SweetWater 420 Fest Lineup Additions

Huge welcome to the newest additions to the
2011 SweetWater 420 Fest lineup!
Arrested Development, Rusted Root, and Gurufish
Friday – Rusted Root, Gimme Hendrix, Anders Osborne, The Broadcast, Galactic

Saturday – Bitteroots, Fear of Silence, Dead Confederate, Deep Blue Sun, 7 Walker Featuring Bill Kreutzmann, The Pimps of Joytime, Arrested Development

Sunday – Rollin in the Hay, The TAASK, Greensky Bluegrass, Deja Bluegrass, Railroad Earth

2nd Annual Brew Your Cask Off in the books

A fantastic day for enjoying over 80 unique cask ale creations is complete and by now hopefully you have seen the list of winners of this year’s Brew Your Cask Off festival


1st PLACE: Cask #38 Final Gravity Home Brewers | Lika-Titi-Coco Porter

2nd PLACE: Cask #1 The Porter Beer Bar | The Sch’it

3rd PLACE: Cask #75 Fontaines | Two Pump Chump

Cask #62 Cypress Street Pint & Plate| Samhain


We had so many amazing brews this year that we seriously had a hard time picking a loser for loser’s sake.  So we have decided to retire the golden toilet seat this year!

Remember the top 4 winning brews will be recreated and served at the upcoming SweetWater 420 Fest this April in Candler Park!

Didn’t get to attend or can’t remember the entire event?  Check out photo galleries up this week on Metromix, SweetWater’s Flickr, Eat Drink Repeat! , and WSB TV
Thanks again for everyone’s participation.  We would love to hear your feedback. If you have commentary, thoughts, ideas for next year, please send them to steve@sweetwaterbrew.com – we know we need limit the tickets sales more, and add more port a potties, so those suggestions are covered, but for others we’re all ears.

SweetWater’s 2nd Annual Brew Your Cask Off Festival – This Weekend!


From restaurants to media, first-time brewers to home brewing clubs, SweetWater Brewing Company has gathered an extensive and exciting list of participants for their second annual “Brew Your Cask Off” Cask Ale Festival.  Join us March 5, 2011 from 6-10pm as attendees are invited to try the recently crafted casks from more than 80 guest brewers.

15th Street Pizza & Pub

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

All About Beer Magazine

Allgood Lounge

Atkins Park Tavern

Atlanta Humane Society


Brewmasters of Alpharetta

Brick Store Pub


Covert Hops Society

Cypress Street Pint & Plate


Dark Horse Tavern

Deckard’s American Tavern

Diesel Filling Station

Draft Magazine

Fado Irish Pub

Final Gravity

Five Points Bottle Shop

Fontaine’s Oyster House

Gas South

Georgia Ale & Lager Sirens

Georgia Organics

Gibney’s Pub


Hand in Hand

Hob Nob

Hop City

Hudson Grille



Jones Is Hungry

Mac McGee’s Irish Pub

Mac’s Beer & Wine

Manuel’s Tavern

Marietta Pizza Company

Marlow’s Tavern

McCray’s West Village Tavern

Meehan’s Public House

Mellow Mushroom (2 participating locations)

Neighbor’s Pub

Open Hand



Park Tavern

Parker’s on Ponce

Ri Ra Irish Pub

Rocky Mountain Pizza Company



Six Feet Under

Southern Brewing News


Summits Wayside Tavern

Taco Mac (2 participating locations)


Team United Distributors

The Beer Connoisseur Magazine

The Dunwoody Restaurant Group

The Five Spot

The Fred

The Marlay House

The Midway Pub

The Porter Beer Bar

The Tavern at Phipps

The Vortex Bar and Grill

Thirsty Monk

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

Total Wine & More

Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits

Trappeze Pub


Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Varner’s Tavern

Wild Wing Café

Williamson Bros. BBQ

As far as the competition portion of BYCO goes, all entries will be judged by a handpicked group from the Atlanta scene led by John Pinkerton, Brewmaster at Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah.  The winning casks will be announced at 9pm, the evening of the festival. Entries will also be available for festival goers to sample and vote for the People’s Champ Award. The judges’ top four casks and the People’s Champ will have their casks recreated and served at the SweetWater 420 Fest April 15-17 in Candler Park.

The festival area, now in front of SweetWater Brewery, will be tented making this a rain or shine event.  In addition to all the specially-created cask ales, attendees can also savor SweetWater’s award-winning array of year round brews, get their fill with Williamson Brothers BBQ, Ormsby’s, and other food vendors, enjoy live music, visit with participating non-profits and even take a guided tour of the infamous brewery.

Pets are not allowed at “Brew Your Cask Off,” but feel free to bring anyone else that is 21 and up with a valid form of ID (of course).  2011 sponsors include: O-I, Great Western Malting, Grandstand Sportswear & Glassware, Draft Magazine, and All About Beer Magazine.  Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.brewyourcaskoff.com for $35 in advance, or $40 at the door.  This is a rain or shine event and we will have a big fat tent covering all these tasty casks so the only thing that’ll get wet is your whistle!

check out these two video’s from Sapelo Productions who were here filming during the cask creation weekend Feb 12th and 13th