PRBeer (677) Parsippany, New Jersey | November 13, 2011| Updated May 6, 2013
I personally think Sweetwater beers are the best being brewed in Georgia if not most of the southeast. I have been driving cases of Sweetwater IPA back to NJ whenever I can for years now (their beers are not distributed further north than southern VA), and often bribe friends to do the same for me. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the brewery on a beautiful warm fall Sat afternoon. I had a great experience drinking their beers, listing to great live music, taking the tour, and talking beer with the Sweetwater employees. I highly recommend a visit to their weekend gatherings. You can also find their beers in most GA restaurants with even modest listings of micros.
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
I’ve 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 didn’t 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 you’ve 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 doesn’t stand out as an exceptional experience.
The tasting room in the current location is incredible. There’s not a better production brewery I’ve every visited that is more inviting to visitors. That being said, this is a brewery first and foremost. It’s a great place for a tour, but after you pass the front room, it’s 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 they’re dealing with as many pours as they do
S - It’s Sweetwater... of course it would be nice to have more choices and it would be cooler if the dank tank wasn’t 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?