The whole location - brewery, shop and bar are well organised with a good layout. Service was really good through-out. Strong tap-list covering a variety of styles. My absolute favourite beer here was the wine barrel aged version of the Bigfoot Ale, which was fantastic stuff. Also really liked the Know Good IPA. Food was good pub-style fayre, everything we had was really tasty. Prices for food, beers, bottles and schwag were all very good. An absolute must visit. Big plus for the tour - it is free and you get to taste a lot of different beers. Slight grumble that we couldn't take our infant daughter with us due to health and safety rules, also you didn't actually see any beer at any point on the tour until the tasting room.
Huge, impressive facility looks like it’s very new. Tons of parking and it filled up quickly on a Wednesday around noon. We sat at the bar and had a few beers; they do samplers and/or flights, for $3.00 you could get four 2oz pours of any of the 19 beers currently on tap… I had 2 of these flights and it cost me six bucks to try eight beers. Still a bargain after leaving a tip. Food menu looked good, but we didn’t eat. Had to take my wide to In-n-Out Burger as part of her letting me drag her around to beer relate stops today… totally worth it by the way. The wood in here is very cool and there is tons of it. Lots of steins and mugs behind the bar to look at and I loved the copper bar top. Service was good, plenty attentive even as the room started to fill up. Before we left there we people standing in the bar waiting for a seat.
We also checked out the gift shop and I would categorize this as the best brewery gift shop I’ve ever seen. Definitely run by someone with merchandising experience and I would assume very profitable. Lots of cool items available and priced in line with a destination brewery (a little high, but not too high that you’d cringe). Lots of beer available to-go, priced about the same as the local stores.
Overall this was a great stop. I’ve always wanted to come here as we have family within an hour’s drive and it’s one of the biggest pioneers of craft beer in the country. I’ll check it off the bucket list for now, but I would absolutely come here again and recommend it to anyone.
What a great place! This is my 3rd time here and every visit has been outstanding. Our server Andi was great. I’ve always been a fan of the Narwhal so getting the barrel aged version was fantastic. I had the panko halibut and my girlfriend had the beer and cheese burger. Both were excellent. We’re probably going back for lunch before we head back to Oregon.
I’m quite surprised I haven’t rated this before. I’ve never been on the tour, because brewery tours are essentially all the same. This is an attractive building with nice aesthetics. The merchandise area is nice, with lots of swag. They often offer several rare 750mLs at a time, and I also believe they sell some vintage Bigfoot. The prices used to be really cheap on cases, but now they’re no less expensive than your local bottle shoppe. The restaurant is large, and spacious. There is almost always a wait, and the bar-area is small and crammed. They have 20 beers on tap, but the smallest size they come in is 8oz. This is a drag. The other thing I dislike is that the restaurant does wood fired pizza, which causes the bar to smell like smoke. This makes is more difficult to enjoy the subtle beer aromas. The service is usually attentive and spot-on. The food menu has several offerings that interest me. The food itself is above average, but I think it’s a bit overpriced. All in all, this is a place that is very historic, and worth going to.
Large tap room and restaurant. Packed but the line moves quickly and also very loud. Staff is efficient and always trying to upswell food, but not beer. Beer list is great with some old bottles as well. Flight is cheap and 2oz each, so great for tickers. A good stop, but not sure if it is a destination.
The big boy that was one of the firsts. Aesthetics were definitely on the forefront in public areas, because this place is beautiful; lots of copper and everything very well maintained. Service was great, firendly, knowledgeable, accomodating. Food was great, from upscale pub fare to low end fine dining. A little pricey for the food, but its no more than you would expect, and the beer was definitely reasonable. A vast selection of their beer, including new test batches not released anywhere else. The west coast mecca for beer and a great example of what everyone in craft is striving for.
Finally made it. A solid place for rating #1100. A true icon in US and California beer. Easy to spot from the street and perhaps maybe doesn’t initially appear to be quite as big as you might expect. Beautiful facade with the classic Sierra Nevada Bewing Company name and font on the wall.
Inside, the place is incredibly well done and decorated. There is a small waiting room for tours and gift shop where you can also buy bottles. Just really quite immaculate. Windows peak into brewing areas provide a nice view of the fermentation tanks and copper brewing equipment.
They also have a really ornate and beautiful taproom and restaurant a couple doors down form the lobby/gift shop area. About 20 draft offerings and they do flights, halves, and full pours, all of which are very cheap. The only real downgrade here was the service from our bartender wasn’t terribly friendly. Our tour guide more than made up for it.
I don’t normally do brewery tours, but they offer a Sustainability Tour here. I found this tour to be incredibly interesting and worthwhile and really made me respect the brewery and Ken Grossman a lot more for his efforts to reduce the impact of his brewery. You also get a great chance to see a lot of the brewery grounds and some things like their hop and fruit/vegetable gardens. It’s free, too.
Probably an aspect of nostalgia for me at play in my score, but this place is really special and unique. A real must visit and I only wish it was closer.