SweetWater Draft House & Grill
Taps: 4 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
2.91/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I can't remember which terminal this one was in, I didn't even realize there were 2 spots until I started to write this review!
This particular tap-house was crammed full of people, but we were able to get a small two-top table during the lunch rush. Loud R&B music and the chatter of patrons thundered through the small space. The food options were limited to a small selection of salads, chicken wings, burgers and sandwiches--pretty standard pub fare. We ordered beers, and IPA for me and a Georgia Brown Ale for Sj, but it took nearly 20 minutes to get them. I was starting to feel glad we had a long lay-over as this wasn't looking good for actually getting food. The IPA was fair, but to me seemed more like a pale ale, lacking the strong hop aroma and flavor I expect from the style. When we ordered food our server seemed like he was having a hard time remembering what we wanted (boneless wings for me and a quesadilla for Sj) despite a distinct lack of complexity to our order. A few minutes later he returned to clarify Sj's order again. Twenty minutes later our food arrived: room temperature wings for me and a chicken salad for my wife. Yup, despite re-checking with us our order was still fouled (fowled?) up! A while later the quesadilla arrived and we were able to eat. The silver lining to the extreme time-lag was that I did get to try a pint of the Festive Ale, a pleasantly spiced holiday ale. When our bill came to us it was done incorrectly (chicken salad's revenge!) Do I expect an amazing dining experience in an airport? Not really, but there is an understanding that airport restaurants should be used to moving people through quickly and problem free.
02-06-2014 21:06:20 | More by Jackofallbrews
3.54/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Reviewing the location in Terminal A. I had some food and beers while waiting for a flight.
As with any Airport place, they jam in as many tables and chairs as possible into a tiny area. I sat at the bar so I could watch football on the two TV's above the bar.
They had the LowRyder, Motor Boat, 420, IPA, Blue, and Brown on tap, plus for whatever reason Yuengling and Bud Light. Not great, but as good as you can expect in an Airport. Beers were $6.5 which again is steep, but goes with the territory.
The food was limited menu pub grub, I had a quesadilla and boneless wings. Served their purpose. The Bartender was friendly and giving people samples if they asked about a beer.
09-24-2013 22:20:32 | More by jmdrpi
3.39/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | $$
Reviewing just for the beer, as I did not try the food. I had just gotten off a 10 hour flight and had about an hour before my connection. Airports are often beer wastelands with nothing good available, but I had heard about a Sweetwater Draft House at ATL and went looking. Luckily there was one in Concourse B not far from my gate. Score! I've had Sweetwater Beer before as they distribute to Florida where I'm from but was able to try the Sweet Georgia Brown Ale that you can't get in FL. Also saw they had the usuals: IPA (which is fantastic, btw), 420 Pale Ale, Blue (the wife likes this one) and a summer seasonal called Road Trip. Service at the bar was excellent and a beer ran about $6.50 which is not bad for a craft beer at the airport. I will seek out Sweetwater Draft House on any future trips to ATL!
06-24-2013 17:58:20 | More by jcb7472
3.4/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Had to go to Atl for a family thing and stopped by here. First off it is PACKED most of the time. The beer was standard issues sweetwater stuff but they did have one tap handle all by itself that pours something interesting, this time out it was Happy Ending, a really nice imperial stout.
Service was very good with the bartenders having a fun vibe.
Food did not look good so I played it safe with an order of chicken wings that were ok, no complaints but no raves.
If I were rating in the context of airport beer drinking I'd go a little higher and in the context of a beer bar I'd go a bit lower. I prefer the steakhouse outside of security for a drink and a more civilized meal but for a good craft beer before a flight this will scratch that itch.
03-18-2013 11:24:52 | More by jp11801
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
(Visited 11/2011): Sweetwater's airport pub is located in concourse B of ATL.
The atmosphere is typical of pretty much every airport restaurant/bar: Loud, cramped and busy. The bar is in the back with some TVs behind it, and there is some Sweetwater breweriana, a mural and merch on the walls which is a nice touch, as is the tin ceiling. Table seating outside the bar area.
The beer selection includes 5 Sweetwater options, one being a seasonal. There are also around 10 bottles.
Service again typical for an airport. Under staffing seems to be the norm, and basic knowledge of the beers.
Food is decent for airport grub. Our sandwiches were not spectacular but got the job done.
Overall I always have an "any port in a storm" mentality when it comes to airports and finding a brewpub represented is always a welcome sight. I would definitely visit here on future visits.
03-21-2012 17:17:03 | More by Dogbrick
3.63/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Reviewed with the highway robbery and cramped space of the airport in mind. Situated right next to my gate, it was the obvious choice. And the local beers did not disappoint. 5 Sweetwater taps, a few bottles and two taps of adjunct-laden macro crap. Had the IPA, the Road Trip Pils and the Sweet Georgia Brown -- all excellent. Food was OK - had a chicken sandwich that was not particularly remarkable but hit the spot. The best part about the place was the generous Imperial pint glasses they used to serve the beers. That made the high prices a bit easier to take. The service was, fast and friendly, although the girl who waited on me was not well-educated about beer but seemed to be eager to learn. The pointless and simply awful aspect about this place was the metal chairs on the stone floor. Every time you moved one it disturbed the whole room. It sure got peoples' attention in a bad way. Do something about those chairs and I'd go up a notch on the atmosphere.
03-20-2012 02:50:16 | More by EagleTalon
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Had a 2-1/2 hr layover so made a bee-line to this place to grab some food and a few pints.
Atm- Its fairly small, 7 seats at the bar with about 10 tables. Fairly well light and bustling with airport travelers.
Quality- Overall I enjoyed my experience here. The beers on tap were minimal but all quality beers from Sweetwater.
Service- My server was very friendly and made sure I was well taken care from start to finish. Even offered to go next door on her break and grab me a brownie to pair with my brown ale. I turned it down. No need to rush her break.
Selection- Only 5 beers on tap from Sweetwater and had a couple BMC lines as well.
Food- I had the black bean and chipotle burger with the Orzo pasta. Very good and refreshing.
Value- For 3 beers and a burger was about 30 bucks, you do have to remember it is the airport.
03-18-2012 01:16:03 | More by FosterJM
3.93/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
After a week in the Dominican Republic with the wife it was a Godsend to find a place that served something besides Presidente (it's good for the beach but not the homeland). It was a night the World Series was going so some of the patrons were rather rambunctious which made for some good entertainment aside from the game.
The decor is hodge-podge: country home woodwork, cement floor, metal chairs, and a tin celing. It fits perhaps 30 comfortably but there was about 50 people with luggage, making for a tight fit.
There were four or five house beers on tap with a few domestic choices also. I went with the IPA which, aside from being a tad dry, was rather nice. Second was their ESB Motorboat. Have you ever had a strange woman ask if you want a motorboat?
The menu had a few choices, I went with the black bean and chipotle burger and found it very tasty. The beans were, yes, inside the patty that was in a flat bread bun and veg with fries. After starving on airline snacks I devoured the sandwich. The server, Christine, was working her tail off but still found time to answer questions about the menu.
I scoped out the Sam Adams brewhouse in another terminal, and their menu/establishment seemed lacking compared to Sweetwater. The free WiFi is also a bonus. It's in an airport so expect to pay a bit more but it's the best option in ATL for good beer.
10-31-2011 18:04:38 | More by DesMoinesMike
3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
My wife and I had a 3 hour layover on Sunday during our trip back home from SJO-ATL-BOS. We needed to have some dinner, so we went to another terminal and decided to check out Sweetwater. Kind of a cramped space. Not much room between tables. The most annoying aspect of the atmosphere was the constant scraping of people dragging metal chairs over the stone floor. Like nails on a chalkboard. Service was the only highlight, as our waiter was funny and energetic. They only had 4 of their beers on tap, and plus a few other random taps and a bunch of crap in bottles. I had the 420, which was good. Food was borderline fast-food. How can a chicken sandwich and a burger get to your table three minutes after you order it? Not very tasty. With $7.50 pints and $10 sandwiches, this place was nothing special. Only slightly better choice than TGIF in our original terminal.
07-13-2011 03:49:23 | More by morebeergood
2.08/5 rDev -39.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$$
It's an airport bar, so I understand why everything is overpriced, so I'll look beyond that.
The beer selection, at least when I was there, is the typical SweetWater layout. IPA, 420, Georgia Brown, Blue and one seasonal. This is pretty okay since it's tough to find any good beer in an airport, but the real problem lies with the bartenders, one of whom described their seasonal as "A pilsner-style ale...sort of like Blue Moon." This sort of lack of knowledge, along with their constant pestering to buy tequila shots and their insistence that every item on the menu was the best item on the menu (I heard them claim to several different people that several different meals were the best) makes for an irritating atmosphere.
The food itself isn't awful, but a lot of the food is clearly just prepackaged food you could easily buy at a grab and go place for less. The guy next to me ordered a salad that was literally just a packaged salad (plastic lid still on) put on a plate.
05-20-2011 18:41:01 | More by DrWangerBanger
SweetWater Draft House & Grill in Atlanta, GA
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