Sweetwater Brewing Company - Atlanta

195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324, United States
(404) 691-ALES
Latitude: 33.80920, Longitude: -84.38049

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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 4:20 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:20 – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 4:20 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.05 | Atmosphere: 4.30 | Service: 3.30
77.7
out of 100
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Based on 5 reviews.
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4.5
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Menotomy (148)
Wednesday 13th of August 2014 08:13:51 PM
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I came for the tour. The tour and samples are free but I bought the pint glass so it was $10. Protip: Get the free tour and inside there are a better selection of pint glasses for less than $10 in their gift shop. They had all their beers on tap, not sure if they ever reserve something special for the people who come to the brewery. Maybe something from their "Dank Tank" series. One ticket for the lighter beers and two tickets for the stronger ones (over 7% when I was there, which was just the Happy Ending stout).

The tour itself wasn't that great. They let you inside the brewery but not much information was given. If you're a homebrewer with some serious questions don't expect to get a chance to ask in depth questions. The tour guide was the same girl that took our tickets. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I don't know how much experience she has with actual large scale brewing. The whole thing was just an overview of beer brewing, and we only got to see the fermentation tanks for a distance and the bottling line. I've been on other tours that show and explain more.

The tasting room is nice though, so if you want to just hang out and taste some beers then this is an excellent opportunity. The earlier you show up the better for parking, and as an earlier review stated, they seem to be very serious about the cut off time.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 3.75 | Food: N/A
81.7
Overall

miori1230 (215)
Tuesday 1st of January 2013 02:11:12 PM
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This is a pretty good brewery in an industrial area of Atlanta. I was there on a Friday night for the $10 souvenir pint glass and tickets which are used to purchase about half pint samples. The brewery was fairly crowded, but the staff did a good job keeping up. I didn't get there with enough time to do the brewery tour, so we just tried the samples. The beers were good, but maybe a little bit overhyped.
Selection: 3.75 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
81.7
Overall
Tuesday 15th of March 2011 08:25:31 PM
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Great brewery serving Atlanta’s finest brews. Sweetwater is the flagship brewery in the Atlanta area. If you get a chance to go, don’t ignore the beer from the dank tank. That is where they brew their small batch unique beers. Admission is around $8 and that gets you 6 tickets to sample their beers and a pint glass to keep.

Sweetwater has become a victim of their own success. So many people go to visit the brewery that it becomes very crowded, almost too crowded for them to manage. The brewery has to limit the number of people it lets in. If you plan on going on a nice spring or fall day, get there early or risk getting turned away at the door.

The atmosphere is very relaxed. There is a nice outside area where they will occasionally have a band play. Keep in mind, there is very little seating.

Overall, I would recommend a visit to this brewery. It has a fun atmosphere and some great beers to sample. Not a bad combination, and a great way to start out an evening.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A
85.0
Overall

dpaxson2 (74)
Monday 21st of June 2010 04:12:26 PM
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The Sweetwater Blue was my absolute favorite beer in Atlanta. I was there for a vacation last November (yeah I know, November, but at least it wasn't hot) and I had a pint my first night and continued to order it through my entire stay.

I went to the brewery on Friday night for what looks to be a weekly event. Upon arriving, I think I paid $8 and received a souvenir pint glass and multiple tickets to be used to sample full pints of their beer! It's a 2-3 hour event, which tours leaving every 20-30 minutes (it's a small tour, but entertaining enough when you are drinking).

There was a moderate size room inside and a large patio outside totally crammed with people. It seemed to be a popular event to go to before heading out for a Friday night.

The location is not near any public transportation or major neighborhoods, so make sure it figure out travel arrangements before visiting. But it was worth the money and visit.

Like I said, I'm not even going to comment on the other beers because I liked the Sweetwater Blue so much. A mild blueberry scent and flavor without leaving you with a sugary taste. An outstanding beer!
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
86.7
Overall
Thursday 8th of May 2008 10:24:20 PM
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With a wide variety of tasty brews, Sweetwater is growing strong in the southeast. Unfortunately Georgia law prohibits more than six-six ounce pours over 2 hours. All said and done for $8 this is a good opportunity to try any of their brews. The IPA is great. Sweetwater is an experience for all to enjoy, if you arrive during the tasting period. Unfortunately for some, they arrive to late and will not be served. Just like a bar this tasting has a last call before the event ends. How foolish to think you should be given a special priviledge to drink once they are done serving?
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
96.7
Overall

BahHumBrew (538)
Wednesday 9th of April 2008 11:22:51 PM
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No Southern Hospitality here! I don’t like to do a low review based on one visit but in this case, it will be a while before I can return. Having traveled from Tampa, I showed up at about 7:25. I knew the tours ended at 7:30 but I was just interested in tasting a couple of Sweetwater brews. I was told the last call was 10 minutes ago and that I was too late. Lots of folks were still being served and I didn’t get a decent explanation of why I couldn’t get a taste or two. Actually it seemed the guy was too busy chatting up the ladies to be bothered with an old beermapper. Even when I said I had traveled from NV to taste their brew, I got the cold shoulder. So, I shot a few pictures (see the evidence) then went back out to my car and watched others happily enjoyed their brews for at least another 15 minutes while I planned the rest of my evening. I ended up purchasing a six pack of Georgia Brown at Decatur Package Store so I’ll get a sample later but this brewery visit left a sour taste in my mouth.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 0.25 | Food: N/A
55.0
Overall
Wednesday 7th of November 2007 01:45:46 PM
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Ah Sweetwater. Arguably Atlanta's finest microbrewery. There's not much competition for this title, unfortunately. The brewery itself is located in a somewhat industrial area near Midtown. Parking can be a real pain on tasting days. You'll probably end up walking. Be prepared to stand in line too.

The atmosphere is awesome. Big open room with a huge bar... Pretty much no seating, which makes for a lot of mingling. Live bands outside.

The beers are also pretty good. While they have made their living on 420, they also make a pretty good IPA and hefeweizen (Summer Hummer). Be sure to take part in the brewery tour if you can. As always, brewery tours are fascinating.
Selection: 3.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
83.3
Overall
Tap List - 04/08
Tap List - 04/08
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Still serving, what about last call
Still serving, what about last call
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Sweetwater entry & deck
Sweetwater entry & deck
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