SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90’s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates going to school together at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 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? Off to the University of California at Davis, aka Brewing School, for a degree in Fermentation Science! After that, they were off and running in two directions while they brewed beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft and keeping the dream of their own place alive.
The summer of 1996 brought Freddy through Atlanta as all the energy and action of the Olympics were in high gear. He found this town in need of a West Coast style brewery; his buddy Kevin and himself were just the guys to turn the local brewing scene on its ear with the hoppy, aggressive ales they had been brewing for years.
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. This new building is 25,000 square feet of brewing goodness and smack in the middle of all the action. SweetWater Brewing Company has been here since 2004 and it feels good to be settled in. Our new home has enough capacity to brew 400,000 barrels of beer a year (A few more years at this rate.)
The SweetWater blog is poised to bring you all the news that’s fit to drink on our brewery and upcoming beers, as well as keep you abreast of action behind the scenes.
BREWERY TOURS & TASTINGS
Come by the brewery for a tour and tasting soon! Every Wed, Thur, and Fri from 5:30 – 7:30 and Sat/Sun from 2:30 – 4:30 out taps and tasting room are open to the public. No need to call ahead or make reservations, it’s super casual and social. Bands on the patio just about every Friday and randomly on the other days as well. The tours themselves are every 30 during the two hour window. Must be 21 to enter, and please sample responsibly.