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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant
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1075 East 20th Street
Chico CA 95928
Telephone: +1 530-893-3520
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm. Hourly tours: Monday-Thursday noon-4:00pm, Friday-Saturday noon-5:00pm, Sunday noon-4:00pm.
Brewer: Steve Dresler
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Notes

Visited: December 29, 1994

Opened: 1981

Annual Production: 800,000 bbl

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Diane Crawford, Justin Ainsworth, Ralph Wells

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Chico's out in the middle of nowhere, but if you don't make the day trip from the San Francisco Bay area out to Sierra Nevada, you lose. Outstanding beers in the bottle...just wait until you have them brewery-fresh! I stopped by on a Sunday morning during my Beer Odyssey.

Directions: Highway 99 into Chico. (If you're on I-5, use Highway 32 to cut over to Highway 99, then head south.) Exit at 20th Street, go west. Sierra Nevada is a couple of blocks along on the left.

Updated: July 5, 2017

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    8.30% abv.
    • Date: June 22, 2010 (#8263)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Brix, Omaha NE
      Score: 19½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright amber. Big thick head.
      Aroma (3½)
      Loads of sweet malt and fruity esters.
      Mouthfeel (10)
      Big and chewy. Nicely malty with a mild grassy hop flavor. Mildly fruity. Some sulfur. Warming late.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Good beer, although I don't think the "Imperial" adjective is necessary.

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    9.20% abv.
    • Date: April 30, 2010 (#8215)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Brix, Omaha NE
      Score: 19 points
      Appearance (3)
      Black. Big dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Chocolatey. Grassy. Roasty.
      Mouthfeel (10)
      Big and thick and chewy. Nicely roasty and nicely malty too. Black malt character increases through the finish. Great balance.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Great beer.

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    Specialty Beer
    9.20% abv.
    • Date: November 13, 2010 (#8347)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hy-Vee Stony Brook, Omaha NE
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Deep brown. Huge dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Spicy hops, piney, perfumey.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Big and chewy. Real fruity, with lots of spicy, piney, resiny hops. Fairly bitter. Big toasty, biscuity, roasty malt underneath. Plums in the finish.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Real good beer.

  • Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale

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    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.90% abv.
    • Date: October 14, 2007 (#6654)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 19 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright deep amber. Huge fluffy head.
      Aroma (4)
      Grapefruit, resiny hops.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body, fizzy. Biscuity malt supports a blast of Cascade hop flavor. Fairly bitter and nicely balanced.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very tasty clean beer. I should try to taste this beer side-by-side with their Pale Ale.

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    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.90% abv.

  • Balgian Blonde IPA
    American-Belgo-Style Ale
    7.50% abv.

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    Barrel-Aged Bigfoot 2013
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    12.20% abv.

  • Barrel-Aged Narwhal
    Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
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    Beer Camp 2012 Floral IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale

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    Beer Camp 2012 Imperial Pilsner
    Other Strong Beer

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    Beer Camp 2012 Imperial Red Ale
    Imperial or Double Red Ale

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    Beer Camp 2012 Oatmeal Stout
    Oatmeal Stout

  • Beer Camp 2015 Hoppy Lager
    Specialty Beer

  • Best Bitter Ale
    (Special) Best Bitter

  • Bigfoot 1987
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 1988
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 1989
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 1990
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 1991
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 1992
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 1993
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 1994
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 1995
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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    Bigfoot 1996
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 1997
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 1998
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 1999
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 2000
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 2001
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 2002
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 2003
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 2004
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 2005
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
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  • Bigfoot 2006
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

  • Bigfoot 2007
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.
    Awards:

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    Bigfoot 2008
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

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    Bigfoot 2009
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

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    Bigfoot 2010
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

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    Bigfoot 2011
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

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    Bigfoot 2012
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.60% abv.

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    Bigfoot 2013
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Black Hop Rising
    American-Style Black Ale
    5.60% abv.

  • Blonde Ale
    Golden or Blonde Ale

  • Brown Ale
    American-Style Brown Ale
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    Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    8.30% abv.

  • Celebration Ale 1992
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Celebration Ale 1994
    American-Style India Pale Ale
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    Celebration Ale 1996
    American-Style India Pale Ale
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  • Celebration Ale 1997
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Celebration Ale 1998
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Celebration Ale 1999
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.
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  • Celebration Ale 2001
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

  • Celebration Ale 2002
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    Awards:

  • Celebration Ale 2003
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Celebration Ale 2005
    American-Style India Pale Ale
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  • Celebration Ale 2006
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

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    Celebration Ale 2007
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

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    Celebration Ale 2008
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

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    Celebration Ale 2009
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

  • Celebration Ale 2010
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

  • Celebration Ale 2011
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.

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    Chico Estate Harvest Ale
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

  • Crystal Wheat
    Light American Wheat Beer without Yeast

  • Dark Wheat
    Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast

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    Draught Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale
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    ESB 2008
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    5.90% abv.

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    ESB 2009
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

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    Estate Homegrown Ale
    Fresh Hop Ale
    6.70% abv.
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  • Extra Special Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

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    Flipside Red IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.20% abv.

  • FOAM
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener

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    Glissade Golden Bock
    German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
    6.40% abv.

  • Harvest Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

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    Harvest Ale 2007
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

  • Harvest Ale 2008
    American-Style India Pale Ale

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    Harvest Wet Hop Ale 2009
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

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    Hop Hunter IPA
    Fresh Hop Ale

  • Hop Smack Double Black
    American-Style Black Ale

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    Hoptimum
    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
    10.40% abv.

  • India Pale Ale
    English-Style India Pale Ale
    6.80% abv.
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  • Juniper Black Ale
    Specialty Beer

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    Kellerweis
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    4.80% abv.
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  • Kolsch Style Ale
    German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
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    Life & Limb
    Imperial Stout
    10.00% abv.

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    Life & Limb 2
    Specialty Beer
    10.20% abv.

  • Limb & Life
    Brown Porter
    5.00% abv.

  • Long Stem IPA
    Herb and Spice Beer
    5.80% abv.

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    Narwhal Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout
    10.20% abv.
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  • Nooner Pilsner
    German-Style Pilsener

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    Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale 2010
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

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    Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale 2011
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

  • Oktoberfest 2016 (Mahrs Bräu)
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Old Cantankerous Stock Ale
    Old Ale
    6.60% abv.

  • Otra Vez
    American-Style Sour Ale
    4.50% abv.

  • Ovila Abbey Dubbel
    Belgian-Style Dubbel
    7.50% abv.

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    Ovila Quad
    Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
    10.40% abv.

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    Ovila Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    7.00% abv.

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    Pale Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.60% abv.
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    Pale Bock
    German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock

  • Pilsner
    German-Style Pilsener
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    Porter
    Robust Porter
    5.60% abv.
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  • Repoterroir
    Experimental Beer
    5.50% abv.

  • Ruthless Rye
    American-Style Rye Beer

  • Ruthless Weiss Beer
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Schwarzbier
    German-Style Schwarzbier

  • Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale 2011
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

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    Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2008
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

  • Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2010
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.
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  • Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2013
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.70% abv.

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    Stout
    American-Style Stout
    5.80% abv.
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  • Summerfest
    European-Style Pilsener
    5.00% abv.
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    Torpedo Extra IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    7.20% abv.

  • Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
    American-Style Brown Ale
    5.50% abv.

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    Unfiltered Wheat Beer
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    4.40% abv.
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  • Weizenbock
    German-Style Wheat Ale
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  • Yippee Rye Aye!
    Herb and Spice Beer
    5.90% abv.