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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1075 E. 20th Street
phone: (530) 893-3520
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-07-2012 07:46:35 |
More by marshrat63
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Chico is not convenient to anywhere - but I had wanted to visit for a long time and am glad I finally did as it did not disappoint. As you turn off freeway and drive down 20th you can not miss it.
Arrived on wed before thanksgiving around 11:45 - was able to snag the last spots on the 1pm tour (you can sign up ahead of time - but they always reserve half the spots for walk - in. Around holidays tours seemed to fill up fast.
Went and ate in the restaurant while waiting - super attentive staff, friendly to kids, quick service. Ordered pretzels, ham and bean soup, goat cheese salad, fish and chips, chicken curry (a special). All were very good, medium price. Also did 2 tater flights - $3 for 4 2oz tasters. As me and my wife were splitting 2 of them wish the size was a little bigger. Ideally in retrospect would have done tour than ate, but ended up not doubling up on many of the beers. Most all beers are all available as taster, half pints, pints or growler fills.
If you've trekked up here you better do the tour - and as it's free and they start you off first thing with a glass of SNPA you can't go wrong. Last about 1.5 hrs - highlights for me were the hop room and the packaging line. Ends in a tasting room where you get to try another 8 or so beers. Very awesome - guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
No k ids under 12 allowed on tour - although there is a short self guided tour open to any one.
11-22-2012 07:22:42 |
More by drewone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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: 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: 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
08-23-2008 16:37:22 |
More by Floydster
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.
10-30-2008 02:22:25 |
More by Georgiabeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Sierra Nevada, what an impressive brewery! The most sustainable, environmentally friendly, and one of the most delicious and consistent breweries in the nation. Also one of the pioneers of craft brewing, how can you not love these guys?! Anyway, onto the review...the atmosphere is nice, lots of stained dark wood with plush seating and a few brewery collectibles adorn the walls. Nothing over the top that screams brewery but very nice and comfortable. The bar sits at one end of the restaurant with the kitchen kitty corner and seating in the rest of the place, very open and inviting. Lots of patio seating but with the 110 degree weather who wants to sit outside? The quality and selection are fantastic...over 20 beers on tap so I had to do a sampler of course to find my favorite. All of them were true to the style and delicious, although nothing really stood out as being amazing save for two, the kellerweiss and the torpedo. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was a little better than typical pub food, maybe a bit pricier because of the rep that they carry. Overall this is a must visit for any true craft brew lover!
01-11-2010 18:13:22 |
More by RedBrewer83
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-30-2011 21:50:06 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Top notch company, facility, etc., all the way around. It doesn't get much better than Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. They do what they've done for years and they do it exceptionally well.
The bar/restaurant is very well laid out, a lot of thought was put into the design and it shows. The same can be said for almost all the facilities at Sierra Nevada. Lots of wood and a cozy bar area with room for people to stand behind the folks at the bar if it's crowded.
Selection is always excellent. I was just there again on Friday and there were at least 15 beers on tap, including 3 wet hop, single hop, estate grown hop beers (20th St. Pale Ale, Cascade, Citra and Chinook varietals). I had these three side by side by side and they were excellent. Also had a Cele-Foot (Celebration-Bigfoot blend) that was phenomenal. Just great beers all around, what can I say?
The steps this company goes through to lessen its impact on the environment is also most impressive. I won't go into the details, but suffice to say that they are head and shoulders above most businesses of their size in taking the steps they take. Great to see and they also set an example for other companies, and breweries in particular, to strive toward.
Other amenities include their own hop and barley fields, a nice company store, and brewery tours every day of the week. Really a world class facility, and a place worth visiting, if you are anywhere in northern CA (or Oregon or Nevada, I suppose as well).
11-15-2011 07:06:51 |
More by colonelforbin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
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