Fun Fact #75
The first eastern settlers to the land known as Chico Creek is Edward Farwell and William Dickey.



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Butte County has long inspired brew masters in their ancient art. While there are many brewing beer in the region, two operators have taken it to the next level - one on a world-class scale. -- Chico is home to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (shown here), which produces more than 500,000 barrels annually, making it the ninth largest brewery in the United States. Tours of the facility are free and offered Sunday through Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays continuously from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Sierra Nevada offers 14 beers on tap, four in the bottle (Pale, Porter, Stout, Wheat); and four seasonal beers (Summerfest, Celebration, Bigfoot, Pale Bock). A 2-oz. taster of all the lagers and ales is available in the taproom for $5.50. No reservations are necessary unless there is a group of nine or more. Sierra Nevada is located at 1075 E. 20th St., Chico. For more information, please call (530) 345-2739 or visit the website at: www.sierranevada.com. -- Butte Creek Brewing Company, 945 W. 2nd St., Chico, began five years ago, and is one of only a few organic breweries in the United States. Tours & tastings are available by appointment only. Butte Creek produces six to seven beer types. All are available on draft at the brewery. Seasonal bottled offerings include: Summer Pilsner, Creekside Wheat, Winter Ale and Spring Ale. Year-round bottled offerings include: Organic Ale, Organic Porter, Organic India Ale (22-ounce bottle only); Roland's Red, and Gold Ale. To schedule a tour and tasting, call (530) 894-7906. Visit the website at: www.buttecreek.com.

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