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Sweetwater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Brewing Company

195 Ottley Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30324
United States

404-691-2537

Year Established: 1997

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SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90′s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During their time out west, they realized they had more of a hankering for beer than books. Their first step into the profession was washing kegs on the loading docks of a local brewery for free beer. Not a bad job when you’re in college! With all this free beer, their grades went up, their cars got fixed, friends were plentiful and the sun shined a little brighter. Once they were finished with school, it was time to either find a real job, or get serious in the brewing business. Easy choice, right? Freddy and Kevin headed off to the American Brewers Guild in California aka Brewing School to sharpen up their knowledge of “Fermentation Science”! After that they were off and running brewing beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft while keeping the dream of their own place alive. In the summer of 1996, the energy and action of the Olympics brought Freddy to Atlanta.He found this town in need of a West Coast style brewery and knew that he and Kevin were just the guys to turn the local brewing scene on its ear with the hoppy, aggressive ales they had been brewing for years. The boys scraped together (with the help of generous friends, family and loans) just enough money go get started and the first brewery for SweetWater was off of Fulton Industrial Boulevard, on Atlanta’s west side. As they were building their very own brewery, Freddy sought a little cool relief by kayaking down Sweetwater Creek, in a state park just west of the brewery. The name of the brewery became obvious and the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream” became the guide. February 17, 1997 marked the official beginning of SweetWater Brewery, and a new style of brewing and selling beer in Atlanta as the boys wandered around Atlanta in an old van with Freddy’s dog Badger. After ending up on the wrong side of the tracks a few times, they were finally pointed in the direction of Virginia-Highlands and found a few bars willing to take a chance on them. “We’ll give you a shot as long as your dog stops begging for leftovers on our patio” was the cautious approval they needed to get the brand rolling. SweetWater’s second and current location is in Midtown Atlanta, adjacent to Ansley Park, in the Armour Circle Industrial Park just off of Piedmont and Monroe. The boys saved all of their pennies to buy the 25,000 square feet of brewing goodness and smack in the middle of all the action. Since the company began we’ve wanted to be closer to our homes, the bars and stores that sell our beer, and all the good folks that drink it. Fortunately seven years of great growth gave the company that opportunity. We learned a lot from that location and left all those mistakes behind as we built our new home. SweetWater Brewing Company has been here since 2004 and it feels good to be settled in. Our new home has enough capacity to brew 100,000 barrels of beer a year (A few more years at this rate.)

ID: 1480 Last updated 6 days ago Added to database 20 years ago

Quick Stats

97

Beers

450

Reviews

0

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Most Drunk: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale [2]
Highest Rated: Sweetwater Donkey Punch [3.738]
Most Reviewed: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale [53]

Beers

Beer | Style | ABV Score
Sweetwater 16 So Fine Red Wheat Wine Ale
Wheatwine| 11 %
3.340 (2)
Sweetwater 18 - Belgian-Style Tripel
Abbey Tripel| 10 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater 20 - Hash on Brett
Imperial IPA| 9 %
3.100 (1)
Sweetwater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin
Flanders Oude Bruin| 7.9 %
3.050 (1)
Sweetwater 2econd Helping
IPA| 7.4 %
3.250 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
American Pale Ale| 5.4 %
3.534 (53)
Sweetwater 420 Fest Double IPA
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.200 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Strain B-Real Insane OG Mexican Lager
Vienna / Amber Lager| 5.6 %
3.025 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Strain Chocolope
Stout| 6.4 %
3.350 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Strain G13
IPA| 6 %
3.250 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Strain Jack Herer Harvest Ale
IPA| 6.7 %
3.000 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Strain Mango Kush
American Wheat| 5 %
3.125 (1)
Sweetwater 420 Strain Trainwreck Hazy Double IPA
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.125 (1)
Sweetwater Belgian Rose
Wild Ale| 7 %
3.125 (1)
Sweetwater Blue
Fruit Beer| 4.9 %
3.300 (29)
Sweetwater Bobblehead Bob
Dry Stout| 6.2 %
3.400 (1)
Sweetwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 11.2 %
3.450 (1)
Sweetwater Cambium
Wild Ale| 5.8 %
3.050 (1)
Sweetwater Chocolate Bourbon Happy Ending
Imperial Stout| 9 %
3.400 (1)
Sweetwater Cool Breeze Cucumber Saison
Saison| 4.9 %
3.025 (1)
Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale
Rye Beer| 6.2 %
3.471 (4)
Sweetwater Curtisimo
Flanders Oude Bruin| 8.3 %
3.200 (1)
Sweetwater Cuvee de Freddy
IPA| -
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank 15th Anniversary Ale
Strong Ale| 10 %
3.317 (3)
Sweetwater Dank Tank 17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale
Saison| 9 %
3.443 (4)
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 IPA
Imperial IPA| 8.5 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol Belgian Blue Balls
Fruit Beer| 8 %
3.400 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper
Imperial IPA| 8.6 %
3.425 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Browneye'd Buckeye
Imperial IPA| 8.5 %
3.450 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale
Abbey Quadrupel| 11 %
3.400 (3)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Danktoberfest
Marzen / Oktoberfest| 8.5 %
3.500 (4)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Eff 2020
Imperial IPA| 9.2 %
3.300 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Et Tu Brute
IPA| 7.5 %
3.100 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs
Strong Ale| 8 %
3.517 (3)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs (2017)
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs (2018)
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.200 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs (2019)
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash
American Black Ale| 8.5 %
3.400 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Ground Score
IPA| 7.1 %
3.175 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Johnny Hash
Imperial IPA| 8.5 %
3.460 (2)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP
Imperial Pilsener| 9 %
3.514 (4)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean
Imperial Porter| 8.5 %
3.700 (3)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Pulled Porter
Imperial Porter| 7.7 %
3.340 (2)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Red Hot Mama
Amber Ale| 8.6 %
3.329 (4)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Smokey and the Brett
IPA| 7.3 %
3.100 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Some Strange
American Black Ale| 10 %
3.400 (2)
Sweetwater Dank Tank The Creeper
Abbey Tripel| 10 %
3.460 (2)
Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp
Old Ale| 10.3 %
3.160 (2)
Sweetwater Dank Tank The Price Is Wrong
Belgian Strong Ale| 9 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Wet Dream
IPA| 7.5 %
3.300 (1)
Sweetwater Dank Tank Wookie Down Imperial Red Ale
Strong Ale| 7.6 %
3.325 (1)
Sweetwater Donkey Punch
American Barleywine| 10 %
3.738 (10)
Sweetwater Dubbel Ds
Abbey Dubbel| 8.6 %
3.455 (6)
Sweetwater ESB
Extra Special Bitter| 5.6 %
3.539 (15)
Sweetwater Exodus Jamaican Coffee
Porter| 6.6 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Exodus Porter
Porter| 6.2 %
3.625 (25)
Sweetwater Festive Ale
Spiced Beer| 7.7 %
3.686 (34)
SweetWater Georgia Brown
Brown Ale| 5.8 %
-
Sweetwater Goin' Coastal
IPA| 6.1 %
3.200 (3)
Sweetwater Grass Monkey
American Wheat| 5.4 %
3.000 (2)
Sweetwater Guide Beer A Lager
Pale Lager| 4 %
2.925 (1)
Sweetwater H.A.Z.Y. IPA
IPA| 6.2 %
3.225 (1)
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 9 %
3.709 (19)
Sweetwater Happy Jack Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 9 %
3.275 (1)
Sweetwater Hash brown
Brown Ale| 6.2 %
3.467 (3)
Sweetwater Hash Session IPA
IPA| 4.2 %
3.150 (3)
Sweetwater Hatchery Series #1 Mosaic IPA
IPA| 6.4 %
3.325 (1)
Sweetwater Hatchery Series #2 Mexican Style Lager
Vienna / Amber Lager| 4.8 %
2.925 (1)
Sweetwater Hatchery Series #3 Black Lager
Schwarzbier| 5 %
-
Sweetwater Hatchery Series #4 Chocolate Milk Stout
Milk Stout| 5.4 %
-
Sweetwater Hatchery Series #5 NE Style IPA
IPA| 7.5 %
3.100 (1)
Sweetwater Hatchery Series #6: Golden Summer Ale
Blonde Ale| 4.8 %
-
Sweetwater Hop Hash Double IPA
Imperial IPA| 7.8 %
3.460 (2)
Sweetwater Hummer
Witbier| -
3.479 (16)
Sweetwater IPA
IPA| 6.5 %
3.670 (47)
Sweetwater LowRYEder IPA
IPA| 6.2 %
3.463 (5)
Sweetwater Motor Boat
Extra Special Bitter| 6.5 %
3.700 (9)
Sweetwater Road Trip
Blonde Ale| 5.3 %
3.056 (13)
Sweetwater Ron Burgundy
Scottish Ale| 8 %
3.360 (2)
Sweetwater SchWheat
American Wheat| -
3.260 (7)
Sweetwater Slick Eddie
Brown Ale| 6 %
3.325 (1)
Sweetwater Spinnerbait
Belgian Ale| 6 %
3.300 (3)
Sweetwater Squeeze Box
IPA| 6.1 %
3.250 (1)
Sweetwater Strain Saison
Saison| 5 %
3.100 (1)
Sweetwater Sweet Georgia Brown
Brown Ale| 5.1 %
3.325 (30)
Sweetwater Take Two Pils
Bohemian / Czech Pilsener| 5.5 %
3.357 (4)
Sweetwater The Big Medlin Double IPA
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.450 (1)
Sweetwater The Pit & The Pendulum
Wild Ale| 8.3 %
3.175 (1)
Sweetwater Through the Brambles
Wild Ale| 6.3 %
3.125 (1)
Sweetwater Tri-PA
Imperial IPA| -
3.280 (2)
Sweetwater TripleTail Tropical IPA
IPA| 5.5 %
3.220 (2)
Sweetwater Tropical Lover
Berliner Weisse| 4.5 %
3.100 (1)
Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen
Hefeweizen| 5.7 %
3.555 (6)
Sweetwater Whiplash White IPA
IPA| 6.2 %
3.588 (5)
Sweetwater Woodford IPA
IPA| -
3.350 (1)
Sweetwater Woodlands Project: Goses are Free
Gose| 6 %
3.200 (1)
Sweetwater Woodlands Project: Sinner's Son
Imperial Stout| 12.4 %
3.350 (1)

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