Are you a SweetWater fan? Love a good party? Looking to give back to the community and like getting free stuff? Step on up, ‘cause we’ve got the perfect gig for you! We are looking for helpful hands to volunteer for our upcoming 3rd Annual Brew Your Cask Off event and/or Sweetwater 420 Fest. (Bonus: folks who sign up for both events will get a free SweetWater travel coffee mug).


So put those party pants on one leg at a time, and sign up for the festivus to help the restivus. Just make sure you are 21 and up. Sorry, no exceptions.


Here’s how you can help:


Brew You Cask Off:

When: March 10

Where: SweetWater Brewery

Shifts needed: Five-hour shifts (which include a one-hour break to kick back and relax at the festival)

Potential Duties: Help pour beer samples, handing out glasses and programs, checking IDs, scanning tickets, break down and set up.

Whaddya Get? Besides being part of an awesome event? You’ll get a volunteer T-shirt and a chance to enjoy the festival for free!

Sign Up Here: http://brewyourcaskoff.com/contact.html Fill out the volunteer form and we will give you a shout to talk about how you can help!


Sweetwater 420 Fest

When: April 20-22

Where: Candler Park

Shifts needed: Four-hour shifts (must commit to two shifts)

Potential Duties: Assist with VIP and artist management,  box office activities (such as passing out programs, checking IDs, counting attendees, educating event patrons), office, production, site, food, craft vendor and facilitation of load in/load out of the event.

Whaddya Get? Besides being part of an awesome event? You’ll receive a volunteer t-shirt, a commemorative 420 Fest poster and a free event wristband at the end of your shift each day.

Sign Up Here: http://sweetwater420fest.com/contact-us/Fill out the volunteer form and we will give you a shout to talk about how you can help!


Know a professional group, non-profit or community organization that wants in? That’d be swell. Have em’ email us at volunteer@sweetwater420fest.com.


See you there!


15 Years of Heady Beers

come out and rip it with us on February 18th as we pull out the stops on all the beer we’ve been stashing over the last year, and break in our new building and event space proper like. from 2 – 6 on Feb 18th we will be celebrating 15 years of brewing and selling the tastiest beer around.
no RSVP needed, just come on down to the brewery – doors and taps will be wide open, and there will be special stashed beers all over this joint. Check out the full line up on our Facebook event page, hope to see you and a couple hundred/thousand of our closest friends that day.

the Big Kahuna is one of Georgia’s Most Influential?!

Jenn and Freddy Bensch at the 2011 420 Fest

Who woulda thunk it – as a fresh(ish) out of college kid starting a brewery in the hood back in 1997 to one of Georgia’s most influential people?

Freddy Bensch co-founder, and the Big Kahuna here at SweetWater is now rubbing elbows on Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” list with Nathan Deal – our Governor, The owner of the Falcons – Arthur Blank, US Senator Saxby Chambliss, Chief Justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court – Carol Hunstein, Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones and Allman Brothers and a plethora of other movers and shakers in the great state of Georgia!  We can’t wait to share the news with his mom, she’ll be thrilled at what a fine young man her son has turned into. 15 year’s of heady beers for sure, and (allegedly) influencing folks all along the way!! Wait till they get a load of us at the official party next week!

*note* the story says that our solar array is already up and running, but it is still in the works (thanks for nothing Solyndra!)

2012 Lineup of SweetWater Brews released

Lots of new brews on the hook for the new year.

We’ve been kicking the tires over the last few weeks, trying to figure how much our brewery, and brewers could handle as we are looking ahead to 2012.   Check out the full fishing calendar below, and click on it to download the pdf.

Some of the highlights are the return of the Exodus Porter coming in Mid January on draft and in six packs.  The introduction of LowRYEder, a flame throwin’ Rye IPA ignited by a 25% shot of rye malt capped by a super hoppin’ blast of Mt Hood and Centennial hops making this IPA bounce!  Previously enjoyed as the Crank Tank Rye’d Ale, the CT will get a new brew this fall so we can take the LowRYEder year round, and a few new creations from the Dank Tank – the 420IPA, a big ol dry hopped version of our 420, The Gimp – a bottle conditioned ale designed to be kept in the cellar and broke out for only your most special guests, and the Creeper coming back in 4 packs this fall.

In addition to all those brews, we have our 15th anniversary ale on the horizon.  Feb 17th marks 15 official years for SweetWater, as we sold our first keg of beer out of the original Fulton Industrial Blvd brewery back on Feb 17th, 1997.  We are celebrating with a monster party at the brewery so we can break in our expanded brewery proper like on Feb 18th from 2 – 6, and with a special 15th anniversary ale.  Kevin McNerney, our co-founder and original Brewmaster, came back to the brewery to create this batch with Freddy Bensch, our Big Kahuna, Mark Medlin – our Brewmaster, Nick Nock, our Head Brewer, and Dock Rigsby, our Head Cellarman.  The 15th anniversary ale will be a giant version of our original ESB recipe – stay tuned for more details on that sucker.

SweetWater 420 Fest artist announcement

This year’s fest is locked and loaded for the weekend of April 20th (crazy how that worked out) and we are chock full of great musicians to pair nicely with all of these tasty brews – check out the full list at http://www.sweetwater420fest.com and circle the weekend of 4/20 in your fattest sharpie. We’ll be looking for ya! A few of the artists include
Maceo Parker        Perpetual Groove      Donna the Buffalo      The Mickey Hart Band featuring Dave Schools     Soulive     Anders Osborne     and a boatload of others –  Check back in a few weeks as we add any last minute additions, and release the schedule of who’s when for the weekend.

Stay up to speed with 420Fest on Twitter or the 420Fest Facebook page