Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1075 E. 20th Street
Chico, California, 95928
United States

(530) 893-3520 | map

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a beautiful restaurant and brewery.
Stopped at the restaurant and had their beer sampler....16 current on tap beers in 4 oz glasses...that's a half gallon of beer. ($8.00) Service and knowledge of the staff was great.Menu was extensive and reasonable. Food was excellent.
Did a self tour of the brewery which again was beautiful as well as the gift shop.
My only complaint was that they don't have growlers, however I am told they should be selling growlers of beer in about a month. (that would be around July, 2006).
If I lived in Chico, this would DEFINATELY be a regular stop for me.

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Photo of BarrelAgedForrest
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of Ljoreilly
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Asheville brewery is a sight to behold. The taproom is beautiful, the beers are really good with several you can't get anywhere else, and the food far exceeded expectations. It's a cathedral of beer, the best I've ever visited.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

An amazing place. From the hop yards, to the patio, to the brewery, to the brewpub, to the gift shop, this is a must visit for anyone considering themselves a beer aficionado.

The quality is top notch, they make so many classic recipes across so many different styles. The service is always stellar, they always look and act professional.

The selection is devoid of anything wild, but as far as the quintessential American styles, they deliver hard in the paint. Their merchandise is priced nicely. They get it. Don't make people pay an arm and a leg to advertise your product! Some local bottleshop only releases in there are nice too.

Like I said, MUST VISIT!!!

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Photo of Bouder32
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Really enjoyed the brewery tour and ate lunch in the Brew Pub afterward. Was a bit disappointed that they changed out the Hoptimum to Oktoberfest from when I started the tour to when it came to the end and the sampling. I was really looking forward to Hoptimum as I have not tried it as yet, but the sampling was great at the end of the tour. Enjoyed the food at the Pub and sampled quite a few other beers during lunch. Was very impressed with the presentation and food quality. Can not wait to come back again next year!

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've visited this brewery several times in my travels up and down Interstate - 5 between the Puget Sound and Bay areas . It's located in the small valley town ( small for California , anyway ) of Chico , about an hour plus drive north of Sacramento on rural highway 99, and maybe 2.5 hours from Frisco, basically it's in the sticks. Being that it's only a half mile off of Hwy 99 and huge makes it easy to find.

The brewery lobby is a large two story area with super fine brass and wood trim. The gift shop is neat , clean , and well stocked with Beeraphernalia , including genuine SN tap handles. Cold bottled SN beer to go is also available at discount prices. The brewery is also one of the few places you can get bottles of their Pale Bock every spring ; one of my favorites.

Brewery tours are available. Walking the tour reminded me of a baby Miller plant only much cleaner and with much better products of course.

The Bar - Restaurant is the largest I've seen that's attached to a brewery. The Bar is " L " shaped and has about 25-30 stools to slide on to. The Bar is open to the large all ages dining area which seats 90-100 folks. The furnishings and atmosphere here is top notch and is very popular with the locals. Get here much after 5 and you'll be on a waiting list for a table. The food menu is much more than the standard pub grub and is very good at that. The 3 sausage platter is a standout item on the menu.

On tap are 10-12 SN brews most of which are not bottled. A draught style Pale Ale , Harvest Ale, and Rauchbier are among my favorite tap only brews. Seasonally they'll have Celebration and Bigfoot on tap. My favorite on tap brew is the stout which goes well with the menu items.

Over all this is an excellent establishment and I' d highly recommend it to all BA's passing through the Northern California area.

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Photo of kpattonunc
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of SpecsBEERMAN
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A must see. The best brewery I have ever seen. Most smaller breweries would die just to have access to Sierra Nevada's pilot brewery. An amazing operation. You would never believe this place is so big until you have seen it first hand. The entire brewery is cleaner than my kitchen. The pub attached to the brewery is amazing. Great, laid back atmosphere where after work hours you will find the brewers and Ken Grossman enjoying a pint and conversing. The food is even better. The cows where the beef comes from are feed all of Sierra's spent grain, the result is something everyone needs to experience.

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Photo of drewone
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of marshrat63
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Overlap
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Friendly staff. Wife and I take the tour every New Year's Eve afternoon then enjoy an early dinner. Facility is always clean, tour guides are knowledgeable and enjoy working there. Food is almost as good as the beer. The soft pretzels with mustard are always a favorite. And then there is the beer... Always a great selection of unique brews on tap. Every fan of quality beer should visit Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of brewmaster411
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

While traveling for my company, I made a point of stopping here for lunch. Upon entering, I was greeted by several friendly hostesses. While I got there at the beginning of the lunch rush, I did have a nice table.

Decisions, decisions, decisions... My first problem was to decide which beer to try. I decided on the Summerfest. My next problem was for the food. With help from my server, I was informed the Shrimp Coconut-Curry Noodle was excellent, and the chef on duty made this his speciality. I started with the Pale Ale steamed clams, and continued to the noodles. The bread came with a plate of balsamic/olive oil to dip.

The clams were steamed in the signature beer with garlic and scallions. Very nice. The noodles were very flavorful, comparable to some of the best Thai restaurants I have been to.

My server was very friendly and helpful. The service was fast and efficient. My food came with minimal delay, very hot and fresh.

The restaurant is decorated in dark wood, and copper with an open kitchen. The air duct was clad in polished copper. The rest rooms were very clean, green marble counters and copper sinks. Each rest room had hand lotion dispensers.

Don't forget to visit the gift shop.

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Photo of colonelforbin
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).

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Huge place, really nice, took a little tour of the brewery pretty fun, but I wanted to drink.
Headed down to the resteraunt, nice place, big bar, full menu, pretty busy.
I sat at the bar and ordered up the sampler platter that featured like 15-20 beers, some only released in the Chico area. it was pretty cool at first but after the first 12 they all start to taste the same. Not to mention I warmed up with a 9 oz. Bigfoot. I think I ordered some food but to be honest with you I was rather schnokerd. Oh well good times. I would love to go back up but that drive from San D is a killer!

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

On my last visit to Chico I ate dinner and had brews at the brewhouse three nights in a row- it's that good. I make it a point to stop here every time I'm in town. The place is very nice- very eco-friendly and beautiful and open without looking industrial. Very warm and inviting but still holds a lot of people. The service is generally eager and pleasant, but they aren't necessarily beer people. This place has what really matters though- great food and a great selection of solid beers. The first time I was here I had the sampler beer tray- Wow! 14 beers- that is a sampler tray. Many were beers not really available elsewhere as well, and many of the smaller run Sierra Nevadas are quite good. On subsequent visits I had various delicious pints. The food is also quite good. It is upscale pub food, but very tasty and with lots of organic option. They supposedly have their own herd of organic cattle to supply the restaurant. I always thoroughly enjoy myself here, and its quite worth going out of your way to check it out.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Sierra Nevada, what an impressive brewery! The most sustainable, environmentally friendly, and one of the most delicious and consistent breweries in the nation. Also one of the pioneers of craft brewing, how can you not love these guys?! Anyway, onto the review...the atmosphere is nice, lots of stained dark wood with plush seating and a few brewery collectibles adorn the walls. Nothing over the top that screams brewery but very nice and comfortable. The bar sits at one end of the restaurant with the kitchen kitty corner and seating in the rest of the place, very open and inviting. Lots of patio seating but with the 110 degree weather who wants to sit outside? The quality and selection are fantastic...over 20 beers on tap so I had to do a sampler of course to find my favorite. All of them were true to the style and delicious, although nothing really stood out as being amazing save for two, the kellerweiss and the torpedo. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was a little better than typical pub food, maybe a bit pricier because of the rep that they carry. Overall this is a must visit for any true craft brew lover!

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

Can't believe I've never reviewed this place. Been here about 20 times, and that may be a conservative estimate. Last visited Jan 2011 to pick up a case of Hoptimum.

Awesome atmosphere, unbelievable beauty all over the place. The brewing facility, the patio, hop fields, the very long bar, the amazing stained glass, hell even the gift shop. Quality is amazing, SNPA is the best beer in the world on such a massive scale. If you're into more rare stuff, they'll probably have a one off available for you. If you like hops, they'll have multiple selections available to you.

Service has always been good. Prices have always been good, a little more expensive than it used to be, but that's life everywhere I guess. Back in college we used to like to hit this place and then run downtown for the 'scene'. These days, I'm pretty content to just sit here all night and chill. A summer evening in the beer garden, you can't do it better than this. Tons of parking. Amazing scents. Amazing food.

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Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is the West Coast Beer Mecca in my opinion. While the brewery has gotten MUCH bigger than my first visit 10+ years ago, the quality hasn't suffered at all. It is great to show up there every now and then, because often there will be a new beer on tap that is available only at the brewery. (or maybe a few select locales in Chico) I personally like tasting Best Bitter, Pilsner, and the 20th Street when I make it by. The food is good too... but the only problem I have found is that this place is SO popular, that you will usually spend a decent amount of time waiting for a table.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Would Sierra Nevada be Mecca or Medina for the craft beer movement? Thoughts? Maybe it is Jerusalem. The f'in point is, if you haven't been, the excitement is palpable. Very few places can get that just on who they are, not necessarily what beers they might have on tap at some moment. History and struggle in that place, and what looks now like a dynasty. I raise my glass!
It helps to be doing collegiate science work, and it helps to have been in contact with Steve a long time beforehand, but we were absolutely treated like royalty there. The poor foolish college kids from Oly got showed a valuable lesson in hospitality at the good ole Sierra Nevada homestead.
Estate hops, grain, beef, whatever else they do. Can't beat that cool shit. Bunch of taps, some really good stuff on. Wish there'd been a better beer camp beer on draft when we were there. It was ok, but seeing the list now, it's all curses!
Great tour of the brewery, it is a beautiful place for the working man. Food was pretty good. Just go there.

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Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.48/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went to Sierra Nevada Brewery today with my wife and parents. Great experience. Luckily there was no wait then and we got seated immediately. We were seated in a booth but the booth was weird. The seats went all around and you could rotate it around. It was pretty cool. They had a few beers that they don't have anywhere else and we tried a few of those. I had the Brewer's Pizza which was delicious. After that we went to the gift shop where we spent a ton of money. I got two tap handles, two pint glasses, two shirts, some mustard, and a cookbook. I highly recommend it. The brewery is also huge. It is truly a beautiful place. I felt like Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wanted to go on the tour but we didn't have enough time so next time we will go on the tour.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had the most excellent day of hiking at Bidwell Park before hitting up the Sierra Nevada brewery.
First, the atmosphere: The building was beautiful, the solar panels brought tears to my eyes, and the aromas were splendid. It was a really laid back place, and my pup got to sit right outside the patio gate so that we didn't have to leave him in the car.
The beer and food were as fresh as it gets. We two vegetarians had the lentil burger, fresh hand-cut fries, some of the brewery's very own mustard selection (porter, to be exact), and a mediterranean pizza that was loaded with fresh veggies. To wash it down, we had kellerweis (which I hope will come out in bottles someday), best bitter ale, and the brown saison. This was all for about $30 (not including tip).
Speaking of tips, I want to emphasize the great service. The waitstaff was attentive, and they were really kind in working with us to get our dog to join the experience as much as possible. They were busy, but were good with filling up our waters and beers whenever there were empty glasses.
The folks in the giftshop were also very kind and helpful. I brought three 6ers and an SN pint glass back home with me.

I look forward to going back again. Those burgers/pizza/kellerweis are worth the almost two hour drive. I look forward to trying many more beers that can only be enjoyed at the brewery.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

As the fashionable breweries of California perpetuate the trendy obsessions with big IPA's and stouts, Sierra Nevada has been turning out quality, understated but complex classics for thirty years. I would take this brewery over nearly any other in California.

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