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Active Beers: 118
Beer Ratings: 60,160
Beer Avg: 3.85
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1075 E. 20th Street
phone: (530) 893-3520
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I do not often get much farther north in California than San Jose. This last weekend I traveled to Redding California to view the Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012.
I had enough time to dash to Chico for lunch and get back with plenty of extra time.
First thing you notice the thing is very big! The brewery is attached to the gift shop and the restaurant and bar.
Parking is problematic, I ended up parking behind the place.
About 2 groups waiting for tables in the restaurant, but I was solo so I just headed for the bar. Inside is all copper and wood and very well maintained, no small thing with copper.
I had the Calamari and fries, technically an appetizer, but for $10 you get a pretty damn big plate calamari and fries. I almost couldn't finish the squid. The fries are of the fresh made variety, nothing from frozen.
Beer prices are VERY low for a brewery like $5 for a snifter of knock on wood and $2.50 for a 1/2 pint Best Bitter.
Service was reasonable for a very busy Sunday.
Checked out the bathroom and they have copper sinks and brass fixtures in there, very different.
I did not get to take the brewery tour they were sold out of all tours before 10:30 AM, plan ahead and get a reservation.
Clean and neat gift shop selling their beers and misc associated items.
Not much to complain about at all, but I do have two annoyances. Brewery tours were sold out and the Parking is problematic, it is a busy place.
I plan to return sometime.
If you are within about 120 miles with a car and have the time to make the detour this is worthwhile destination.
05-22-2012 03:21:43 |
More by Zorro
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co has been on my bucket list for a long time. I have been drinking their beer for 25 years, but never found the chance to visit Chico and check out the brewery. When my second son wanted to check out CSU Chico, I scheduled a tour on a Friday afternoon.
The tour was a lot of fun. You get an introduction while having a taste of pale ale and checking out different types of malts. Afterwards, you go on a tour to check out the hops (get to smell them) and follow the complete process of making beer! In the end, they give you a sample of about eight different beers (varies depending on the time of year). We got to try barreled aged Big Foot. Awesome! The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Afterwards, we went to have dinner at the restaurant. Not sure if they take reservations, but if they do, get them. We had to wait an hour to get seated. The food was good and the atmosphere was laid back, but nice.
05-20-2013 21:44:32 |
More by QuakeAttack
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The restaurant/taphouse is a very nice room with lots of wood and lots of copper (bartop, taps, even the giant, immaculate air conditioning duct). The waiting area and the area near the bar have a nice view of one of the several brewhouses in the Sierra Nevada complex. The food was good, especially the gorgonzola pasta my wife ordered. I ordered a pizza that was pretty good, but not exceptional. Their beer sampler contained every beer they served on draft, 14 total the night I went (very nice!). The wood-aged Bigfoot was the standout beer, but several of the samples were excellent. Highly recommended.
02-17-2008 16:33:04 |
More by ojclark
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been here a couple times as I frequent the area visiting famiy. Plus I graduated from Chico State. Chiii Coooo!!
This place is top knotch. The dining room is huge with lots of room at the tables, plus a big bar. More restaurant than brewpub.
Great food, excellent beer. My fave is pale ale. And it pairs well with many of their dishes, like the sandwhich I ate.
The gift shop had the usual stuff, but it was set up as its own store away from the restaurant. The external windows on the brewery showcases the huge shiny copper tanks, which you can see as you drive by.
The garden at the adjacent corner lot is one of their garden/hops fields. And you can park right next to it.
07-22-2012 06:27:44 |
More by DrunkenMonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've visited the brewery a couple of times while working in the Chico area. The good folks of Sierra Nevada attempt to establish the "wow" factor from the very beginning, and they do so quite successfully. Easily the most beautiful brewery I've seen, filled with hand-crafted wood and etched glass, and kept immaculately clean. Having a top-notch concert room doesn't hurt, either.
As for the beer, if you drink SN Pale as your "emergency" beer (aka, there are no other crafts on tap), or if you aren't completely sold on it, I would highly recommend going to the brewery, if possible. It will absolutely change your perspective of the beer. I don't know why, but whatever they're pouring out of the taps at the brewery is a far sight better than what's coming out of the Sierra Nevada taps at any bar anywhere else in the country. I also enjoyed the IPA, Porter, ESB, and Barleywine.
The food was excellent. The beef fed with the byproducts of the brewing process was truly a treat, and the desserts are tasty, as well. The only negative I can really say is that they seem a bit cocky about themselves. It's good to have confidence in your product, but a cocky attitude will turn people off in a hurry.
All in all, a great experience for beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. Enjoy!
04-22-2005 19:12:16 |
More by smcdowell
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally got to check out Sierra and their crazy operation. Pulled up and was definitely diggin the hop yard next door and all the solar panels that I assume help power a portion of their facility. Gift shop is intense with every design, and tons of merch for cheap. Even discount items in a bin. Didn't make it in time for the guided tour but we were able to walk around most of the same area apparently. This consists mostly of looking through glass at the equipment, except for the Kettles and whirlpool which you see from an elevated walkway. The floor looked clean enough to eat off of. Impressive. I wish they had been brewing at the time I stopped by.
Then went for some beer and appetizers. Since it's summer they mostly only had the summer beers on. Vienna Lager, Kolsch, Crystal Wheat, Summerfest, and then southern hemi harvest and torpedo. Also tried the brown which was a nice beer.
Had some fries and onion rings both of which were good. Especially enjoyed the fries.
Definitely worth a visit, I'd like to eat dinner there next time.
06-20-2008 19:23:59 |
More by kleffman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This happens to be my local watering hole. Many locals won't go here because it's "too expensive," but $2.50 a pint for the freshest beer in town is a bargain to me. Lots of taps, maybe 16 or so.
Very impressive looking bar, brass and high ceilings. Bartenders are friendly. I was not around to see the evolution of the place, but the brewery I see today is impressive and clean.
The beer selection is good. Mostly English style ales, maybe one or two lagers from time to time. I've always thought they should add a bit of diversity to their styles, but they are good at what they do and stick to it. They do almost exclusively "American" style beer (Am wheats, APAs, etc) and the taps are just a bit redundant. The freshness of the beer is top notch.
My big issue with the beer is that is is so filling. You want to drink more than you can fit in your belly. With a little food, it's hard to even finish a second pint.
Try to go on Thursday nights when they *sometimes* have real cask ale. One of the best ones I've had was "PaleFoot" (1/2 PA 1/2 Bigfoot)-out of the ballpark.
Food is good, call it high quality bar food. Vegetarian selections, nice desserts, and good bread baked fresh with oil and balsamic for free. They also make great pizza in a wood-fired oven.
Service is usually pretty good but there's always a chance you get stuck with a new waitress who's never worked food service before (this has only happened once or twice). Long waits for tables on the weekends, so beware. I usually go straight to the bar. Like many breweries, last call is around 9, maybe 10 on weekends, so go during the day.
NO GROWLERS!!! I think this is due to Butte Co. open container laws, though.
I highly recommend this place because it is a sight to see. Also I've always felt that their beer gets a tad stale when it travels, and here you can taste it in it's full glory. See you there!
08-11-2006 19:31:07 |
More by rayjay
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I decided to drive to Sierra Nevada from Davis pretty much the night before and I'm glad I did. Even though I couldn't find someone to go with because it was such short notice I still had a lot of fun. It was about a 2 hour drive and it was a nice drive up.
The brewery is really easy to find since it's about a minute from the highway. Parking was a little tough since there was a wedding going on but I still managed to find a spot in front. When you pull in first you drive by the restaurant then the office and then the gift shop/brewery. I wanted to do the 4pm tour but it was full so I managed to grab the last spot on the 5pm tour. I had to kill 2 hours so I went to the bar and had a beer.
3.75 for a 16 oz beer? oh ya! great price so I had a glass of the Old Chico since I have never had it and I'm not going to throw down $8.99 for a 6 pack of something I might like at my local store. I didn't have any of the food since I wasn't hungry. I got my beer and sat down in front of the kitchen and watched the chefs do their thing and I talked to the guy next to me for a good majority of the time I was there. I was wearing my Stone Brewing Company shirt which got a lot of comments but none harsh. There are no rival breweries just rival sport teams.
The tour was a lot of fun and very informative. I didn't realize the breweries property was that big. Every building on the property is used and is connected by a huge walkway. Our tour was almost an hour and a half long and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and very nice. She didn't seem uncomfortable leading 15 people around the brewery and trying to answer every question we had which was a lot. Before the tour I went on the self guided tour as well and saw a case with every beer and labels SN has made including all of the bigfoots lined up in the case.
I bought a t shirt and a pint glass in the gift shop. The gift shop people were helpful with helping me find my size. My only complaint about the place is the t shirt price which was 17 dollars but that's not surprising since most t shirts usually cost much.
Next time I go I'm getting some food and some of the special beer they only release at the brewery.
05-01-2011 19:06:23 |
More by BigB415
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
So I finally made it to Chico and SN Brewing. I love the atmosphere in the Taproom, dark wood everywhere and this place is so so clean. I was let down with the tap selection, I thought there would be a lot that I had never seen actually there were only two. I tried the Torpedo to see how much different it tasted on tap and there was a big difference, much better. The menu looked boring to me so no food. This was a Monday and they were quite busy, I was sitting next to a local and we started chatting and he said they are busy all the time. I should back up, this is a really first class operation, covered parking with like a mesh cover and security in the lot, everywhere very clean and kept up, first class.
I did go to the gift shop and bought two bottles of the Brux, a collaboration of SN Brewing and Vinnie at Russian River. When I got home I read the reviews here on BA and they are not good. Maybe I will give one bottle as a gift to my worst friend.
12-16-2012 15:37:43 |
More by VegasBill
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