Best Microbrews in California
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada is quite well known, but its origins date back to 1976 when a chemistry student Ken Grossman started his own home brewing business. That passion for taste, innovation and flavor is what keeps Sierra Nevada at the top of everybody's favorite list and allows critics to title it "among the best brewed anywhere in the world." A visit to the brewery in Chico, CA will allow you to take a free of charge tour of their brewery, as well as dine in their superb restaurant. I would highly suggest the sampler, which allows you to taste around 18 different kinds of beers, laid out in shot glasses on a paper mat. Depending on the season, you can be privy to the robust Celebration Ale (available around Christmas time) or the tangy, pilsner style Summerfest lager.
If you are feeling brave, you can try the Bigfoot Ale which packs a hearty punch. A 12 time Gold Medal Winner in numerous festivals, Bigfoot is dark and rich, with a bittersweet quality coming from the hops. At 9.6% alcohol content it is also one of the more potent members of the Sierra Nevada family. If you are seeking out a microbrewery with something for everybody, a welcoming atmosphere and really fantastic beer, visit Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA.
Located in Berkeley, CA and established in 1985, Pyramid Brewery crafted one of the very first American microbrews with its signature Pale Ale. Similar to Sierra Nevada, the brewery also boasts an superb dining experience with includes cheerful staff and an array of beer-infused entrees. On the other hand, in regards to the microbrews, the Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen is far and away the most popular and has won a 2009 Gold Medal at the American Beer Festival. This unfiltered wheat ale delivers a smooth and one of a kind taste, with Nugget and Liberty hops. Another popular and distinctive Pyramid selection is the Audacious Apricot, a light beer with a dash of apricot. This is far and away the most intriging selection, and can provide newbees with an unique tasting experience at Pyramid.