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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1075 E. 20th Street
phone: (530) 893-3520
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
Been here a couple times as I frequent the area visiting famiy. Plus I graduated from Chico State. Chiii Coooo!!
This place is top knotch. The dining room is huge with lots of room at the tables, plus a big bar. More restaurant than brewpub.
Great food, excellent beer. My fave is pale ale. And it pairs well with many of their dishes, like the sandwhich I ate.
The gift shop had the usual stuff, but it was set up as its own store away from the restaurant. The external windows on the brewery showcases the huge shiny copper tanks, which you can see as you drive by.
The garden at the adjacent corner lot is one of their garden/hops fields. And you can park right next to it.
07-22-2012 06:27:44 |
More by DrunkenMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Just visited today and yesterday. This was my first experience at the Sierra Nevada Brewery, and I was very impressed.
The 45 minute wait would have turned me away from a lot of other places, but I had made the three hour drive with all intentions of visiting - so I stuck it out.
Luckily, I was informed that I could spend my wait time taking a tour of the facility and visiting the gift shop.
The tour of the brewery was short and a little disappointing in my opinion. The tour guide knew how to stick to her script, but didn't know much else about the facilities or their brewing process.
The gift shop was extensive in swag, but not so much in their beer selection. They only have four selections of bottled beer to choose from, and all of which are available in any west-coast town. I was hoping for something special that I could only purchase at the brewery, but a couple of SNB-logo golf-balls had to suffice.
Dinner was great. The bread was more than memorable (baked fresh in-house every morning), the beef in my Sirloin Gorgonzola Fettaccini was amazing (the waitress informed me that all of their beef comes from the Chico State University agriculture department, which has a special contract with them).
I also had the beer sampler on my visit - the 16 beers they had on tap, in a sample size glass. The presentation and education from the staff during my sampling process was great.
I would say that the price was better than any big-name restaurant, especially for the quality. The meal, including 1 pint and an $11 sampler split between three people came out to about $18 a person.
Overall, I had such a great time, I came back for lunch the next day.
Chico is a cool little college town. I rented a bike and rode around down-town and some historic parts, played some Frisbee by the river, and had a truly great time. It's an awesome weekend getaway for anyone nearby, and the Sierra Nevada Brewery makes it that much more worth it.
05-04-2008 05:09:09 |
More by cameronmkelly
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Last brewery on the trip from Bend back to Santa Cruz County and the 400th brewery I visited.
Located right off the highway and can't miss it with the hop fields and the grain silos.
My wife and I hit the gift shop where I scored a Timbukto SN bag for my 400th brewery.
We got there at 5pm ish on a Friday and got seated with in 10 minutes. The tap room is stunning and you have to see it to believe it. Our seat was above the bar in height and to the side giving us a great view.
I have to say I was disappointed by the beer selection. Of the 9 breweries visited on this trip the selection was nothing special. Yes they had the standard SN line up plus Ovila and Life and Limb 1 and 2. But only three special tap room only brews. One the Draught Pal Ale was one of the best two or three beers on this trip, a Rye PA, and a Kolsch. I expected more as delivered by Deschutes.
Food was exceptional-we split the sausage sampler, the salmon filled pasta shells, and the seafood pasta-top notch.
I would mos' def drive the 4 hours to get here even for a few hours-I wish they would kick up the tap only selection.
08-22-2011 22:38:46 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co has been on my bucket list for a long time. I have been drinking their beer for 25 years, but never found the chance to visit Chico and check out the brewery. When my second son wanted to check out CSU Chico, I scheduled a tour on a Friday afternoon.
The tour was a lot of fun. You get an introduction while having a taste of pale ale and checking out different types of malts. Afterwards, you go on a tour to check out the hops (get to smell them) and follow the complete process of making beer! In the end, they give you a sample of about eight different beers (varies depending on the time of year). We got to try barreled aged Big Foot. Awesome! The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Afterwards, we went to have dinner at the restaurant. Not sure if they take reservations, but if they do, get them. We had to wait an hour to get seated. The food was good and the atmosphere was laid back, but nice.
05-20-2013 21:44:32 |
More by QuakeAttack
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is quite a place. Beautiful copper everywhere, hugh fermenation silos, impressively landscaped, solar panels covering the large parking lot and even an electric charging station for your car.
It wasn't too crowded for our late lunch in the fall, but there were still a number of people eating and enjoying the beer. And there is plenty to choose from, at least 15-20. We took a tour and it was great. It was a pleasure to see the creatitivity, cleanliness and attention to detail everywhere. I was very impressed, especially since I prefer supporting the smaller breweries. Sierra Nevada is the largest craft brewer in the US and is getting ready to open another brewery near Ashville, NC. But this place is excellent with plenty of beer styles to choose from and I will continue to buy them.
If you are near Chico you must visit this place. Not only is the beer excellent but so is the food. This is a quality brewery.
11-07-2012 19:53:34 |
More by excalibur
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It's good to be King of the Micros. A really nice restaurant and brewery. Spacious dining areas and patio. There is a field next to the property where hops are grown for one of their specialty beers. One can smell the cooking malt in the parking lot. Staff was friendly, one had been with SN for 15 years and a favorite of his was an available seasonal.
Stainless steel and some brass tap nozzles that appeared to be changables. Copper plated bar with wood siding also wood tables, chairs, and a huge beer cabinet behind the bar. Their draught beers had thick marble housing. The kitchen was in the open with a brick oven and a real grill. Restroom was clean and fancy with copper sinks.
Service was prompt, kind of business like but informative and knowledgable.
Unbelievable but there were 16 beers on tap and no cask or guest beers. Unfortunately, in my opinion, most of the 16 beers tasted similar to their two versions of the flagship SNPA, therefore that was drowned out for notable consideration. Some possible notables were the Ruthless Hefeweizen (seasonal), Pale Bock, and Porter. A definite notable for today was the Bigfoot Barleywine (very good on tap). The local favorite is the 20th Street Ale or Green Hop Ale, same thing according to the regulars and locals, that is made with the hops in the neighboring field when available. Not available today nor was the Celebration Ale.
The food was really good with some healthy options.
Reasonable for the offering.
06-12-2005 17:14:05 |
More by Troyone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | 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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