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SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing CompanySweetWater Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.79/5
Based on:
32 Beers
12,489 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

195 Ottley Drive NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30324
United States
phone: (404) 691-ALES

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sweetwaterbrew

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by engineerkate:
Photo of engineerkate
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've been to their old place and their "new" place.

They have a very nice tasting room. My main fault with it is that it is very loud and could use some sound absorbing materials. It does tend to get very busy, I recommend getting there early. They have a nice outdoor space. They often have live bands and food trucks present.

The brewery tour is pretty impressive to me, because I've seen where they came from. You see all their tanks, their refrigerated storage, and their bottling line.

Wish I could go more often.

More User Reviews:
Photo of politm
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

nice little tour, but focus is on tasting

Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Cool venue, but I think the GA beer laws hurt this tour compared to other breweries of the same size. Cost is about $10, which gives you 5 or 6 pours. They had all the core beers on draft as well as a cask. Tour was optional, we basically just went to drink and did not check out the facility. Not many days/times offered, but we went on a Wednesday.

Photo of joe_hurd
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Great tap room. On my tour I was given a sample of Georgia Brown from the big barrel. Memorable. Love their beers.

Photo of DrPhillip
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

This place is GREAT love that atmosphere and the beer

Photo of Fred_M_29412
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Been 3 times, straight tourist style, going pre-bravos game. I'm from Charleston SC so all of our breweries could fit inside of Sweetwater. Beer is good as expected and it's a really cool sceen, a few different areas to drink in, the upstairs location is best in summer, but also very packed. Would be better if only 60% of the crowd was there, but i can;t complain since i'm a tourist.

Photo of JLSIV
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went there during the 4th of July weekend, so it may have been a little more crowded than usual.

The tour starts at 2:30, which means that is when they let everyone in and the tour/tasting begins. The tours are actually fairly short, and they begin in the tap room and move about 25 min through the facility. Not as technical a tour as at other places, the focus is more on telling the Sweetwater story, and having fun, which is fine with me. If you are looking for an under the hood type tour, this may disappoint.

The lines outside are split, cash or credit only. The cash line gets an older souvenir glass, and you hand the nice people a $10 spot and proceed immediately to the taps! The credit line moves you to another hidden line inside (al LA Disney) where there are 4 credit card terminals. A little longer, but bearable, and on my day, we got a different glass offering.

The taps will sample you ALL of the current available Sweetwater offerings, about 6 oz of each. They also have two taps outside as well as live music on the patio. Seating is limited to nonexistent, so be prepared. They have a gift store with all the usual swag.

I recommend bringing a friend, there is a lot of standing and it can be crowded. Be in line early, and bring a DD.

Photo of sd123
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool place but very few if any unique beers only found at the brewery

Photo of jhamil3
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Great, but it's gotten too big, and these days you generally have to wait in line to get in, then wait to get beer. The service isn't actually bad by any means, it's just usually packed out.
Wait for one of their events, like Brew Your Cask Off, or go on a Wednesday or Thursday so you have room to breathe.
Beers are always great, and they change up the Dank Tanks and have a great rotation of seasonals.

Photo of tonafernandez
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Lots of parking space if you get there early, the ticket its only 10 bucks and gets you a glass, 6 samples and the tour
Its an industrial area where there is not much going around, the tour in itself its pretty quick and simple, nothing sophisticated, no barrel aging, just a quick tour for you to see the fermentation tanks and bottling lines
Beer is good as you already know some good offerings and i was disappointed they only had 1, yes just 1 lot of their limited release beers

Photo of khargro2
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Sweetwater Brewery is the largest of the Atlanta area options for brewery tours/tastings . That being said, this place is very spacious with indoor and outdoor space. It draws a large crowd, but also has the widest variety of beer and has plenty of high quality brews. $10 gets you a souvenir pint glass and 6 tickets. Most beers are worth one ticket with high gravity and special releases worth two. I have never seen their Dank Tank series on tap, but apparently they occasionally have it. I would definitely recommend checking out Sweetwater or going after work while traffic settles down.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Attended one of the "happy hour" tastings that they have at night from 5:50 to 7:30. Ten bucks gets you a pint glass you can keep plus 6 tasting tickets. Pretty good deal.

Weather was great so most people were hanging outside, they had a very good band playing covers of classic rock and blues tunes. They had a couple of corn hole games set up too. Dog friendly outside, as there were a lot of pooches.

Great lineup of diverse styles of beer, so something for everyone. And good quality, no bad beers among the bunch.

Definitely recommend.

Photo of Viking_Bob
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Sweetwater Brewery has really expanded lately. It is a super cool place to visit, however, it is a solely a brewery so there should be no expectations for food. Costs $10 bucks to enter and that price gets you 6 tickets and a free pint glass. These tickets are used to sample the beers and they are plenty. They will have 5-8 beers on tap and sometimes the "Dank Tank" will be on tap. This is a special beer brewed every month by the master brewer. He gets to create his own wild concoction and it is there for the crowd.

With TV's to watch and large bar to taste from, this place gets packed. It's only open on Saturday for tours and sometimes there will be live bands performing outside, depending on the weather. Brewery tours start every 20 minutes. Overall, I would say that if you are in the South and heading up I-85 on Sat, definitely stop by.

Photo of jverizon23
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

$10 for a souvenir glass and six tickets for reasonably portioned samples of their spot on beer (1 ticket each for standard beers, 2 tickets for the high gravity). They also offer free tours (included in the $10) as well as access to two different floors, and an outdoor patio to satisfy those who prefer a dynamic environment while enjoying their brew. Long story short, a great place to visit, or host a party, and drink quality beer.

Photo of BlueMoon10
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Really cool place. Went to the brewery when I was in town and took the tour. If I remember correctly the tour cost around $7 and you got a pint glass and 3-4 samples of beers. Sweet Water is really cool place with a really cool vibe. It was a nice day in June and they had a blue grass band playing outside. I tried their 420, Road Trip, Blue, and Exodus. Really enjoyed them but wasn't to crazy about the Blue. The tour was nice and the tour guide was a lot of fun and informative.

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SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA
93 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.