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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Beer Ratings: 59,766
Beer Avg: 3.85
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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: 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: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Awesome place to visit. I took the tour and it was outstanding. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Tour was just the right amount of time. Seeing their facility is extremely impressive, and recently, has become very energy efficient. Tour ends with a large sampling of everything they are currently serving in the area, which is a much larger selection than you can get anywhere outside of Chico. I can't recommend this place enough. Sierra Nevada has been my go to beer when I'm unsure of what I want to drink. I know it will be outstanding every time. Go enjoy this place!
07-16-2013 20:14:44 |
More by GeorgeH
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
One of the best in the country. After seeing a few more breweries, it is amazing to me the size of this place. I love that they have top-notch food, and they always have a good selection. I will have to go back now that my palate has changed. Worth the visit.
01-31-2013 17:34:32 |
More by Rand_ale_Thor
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a beautiful restaurant and brewery.
Stopped at the restaurant and had their beer sampler....16 current on tap beers in 4 oz glasses...that's a half gallon of beer. ($8.00) Service and knowledge of the staff was great.Menu was extensive and reasonable. Food was excellent.
Did a self tour of the brewery which again was beautiful as well as the gift shop.
My only complaint was that they don't have growlers, however I am told they should be selling growlers of beer in about a month. (that would be around July, 2006).
If I lived in Chico, this would DEFINATELY be a regular stop for me.
06-11-2006 00:08:51 |
More by IntriqKen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
11-26-2012 22:20:39 |
More by SanFranJake
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!
10-16-2013 19:12:00 |
More by Bouder32
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.
03-22-2004 11:34:17 |
More by beerceller99
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.
11-30-2008 22:31:00 |
More by SpecsBEERMAN
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.
05-07-2011 12:26:40 |
More by kpattonunc
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
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