Brewery Tour

The exterior of our 200-barrel brewhouse.
Copper cladding pays homage to traditional brewhouse kettles.
Our 1600-barrel fermentation tanks shimmer in the sun.
One of nine canopies in our parking lot solar array.
Pale Ale cruises down the packaging line.

Explore our brewery nestled in the Appalachians.

We brewed our first batch of beer in 1980 in Chico, California, the lush forests of North Carolina far from our mind. Over three decades, folks tried our bold beers and deemed them fit for friends across the country. In time a second brewery became the wisest, most sustainable way to send fresh beer to the farthest reaches. Today you can venture inside our Mills River brewery to trace our history as a craft beer pioneer and see first-hand our drive to make flavorful beer the status quo. Cruise up our wooded driveway, park under a solar-panel canopy, and head behind the scenes with us.

Our tours fill up quickly! You must make reservations online for all tours except the Guided Tasting and the self-guided Visitor Corridor. Click below to check availability and book your tour. Please feel free to contact our Tour Desk before your visit if you have any questions about our tour programs or policies.

 

Please Note: Taproom will be closed for maintenance on January 9th & 10th. The Tour Program and Gift Shop will operate on a normal schedule, but no food or bar service will be available. 

 

Brewhouse Tour

Duration: 90 minutes | Ages 12+ | Reservation required

Our brew kettles, now copper-clad and striking, are a far cry from our original repurposed dairy tanks. The whole-cone hops we use for beer’s aroma and flavor, today shipped to us in 200-pound bales, our founder Ken Grossman originally got in one-pound chunks. You’ll peer into those kettles, smell those hops, and get even more hands-on as you navigate the entire beer-making process. (Ever tried wort? Think of it as pre-beer.) If you’re over 21 years old, we’ll lead you through an educational tasting of Sierra Nevada beers right next to our open fermenters .

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Beer Geek Tour

SOLD OUT through December 2016. January 2017 dates available to reserve. 

Duration: 3 hours | Ages 21+ | Cost: $45 | Reservation required | Thursdays only | Long Pants & Close-Toed Shoes Required

Get ready for an intimate, 3-hour tour into the depths of what makes Sierra Nevada tick. This tour is ideal for beer lovers who already have basic beer knowledge and are looking for a behind-the-scenes look and taste of our facility. We’re keeping the group small (5 new best friends for you!) and the experience big.

We’ll talk ingredients and beer history before inviting you into our 200-barrel production brewhouse. We’ll wander into our hop cooler, take in the aromas, and scope out our cellar where you’ll sample beer right from the tanks. We’ll venture through our packaging floor and then you’ll —what’s that? You’re already convinced? Excellent. Prepare for a few surprises along the way and a Sierra Nevada experience like no other! 

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Bigfoot Vertical Tasting

Duration: 1 hour | Ages 21+ | Cost: $30 | Reservation required | Friday evenings in January

CAUTION: Bigfoot Sighting! Casual beer explorers beware!

This special tasting focuses on the history of the unique Barleywine beer style and includes a vertical tasting of our Bigfoot Barleywine Ale.

We have been aging this beast of a beer in our temperature-controlled cellar for up to eight years - letting the flavors grow, mature and get tangled. You’ll sample a Bigfoot flight that includes the newly-released 2017 batch alongside a few older vintages. We’ll explore the ingredients that make Bigfoot a legend and finish off the tasting with a special barrel-aged version.

Come join us for this vertical taste adventure before it disappears!

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Guided Educational Tasting

Duration: 30 minutes | Ages 21+ | Cost: $12 | Same-day Ticket Sales* | Saturdays: 4:30pm, Sundays: 12pm & 4:30pm

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. We’ll provide the paper and pens for tasting notes, you bring an adventurous palate and a thirst (for beer and knowledge)!

*Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Tour Desk on the day of the tasting. They are offered on first-come, first-served basis.

 

Guided Barrel Tasting

Duration: 30 minutes | Ages 21+ | Cost: $10 | Same-day Ticket Sales* | Saturday & Sunday afternoons in December

The weather is turning cooler and the holiday season is upon us. It makes us want to curl up next to the fire and sip on something roasty and dark. To indulge this feeling at the brewery, we are opening up our Barrel Room for exclusive, guided barrel tastings.

Step inside the dark ambience of our Barrel Room and inhale the aromas of beer and wood. One of our knowledgeable guides will walk you through a sampling of five barrel-aged beers. Along with four 1 oz. samples of our Trip in the Woods barrel-aged series, you will taste a sample directly from a barrel. This brand new experience is not one to be missed!

*Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Tour Desk on the day of the tasting. They are offered on first-come, first-served basis.

 

Visitor Corridor 

Duration: At your leisure | All ages | No reservation required | Monday-Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-8pm, Sunday: 12pm-7pm

Groups not your thing? We get it. For those who prefer to wander solo, our Brewery has been designed with guests in mind! Our upstairs Visitor Corridor includes a raised mezzanine for bird’s-eye views of our copper-clad brewhouse, a real-time look at fermenting beer and a visit to our warehouse and packaging hall.