If you love great craft beer, the Sierra Nevada Brewery Company is a stop you won’t want to miss. You can tour the facilities, taste the beer, listen to great live music and more at this 100% family owned brewery in Chico, California.
The brewery’s history began in the 60s, when Ken Grossman first developed his passion for home-brewed beer. He began brewing at home, then opened a supply shop for other home brewers. Over the years, he built his craft brewery from scratch, repurposing dairy equipment and fashioning some of his own equipment, before the days of the modern microbrewery. Over the years, he perfected recipes to ensure a consistent quality for each batch and invented his own proprietary brews.
If you’re headed to Chico, or just passing through, this is worth the stop. Tours of the brewery are curated several different ways, from a 45-minute tour of the facility to a three- to five-hour detailed tour covering the brewery’s history and brewing processes. There are also self-guided tours so you can explore at your leisure. If you only have 30 minutes but you want a little history mixed with a tasting, a guided educational testing is just right for you.
After the tasting, relax at the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant, which features gourmet meals and the finest craft beers. Ingredients are local, sustainable, and fresh, with fresh produce straight from the garden and breads baked onsite with spent brewer’s grain.
In the evenings, enjoy live music in the Big Room at Sierra Nevada, with dinner theatre-style concerts in a multitude of genres: bluegrass, Americana, rock, independent, alternative, and R&B. Tickets to the events are available online or in the brewery’s gift shop. It makes a perfect date night!
Speaking of shopping, you’ll find everything you need in the Sierra Nevada Gift Shop. You’ll find a huge selection of Sierra Nevada Beer varieties, including seasonal offerings and year-round standards. You can also get Sierra Nevada Beer clothing – hats, t-shirts and more – as well as accessories, gifts, and bar supplies.
Enjoy a fun day-trip excursion for the grownups at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Company.
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