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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1075 E. 20th Street
phone: (530) 893-3520
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
This place gets alot of hype, however I beg to differ. They do indeed make some great beer but their food really is bad. First they try to be a upscale restaurant with an upscale menu, but the quality is inferior. Second, if you want some decent brewery type food they fall way short. The choices are limited and the quality sucks. On one road trip in Ca. and Oregon, we went to 6 different Brew Pubs in 7days including Sierra Nevada. The food at Sierra Nevada was second to worst. If you go there alot, it gets really boring. Also the bartenders also frequently seem disinterested. Bottom line, great beer, lousy food. Another problem is, it is way too crowded with ridiculous wait times for seating.
02-28-2011 10:49:20 |
More by deepchi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a big place with a lot to see. The tour informed me it was the 6th largest brewery in the country in terms of production. The tour is informative and intuitive, come early it fills up quickly (15 person limit). Free stuff up the wazoo, posters and coasters.
The restaurant/bar is large, lots of tables. Everything is clean and visually appealing. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. It seemed like all of the servers were beer savvy, at least somewhat. Our food was excellent, as well as the beer. The beer selection was large, most of the typical SV selections with half a dozen brewery exclusives.
The prices were really very good. The beer was cheap from the tap and most were available in three sizes. If you take the tour, everything from the gift shop is half off, and there's a number of intriguing goodies. The drive from Sacramento isn't the most exciting, but it will be made again. Had a great experience.
02-25-2011 03:40:34 |
More by climax
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I think not much more can be said about this place and the contributions they've made to the craft beer movement. A very nice facility that was packed at the time I visited, an August day after some long hiking through Lassen Volcanic Park miles to the north. While the service and atmosphere were hurt a little by this, the beer was still great in quality and selection. A must stop for any craft beer lover and I wish I could go back again... if it weren't so far from everything else I wanted to see...
01-13-2011 18:51:06 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Top notch. I've been blessed to have friends and family attend school in Chico. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is always a stop when I'm up there. The facility is truly what all craft breweries should aspire to be! The tours are fantastic, the history, tradition and love of it all are inspiring. The beer and food although not "fancy" are exactly what they should be. The Big Room? forgetaboutit! If you have the opportunity to see a show there DO NOT MISS IT! If you have a chance just go, stop by the gift shop too for gods sakes, very cool stuff. Wow, I need to go visit my cousin or something... Chico here I come!
01-07-2011 00:04:30 |
More by Swamper
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Would Sierra Nevada be Mecca or Medina for the craft beer movement? Thoughts? Maybe it is Jerusalem. The f'in point is, if you haven't been, the excitement is palpable. Very few places can get that just on who they are, not necessarily what beers they might have on tap at some moment. History and struggle in that place, and what looks now like a dynasty. I raise my glass!
It helps to be doing collegiate science work, and it helps to have been in contact with Steve a long time beforehand, but we were absolutely treated like royalty there. The poor foolish college kids from Oly got showed a valuable lesson in hospitality at the good ole Sierra Nevada homestead.
Estate hops, grain, beef, whatever else they do. Can't beat that cool shit. Bunch of taps, some really good stuff on. Wish there'd been a better beer camp beer on draft when we were there. It was ok, but seeing the list now, it's all curses!
Great tour of the brewery, it is a beautiful place for the working man. Food was pretty good. Just go there.
10-28-2010 07:26:15 |
More by dragonWhale
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been to Sierra Nevada many times and have always left happy. The atmosphere is great because of the classy decor. The quality has always been top notch. Service is always great, the staff always nice and helpful. The selection changes but they always have quite a few beers on tap. You can pick up a 13 beer sampler that is fun. The food is great as well. I have eaten here many times and loved everything I have eaten. The value is OK although I think the growlers are a bit pricey. All in all a great place that you should check out if you love beer.
07-31-2010 12:18:07 |
More by jmadrigal2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Sierra Nevada, what an impressive brewery! The most sustainable, environmentally friendly, and one of the most delicious and consistent breweries in the nation. Also one of the pioneers of craft brewing, how can you not love these guys?! Anyway, onto the review...the atmosphere is nice, lots of stained dark wood with plush seating and a few brewery collectibles adorn the walls. Nothing over the top that screams brewery but very nice and comfortable. The bar sits at one end of the restaurant with the kitchen kitty corner and seating in the rest of the place, very open and inviting. Lots of patio seating but with the 110 degree weather who wants to sit outside? The quality and selection are fantastic...over 20 beers on tap so I had to do a sampler of course to find my favorite. All of them were true to the style and delicious, although nothing really stood out as being amazing save for two, the kellerweiss and the torpedo. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was a little better than typical pub food, maybe a bit pricier because of the rep that they carry. Overall this is a must visit for any true craft brew lover!
01-11-2010 18:13:22 |
More by RedBrewer83
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My favorite bar. Driven mostly for my partiality to their brand. The tap room is attached to the brewery proper, and one can take tours of the operation, learn about making beer, look and the Sierra Nevada hops garden, drink one or more of any beer that is currently in season, eat a great meal, and buy a few six packs to take home with you, all in one location.
The atmosphere sports a long bar and large restaurant. The theme of "brewhouse" is apparent throughout, with a huge amount of copper fixtures and an open "industrial" feel to the vaulted ceilings. Some of the brewing Tuns can be seen polished to a mirror copper finish. The floor appointments are a beautiful symphony of hard woods and polished brass and copper. The kitchen is open, and you can see the brick oven where some entrees are prepared. The staff is immaculate in appearance.
These people KNOW beer. They really know their beer. Quality of presented beer is always close to perfection.
Service here is usually pretty snappy, though I have been ignored a couple of times. The serving staff is knowledgeable about the beer menu offerings and can make suggestions if you describe what you like.
If you want to drink something other than Sierra Nevada, go someplace else, because that is all they serve. However, they will have each and every beer currently in production on tap and ready to go. This allows you to taste some hard to find oddities that they produce straight from the tap of the maker.
Food. This is actually a high point. The menu is quite varied, and is worth seeking all on it's own. It is clearly take the SO to dinner quality. And certainly, as it is close (Relative actually) to my home town, should I be in it, I have yet to have my mom not jump at the chance to have a meal there; and she is not fond of beer.
Overall the Sierra Nevada Tap room combines my favorite line of regular beers, with a innovative quality menu, wrapped in a wonderful warm brewery atmosphere. It is clear why it is my favorite pub.
10-07-2009 22:20:41 |
More by mckeehn
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I lived in Chico this past summer and stopped into the Sierra Nevada Brewery at least a dozen times. I feel like I can write a pretty thorough review at this point, but I'll try to keep things concise. Here goes:
This is the best brewery I've ever been to. Definitely. Everything about the Sierra Nevada Brewery is high quality. The tap beers are always fresh, tasty and beautiful (the bartenders are masters of the pour). The beer selection is solid, boasting sixteen taps plus the occasional cask line. Polished brass and wood cover most of the interior, giving it a rustic yet classy feel. The bartenders, waiters, waitresses, and gift shop attendants are all kind, quick, and informative. Everything is reasonably priced, and the beer is downright cheap! All of the fellow customers I talked to were friendly and interesting. It's really hard to think of anything negative to say about this place.
Every experience I had at Sierra Nevada was a positive one. I highly recommend it to everyone. For those that haven't been before, here are a couple of tips to make your upcoming experience even more enjoyable:
- Every Thursday Sierra Nevada puts a different (and often brand new) beer on-cask. It's the only night of the week when cask beer is available at the brewery.
- All of the long-time patrons, home-brewers, and beer savants sit at the bar. If you're looking to strike up good beer conversation, you should sit here too.
- The patio is a great place to sit if you're looking for something a little quieter/mellower. It can get pretty hot up in Chico, which is why the patio is equipped with abundant shade and misters.
- The food at Sierra Nevada is hit and miss. Your safest bet is probably a burger, sandwich, or salad. The pizzas are okay, but I've heard that the fish & chips and Mexican food are downright bad. Everything is very fresh and grown/raised by Sierra Nevada.
- Self-guided tours are available daily from 10:00am-6:00pm. Guided tours are also available upon request.
- Check out "The Big Room" if you get a chance. I never got to see it, but I hear that the concerts in there are awesome!
This is a must stop! If you're anywhere near Chico, make the trip to the Sierra Nevada Brewery. You will not regret it.
09-27-2009 19:51:26 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I, drove 3 hrs across the Sierra Nevadas from Lake Tahoe on my honeymoon to visit the brewery/habe lunch last week. Beautiful weather, and scenery en route were a plus. The minute you approach the property it's obvious the amount of forethought and care that goes into everything involving the business. A small hop yard greets the visitor as they approach followed by a parking lot with a terraced canopy of solar panels that were pleasing to both my green and aesthetic sensibilities. The patio was at once cozy and spacious. We chose to dine inside and were seated immediately during the lunch rush. The decor is wood and copper. Huge gorgeous bar with Sierra Nevada's logo and nature scenes similar to those depicted on the bottle labels highlighted the huge behind bar mirrors. The bar linied the left side of the room and was divided by a half wall. copper exhaust/ducts that match the brew kettles run the ceiling and compliment the wood fixtures that help round out the high country lodge decor. Very classy and well appointed place. Our waiter was incredibly attentive and offered us several samples of their more unfamiliar styles: the brown saison and the southern hemisphere ale being our favorites, both were extremely delicious and warranted refills. The food matched the decor and service in top notch quality. I'll qualify this by saying that my experience with fish tacos is not what a Californian's would be, but regardless, they were amazing and by far the best I've ever had. We also had an Employee's favorite pizza which was also tremendous. We took the short, obligatory afternoon brewery tour, stopped off for some souv's in the giftshop, went back to the beer garden for a pint of brown saison and 1/2 pint of Bigfoot before leaving Chico. I highly recommend that whether you find yourself in the Bay area, Sacramento or Tahoe, make the trek to Sierra Nevada. It will not disappoint.
05-20-2009 13:52:19 |
More by veech
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
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