I finally made a trip to the mothership, Sierra Nevada in Chico, CA. I visit their Torpedo Room in Berkeley quite often, but this was the first time making the trek up to the brewery.
I started the day with their tour first thing in the morning. Because I was visiting on a Sunday, the Beer Geek Tour was not available as parts of the brewery were not operating, so I settled for the standard tour. Very impressive facility that finished at their gift-shop tasting room where we sampled a small lineup of Sierra Nevada beer; Pale Ale, Kellerweis, Porter, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, Ovila Quad with Plum, Hop Hunter and a 2015 vintage Bigfoot.
After the tour my girlfriend and I moseyed over to the restaurant. I’ve heard nothing but great things about their faire, so eating there was a must. I started with a flight of Sierra Nevada beers I’ve never tried; Old Chico Brown Ale, Golden IPA, Blonde Ale, Harvest Wild Hop IPA- Neomexicanus, and Draught-Style Pale Ale. A mediocre flight having just tried some of my favorites after the tour, but tasty nonetheless. And, as promised, the food was phenomenal (and surprisingly affordable).
I headed to the bar after for a few more drinks and to get growler fills of Bigfoot and Hop Hunter. Overall, a fantastic trip. I’ll definitely be making another trip back in the Spring to take that Beer Geek Tour.