Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.89/5
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:
210
Ratings:
110,765
Reviews:
32,173
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
338
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
4.25%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of wekoontz
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of richdeneault
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Mikey440
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of frkonalsh2003
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of kingpin1010
4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.38/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of tazzman
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kalenclayton
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

Photo of Coldstorage
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of GarcX
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of WesleyCannon56
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of windowside
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedForrest
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
3.89 out of 5 based on 110,765 ratings.
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