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A Tour for Every Taste

There’s a lot going on at Sierra Nevada, so we’ve created numerous tours—different topics, lengths, and beer samplings.

You might rub hops in your hands, peer into brew kettles, stroll beneath fermenters, watch the bottling line, and even hike our forested grounds. If you’re over 21, a guided beer tasting might be in the mix. Choose your adventure. We can’t wait to show you around.

Our tours fill up quickly. You must make reservations online for all tours except the self-guided Visitor Corridor. Our Tour Calendars are opened about two months in advance. 

Day-of standby lists for our tours are available in person at the Tour Desk. If there’s a no-show or cancellation, we’ll offer tickets to the standby list first-come, first-served.

Click below to check availability and book your tour. Please feel free to contact our Tour Desk before your visit if you have any questions.

Location and Contact

Mills River, NC

Tours & Tastings

100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River,NC28759United States

1 (828) 708-6176

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Mills River, NC

Brewery Tour

On this 45-minute tour of our production facility, we will navigate the entire beer-making process from raw ingredients through fermentation and packaging.

You will rub our aromatic, whole-cone hops in your palms, gaze in the window of our whirling mash tun and stand under our 800 barrel fermentation tanks. We will finish with an educational tasting of a few Sierra Nevada beers.

 

 

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Mills River, NC

Heritage Tour

In 1980, Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in a 3,000 square foot, rented, metal warehouse. We started with a love for American hops and a simple goal: brew the beer we wanted to drink. Today, our breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina carry on this ambition and we want to share this story, adventure and beer with you.

On this 90-minute tour, we will explore our pioneering production facilities and the journey that led us from a small homebrew shop in California to becoming one of America’s premier craft breweries. We will end our tour with a full, educational tasting of some of our year-round and seasonal brews.

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Mills River, NC

Beer Geek Tour

Get ready for an intimate, 3-hour tour into the depths of what makes Sierra Nevada tick. This tour is ideal for beer lovers who already have basic beer knowledge and are looking for a behind-the-scenes look and taste of our facility. We’re keeping the group small (5 new best friends for you!) and the experience big.

We’ll talk ingredients and beer history before inviting you into our 200-barrel production brewhouse. We’ll wander into our hop cooler, take in the aromas, and scope out our cellar where you’ll sample beer right from the tanks. We’ll venture through our packaging floor and then you’ll —what’s that? You’re already convinced? Excellent. Prepare for a few surprises along the way and a Sierra Nevada experience like no other!

Long Pants & Close-Toed Shoes Required

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Mills River, NC

Hop Head Tour

The Hop Head Tour is back by popular demand for the months of October and November!

We’re famous for our heavy-handed use of whole-cone hops. Learn how our passion for the “green gold” took shape with a one-of-a-kind look into the hop-forward halls of Sierra Nevada.

For a limited time, join us for a special brewery tour celebrating crisp, hoppy goodness in our aromatic hop room, copper-clad brewhouse and more! We will dive into the evolution of craft beer’s most popular style, and we’ll explore the storied history of how India Pale Ales took over the palates of beer drinkers everywhere. Along the way, we’ll wander the ins-and-outs of our varied, flavorful portfolio of IPAs.

Ready your brain and your taste buds for an immersive IPA adventure that you won’t soon forget!

Long pants and closed-toe shoes required

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Mills River, NC

Guided Educational Tasting

Don’t have time to take a tour with us? Care more about how a beer tastes than about how it is made? Consider joining us for a 30 minute, guided, educational tasting!

One of our knowledgeable guides will walk you through a sampling of eight of our beers. We will discuss beer styles and their history as well as what makes Sierra Nevada’s beer unique. We’ll provide the tasty brews, you bring an adventurous palate and a thirst (for beer and knowledge)

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Mills River, NC

Visitor Corridor

Groups not your thing? We get it. For those who prefer to wander solo, our Brewery has been designed with guests in mind! Our upstairs Visitor Corridor includes a raised mezzanine for bird’s-eye views of our copper-clad brewhouse, a real-time look at fermenting beer and a visit to our warehouse and packaging hall.

The Visitor Corridor is open Sunday-Thursday: 11am-8pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-9pm

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More To Do

Mills River, NC

Taproom

We’re tucked into the forest, so make the most of this escape. Choose from 23 beers on tap, sample Southern-inspired small plates, sit fireside on the Back Porch, and hike our nature trail.

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Mills River, NC

Brewery Events

Catch live music inside or, when the weather’s right, jam to bands in the outdoor amphitheater. Keep tabs on festivals and other brewery fun.

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