Brewery Tour

Fermentation Room
Solar Array
Whole Cone Hops
Tasting Room

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 brand new 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.


Brewhouse Tour

Duration: 90 minutes | Ages 12+ | 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.

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Sustainability Tour*

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 fuel cell 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 educational tastings of our award-winning brews.

*This is a seasonal tour offering that will be available again May–September 2016.

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Beer Geek Tour

Duration: 3 hours | Ages 21+ | Cost: $32.50 | 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 (5 new best friends for you!) 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.

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Engineering Tour*

Duration: 90 minues | Ages 12+ | Cost: $10 | 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.

* Spots are limited. Warm layer is recommended.

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Hop Head Tour*

Duration: 90 minutes | Ages 21+ | Cost: $25 | Reservation required

If you thought the IPA tour was hoppy, then buckle up. To celebrate the hop-growing season here in Chico, CA we have designed an experience centered around the ingredient that has captivated the palates of craft drinkers across the globe. Join us this season for an intensive study of the Hop: its history, its use in beer and its life cycle. You’ll trace the history of hops back to its rhizome, learn how hops came to be cherished by brewers and explore our experimental Estate Hop Field. Any mystery left surrounding the gorgeous flower will dissipate as you rub and smell your way through our Hop Staging Coldbox, and see how long you can last in our long-term Hop Storage Freezer!

*This is a seasonal tour offering with limited spots available.

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Self-guided Tour

Duration: At your leisure | All ages | No reservation required

Groups not your thing? We get it. For those who prefer to wander solo, we designed a pamphlet packed with Sierra Nevada history as well as a map to guide your spin through our mezzanine, which includes a catwalk above the West Brewhouse.


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