The Sierra Nevada Brewery defies categorization—it is simultaneously a destination offering fine dining, a taproom/jazz club, a gift shop and a museum of brewing history with tours of the production process. And of course it’s a working brewery with products distributed across the United States and beyond. NMR was commissioned to design the 70,000 sq. ft. major plant expansion with the ambitious goal of brewing trial batches of beer 14 months after the initiation of design. This goal was accomplished. Elapsed time from beginning of design to building completion was 22 months; the project was finished in 1999.