We’ve dialed in the details for the Great American Beer Festival

If you have never been before you need to add the Great American Beer Festival to you bucket list!  The boys from SweetWater

Steve, Badger, Freddy, and Nick with the Small Brewery of the Year hardware from '02

attend every year, and this sucker is the one chance a year for all the American Breweries to get together and pull out their stash, and show it off to the world.  the judging competition is fierce  the numbers below represent what category we are entering each beer into.
We are entering 11 ales –
420 – American Style Pale Ale #40
IPA – American Style Strong Pale Ale #50
Blue – Fruit Wheat Beer – with blueberry – #4
SchWheat – American Style Wheat Beer – Light with/without Yeast #1a
MotorBoat – Extra Special Bitter – American Style ESB # 57b

Georgia Brown – American Style Brown Ale #61
Crank Tank – Rye Beer – Rye Ale or Lager with/without Yeast #10a
Festive – Herb and Spice Beer – with cinnamon and mace – #6
BSP – Belgian Style Abbey Ale – Belgian Style Quad – #71c
Mean Joe Bean – Coffee Beer – Fresh Nicaraguan Coffee and Porter #8
Happy Ending – American Style Stout #77

come by, take some photos with our boys, and help us spread the word to all of those unfortunate souls that don’t live in the Southeast about the tasty nectar that is SweetWater’s brews


SweetWater’s Motorboat is back in action plus a Browneyed Buckeye

Oh the joys of the Motorboat!  our summer into fall Catch and Release seasonal has hit the streets once again.  a few weeks earlier this year than in years past since y’all drank us dry on the Road Trip a little faster than we had planned.  Cant keep those shelves and taps empty for too long, so the Motorboat is rolling in to the rescue.  This dry hopped ESB and back to back winner of the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, is built for speed and pleasure.  Enjoy the face full of pleasure!Our next Dank Tank edition is locked and loaded as well – since we are having a hell of a time keeping up with y’all drinking habits this Brown IIPA will be draft only, and super limited supply.

Our sweet, innocent and moral El Dressel lost his way as Brutus led him down a dark alley to recruit tattoos and car loans for the Columbus hops in an effort to stack his on-field Double IPA recipe with the most aggressive hops O-round. Unfortunately El Dressel was discovered, humiliated and banished, leaving a permanent wrinkle in his sweater vest and instantly creating the Browneyed Buckeye!!!
Get it while you can, because just like last year’s Sugar Bowl win, this one will be gone before you know it!
Malts: 2-row, Munich, & Midnight Wheat   Hops: Over 5 lbs. per barrel Columbus, Amarillo & Centennial. Dry Hopped with Centennial & Columbus  Beginning Gravity: 20.1 Plato Final Gravity: 4.5 Plato ABV: 8.5% IBU’s: 120  Available in 1/4 bbl kegs only

A Flurry of Seasonal Brews, Limited Releases, and One-Hit Wonders to Keep You Warm on Chilly Nights

We’re Bringing Back Winter Favorites Including Exodus Porter & Festive Ale

and Unleashing The Latest Dank Tank Creation, The Border Hopper

Much like the tasty bottles and kegs of SweetWater that we brew, the creative juices are flowing freely at SweetWater Brewing Company.  We have been busy crafting new brews and bringing back some of our personal favorites to get you through the holidays and those cold winter nights.  This month, look out for the rich, chocolatey Exodus Porter, the generously spiced seasonal Festive Ale, as well as our most recent dark side creation, the fresh-from-the-field Double IPA Border Hopper.

If you’re ready to join the movement of the people, let Exodus Porter – first brewed on Bob Marley’s birthday – take you on a transcendental taste experience.  Give your taste buds something to rise up about with distinct irie hop notes that transition into rich waves of chocolate.  Bask in the 2-row, Munich and caramel malts as well as Centennial and Golding hops in this 6.5 percent ABV Legend-ary porter.

Exodus is SweetWater’s most decorated beer, taking home multiple Gold and Silver medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup and is only available on draft at the brewery tours beginning Oct 13th and in the Winter Edition of the SweetWater Tackle Box (along with 420, IPA and Georgia Brown) from mid-October through early March, so drink up, Mon.

Just in time for the holidays is the Festive Ale.  A strong cheerfully spiced seasonal ale with big complex flavors to keep you warm and toasted all season long.  Brewed only one day per year this high octane 8.6% ABV ale has a sleigh load of Centennial and Golding hops and is capped with a dose of cinnamon and mac. This brew is one that will definitely ring your (jingle) bell!  But don’t wait to enjoy this one!  Like the holidays, it comes around once a year and will be only be available until late December.

Up next, we are crossing borders and boundaries with the latest Dank Tank creation – Border Hopper, with a little help from their friend, Señor Dank, who left his wife, Lupa, and their eight screaming babies in search of the freshest hop harvest in the land and the promise fields of Buford Highway.  His censored journey began in the hop fields of Yakima where he scored some of the stickiest, freshest green hops, found a farmer’s daughter, and ended up in Atlanta where he deals his stash to the boys at SweetWater to create this highly aggressive, censored, and muy fresh double India pale ale.

This brew is pushing the envelope as our newest addition to the series of rarely released, experimental beers. The double IPA, brewed with fresh Citra hops, is 8.6 percent ABV, comes in 22 ounce bottles and on draft and is best served fresh.  But act fast because this stash won’t last forever.  Just like that rash you got in Tijuana, the Border Hopper will be gone just as soon as the next brewing itch needs to be scratched.