The craft brewery explosion of the 1980s is a microcosm of how pro-American business legislation can clear the way for innovation and entrepreneurial ventures. Sierra Nevada, one of the most respected breweries, was a part of that explosion, and one of the leaders of the craft brewery movement in the USA. Located in Chino, California, Sierra Nevada was founded in 1980 and currently employs around 450 workers. The company has announced the opening of a new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina in 2014. FACTORY TOUR DETAILS: Cost: FREE Reservations: Yes, call ahead: 530.899.4776 Tour Duration: 1.5 hour Factory hours: SUN-TH 12-4PM, F/SAT 12-5PM Sierra Nevada Brewery 1075 East 20th Street Chico, CA