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+1 530 893 3520
1075 East 20th Street,
In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics, Ken Grossman opened The Home Brew Shop in Chico, California. He was passionate about home brewing and his five-gallon batches of beer are where Sierra Nevada originates from. In 1979, Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi established a small brewery from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Ken named the new brewery and its beer after his favourite hiking grounds - the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Ken's beers proved immensely popular and, in 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company moved to its present site and a 100-barrel German-made copper brew house. Further expansion in 1997 brought the brewery's capacity to almost 800,000 barrels per year.