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56 Tours in California

Alembic
Santa Rosa, CA

When Alembic started back in 1969, our goal was to create the finest quality American made instruments ever known. This philosophy applies to all products that we offer.

While we are best known for our basses, we also make outstanding guitars, preamps, and accessories. Please peruse these product pages to find out more about them.


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Anchor Brewing
San Francisco, CA

Anchor Brewing has played a significant role in San Francisco's rich history. Anchor's seven unique beers?including Anchor Steam®?are all produced in one of the most traditional and handsome breweries in the world. Each brew is virtually handmade from an all-malt mash in our handcrafted copper brewhouse, a veritable museum of the simple, traditional breweries of old.

Currently we offer one public tour each weekday afternoon, by reservation only. We recommend that you call us as early as possible to make reservations far in advance so that we may accommodate you and your party on the day of your choice. You ...
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Angel Stadium
Anaheim, CA

Renovations to Anaheim Stadium began Oct. 1, 1996, reverting the 30-year
old structure back to a baseball-only facility. On Sept. 15, 1997, the
renovated stadium's new name was announced: Edison International Field
of Anaheim. On Dec. 29, 2003, the Angels announced the stadium would be
renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Total cost for the stadium renovation
was estimated at $100 million and the project was completed in time for the Anaheim Angels Opening Day, April 1, 1998.

Anaheim Stadium had been the home of the Angels since their move from Los
Angeles following the ...
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Anheuser-Busch (Fairfield, CA)
Fairfield, CA

The brewing of quality beer is the story told in our Northern California home at the gateway to the Napa Valley.

At the beginning of the tour, we'll explain the wonders of our natural brewing process while you enjoy complimentary tastings of our fine beers. You will visit the beechwood aging cellar and the production floor, where high-speed packaging lines fill thousands of cans and bottles every minute.

Visit our Gift Shop and browse through an extensive selection of fun, distinctive logoed merchandise.


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AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants Ballpark)
San Francisco, CA

A Players' Eye View of Baseball's Perfect Address

It's the ballpark where home runs can be "splash hits." Where the breathtaking Bay views rival the action on the field. Where one of baseball's most hallowed franchises plays inside an architectural landmark. On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to go places only the players and staff go including:

The Field Warning Track
The Dugouts
Indoor Batting Cages
The Visitors' Clubhouse
The Press Box
A Luxury Suite
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Bates Nut Farm
Valley Center, CA

In 1921, Gilbert and Beatrice Bates moved their nutty family to the beautiful, picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, where they purchased the Walnut Slope Ranch. They raised their family of 5 boys, complete with geese, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, tractor, plows and all sorts of old fashioned farm things. Little did Gilbert know that 80 years later his family farm would provide joy and pleasure for 5 generations of his family, but also for the thousands of visitors from around the world that make that special trip to the Bates farm each year.

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Beringer Vineyards
St. Helena, CA

Our Historical Tour begins with a brief description of the history of Beringer and continues into the Old Winery and hand-dug aging tunnels with a talk about barrel aging and the art of wine-making. We finish with a tasting of three current release wines. Historical Tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; no advance reservations are necessary or taken.

Vintage Legacy Tour is a tribute to our founders, Frederick & Jacob Beringer, and a look at Beringer's past, present and future from vine to bottle. The tour begins with a discussion of how the Beringer Brothers' original 23 ...
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Blue OX Millwork
Eureka, CA

Antique woodworking machinery from the late 1800s and the early 1900s is used in the production of custom millwork in our main woodworking building, sawmill building and moulder building.

Ornamental iron work is produced in the blacksmith shop as well as hardware such as nails and bolts. Items necessary for repairs of our antique machinery are made in the blacksmith shop and the machine shop.

Local clays are used in the wood-fired ceramics kiln to create experimental glazes using a formula from the 1400s. The twin chamber kiln was built by students at our school using recycled bricks ...
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Cohn-Stone Studios
Richmond, CA

Cohn-Stone Studios is the work place of artists Michael Cohn and Molly Stone. They produce Hand Blown Art Glass which is exhibited and collected worldwide. Both functional and sculptural works are created, all individually unique. Vases, bowls, paperweights, and sculptural works of art are produced by the studio.


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Corbin
Hollister, CA

We are the largest and most highly regarded manufacturer of quality motorcycle seats and accessories in the World... and have been for over 35 years!

Corbin carries a full line of motorcycle saddles and accessories for nearly all motorcycle makes and models, including custom bikes. Look around and see for yourself.


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Cuban Cigar Factory
San Diego, CA

Cuban Cigar Factory is San Diego's original cigar factory and the largest manufacturer of hand rolled cigars on the West Coast.

As the largest manufacturer of premium cigars on the West Coast, we invite you to try our cigars that are 100% hand-rolled by our master Cigar Rollers. Visit any of our retail stores and you can watch the cigars being rolled right in front of you. Cigar aficionados agree that Cuban Cigar Factory has the perfect cigar to satisfy any taste.


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Deering Banjo
Spring Valley, CA

In all walks of life you'll find people content to rest on past accomplishments, fame or glory. Two years ago or twenty, they remind you incessantly of what they did. Ask them what they've done lately, though, and you find yourself facing a blank stare.

Then there are those who are never satisfied; who are continually perfecting and innovating, experimenting with new ideas and trying to improve on the old. So it is with the folks at Deering Banjo Company in Lemon Grove, Cal.

Twenty years ago Greg and Janet Deering started out with a dream to build ...
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Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, CA

Since 1962, the beauty of Dodger Stadium has awed spectators with a breath-taking view of downtown Los Angeles to the south; green, tree-lined Elysian hills to the north and east; and the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. The 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium has parking for 16,000 automobiles on 21 terraced lots adjacent to the same elevations as the six different seating levels.

Dodger Stadium is one of Southern California's most treasured landmarks and the 2008 baseball season will mark the Dodgers 47th year at Chavez Ravine.

More than 125 million fans have visited the ballpark since it opened in 1962 awing ...
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Domaine Carneros
Napa, CA

Located in the heart of the Carneros region, Domaine Carneros stands alone as the only sparkling wine producer using exclusively Carneros grapes. The Carneros Appellation is the first American Viticultural appellation to be defined according to climate rather than along political lines. The appellation is characterized by a long, moderately cool growing season tempered by the maritime breezes and lingering fog off the San Pablo Bay just to the south. These are optimum growing conditions for pinot noir and chardonnay, the two primary grape varieties used in Domaine Carneros wines.

Domaine Carneros farms 195 planted acres of vineyards on three ...
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Dryden Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA

The Dryden Flight Research Center is NASA's primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Dryden is critical in carrying out the agency's missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development (R&D).

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Dryden is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test some of the nation's most exciting air vehicles.

In support of space exploration, we are managing the launch abort systems testing and integration, in partnership with the Johnson Space Center and Lockheed ...
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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Corona, CA

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Experience more than 8,000 square feet of exhibits featuring hundreds of instruments, amps, photos, historical artifacts, interactive displays and more that give guests from all over the world a fascinating, educational and unforgettable firsthand look at the entire Fender story from 1946 to today.

Enjoy browsing and shopping for apparel, accessories, collectibles and other items in the retail shop, purchase an instrument in the Guitar Specialty Store, embark on the Fender Factory and Custom Shop tour, and enter the "Wood Vault," where you can design and purchase your very own Fender American Design instrument.

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Fleetwood RV (Riverside, CA)
Riverside, CA

At Fleetwood RV, we welcome you to visit our manufacturing facilitates - where we build America's Favorite RV's. We provide a behind-the-scenes look at how quality and innovations are built into your RV.

Models manufactured here are the Pace Arrow, Southwind, Bounder, Flair, and Storm. Tours by Request Only for: Terra, Fiesta, Tioga, and Jamboree.


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Graber Olives
Ontario, CA

THE HISTORIC OLIVE HOUSE is home of world famous Graber Olives grown and produced by the Graber family since 1894. A rare delicacy has been created in Graber Olives: meaty, with a superb nutlike flavor. The natural full ripeness and flavor have been preserved by selecting and carefully processing only the fully tree-ripened fruit.

AN INVITATION TO VISIT..... Graber Olive House is located in a pleasant residential area north of Ontario's business district just minutes from the Ontario International Airport.

Here in quiet and serene surroundings, visitors are welcomed and delighted to discover a bit of early California! ...
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Guide Dogs for the Blind (San Rafael CA)
San Rafael, CA

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.

Tours of Guide Dogs may include our dormitory where our blind and visually impaired students stay while with ...
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Heath Ceramics
Sausalito, CA

Join us for a tour of our historic Sausalito factory, where our craftsmen have been producing award-winning tableware and architectural tile for over half a century. You'll see how every part of our process from clay-making to kiln-firing is done right here in our 1959 factory, often utilizing the original methods and equipment developed by Edith Heath throughout her career.

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Hilmar Cheese Company
Hilmar, CA

When a dozen California dairy farmers joined together to found Hilmar Cheese Company in 1984, they were enthusiastic because their Jersey cows were particularly good at producing high-protein milk, ideal for making cheese. The dairymen worked hard, the cows worked hard, and the cheesemakers worked hard as the business grew. Today, Hilmar Cheese Company products are known around the world for excellent quality, great taste and superior functionality. State of the art production facilities enable us to produce a variety of high quality cheese while meeting diverse customer specifications.

Our cheesemakers will explain how fresh milk is turned ...
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Intel Visitors Center (California)
Santa Clara, CA

At the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, you can experience the power of computer chips first hand, and the evolution of their development. Explore the pages of the site and interact with our Web movies to learn more about the museum and computer chips.


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Ironstone Winery
Murphys, CA

Ironstone Vineyards' Private Tour and Tasting package is the best and most unique way to experience wine and the wine making process. On your private tour of the winery, your group will be guided through Ironstone's seven-story complex, modeled after an 1859 Gold Stamp Mill, and learn intimate facts and details about the winery.

Following your tour, samples of each of Ironstone's award-winning wines will be provided. At this time your group will have the opportunity to sense the aromas and taste the wines craftsmanship. Along with the wine tasting, canapés prepared by our culinary staff will be made available ...
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Jelly Belly Candy Factory (CA)
Fairfield, CA

Step into our factory and smell the aroma of chocolate, apricot, cinnamon or pineapple, whatever is being cooked up that day. A visit to our candy making factory in Fairfield, Calif., located about an hour's drive north of San Francisco, is a sugary delight.

During the 40-minute walking tour, Jelly Belly Guides will show you a real working factory where we cook up over 150 different sweet treats. Learn the secrets to how they create the legendary Jelly Belly bean, and discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean. See taffy, chocolates, and wild gummi ...
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed by the California Institute of Technology, is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our spacecraft have visited all the planets in our solar system except Pluto. JPL telescopes are observing distant galaxies in the universe to study how our solar system was formed. We also manage the worldwide Deep Space Network, which communicates with spacecraft and conducts scientific investigations from its complexes in California's Mojave Desert near Goldstone; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia. JPL cameras and sensors are aboard satellites circling Earth to study the ozone, oceans and other ...
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Kodak Theatre
Hollywood, CA

Kodak Theatre is the crown jewel of the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex located in the heart of historic Hollywood. Since opening in November 2001, the theatre has hosted a range of prestigious artists and events including the Academy Awards® Ceremonies, Celine Dion, Prince, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, American Ballet Theatre, Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, AFI Life Achievement Award to Tom Hanks, ESPY Awards, American Idol finals, GREASE starring Frankie Avalon, Dixie Chicks and more.

Step behind the velvet rope...and experience the glamour of the Home of the Academy Awards Ceremonies. See an Oscar statuette, visit our exclusive George Eastman ...
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Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation
Lancaster, CA

If you own a pickup truck, you're halfway to a great RV.

Since 1965, Lance has been building America's favorite truck campers
- the most versatile RVs on the planet. Go anywhere, anytime - and do
anything - with a Lance.

Come see how the world's best-built campers are crafted in a
state-of-the-art, 141,000-square-foot facility in Southern
California's sunny Antelope Valley - about an hour northeast of Los
Angeles.


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Levi Strauss & Co
San Francisco, CA

Founded in 1853 by Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.) is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel marketers with sales in more than 100 countries. There is no other company with a comparable global presence in the jeans and casual pants markets. Our market-leading apparel products are sold under the Levi's® and Dockers® brands.

In 1873, Levi Strauss and Nevada tailor Jacob Davis patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength, and the world's first jeans ? Levi's® jeans ? were born. Today, the Levi's® trademark is one of the most recognized in ...
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Los Angeles Times Printing Plant
Los Angeles, CA

The Times' editorial, business and administrative departments as well as most pre-press operations are located at a six-building complex in downtown Los Angeles encompassing an entire city block.

The Times is one of the few U.S. newspapers to be published out of three production facilities. Located strategically throughout the Southland, the facilities include the state-of-the-art Olympic plant in Los Angeles, the Orange County plant in Costa Mesa and the San Fernando Valley plant in Chatsworth.

In 1999, the presses at the three facilities were retrofitted to accommodate narrower, 50-inch-wide newsprint. This change reduces the amount of newsprint The Times uses ...
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Lucero Olive Oil, LLC
Corning, CA

Lucero Olive Oil, LLC is the result of four generations of farming and producing olives in Northern California. The rural community Corning, ?The Olive Capital,? has some of the oldest olive trees in California, and many of these century-old trees continue to flourish in the Lucero family groves. Dewey?s maternal grandfather, has been one of the foremost olive growers in Northern California (since 1946 ~ 62 years), owning his own nursery for over 27 years. He grew a majority of the olive trees now in production in Northern California. Over 37 years, Dewey?s paternal grandfather started producing small quantities of ...
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Marin French Cheese Company
Petaluma, CA

The Marin French Cheese Company has manufactured cheese in the same location for 136 years. Our factory and retail store are nestled between the California wine country north of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean.

In 1865, Jefferson A. Thompson purchased and stocked his 700 acre ranch with Grade A cattle and began the making of California granular cheese for the up and coming market in San Francisco. Eager to be innovative, in 1900 the family decided to emulate the enterprise of a neighbor, Louis Cantel (of French Swiss derivation) and engage, as he did, in the making of ...
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McEvoy Ranch
Petaluma, CA

As Nan McEvoy's personal chef, chef Gerald Gass presides over an open, light-filled workspace in the Country Kitchen. Here he gives a California twist to the timeless Mediterranean tradition of cooking with olive oil.

Once a jumble of dilapidated dairy barns and outbuildings, McEvoy Ranch today is a peaceful, beautiful compound of ranch houses, ponds and working barns that blend into the California landscape.

The McEvoy Ranch Frantoio (olive mill) houses what has been called "the maserati of olive oil mills;" the revolutionary Rapanelli mill from Italy. In addition to milling its own fruit, McEvoy Ranch ...
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McRoskey Mattress Company
San Francisco, CA

If you've ever wondered how the legendary comfort of a McRoskey mattress is made, here?s your chance to find out and have some fun too. Venerable San Francisco mattress-maker McRoskey Mattress Company, is now offering a weekly factory tour at its manufacturing facility in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

?We?ve been handcrafting mattresses in San Francisco since 1899 and we still follow many of the same mattress-making techniques,? said McRoskey owner and president Robin McRoskey Azevedo. ?This tour is a wonderful opportunity to see a McRoskey mattress made firsthand and learn a bit of San Francisco history ...
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Mee Mee Bakery
San Francisco, CA

Since 1950, Mee Mee Bakery, located in San Francisco's Chinatown, has been making fresh fortune cookies daily from our bakery to individuals, restaurants, and special events. We produce the Shangri-La Brand and besides making great tasting fortune cookies, we also make fresh breads, almond and sesame cookies, and chinese pastries.


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Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory Tour
Petaluma, CA

Mrs. Grossman's invites you to visit our manufacturing facility in Petaluma, California! We are the largest sticker manufacturer in the United States and have been making stickers since 1979. Starting as a small home business run solely by our founder, Andrea Grossman, we are now a 60 plus employee business that produces thousands of miles of stickers each year.

We currently manufacture more than 100 different sticker designs and are adding new designs all the time. We run our presses 22 hours a day, five days a week in our beautiful 55,000 square foot facility. Along with our sticker ...
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NASA Ames Research Center
Moffet Field, CA

NASA Ames Research Center is located at Moffett Field, California in the heart of "Silicon Valley". Ames was founded December 20, 1939 as an aircraft research laboratory by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and in 1958 became part of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Ames specializes in research geared toward creating new knowledge and new technologies that span the spectrum of NASA interests.


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Oakdale Cheese
Oakdale, CA

Cheesemaking has been in Walter?s family for 4 generations. So, it came natural to follow his ancestors footsteps when he bought his first cheese vat in 1983. It was in Escalon, hidden in an almond orchard, where the family remodeled an old dairy barn and produced their native Gouda cheese, Quark and Yogurt for the first 12 years. Sales were done on Certified Farmers Markets, by Mail Order and through a small room in their garage with refrigerator, where people could just walk in and leave their money on the counter top. Talking about honesty and trust!

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Rexhall Industries
Lancaster, CA

At Rexhall, we recognize that our reputation is only as good as the motorhomes we build. That is why we ask you to come and take a plant tour and see for yourself why we say Rexhall?s are the safest motorhome built!


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Robinson Helicopter Co
Torrance, CA

Founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson, Robinson Helicopter employs approximately 1000 employees and is currently the world's leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. In addition, Robinson has a factory overhaul program for older aircraft and conducts monthly safety courses for helicopter flight instructors and maintenance technicians. A network of more than 400 service centers of which 126 are authorized dealers provide world-wide service and support.

Robinson is an engineering company that places great emphasis on research and development. Robinson's latest model, the R66 Turbine, was FAA certified on 25 October 2010 and is Robinson's largest and most powerful helicopter. The R66, ...
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S. Anderson Vineyard
Yountville, CA

For visitors looking for an intimate winery experience, S. Anderson is the perfect place. Away from the crowds, on the Yountville Cross Road, guests will find a friendly, relaxed atmosphere at this family-owned winery and enjoy some of the valley's best still and sparkling wines.

Our tasting room is located in a charming century-old stone pump house surrounded by lovely gardens where guests may take a leisurely stroll. The terrace offers a quiet setting with beautiful views of the vineyard and surrounding hills.


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Sequoia Grove Vineyards
Napa, CA

Sequoia Grove Vineyards was founded in 1978 by Jim Allen, whose love for European wines inspired him to discover Napa Valley in the early days, and whose determination has produced elegant, award-winning wines of depth and character ever since. The winery is nestled on 24 acres of choice Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, California, on the site of a 100 year-old farmhouse surrounded by some of the last sequoia trees in the Napa Valley. These redwoods are carefully preserved by the Allen family and today, the majestic sequoia trees have become the trademark of the winery and symbols of the ...
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Sherline Products
Vista, CA

Sherline Products manufactures a complete line of miniature lathes, vertical milling machines and machining accessories.


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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, CA

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it ?Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.?

Ken?s passion for brewing began when a friend showed him the basics of home brewing. Using homemade equipment, Ken began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own, and soon became a proficient home brewer.

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Silvercrest Homes (Corona, CA)
Corona, CA

Silvercrest Online was designed especially with YOU in mind. Within these pages there are many exciting HOMES for your review. You will find information on Retailers and Community Developments in the Twelve (12) Western States that offer our homes. We ship as far east as Colorado. Take the time to visit our model homes and see the possibilities for a new and exciting home for your future. We build personalized homes for the individual home buyer available through the Silvercrest Retailer Network, as well as Genesis Homes for builders/developers.

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Silvercrest Homes (Woodland, CA)
Woodland, CA

Silvercrest Online was designed especially with YOU in mind. Within these pages there are many exciting HOMES for your review. You will find information on Retailers and Community Developments in the Twelve (12) Western States that offer our homes. We ship as far east as Colorado. Take the time to visit our model homes and see the possibilities for a new and exciting home for your future. We build personalized homes for the individual home buyer available through the Silvercrest Retailer Network, as well as Genesis Homes for builders/developers.

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Smyers Glass Studio
Benicia, CA

Smyers Glass offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit a working glass studio with old world feel and techniques. Their works are found in museums, fine craft galleries and collections across the USA. The showroom displays vases, paperweights, jewelery, platters and sculptural pieces. Each is a signed original.Visitors can see glass blowing when the 2000 degree molten glass is drawn out of the the blazing furnaces on 5 foot long blow pipes. Guests delight in watching the items that are sold in the showroom take shape.


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Sony Pictures Studios
Culver City, CA

Take the Sony Pictures Studios Tour and step back into a legendary time. Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, our walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio.

Not only is this the studio where the Yellow Brick Road once wound through Munchkin Land, it is also the place where the agents from "Men In Black" battled aliens from outer space and Spider-Man catapulted from skyscraper to skyscraper. Our dynamic studio tour guides will shed light on the film and television production ...
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Sun Empire Foods
Kerman, CA

Phil and Sandy Dee love what they're doing, converting the traditional harvest of their homeland into something imaginative and delicious. Their roots in farming span four generations, from Sandy's grandfather Clark Kenneson to their son Steve.

But when the ag economy dipped, it was Phil who saw a new way to take locally grown fruits and nuts to market. While Sandy's brother Mickey handles the farming operation, Phil and Sandy manage this company that produces literally tons of hand-made, coated delicacies.

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Taylor Guitars
El Cajon, CA

Seated in his neat, spacious office in Taylor Guitars' factory complex in El Cajon, California, company co-founder and CEO Kurt Listug cannot stifle a laugh as he studies a faded snapshot. The photograph, mined from the depths of an old cardboard box filled with dusty memorabilia, depicts the original Taylor shop on its very first day of existence -- October 15, 1974.

On the left, pony-tailed, 22-year-old employee Tim Luranc is examining something, while then-part-owner Steve Schemmer shovels water from the floor into a bucket. A companion photo shows the adjoining room on the same day. Crude, garish, overhead ...
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TCHO - New American Chocolate
San Francisco, CA

TCHO is New American Chocolate.

What does it take to make New American Chocolate? Obsession. Obsession with flavor. Obsession with innovation. Obsession over fusing the two to craft the very best chocolate, from bean to bar.

The obsession begins at origin. We don't just buy good beans, we help make the best beans. TCHOSource is our unique sourcing program, designed to obtain the best beans in the world while enabling the producers of those beans to earn a better living.

We go beyond fair trade (which we also support) to partner directly with growers. We help them improve the genetics ...
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The Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA

Oakland's Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger and completed in late 1931, it was one of the first Depression-era buildings to incorporate and integrate the work of numerous creative artists into its architecture and is particularly noteworthy for its successful orchestration of the various artistic disciplines into an original and harmonious whole.

Construction was initiated by Publix Theatres, the exhibiting organization of Paramount Pictures. Although financial difficulties forced the sale of the uncompleted building to Fox-West Coast Theatres, the ...
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US Borax Inc.
Boron, CA

Rio Tinto Borax operates California's largest open pit mine in Boron, California - one of the richest borate deposits on the planet. The company supplies nearly half the world's demand for refined borates, minerals essential to life and modern living.

Borax traces its roots to California's Death Valley, where borate deposits were discovered in 1872. The twenty mule teams Borax used to haul ore out of the remote desert live on as a symbol of the company's commitment to innovation.

Today, Borax is acknowledged as the world leader in borate technology, research and development. Technical support for customers, ...
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Vine Cliff Winery
Napa, CA

Vine Cliff Winery offers unparalleled hospitality to its guests on its beautiful and historic 100-acre estate. Vine Cliff is located on the Silverado Trail between the Yountville and Oakville crossroads.

The wine tastings are conducted in the main barrel room at a magnificent antique English pine table. The tour includes the underground aging caves, the production facilities, vineyards, and beautifully landscaped grounds. All of these are situated in a canyon about 100 feet above the Trail, affording stunning views of the valley below.

Small groups as well as individuals are welcomed at Vine Cliff. Each guest or group is, ...
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Warner Bros. Studios
BURBANK, CA

Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour is an insider's look at one of Hollywood's busiest and most famous motion picture studios - past and present. Ours is an intimate, historical and educational behind-the-scenes view of an actual working studio.

The VIP tour begins with a short film showcasing the movies and television shows created by Warner Bros. talent over the years. Guests are then escorted via tour carts to the Warner Bros. Museum - a true archive of filmed entertainment history. Exhibits include costumes, props, awards and actual scripts from some of our most renowned productions. From the Museum, guests ...
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Wiebe Farms
Reedley, CA

WELCOME! Enjoy your tour with us at Wiebe Farms. You may be wondering why a farm would have such a tour. Have you ever been to a packing shed in the middle of harvest? Over the years we have received requests for tours of the shed to see the whole process of packing PEACHES and NECTARINES. We finally decided to open up our facilities for tours. Our family-friendly atmosphere ensures you will have a great time with us. Plus, you will get to taste some very delicious PEACHES and NECTARINES.


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Winchester Cheese Company
Winchester, CA

Winchester Cheese Company is owned and operated by Jules Wesselink who was born and raised in Haarlem, Holland. Jules has operated his own dairies in California since the 1950's. As the metropolitan Los Angeles area has grown Jules's dairies have moved from Artesia to Chino, and now to Winchester. The dairy now has 500 Holstein cows and is located in a beautiful setting as you can see from the accompanying photos.
BOERE KAAS, which means "Home made on the farm", is the favorite choice of cheese-loving Holland. In a class by itself, it is distinguished by its delicious and unique ...
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