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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
1075 East 20th Street,
Chico, CA 95928
Latitude: 39.724806 Longitude: -121.813916
Email Address: [email protected]
This tour is free
In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it ?Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.?
Ken?s passion for brewing began when a friend showed him the basics of home brewing. Using homemade equipment, Ken began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own, and soon became a proficient home brewer.
In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University at Chico, Ken opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico?s home-brewing community with equipment, materials, and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery.
Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery?s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds?the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Word spread quickly, and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery?s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company moved to its current site.
Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a traditional 100-barrel copper brew house, which became the heart of the new brewery. This met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, Ken commissioned the original coppersmiths to match new kettles to the originals, bringing the brewery?s total capacity to almost eight hundred thousand barrels per year.
Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music, and its award-winning beers. The elegant Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. With mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus, an impressive dining room, and a large outdoor dining patio, it offers distinctive, contemporary cuisine as well as an opportunity to sample the brewery?s entire line of premium ales and lagers, including hard-to-find specialty drafts. The 350-seat Big Room?a beautifully designed live music and multi-purpose room?was constructed on the west end of the brewery to feature live music events for all ages and is a perfect facility for weddings, reunions, and business conferences.
To this day, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company remains true to its roots. Ken is still personally involved in every aspect of brewery operation. Most importantly, the Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.
Visitors are always welcome at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. We?re open to the public for self-guided tours and shopping at the gift store from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Here, you can see the brewing process for yourself, then try our award-winning ales and lagers in our Taproom and Restaurant (closed Mondays). Guided tours are complimentary and available daily. They are appropriate for all ages and no reservations are necessary?just come to the Gift Shop shortly before the tour is scheduled to begin. For more information, call (530) 896-2198.
Please note that the Taproom & Restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Monday ? Friday: 8:00 am ? 5:00 pm
Tuesday ? Thursday: 11:00 am ? 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am ? 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am ? 9:00 pm
Monday ? Friday: 2:30 pm
Saturday: continuously from 12:00 ? 3:00 pm
Sunday: 2:30 pm
Tours meet at the Gift Shop
Daily: 10:00 am ? 6:00 pm (closed holidays)
Sierra Nevada is building a second brewery in Henderson County, NC and has stated that they will also be offering tours at that location when completed in late 2013.