Tours & Tastings

Brewhouse
Fermentation Room
Packaging
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, 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!

 

Brewhouse Tour

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.

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Sustainability Tour*

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-October. Private tours available year-round.

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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.

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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 chicotours@sierranevada.com to schedule your Private Guided Educational Tasting.

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Celebration Tour & Tasting

Duration: 1 hour | Ages 21+ | $10 | Reservation required*

To some, autumn means falling leaves and misty mornings but to us, fall means fresh hops! We are kicking off the fresh hop season with an entire tour dedicated to telling the story of our Celebration Ale. Since 1981, Celebration Ale has captured the hearts of beer drinkers and hop heads alike, and helped propel us towards the IPA renaissance. Join us as we peer into our original East Side Brewhouse, stand in awe amongst 200 lb. bales of hops, and sample the freshest ‘Cele’ you’ll ever taste – straight from the tank!

*Closed-toed shoes are required.

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Hop Head Tour

Duration: 2 hours | Ages 21+ | $20 | Reservation required*

Our founder, Ken Grossman, has always been fascinated with the aroma and flavor of hops. Since 1980, hops have been a focal point for our beers, and we have been famous for our heavy-handed use of whole cone hops! Join us for a one-of-a-kind look into the hop forward goodness of Sierra Nevada, and learn how our pioneering use of hops helped kick off the IPA renaissance. On the Hop Head Tour, we will dive into the evolution of Craft Beer’s most popular beer style – the India Pale Ale! We will explore the storied past of how the IPA took over the palates of beer drinkers everywhere. Your senses will be sent into overdrive as we explore the vast hop freezers, the copper-clad brewhouses, and the seemingly never-end cellars where the magic of fermentation occurs! Along the way, we’ll wander the ins-and-outs of our varied, flavorful portfolio of IPA’s, including beers you’ll find nowhere else. Ready your brain and your taste buds for a hop forward immersive brewing adventure you won’t soon forget!

*Closed-toed shoes are required. Warm clothing is recommended.

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Self-guided Tour

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.

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