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“Better Beer, Terrific Tour & Tasting = a Delightful Day”

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Chico
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Burt Lake, Michigan
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117 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Better Beer, Terrific Tour & Tasting = a Delightful Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

On a lark, while heading out of the gold-rush area of CA and heading towards the Cascade Range, we decided to tour the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company located in Chico, Ca. We have toured other breweries, big and small over the years, and have always found the process and the art that goes with it to be fascinating. We were expecting a small to medium sized factory-type operation and an interesting but unremarkable tour. What we got was anything but. First, the place is enormous. Second, it is gorgeous - architecture, magnificent cut/beveled glass, wonderful woodwork, hand-painted tiles (in the work areas!), frescoes depicting both the process and the company heritage and incredible amounts of copper makes it truly unique in the industry. Third; it was spotless - everywhere. Everything gleamed. Fourth, the tasting room was beautiful and the beers were absolutely delicious. Fifth; Emma our tour-guide was the perfect hostess and ambassador for the company. She really loves her job and it shows. She is extremely knowledgeable about the product and the company and never missed a beat. She also never made you think that she was reciting something for the thousandth time like many such guides unfortunately seem to do. She kept it moving, sprinkled in appropriate humor and never seemed to be at loss with even the most technical question. It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour and a must-see for beer enthusiasts anywhere.

Visited November 2013
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Chico, California
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“Alway a good time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Sometimes a wait during peak hours,but worth the wait. Try the beer sampler and the malt pretzels with the beer cheese. Always like the beer bacon burger or the taproom burger for lunch.

Visited September 2013
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San fransico
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“A Big deal for a small town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

The tour is fine, even interesting. This is for hard core beer drinkers. And there is plenty of beer. If you plan to eat there, expect a long wait. And it is extremely noisy, so conversations can be difficult. This si not a place for a quiet dinner, mostly large groups. The beer makes the food taste better than what it is, so, drink up! Outside dining? Only in the spring and summer months otherwise you will freeze. Our wait for our meal was very long and at the end of our meal the coffee came cold. Like I said, this is for Beer drinkers, food is not their forte. There is a cute brown jug you can purchase and have it refilled, and t-shirts.I rate this average, as we have been to other breweries that surpass this one.

Visited June 2013
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Chico, California
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“fun venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Brewing Co is a great venue for a meal - food is good but the dining room is very loud and unless you have a large party there aren't any reservations which can lead to a long wait.

Visited August 2013
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Chico, California
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“Great beer brewed here, many varieties, nice restaurant, good tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a must stop if you come to Chico. Take the tour and view the brewing process and taste the wonderful beers too. There is a small long bar area that gets very crowded so many times you have to wait for a table. The food is very good and if the weather is nice the patio is very nice. The owner has received a lot of awards for his green efforts in his restaurant, and buildings, and production, and the use of local food as much as possible. There is also a separate gift shop where you can buy Sierra Nevada labeled products, beer, and many gift ideas.

They have a good music schedule in the Big Room so check that out when you are in town to see if anyone is playing there but keep in mind tickets sell out so book in advance. It is first come first served on the seating so many times you have to sit with others to enjoy. The acoustics are very good and it is a smaller venue with great sound.

Visited November 2013
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