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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.”

Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music, and its award-winning beers. The elegant Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. With mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus, an impressive dining room, and a large outdoor dining patio, it offers distinctive, contemporary cuisine as well as an opportunity to sample the brewery’s entire line of premium ales and lagers, including hard-to-find specialty drafts. The 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music and multi-purpose room—was constructed on the west end of the brewery to feature live music events for all ages and is a perfect facility for weddings, reunions, and business conferences.

To this day, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. remains true to its roots. Ken is still personally involved in every aspect of brewery operation. Most importantly, the Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.

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Year Round

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Use the "previous" and "next" buttons located below to navigate through our Sierra Nevada Year Round products or visit the Sierra Nevada website for more information.


Pale Ale


Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

“Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the flagship beer, the one that made Chico famous. It is a flawless beer that opens with bright, perky high notes of maltiness and orange blossom and segues into a delectable hoppiness.”

– Elaine Louie, Premier Beer—A Guide to America's Best Bottled Microbrews


GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Great American Beer Festival (American Pale Ale: 1995, 1994, 1993; 
Classic English Pale Ale: 1992; Pale Ale: 1990, 1989, 1987)

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.6% BY VOLUME YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST
BEGINNING GRAVITY 13.0 PLATO BITTERING HOPS MAGNUM & PERLE
ENDING GRAVITY 2.8 PLATO FINISHING HOPS CASCADE
BITTERNESS UNITS 37 MALTS TWO-ROW PALE & CARAMEL

Torpedo

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavor highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.


Around here, we take hops pretty seriously, which is why we weren’t satisfied with the standard method of dry hopping for our first year-round IPA. We spent years tinkering, tasting, and tweaking ways to get the biggest and best hop flavors and aromas into our beer.

Our persistence has paid off. Our obsession with harnessing huge hop flavor led to the development of what we call the hop torpedo, a revolutionary method of dry-hopping designed, built, and debuted here at the brewery. Our torpedo is a sleek, stainless-steel piece of hardware that delivers more pure hop aroma than any method of dry-hopping we’ve ever seen. Like all our beers, Torpedo Extra IPA uses only the best whole-cone hops possible making this delicious ale worth the wait.

 

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 7.2% BY VOLUME YEAST ALE YEAST
BEGINNING GRAVITY 17.3 PLATO BITTERING HOPS MAGNUM
ENDING GRAVITY 4.2 PLATO FINISHING HOPS MAGNUM & CRYSTAL
BITTERNESS UNITS 65 DRY HOPPING MAGNUM, CRYSTAL & CITRA
MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, & CRYSTAL

Kellerweis

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Kellerweis is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest.

 

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 4.8% BY VOLUME YEAST ALE YEAST
BEGINNING GRAVITY 12.3 PLATO BITTERING HOPS PERLE OR STERLING
ENDING GRAVITY 3.5 PLATO MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, WHEAT, MUNICH
BITTERNESS UNITS 15

Porter

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Dark and rich, Sierra Nevada Porter is a delicious, medium-bodied ale with a creamy head. The Porter’s smooth flavor (malty with hints of caramel) comes from a blend of deep-roasted barley malts.


“…there can be little doubt that this is one of the best porters being brewed anywhere in the world today.”

— Christopher Finch, 
A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best Beer

FIRST PLACE
California Brewers Festival (Robust Porter: 2000)
Colorado State Fair (Porter: 1996)

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.6% BY VOLUME YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST
BEGINNING GRAVITY 13.8 PLATO BITTERING HOPS GOLDINGS
ENDING GRAVITY 3.5 PLATO FINISHING HOPS WILLAMETTE
BITTERNESS UNITS 32 MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, MUNICH, CHOCOLATE & CARAMEL

Stout

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Sierra Nevada Stout is satisfyingly rich. Caramel and Black malts give the Stout its deep, dark color and pronounced roasted flavor.

“Sierra Nevada Stout is admirable from nose to finish, with notes of malty sweetness to the palate but plenty of bitterness available to set up a stimulating counterpoint.”

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER
California State Fair (Stout, Sweet & Foreign: 2000)

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.8% BY VOLUME YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST
BEGINNING GRAVITY 15.4 PLATO BITTERING HOPS MAGNUM
ENDING GRAVITY 5.0 PLATO FINISHING HOPS CASCADE & WILLAMETTE
BITTERNESS UNITS 50 MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, MUNICH, CARAMEL & BLACK
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Seasonals

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Summerfest

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Our Summerfest® is a refreshing, pilsner-style lager. Its incredible smoothness comes from an extra-long lagering period. Lighter in body than our ales but just as complex in character, Summerfest® quenches your thirst with big aroma and a tangy hop bite.

GOLD MEDAL WINNER
California State Fair (European Light Lagers: 1999)

 

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.0% BY VOLUME MALTS TWO-ROW PALE & MUNICH
BEGINNING GRAVITY 12.2 PLATO YEAST LAGER YEAST
ENDING GRAVITY 2.8 PLATO BITTERING HOPS PERLE & SAAZ
BITTERNESS UNITS 28 FINISHING HOPS SAAZ

Ruthless Rye

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 


Rye has been a staple grain for millennia—sought after for its stubborn resilience in the field and revered for its unique flavor. Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors—combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring.

 

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 6.6% BY VOLUME MALTS PALE, RYE, CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE
BEGINNING GRAVITY 15.2 PLATO YEAST ALE YEAST
ENDING GRAVITY 3.1 PLATO BITTERING HOPS BRAVO
BITTERNESS UNITS 55 AROMA HOPS CHINOOK & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS
COLOR DEEP RED DRY HOPS CHINOOK, CITRA & EXPERIMENTAL HOPS
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Limited Selections

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Ovila Abbey Golden

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Ovila Abbey Golden

Belgian-inspired golden ales are often noted for devilish personalities, but there is nothing unwholesome about this complexed and nuanced ale.  It is brilliant golden in color, and layered with notes of summery apple and pear-like fruit and peppery spice from the use of a traditional Belgian yeast strain.  At first glance, this golden ale may seem delicate, but as it warms, its full flavor and dry, drinkable character come into focus.  Released in June 2012


Estate Ale

Our Beer - Pale Ale

Here in the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley, the black soil is rich with promise.
In winter, rows of barley seed are laid in the freshly tilled dirt. In spring, trellises are set for hops.

From our fields comes a remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery here in Chico and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world!

This Estate Ale is rich with the flavors of the valley—featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.

Enjoy!

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Bigfoot

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Our award-winning barleywine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.

“…Bigfoot® captures the imagination, and its character is as big as the name implies, with a huge hoppiness in its earthy aroma, a chewy palate, and a great depth of flavor.”

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER
California State Fair (Strong Ale/Barleywine: 2005, 2000, 1997)
Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival 
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Great American Beer Festival (Barleywine: 2005, 1995, 1992, 1988; Ales: 1987)

Watch the making of Sierra Nevada's 2009 Bigfoot
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ALCOHOL CONTENT 9.6% BY VOLUME YEAST ALE YEAST
BEGINNING GRAVITY 23.0 PLATO BITTERING HOPS CHINOOK
ENDING GRAVITY 6.0 PLATO FINISHING HOPS CASCADE & CENTENNIAL
BITTERNESS UNITS 90 DRY HOPPING CASCADE, CENTENNIAL & CHINOOK
MALTS TWO-ROW PALE & ENGLISH CARAMEL

S. Hemisphere Harvest

Our Beer - Pale Ale

 

Our newest addition to our Harvest family is Southern Hemisphere Harvest. This is the first time we know of that an American brewer has put out a beer with fresh-picked hops from the southern hemisphere. The inaugural ale will debut in late April and will feature fresh Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross hops, all from New Zealand.

Like our Celebration Ale, the fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked then shipped immediately to Chico for brewing so that they retain their peak aromatics and flavors. To ensure the freshest hops possible, we went to the added expense of flying these hops from New Zealand to Chico so we could brew with them the week after they were picked.

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ALCOHOL CONTENT 6.7% BY VOLUME MALTS PALE & CARAMEL
BEGINNING GRAVITY 14.7 PLATO YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST
ENDING GRAVITY 3.9 PLATO BITTERING HOPS PACIFIC HALERTAU
BITTERNESS UNITS 66 FINISHING HOPS NEW ZEALAND MOTUEKA & NEW ZEALAND SOUTHERN CROSS

Hoptimum

Our Beer - hoptimum

 

A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Hoptimum
ALCOHOL CONTENT 10.4% BY VOLUME BITTERING HOPS GERMAN MAGNUM
BEGINNING GRAVITY 22.8 PLATO AROMA HOPS SIMCOE & NEW PROPRIETARY VARIETY
ENDING GRAVITY 4.5 PLATO DRY HOPS SIMCOE & NEW PROPRIETARY VARIETY
BITTERNESS UNITS 100 TORPEDO HOPS CITRA & CHINOOK
YEAST ALE MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, GOLDEN PROMISE, MUNICH & WHEAT
 
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