Take a peek inside our pioneering craft brewery.
There’s a lot going on at Sierra Nevada. If you want to see it all, we’ll pull back the curtains for you. We’ve designed several tours whose durations and content vary, so one of them is bound to fulfill your curiosity—or try them all! Common among them is a dose of history that underscores our role as a craft beer pioneer. Depending on the adventure, you’ll get your hands on our ingredients, peer into brewhouse vessels, stroll beneath fermenters, overlook our packaging facility, and take in our sea of solar panels. If you’re over 21 years old, a guided beer tasting of new and limited release beers is in the cards, or sample brews fresh from the tank if you take our Beer Geek Tour.
Choose your destiny. We can’t wait to show you around.
Our tours fill up quickly! We highly recommend making your reservations online, in advance. You may also add your party to a stand-by list the day-of in the event of a cancellation.
Contact our Reservation Specialist to set up your private tour today via email at Chicotours@sierranevada.com!
Duration: 90 minutes | Ages 12+ | Free | Reservation required
You’ll navigate the entire beer-making process in our West Brewhouse, getting your hands dirty along the way. (Don’t worry, we have all the sanitizer you need!) Rub some of our aromatic, whole-cone hops in your palms; gaze in the window of our whirling mash tun; and sip on sugary wort before it moves into our fermentation tanks. You’ll venture across our catwalk to peer into our packaging facility, whetting your appetite before finishing with educational tastings of Sierra Nevada beers.
Duration: 90 minutes | Ages 12+ | Reservation required
The weather’s too nice in the summer; we can’t stay inside! Our sustainability tour covers much of the sunny brewery grounds, showcasing our alternative energy efforts and many of the initiatives based on our “reduce, reuse, recycle, rot” philosophy. You’ll check out California’s largest privately owned solar installation (10,500+ panels!), our micro turbine technology and the remarkable HotRot composter, as well as the recycling and conservation program that helped us divert 99.8 percent of our solid waste from landfills in 2012. Your tour will wrap up in our beautiful eight-acre hop field and lush two-acre garden where you can nosh on freshly harvested produce and enjoy a tasting of our award-winning brews.
*Tickets now available! Tours begin April 22nd, 2017 in celebration of Earth Day.
Beer Geek Tour
Duration: 3 hours | Ages 21+ | Cost: $45 | Reservation required
Saddle up for an intimate, 3-hour tour into the depths of what makes Sierra Nevada tick. Really, this is leave-a-trail-of-bread-crumbs detailed, so we’re keeping groups small and the experience big. We’ll talk craft beer history before inviting you to gawk at the traditional German control board in our 100-barrel East Brewhouse, breathe in the glorious aromas next door in our open fermentation room, venture through our cellar where you’ll sample brews right from the tanks, and then you’ll—what’s that? You’re already convinced? Excellent. Prepare your palate, fill your fanny pack with snacks, and we’ll see you soon.
Duration: 2 hours | Ages 12+ | Cost: $15 | Reservation required
This tour showcases the inner workings of Sierra Nevada not seen on any tour we’ve ever offered. We will explore the depths of our rarely seen West Brewhouse basement and check out the brewing process from underground, wander through our gigantic beer warehouse, bear witness to the monumental efforts that go into mixing 12-packs and cases, visit the unsung technological hero of the brewery known as the Glycol Chilling System, and take a trip around the brewery and out to the garden on our time Machine Beer Bike built by our friends at Red Hot Metal.
* Available most Mondays-Thursdays at 4:00 starting on Tuesday, April 25th or by special request.
Guided Educational Tasting*
Duration: 30 minutes | Ages 21+ | $10 | Reservation required*
Don’t have 90 minutes to take a tour with us? Care more about how a beer tastes than about how it is made? Consider joining us for a 30 minute, guided, educational tasting!One of our knowledgeable guides will walk you through a sampling of eight of our beers. We will discuss beer styles and their history as well as what makes Sierra Nevada’s beer unique.
*Tickets available online or in person at the Tour Desk.
Duration: At your leisure | All ages | Subject to close for Big Room events
For soloists and young families alike, head upstairs to the Mezzanine to check out some awesome antiques, an expansive bottle collection, and don’t forget the West Brewhouse Catwalk! Plaques along the route will tell the story of the shining pipes and tanks you’ll see along the way.
Feel free to call us at 530-899-4776 to make sure this option is available for your visit.