Two chances to Brew Your Cask Off with us

It’s time to gear up for our 3rd annual “Brew Your Cask Off” festival coming up March 2012. Tickets go on sale Dec 5th and this year there are two chances for you to be a part of the brewing!

If you’ve attended this fest before, you know that we invite you to sample the creations of 80 guest brewers who typically include local restaurants, celebrities, media folks and charities. But this year, we are offering, the SweetWater faithful, the chance to brew!

Here’s how it works:

Between November 7th and November 17th we will be auctioning off the opportunity to brew on the behalf of two separate charities. The highest bidder will create a cask for the festival and every dollar raised through the auction will be donated to the nonprofit. The organizations involved in this year’s auction are Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Atlanta Humane Society.

Winners will be invited down to SweetWater on Sunday, February 19, 2012 to craft their cask ale. Prior to this, SweetWater’s Brewmaster Mark Medlin will work with winners to design a recipe from a plethora (yep, we said plethora) of hops, yeast, fruits, spices or whichever ingredients you have in mind. As a winning bidder, the creative license would be all yours, but Mark will be on hand to offer his expert advice and ensure your recipe makes for a tasty concoction. The ale will then remain at the brewery for three weeks during its secondary fermentation and maturation in the cask.

The final product will be showcased at the “Brew Your Cask Off” festival, which is open to ticket holders at the brewery on March 10, 2012. You will receive two “Guest Brewer” passes so that you can come out and sample your cask alongside the other entries.

Whatever your reason – to craft the tastiest ale, brew for a good cause, or score the most unique Christmas gift for a beer lover – visit SweetWater’s BYCO auction page/UCR and SweetWater’s BYCO Auction page/AHS before November 17th to place your bid. To learn a little more about the fest, visit us at