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, or sampling straight from the fermentation tanks just might be your next adventure. 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.
Standby lists are available for each Brewhouse Tour at the Tour Desk for in-person sign ups. In the event of a no-show or cancellation, tickets will be offered to the standby list in a first come, first served fashion.
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: 2 hours | 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 will sip on a can of beer while moseying the rows of vegetables.
*Sustainabilty Tour season runs April-September. Private tours available year-round.
Estate Homegrown Tour 2017*
Duration: 2 hours | Ages 12+ | Reservation required
Join us for our exclusive Estate Homegrown Tour! This will be an amazing opportunity for you to see everything it takes to produce such a revolutionary beer, and allow you to see how closely the brewing industry is tied to agriculture.
Our Estate Ale is a labor of love. Pound for pound, Estate Ale is one of our most demanding beers to produce. All of this homegrown IPA’s ingredients are grown organically, here in Chico, on Sierra Nevada property. from the farm to the brewhouse, and into the bottle, Estate Ale truly represents our company philosophy of quality and craftsmanship.
You’ll learn all about the origins of our Estate Agriculture program, from the soil in the field to the hops in our beer. Taste specialty beers straight from the source, feel the magic of harvest season while learning how we ready the hops for the brewing process. See our Wolf Hopfenfluckmaschine (hop harvester) up close and personal, and end the evening with a full sensory experience of different beers and the ingredients that it took to brew them. You will taste and smell Estate barley and hops out in the garden while engaging your senses through hop teas, hop rubs, and crunching on malted barley kernels.
Each Estate Homegrown Tour is partnered with our Tour Brand Ambassadors and our own Sierra Nevada resident Agriculture Specialists, the very people who bring this beer to life. Join us for this limited time Estate Homegrown Tour to experience this once-a-year occasion.
*Available Tuesday-Thursday from August 15th - August 31st, 2017.
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. Private Tours available on weekdays year-round.
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. Email email@example.com to schedule your Private Guided Educational Tasting.
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.