Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico, California.


(Photo by RSheridan)

Brewery Tour

Had the BEST Tour Guide, Ryan!!!

Highly Recommend – Make Reservations in Advance! FREE! Tour Desk:  (530) 899-4776

Tour Days and Times

Monday – Thursday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Friday and Saturday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Sunday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Solar Power


The parking lot is covered with solar panels.


More solar panels on the roof. (Photos by RSheridan)

The Basics of Beer Making

The Ingredients:

Barley Malt + Hops + Yeast + Water = Great Brews

Tried Crystal, Caramel and Chocolate Malts! The roasting process of the malt brings out the character, flavor and body of the beer.

Along with a brief history of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and then the tour began.

Hydrating Malt Mill

This is where the brewing process starts. The malted barley grains are cracked and then sprayed with hot water. This softens the grains before the grains are crushed. This results in a grist that is mixed in the mash tun, which turns the barley’s starches into fermentable sugars.


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Brew House

The Brew House was AMAZING!


(Photo by RSheridan)

Then the process continues in the lauter tun where hot water is run through the mash. This is where the wort comes into play. This process extracts the sugars, color and flavor components into wort. The wort is then boiled with hops in the brew kettles. Actually tried wort for the 1st time!


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Chilled Hop House

You get to check out the hops and get hands on! Sierra Nevada hand selects the finest hop cones from growers around the world (every year). Sierra Nevada also grows their own hops (out by the solar paneled parking lot).


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Yeast Room – The Magic

Did you know that the Yeast in the Kellerweis is what brings out the Banana flavor in the brew! The yeast works its magic on the malt and hops to make flavor packed brews.

Chico Water that is Filtered is used to make the Brews! The brewery’s waste water is treated with their state of the art recycling plant.

Fermentation & Filtration

Basically in fermentation the living yeasts convert the malt sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The Magic is Happening Now! Basically I think in terms of appearance, aroma, mouth feel, and flavor profile of the brews. Get Your 5 Senses into the process of beer tasting!

This is Where the Brew is Born!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hops Everywhere


(Photos by RSheridan)

A Touch of the Unique


Be on the lookout for the unique tiles on the walls! (Photo by RSheridan)

The Hall of Brew Labels


(Photos by RSheridan)

Bottling 


Heading to the Packaging Area

The Bottling Area is Massive!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Tasting

I was amazed to learn that the tasting consisted of 8 brews – WOW! Let the FUN begin!

My Top 3:  Kellerweis, Ovila:  Dubbel & Narwahl

  • Pale Ale
  • Kellerweis
  • Celebration
  • Northern Harvest
  • Torpedo
  • Ovila:  Dubbel
  • Ovila:  Barrel-Aged Quad
  • Narwahl


The Pale Ale


The Kellerweis


The Celebration


The Ovila:  Barrel-Aged Quad (Photos by RSheridan)

These Brews are Meant to Be Sipped and Savored; No CHUGGING Allowed!!!

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