they have a taproom that is open wed-fri nights for a couple hours and on sat too - you pay $8 and get 6 5oz tickets and a pint glass... good deal. Sometimes they have special casks and beers on tap. Sometimes its just the regular lineup. Tours are pretty cool. It is a big hang out though for the ATL after work scene.
Great time whenever I get a chance to show up. Have all the sweetwater staples and seasonals, and sometimes the dank tank collection. If you are looking for a fun Friday afternoon/evening with good local beer, this is the place
Iíve done the "tour" a hundred and one times, and have had a blast each time. Been to receptions and graduations here. The bar area peering into the brewery is pretty neat. The standards are always on tap. This is my home town brewery so I am partial and nostalgic. Good stuff all around, but will probably not blow an out of towner away.
I really enjoyed my trip to Sweetwater. Some may say they donít go indepth enough in the tour. But I really enjoyed it. It was really crowded, but they give you lots of samples and everything was really good. They even had cask beers available there. I look forward to going with others here. (BTW we went on a Thursday... I think this will improve the experience, it was crowded even friday).
This is a brewery, but has a large tasting room and patio. A very popular hangout, where you can get cheap, reasonably good beer. The ambiance in the tasting room is minimal. Concrete floors and a few sparse decorations. It is crowded and noisy. The service is nonexistent, but the bartender was friendly and generous (probably overly so). For the price, you get plenty of beer and a fun time.
I went a couple of years ago, and from I remember, it was a combination of yuppies, Georgia Tech fucks, and a modicum amount of beer lovers. The Tech kids are fucking annoying. They are there just to be seen there. I donít really understand the afore mentioned point on a philosophical level, but I can understand wanting to be around people, as opposed to just being seen. They didnít have a special tap, or cask of anything while I was there. These Atlanta-based breweries are really cookie cutter places if you ask me. If you go to Sweetwater youíve practically been to them all despite subtle differences. Meh...Sweetwater beer is mediocre, and the people that patronize the brewery are complete fuck-tards, because maybe 1% actually take the time to dedicate themselves to craft brewing. Prices are decent I must say. Just a warehouse with a tasting room, and then a brewery, as others have mentioned, as it should be. Coming here doesnít stand out as an exceptional experience.
The tasting room in the current location is incredible. Thereís not a better production brewery Iíve every visited that is more inviting to visitors. That being said, this is a brewery first and foremost. Itís a great place for a tour, but after you pass the front room, itís just concrete floors and brewing equipment, just like a brewery should be.
Good hang-out spot and pre-drink locale.
A - Inside, too loud and crowded; Outside, live music, nice patio
S - About as nice as they can be when theyíre dealing with as many pours as they do
S - Itís Sweetwater... of course it would be nice to have more choices and it would be cooler if the dank tank wasnít twice as much as regular brews
F - N/A
V - Still a cheap date!
O - Cool spot, maybe not as cool as when it was off Fulton Ind, but we all gotta move up sometime, right?
After a failed attempt to visit here, we showed up 45 minutes early and were able to get in with much ease. The staff was really friendly and informative. All the beers on tap are available elsewhere, but thatís okay. Itís a good selection anyway. The building is large, clean, efficiently set up, and decorated nicely. The tour of the actual brewing facility was pretty neat. For 8 bucks I got an IPA glass and 6 tickets for beer samples. Not bad. Iím really glad I got to visit one of the brewing meccas of the southeast. I had a fun time. Recommended