SweetWater Draft House & Grill

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SweetWater Draft House & GrillSweetWater Draft House & Grill
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80
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46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6000 N Terminal Pkwy
Atlanta, Georgia, 30320-7400
United States
phone: (404) 559-9787

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Place added by: SierraGS on 01-16-2008

Located in Hartsfield International Airport, with locations at Gates A25 and B11 in Concourse A and B respectively.
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Reviews by EagleTalon:
Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%

Stopped in Friday for a beer. Crowded but found a high top seat. Quick easy service. Had a pils, it was meh like most Sweetwater beers. Worth stopping in if you are in A and have a wait for your flight.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of jcb7472
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

Photo of jp11801
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of DrWangerBanger
2.08/5  rDev -39%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I fly Delta a couple times a month for business and will usually connect through Atlanta (over Memphis, Detroit, or Minnesota) on my return so I can stop at SweetWater for an IPA or two.

Relatively speaking, this is one of the best beer options in any airport. They have Happy Ending imperial stout on tap (early to mid 2011) along with the excellent bitter, aromatic, and high ABV IPA.

I've only eaten once and had the wings which were excellent.

When it comes to airport beer, this place is one of the best.

Photo of Schwab
2.26/5  rDev -33.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1

First of all; this is in an airport but that doesn't mean it has to be a dump. Most tables were empty but not cleaned up. We finally got one cleaned, sat down and ordered a drink before we were handed the menu. It started that we didn't get the additional water we ordered. Then the soda comes without a refill (???) and totally flat on top of it. So we returned the one soda and at least got one of the two waters we wanted. Beer arrived quickly and was perfect. They had only two of their own beers on tap and I ordered the "english pale ale" that turned out to be their ESB. The waitress didn't know better I guess. What really stroke me in a rather negative manner was having Coors Light on tap and about a dozen macro lagers including Bud Light advertised. Hm?? Last thing I would expect to be honest! If ppl don't like Sweetwater, send them down to the other places.
We weren't impressed by the menu as they just have the standard sub-airport fare; burger and chicken sandwich. We decided not to eat and that's when I was hit with the next shock; $7.80 for a 12oz beer. It know it is an airport but this is definately a rip off! I stop fly through the Atlanta airport a lot and it was definately the last time I stopped by there for sure. It actually put quite a dent in the good image I associated with Sweet Water

Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Found this place while temporarily stuck in the Atlanta airport. Located next to gate B11, this is a tucked in the wall, restaurant-bar. Maybe 15, two person tables and a dozen or so spots at the bar.

First off, this is in an airport, so it already has a significant handicap in most areas, especially atmosphere. It is crowded, always busy, and right next to the busy thoroughfare of the concourse. They do what they can though. A tin ceiling and slate floor help to offset the constant barrage of security announcements and carry-ons to the back of the head.

Quality of the beer seems fine. they have four of Sweetwater's more mainstream offerings on tap and they are served in Imperial pint glasses. Beer is cold, but not ice cold and the carbonation level is good. I have heard they occasionally have more extreme offerings, but on my visit, it was the 420, IPA, Blue, and Brown.

Service is good. My order was taken quickly and my food and drink arrived the same. The servers are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, but they do a pretty good job of balancing everyone's requests.

As previously mentioned, the selection is fairly limited. But, for an airport bar it seems very good. I could be stuck in the Chilis down the hall drinking Heineken.

Food was solidly meh. My fish was pretty obviously frozen not so long ago, but it was edible. Silverware is plastic and I really think you get the same stuff sitting as you do if you walk up to the grab and go.

All in all, a nice find for my delay. While nothing I would seek out, I can't complain. I am drinking a brown ale out of an Imperial pint glass in an airport!

Photo of zebulon
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in terminal B at Atlanta airport. On the positive side for airport food and beer it is a good place. Good selection of Sweetwater beer - decent beer - their 420 pale ale is a good standby, they have a decent IPA and sometimes have their specials ie Happy Ending imperial stout.

On the negative the atmosphere is hectic and stressed even for a crowded airport ( I spend lots of time at various airports). Seats at the bar and tables as squeezed so close together that even when the place isn't full you have to climb over people, chairs and tables. The servers always seem rushed and crabby. Even the chaulk board that lists their beers is at the farthest and darkest corner of the pub so that it might as well not be there. Takes mental effort to relax with a beer. Maybe I am expecting too much for $8 a pint!

Photo of Backer2004
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I never expect great food at an airport so I did not have high expectations going into it. Next time, I may stop at the bar for a beer if I have the time, but overall I was not impressed. Ultimately, the service was much to be desired, though I understand they may be more stressed with the customer base than at other establishments. Food was okay at best, soggy nachos, hummus,hot dogs for the kid, and two beers was $44. They did have a nice sweetwater collection, however, and enjoyed the festus. It's a toss up if I'll go back

Photo of prototypic
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for a quick beer and bite to eat this past weekend. It's a nice find in Atlanta's incredibly busy airport.

It was extremely busy and packed while we were there. Very noisy and crammed. It's a small place. Though we were able to get a table, the bar seats maybe 10-15. Cramming 30 in the restaurant portion would be a chore. All in all, it's a pretty solid place.

Service was pretty good, especially considering how busy the servers were. Our beer and food arrived very quickly.

I went with their IPA on this visit and was impressed. It's tasty impressive beer. Other selections available were 420 Extra Pale Ale, Georgia Brown, and Sweetwater Blue. It's a rather thin selection, but not too shabby for an airport.

Food was pretty good. It was a notch above good bar food. I had a sizeable half-pound burger and my sidekick went with a fish sandwich. They were good and their fries are tasty.

In terms of value, it's reasonable. Our food wasn't out of line for that type of place and our beer came at a nice price. We received 20 oz. glasses that were about $7.25. That was a very nice surprise.

It's a nice find in one busy airport. I'd recommend a visit if you're ever stuck in the Atlanta airport with some time to kill.

Photo of sleazo
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Located in Concourse B at the airport the Sweetwater bar and grill is a good place to grab a beer whilst waiting for you plane. I fly Delta so I end up at this airport quite a bit and it is nice to have something local to try

Its set up like a typical airport bar and is usually fairly crowded. The service is good as the bartenders are friendly and attentive.

Beer wise they have four Sweetwater brews, the 420, IPA, Brown ale and Blue as well as Killians and Miller Lite. There are also some macro bottles. The four house beers are all good and since it is an airport bar that really is all you need.

The food is not very good. Best to eat elsewhere.
All in all this is a good place to have at ATL.

Photo of Nickls
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

(From notes)

Stopped in to grab a brew and a bite while waiting around for a flight, and this place definitely hit the spot. Luckily, I've had the opportunity to try SweetWater's brews before, so I knew I would enjoy them. Four of their brews were on tap when I visited, 420, IPA, Brown, and another lighter brew that I couldn't quite make out the name from the board and didn't inquire.

The larger 'pint' was not a bad deal, and I enjoyed the IPA. Was kept well, and seemed fresh to me which was really nice giving the chaos surrounding the airport. The food was definitely pub grub in style, but it was nearing on dressed up fast food. I mean, I wasn't expecting the world given that this place is in an airport so no real complaints from me. Given its airport location, the prices seemed a bit high for what was being offered.

Service was very prompt and courteous (mainly I think because they were trying to turn tables over quickly).

No real bottle selection to remark on, but several guest macros were available. The only criticism that I have is that this is definitely not a reprieve given that it basically is a sliver of a place right off the main throughway in that particular concourse. Kinda packed in there, as well as outside.

But hey, not a bad joint at all considering it's one of the busiest airports in the U.S. Definitely a decent spot.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A nice little oasis, in the middle of hectic Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Bar seats maybe 12, with several small-top tables throughout. Small "place" but very easy to get in and get out to make a flight in Concourse B. IPA, 420, Brown & Blue were on tap when I visited on 02/05/09. $7 pints, but on par with the rest of the airport bars & restaurants. Seemed to have a wide selection of liquor and wine also. Fish was slightly better than average, again on par with everything else at the airport.

Photo of medic25
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Very happy to find this spot right in front of the gate I was waiting at during a layover. The quarters are cramped, but fairly nicely decorated for an airport bar. The service was quite slow, and unfortunately the waitress didn't seem to have much understanding about the actual beers. I asked her what type of beer the Georgia Brown was, and all she could tell me was "it's a dark beer" (it's an English Brown Ale). This was the only beer I had time to sample, and I found it quite tasty. My turkey and cheese sandwich was fairly average, but some of the burgers around me looked good.
As far as airport bars go, this was a nice surprise. I'm sure the actual brewery has a better selection than the 4 sweetwaters they had here (plus a selection of average bottles). Good way to sample the local beer scene when you won't be leaving the airport during your stay!

Photo of jjboesen
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Yes, this is an airport bar. Yes, it is small, cramped, busy, noisy, pricey, and void of any ambience. Of course, you are drinking beer amid Blackberry trolls in their cyber chains. But, I actually liked it. First, the beer is superb. This was my first taste of Sweetwater and it met my high standards (for craft beer in an airport bar).

Sweetwater offers several of their own beers, including an IPA, EPA, a Belgian-style and a lighter beer. According to the bartender, an adorable vixen who provided this weary traveler with excellent and friendly service, Sweetwater brews only nonpasteurized ales. Hmmm. The beer was fresh - though obviously not brewed on site.

The food was average, but it's an airport. So, if you have time between flights and are in the vicinity of Gate B11, stop in and have a few.

Photo of xfactor9600
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: It's an airport version of the brewery. They made a valiant effort to decorate, but it's tough to take in the atmosphere with flight announcements crackling over the intercom. It did turn a nice 1.5 hour layover into a good experience.

Quality: The beer was exceptional. I hardly noticed a difference between the airport and a brewery.

Service: Quick and friendly.

Selection: They had 8 beers on tap. I went with the Sweetwater Blue.

Food: A decent selection. Again it's airport food, so my expectations were low. The meal was good (Burger and fries).

Value: A bit pricey but only because it was in an airport.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As a frequent business traveler, I'd like to see a brewpub in every airport (Portland, OR hosts two great ones). I happened upon the Sweetwater Draft House & Grill at the Atlanta airport and stopped in to check it out.

There's nothing impressive about the space or décor but it suffices. The décor is pretty standard airport restaurant except for some some GABF awards on one side and some brewery and nature photos on the other. But you don't stop in for the décor. The beer on the other hand is very good (at least judging from the IPA). I tried Sweetwater's IPA by chance on a previous visit to Atlanta and was very impressed by the amount of hops they use. It's unlike anything else brewed in the southeast. I had a couple on this visit and they didn't disappoint. And at $7.29 for a 20oz, that's not too bad for an airport. In addition to the IPA, they offer their own pale ale, blueberry beer and Belgian White. They also have some BMC options and shots for the non craft beer drinkers.

The food is a bit better than average. I had a chili burger with fries and it was good enough. The guy next to me had Buffalo Wings and they seemed small but appetizing. The staff might lack beer knowledge but they were very pleasant and attentive.

So Sweetwater made my travels a bit more bearable. It's a great place to kill some time while traveling through Atlanta.

Photo of glid02
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped in here before a recent flight.

Atmosphere it what it is - an airport bar. It's a bit tight and my party and I almost had to go somewhere else because of the lack of seating. Around 10 seats at the bar with 10 or so tables.

Quality was good. Big pint glasses that were not chilled. The head was a bit light but the glass was filled to the very top, so I'm not complaining.

Service was good. Not everyone with me ordered a beer and I'm not sure that the bartender was happy with that. Regardless, we were waited on quickly and didn't have to wait long for the check.

Selection wasn't as good as I was expecting. Only the IPA, 420, Blue, and Hummer were on tap along with a Miller Lite tap - I was looking forward to trying Motorboat on-tap. They did have Motorboat in bottles, as well as a few other macros.

It's pricey, but it's also an airport, so it was actually cheaper than what I was expecting to pay.

Overall it's definitely the best place to go if you have a layover that's too short to take MARTA to Taco Mac Metropolis (N4) or BSP/Twain's (E5).

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SweetWater Draft House & Grill in Atlanta, GA
80 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.