Breweries in and around Chico

Breweries for those who appreciate the craft and science of beer brewing, exploring the craft beer culture of Butte County and touring one of the most iconic breweries in the nation is a dream weekend only a short drive away.

Butte County holds hallowed ground in the world of craft brewing. That culture of craft brewing is alive and well throughout Butte County as new brewing methods, craft beer bars and tasting rooms spring up throughout the county.

— 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. 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.

— Butte Creek Brewery Breweries

Founded in Chico,California in 1995, Butte Creek Brewing Company was the brainchild of two friends, Tom Atmore and Bill Beeghly. They followed the lead of Chico’s hugely successful Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and decided the city was in need of a new craft brewery. Sierra Nevada’s number two brewer (or Brewmaster) Roland Allen joined the new entity as well, and the first beers for Butte Creek were brewed in May of the following year.