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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 115
Beer Ratings: 59,887
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1075 E. 20th Street
phone: (530) 893-3520
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
07-07-2007 18:14:27 |
More by brewmaster411
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This happens to be my local watering hole. Many locals won't go here because it's "too expensive," but $2.50 a pint for the freshest beer in town is a bargain to me. Lots of taps, maybe 16 or so.
Very impressive looking bar, brass and high ceilings. Bartenders are friendly. I was not around to see the evolution of the place, but the brewery I see today is impressive and clean.
The beer selection is good. Mostly English style ales, maybe one or two lagers from time to time. I've always thought they should add a bit of diversity to their styles, but they are good at what they do and stick to it. They do almost exclusively "American" style beer (Am wheats, APAs, etc) and the taps are just a bit redundant. The freshness of the beer is top notch.
My big issue with the beer is that is is so filling. You want to drink more than you can fit in your belly. With a little food, it's hard to even finish a second pint.
Try to go on Thursday nights when they *sometimes* have real cask ale. One of the best ones I've had was "PaleFoot" (1/2 PA 1/2 Bigfoot)-out of the ballpark.
Food is good, call it high quality bar food. Vegetarian selections, nice desserts, and good bread baked fresh with oil and balsamic for free. They also make great pizza in a wood-fired oven.
Service is usually pretty good but there's always a chance you get stuck with a new waitress who's never worked food service before (this has only happened once or twice). Long waits for tables on the weekends, so beware. I usually go straight to the bar. Like many breweries, last call is around 9, maybe 10 on weekends, so go during the day.
NO GROWLERS!!! I think this is due to Butte Co. open container laws, though.
I highly recommend this place because it is a sight to see. Also I've always felt that their beer gets a tad stale when it travels, and here you can taste it in it's full glory. See you there!
08-11-2006 19:31:07 |
More by rayjay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-26-2006 23:41:01 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sierra Nevada Brewery is a gym in the Chico area. The food and service has gotten better every time I have gone there. The first time I went, probably around 1998 or 1999, the restaurant was much smaller and the service left much to be desired. My date sat on some gum on the bench and the staff responded with "oh" when I told them about it. Since that less than stellar occasion, things have gotten better and better. The last time I went I ordered a tasting sampler of their beer and had a wonderful steak. I have yet to go on a tour of the facilities, but they display copper kettles through a window to the restaurant. The one drawback latley has been that the place has always been very crowded when I have gone. Over all though, Sierra Nevada Brewery is very worth checking out and stopping for dinner. I would also highly recommend the tasting sampler as they have a great selection of beers in the sampler, many of which are difficult to get elsewhere.
07-16-2006 14:11:56 |
More by Malted
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-11-2006 00:08:51 |
More by IntriqKen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So this was is going to be a must-visit-again place. I'm impressed with the place even as I pull up to the building, a very well designed brewery. The restaurant was beautiful, with big copper ductwork and woodwork throughout, and as you enter you walk past their first brew kettle, really cool. Though it was a Friday night and there were plenty of people around, I didn't get that great of service, nor was anyone friendly. The beers, as anyone can attest, are great, and perhaps better on tap. So the beer is top notch, but the food is no second thought. I had a hop-fed Kobe beef bacon cheeseburger, which was really flippin good, and my fiance had halibut, and a good portion of it, and that was also delicious. They brought out bread beforehand, and that, big surprise, was really good. So, to sum up, an fantastic feast of food and beer in a beautiful place, and I want one in my town.
03-21-2006 01:31:38 |
More by objectivemonkey
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A great place to take a date. It looks great when you drive up, and they have a great selection of there brews.
Definetly suggest this for a good night out, however, the food does get a little pricey, but the beer is definetly worth it.
If your looking for a place to get drunk, this is not it. If this is the case, check out Madison Bear Garden, downtown Chico.
This is however, a great place to entertain business guests, or to take someone on a first date. Good food, and great beer. Overall a good selection.
Cheers, and bottoms up
11-28-2005 06:16:15 |
More by indysamra
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Huge place, really nice, took a little tour of the brewery pretty fun, but I wanted to drink.
Headed down to the resteraunt, nice place, big bar, full menu, pretty busy.
I sat at the bar and ordered up the sampler platter that featured like 15-20 beers, some only released in the Chico area. it was pretty cool at first but after the first 12 they all start to taste the same. Not to mention I warmed up with a 9 oz. Bigfoot. I think I ordered some food but to be honest with you I was rather schnokerd. Oh well good times. I would love to go back up but that drive from San D is a killer!
09-28-2005 05:40:12 |
More by SteveO1231
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It's good to be King of the Micros. A really nice restaurant and brewery. Spacious dining areas and patio. There is a field next to the property where hops are grown for one of their specialty beers. One can smell the cooking malt in the parking lot. Staff was friendly, one had been with SN for 15 years and a favorite of his was an available seasonal.
Stainless steel and some brass tap nozzles that appeared to be changables. Copper plated bar with wood siding also wood tables, chairs, and a huge beer cabinet behind the bar. Their draught beers had thick marble housing. The kitchen was in the open with a brick oven and a real grill. Restroom was clean and fancy with copper sinks.
Service was prompt, kind of business like but informative and knowledgable.
Unbelievable but there were 16 beers on tap and no cask or guest beers. Unfortunately, in my opinion, most of the 16 beers tasted similar to their two versions of the flagship SNPA, therefore that was drowned out for notable consideration. Some possible notables were the Ruthless Hefeweizen (seasonal), Pale Bock, and Porter. A definite notable for today was the Bigfoot Barleywine (very good on tap). The local favorite is the 20th Street Ale or Green Hop Ale, same thing according to the regulars and locals, that is made with the hops in the neighboring field when available. Not available today nor was the Celebration Ale.
The food was really good with some healthy options.
Reasonable for the offering.
06-12-2005 17:14:05 |
More by Troyone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was down in the Chico area recently and made sure to stop at the beer mecca. Sat at the bar which is a long bar with seating for 25-30 people. The entire decor of the resturant is tastefully done in a dark mahogony making for a relaxing time. On tap were 16 ales and lagers definatly well worth the stop. I enjoyed their Rauchbeer, a pretty tasty example while my new to beer drinking friend had their sampler. The service was good and the food selection had something for everyone but nothing special. If your in Chico or driving through this is a must stop location.
05-20-2005 15:13:36 |
More by NVbeer
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
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