Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.9/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(530) 893-3520 | map
sierranevada.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
217
Ratings:
113,296
Reviews:
32,975
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
339
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
4.24%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I took a day trip to Chico with my girlfriend and her family, this was obviosuly my choice for lunch, we went around the gift store for a couple minutes when we first got there and a few of us bought shirts including myself, then we went on a tour which only lasted about fifteen minutes, the guide was terrible and it probably would have been better to just go explore ourselves but we did get to see some cool things, the old bottles in the glass cases were my favorite part, after that we walked over the restaraunt and was seated immediately, a few of the people I was with ordered the beers sampler which included fourteen of the sixteen beers available that day, I had a bunch of half pints myself, the most expensive pint on the menu was $4.25 which was awesome, they had a lot of stuff you would not see anywhere else too, the beers available while we were there were: Southern Hemisphere Harvest, Anniversary 2008, IPA, Brown, Blonde, Porter, Stout, Wheat, Double DeBockel, standard Pale Ale, Draught Style Pale Ale, Ruthless Hefeweizen, Torpedo, Crystal Wit, and Best Bitters English Ale, the kettles and everything were bright copper and looked awesome along with all their other equipment, the experimental hop field looked really nice as well and I cannot wait to try the Chico Estate Ale once I see it in a bottle, solar panels were everywhere and they supposedly have nine thousand of those, great atmosphere and the place was immaculate, service was good for the most part even though the people were not the nicest at times, food was great and definitely centered around an organic theme, I ordered the burger which came with cajun fries and enjoyed it with a variety of their mustards, other people with me ordered pizza, lentil burgers, a chicken sandwich, and the soup, the bread they bring you at the beginning is awesome as well, the food was priced very fairly and the meals ranged from seven to ten dollars at lunch, will be back here every time I am in Chico for sure, great stop and highly recommended

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jrgoose
4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of wekoontz
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of richdeneault
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of tmunson
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Mikey440
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of frkonalsh2003
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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
Kellerweis
Otra Vez
Porter
Stout
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.

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Photo of EEscobar
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Agentveba
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of kingpin1010
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of tazzman
4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kalenclayton
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Coldstorage
4.03/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of GarcX
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of WesleyCannon56
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

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Photo of MattAita
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of windowside
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
3.9 out of 5 based on 113,296 ratings.
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