standard pub quality but on the high end of the pub food price spectrum.

Overall: Its a must hit at least once in your life and if you happen to be in Chico it's worth adding in to your crawl even if you dont need to do the tour.

Jun 07, 2016
4.55 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jun 05, 2016
4.19 by DanGeo from Michigan on May 31, 2016
4.78 by GarcX from Washington on Apr 25, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
by WesleyCannon56 from California

Usually pretty busy. Food is good. Beer is really good.

Apr 13, 2016
4.78 by MattAita from California on Feb 17, 2016
4.13 by windowside from Germany on Jan 28, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5
by BarrelAgedForrest from California

Great food, great beer, not really a ton more to say there. The brewery is great and offers awesome tours with drinks. They have a great tap room and gift shop as well. Dinner is more upscale restaurant style, good prices and good service.

Jan 23, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
by KTCamm from New Jersey

A destination unto itself.

They built it, and they built it big. Like visiting a theme park for beer. Where to begin? The taproom is huge, roughly 15 beers on tap, with a well organized method for sampling 4 at a time. The pours a relatively small for samples sake, but quality over quantity. Tapas style bar menu with lots of interesting options. The hot pretzels are an obvious order. The pub chips looked great - but my server said due to the demand, they don't sell them as stand alone. Something I'd recommend they change.

The gift shop area is spacious to pick up any wearables, brews to go, or other merch. Try the mustards.

You can then take an elaborate self guided tour to see the production brewery. Very visitor friendly, open, and clean. Quite an experience.

Never been to the location in Chico, but for East coasters, this is a must-do pilgrimage.

Jan 03, 2016
4.58 by MaxMinardi from California on Nov 25, 2015
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
by VABA from Virginia

This is a must go place for any lovers of craft beer! The selection of beers is World Class and the food is very good!

There is a great atmosphere in a very family oriented environment!

Oct 30, 2015
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
Brewery rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 113012 ratings