Saddle up for an intimate, 3-hour tour into the depths of what makes Sierra Nevada tick. Really, this is leave-a-trail-of-bread-crumbs detailed, so we’re keeping groups small (5 new best friends for you!) and the experience big. We’ll talk craft beer history before inviting you to gawk at the traditional German control board in our 100-barrel East Brewhouse, breathe in the glorious aromas next door in our open fermentation room, venture through our cellar where you’ll sample brews right from the tanks, and then you’ll—what’s that? You’re already convinced? Excellent. Prepare your palate, fill your fanny pack with snacks, and we’ll see you soon.
We ended up only having one other person on our tour and stretched it to closer to four hours. Here are some photos I took along the way.
We had a fantastic time on the Beer Geek tour. Brad was a great guide and answered all our questions. These tours have to be scheduled in advance and there are only two offered each week, both on Fridays. $25 really is a bargain for such an in depth tour, then they go and give you a growler and a shirt that would probably retail for more than that at the end.
If I had to find a complaint it would have been nice to see more of a couple areas. I would have liked to see the Beer Camp pilot brewery which we skipped. I’m not sure how feasible it would be at a production brewery, but it would have also been really awesome to get a more involved tour of the lab equipment or some hands on in the sensory lab.
Sierra Nevada’s regular free tours are excellent and more than enough for the casual fan, but if you’ve made it this far through this blog post you will definitely find the Beer Geek tour worth it.