Outside the Brewery of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River, North Carolina

Outside the Brewery of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River, North Carolina

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Founded in 1980 by Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi in Chico, California, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s largest and one of its premier craft breweries. Sierra Nevada is highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients.

The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico and in Mills River, North Carolina.

The brewery is famous for its extensive line of beers including their classic Pale Ale, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Torpedo, Tropical Torpedo, Hop Hunter IPA, Nooner Pilsner, Otra Vez, Kellerweis, Porter, Stout and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers.

Sustainability

Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovation in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability.

The brewery won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Green Business of the Year” award for 2010.

Sierra Nevada is powered by solar energy, having 10,000 photovoltaic modules covering its rooftops and parking lot. In all, the brewery uses 2.6 megawatts of solar electricity on premises. It also has built a charging station for electric vehicles on its premises.

The company uses a small-scale BioPro™ biodiesel processor to convert the used cooking oil from its restaurant for biodiesel use in its delivery trucks. In 2009, the brewery reached an agreement with a local ethanol company to produce high-grade ethanol fuel from its discarded yeast. Spent grain is sold to local cattle ranchers for livestock feed; spent water is sent to the brewery’s own water treatment plant, where it is reused, mainly as drip irrigation for its fields. Over 99.5% of the brewery plant’s solid waste is diverted from landfill.

The company owns one mile of railway for use in intermodal freight transport, which aids in reducing the brewery’s carbon footprint. Each rail car can hold the equivalent of four semi-trailers of grain; rail transport is more fuel efficient than road transport.

Sierra Nevada is the largest buyer of organic hops in the United States. It also farms its own organic hops and barley for use in its annual Chico Estate Harvest Ale release.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Mills River, North Carolina facility earned a LEED Platinum certification in June 2016 Sierra Nevada’s Mills River brewery is the only LEED Platinum certified brewery in the USA. The Mills River brewery is also a Platinum Zero Waste facility, certified by the US Zero Waste Business Council.

Learn more about Sierra Nevada at sierranevada.com.

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Inside the Tap Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California

Inside the Tap Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California

This brewery has multiple locations.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • 1075 E 20th St
  • Chico, CA 95928
  • United States
  • (530) 899-4776

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Monday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Wednesday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 7 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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This brewery has multiple locations.

Mills River Production Facility

  • 100 Sierra Nevada Way
  • Mills River, NC 28759
  • United States
  • (828) 708-6176

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Monday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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This brewery has multiple locations.

Torpedo Room

  • 2031 4th St
  • Berkeley, CA 94710
  • United States
  • (510) 647-3439

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 7 PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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Beers

A selection of beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale Review English Strong Ale8.540255
Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale Review American Barleywine9.690318
Black IPA Review American Black Ale6.9207
Braupakt Review Hefeweizen6.0180
Campout Porter Review American Porter7.7231
Celebration Review American IPA6.865223
Coffee Stout Review American Stout6.253186
Dry-Hopped Barleywine Style Ale Review American Barleywine9.490282
Dunkle Weisse Review Dunkelweizen5.710171
East Meets West IPA Review American IPA7.040210

News

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in the News

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. offshoot Chico Fermentation Project is releasing Strainge Beast: an unpasteurized, USDA Certified Organic hard kombucha. Read More

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Bitburger Brewery, producer of Germany’s #1 draft beer, are collaborating again on the Triple Hop’d Lager, due out in March. Read More

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Sagamore Spirit Rye and Sierra Nevada Release Rye Ale

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Sierra Nevada Teams Up With World’s Oldest Brewery

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is collaboratively crafting a Hefeweizen named Braukapt with iconic German brewer Weihenstephan. Read More

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Budweiser Falls Out of Top Three US Beers

As the beer industry contracts, Budweiser sees its US sales position slip behind other macro brews Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite. Read More

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Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams to Sell Hazy IPAs

Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams are beginning to brew their own versions of the immensely popular New England-style hazy IPAs. But they’ll face challenges in doing so. Read More

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