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
sierranevada.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.95
Beers:
160
Ratings:
114,247
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.58
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
274
pDev:
10.26%
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Ratings by rderedin:
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Rated by rderedin from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

Mar 22, 2014
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Reviewed by NevadaBill

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
Time to review one of my favorite places! Every year I drive up North to the Sierra Nevada's to visit my cabin in the mountains. And we always reserve one night in Chico (just down the road) to stay so that we can have a full night at Sierra Nevada Brewing. Parking is right next to the hops they grow. They have electric hook-ups. This place can be busy, so reserve a table! Inside and Outside seating to take advantage of the weather. Neat brewery tour and gift shop next door. As soon as you smell the hops in the air on the drive up, you know you are in the right place. This is a college town, and the crowd is younger. The restaurant is not huge (see Ballast Point, Stone Brewing, Firestone, etc), but the atmosphere is super. Great bar and cool people minding it. The food is better and better every year we come here, with the menu changing often. It is not cheap food however, so know that. It has more of an adult feel to it than a 'frat' feel to it, so expect that somewhat. Smaller outdoors seating is nice, but fills up fast too. I wish they had more specials on the menu, or could fill up a growler with specials easier. So points off for that. They do stock seasonal's and some specials in the small fridge in the gift shop, so look for that. Make reservations on the weekends, because this establishment can get a lot of pressure from the local community. Service can be subjective at any time, but we have always had really great service here.
Jul 12, 2022
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Rated by walt5 from Delaware

4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
June 11, 2017
Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.74 by MJSFS from Florida

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

Aug 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by MSPEAR1 from Illinois

Oct 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Oct 26, 2018
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Rated by Jebadiah77 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
I love this wet hop ale! Look forward to buying it by the case every year. Exceptional IPA!
Oct 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by Mirandabp from California

Aug 19, 2018
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Rated by Act25 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Best brewer in USA?
Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by lpfgim from California

4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
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
 
Rated: 4.09 by Tjb14 from Michigan

Mar 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.43 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.39 by jrgoose from Florida

Jun 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.91 by wekoontz from Maine

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by richdeneault from California

4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.
Feb 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.81 by tmunson from Arizona

Feb 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.53 by Mikey440 from California

Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by frkonalsh2003 from California

5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.
Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.88 by EEscobar from Tennessee

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by frasergrove from California

Oct 09, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Sep 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kingpin1010 from California

Sep 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.38 by crob3888 from California

Aug 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.66 by tazzman from Florida

Jul 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by kalenclayton from California

Jun 20, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by deniserat from California

Jun 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Coldstorage from California

4.03/5  rDev -12%
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.
Jun 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.55 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by DanGeo from Michigan

May 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.78 by GarcX from Washington

Apr 25, 2016
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Rated by WesleyCannon56 from California

4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
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.
Apr 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.78 by MattAita from California

Feb 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by windowside from Germany

Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by BarrelAgedForrest from California

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5
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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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
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
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
Brewery rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 114247 ratings