SweetWater Brewing Company

SweetWater Brewing CompanySweetWater Brewing Company
SweetWater Brewing CompanySweetWater Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

195 Ottley Drive NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30324
United States

(404) 691-ALES | map

Notes: Tilray Brands, Inc. owns SweetWater Colorado Brewing Company, LLC in Atlanta and Fort Collins, Colorado, and the San Diego beer brands, Alpine Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Company. The combined company is the nation’s 11th largest craft brewer.
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Rated by jmc65267 from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by jophish17 from Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25
Sweetwater: how have I not reviewed you until now? Once upon a time, this was pretty much the only game in town. On Friday nights when I was an undergrad and we had to take a “tour” which came with a pint glass and six tickets, the entire industrial park would be packed with cars for patrons of SweetWater. There are more brewery options in Atlanta now, laws have relaxed, and SweetWater even sold out, but this place remains a popular beer destination in Atlanta. Lots of options: indoor bar, second bar upstairs, outside garden. Long tap list of the house beers, few of which are ever beyond average-in-style. The crowds are still pretty festive, and bar service is pretty standard. Atlanta has come a long way in the past 15 years, but SweetWater will always have its place in the local scene.
Jan 29, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jun 08, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
I’ve been drinking their beer since the started brewing beer but I just visited the cornerstone of Atlanta craft beer. Well worth it. The space is fun and the beer was great. I can’t wait to visit again. I don’t know what took me so long
Sep 13, 2019
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
The newly-expanded Taproom, with 24 taps at the large rectangular bar, plenty of other seating, big windows into the brewery and outside, and with a patio and beer garden now shaded/shielded (from afternoon sun and light industrial/warehouse neighborhood) by rapidly growing trees and other screening vegetation, is filled with people and (outside only) their pooches digging the scene, the beer and the limited but excellent food from the newly-opened kitchen.

The food is pub bites, salads and sandwiches, but excellent. The smoked corned beef on the sandwich by the same name is the best I have ever had outside of Montreal. Only quibble? The sandwich could use a little more of it. But again, in a town with a lot of breweries practically none of which offer food other than an occasional truck, SweetWater stands out.

SweetWater’s beers speak for themselves. All styles, seasonals and series are on tap, and there is a nice selection of reasonably-priced cellared bottles.

Service was more than adequate, although several bartenders were prone to get caught up in extended transactions with friends and acquaintances.

Tours depart the bar area regularly, but I did not join one. Parking is limited (with a valet option), but there is some street parking, and SweetWater is centrally located for ride services.

I will go back.
May 23, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by Samnem from Georgia

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.01 by classixIII from Pennsylvania

Jan 25, 2019
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Rated by Grackos from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25
The place is cool and the people great. The beer selection is small and their beers are so so.
Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by WheelsPSU from New Jersey

May 27, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by JasonLWest from Georgia

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 5 by austinbolger from Kentucky

Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by CRAZY25 from Georgia

Sep 21, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by George1005 from Connecticut

Sep 05, 2017
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
A real landmark brewery, that you need to visit no matter what. I was here on the last weekend of the crazy "Taprooms can serve pints, you pay for a tour and get a taster" laws in Georgia. I enjoyed the taproom but could've used a few more options. I've always never really like their beer, no matter the style. This is still a can't miss.
Aug 21, 2017
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Rated by GatorCoop from California

2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3
Not my favorite beer biter.
Aug 16, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by USMC_ATLTrader from Georgia

Jun 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Visited Atlanta a few weeks ago, and this was definitely a must stop for me. The location is a little hard to find and definitely hard to reach (impossible) without a car. Their hours are also very short, but the place was completely packed.

The tasting room has a great vibe and a ton of people, and their tour is a really good value (six 6-oz pours of your choice + a tour for $12). Most of the beers are good, and their Dank Tank really produces some interesting beers, though it could be a hit or miss kind of thing. The tours were very casual and informative.

Would have appreciated if they extended their hours a little bit, but otherwise I have no complaints. Would definitely be back if I had the chance.
Mar 30, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Genx from Georgia

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by jimbrinkruff from Indiana

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by RHF711 from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Irish57 from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2016
Rated: 4.86 by bumatnet from Colorado

Dec 12, 2016
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Rated by Denniscl from Texas

3/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Ordered an IPA at a sports bar that doesn't have IPA on tap. They brought me this APA which is surprisingly hoppy. Its pretty good.
Oct 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Hayden34 from Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25
I was actually extremely surprised by the selection on-hand at Sweetwater. I expected the usuals but when I visited they actually offered 4 brewery only exclusives which were very good. The service was fast, but the bartenders were not friendly at all and some just looked annoyed to be working. And the place was SOOOOOO crowded. Granted it was a Saturday afternoon, and I expected a crowd, but it was much worse than I expected.
Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by DevWand from Oregon

Aug 10, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Uncledoobz from New Jersey

Aug 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Johnjason2211 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
Sweet water beer company is a very solid company with great tasting beers . The newest one I had was going coastal an IPA with pineapple . Great beer .
Jul 13, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by dlawler360 from Georgia

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by winehead247 from Georgia

Jun 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Brom732 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
What a great place! For 10 bucks you get a 12oz/pint glass and six samples of beer on tap on the serving room. The tours are short but very cool! The vibe was great, lots of laughter and smiles. It was very loud inside and out because it was the Friday evening mega crowd. The beer selection wasn't all that great but they just incorporated a new small batch program that only brews a 15bbl batch of brew by the brewers there. This small batch is never bottled and is only sold on tap at the brewery, once it's gone it is gone. Overall an awesome place with good vibes and great beer for an amazing price!
Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by Cloaked_Phantom from Washington

Jun 10, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by PerfecTool from Georgia

Jun 06, 2016
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Rated by Rittschof from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Great beer, band, and vibe. Informative, impressive tour. Free parking.
May 01, 2016
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Reviewed by mah0019 from Alabama

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Fun place to hang out. Had about 8 of their beers on tap. Tour was really fun, had a great guide. GA brewery laws suck so you have to "buy a tour" but you get a glass and tokens for 6 pours- 6oz each. However if you want more, you just "buy another tour." The system isn't the brewery's fault, but does suck compared to those in AL, where you just buy on demand.
Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by thatche2 from Georgia

Apr 04, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
I've been here several times over the past years. The brewery has grown so much I need to base my review on the most recent couple of visits. Lively, relatively young crowds are characteristic. Live music is frequent. There's plenty of space, especially if the weather is good or the upstairs bar is open. Excellent tours of their impressive facility. Always a good mix of beers on tap (with an excellent selection at one of their special events) served by friendly and knowledgeable personnel.
Apr 01, 2016
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
This is a must stop for any beer enthusiast visiting Atlanta. While there are a lot of good beer destinations in ATL, this place is the real deal. Authentic southern craft brewer from 97 that continues to pump out good beer and increase its distribution. Maybe ATL was late to the craft brew scene, but SWB was there at the start (at least for GA). Great vibe, great people, and good to excellent beers (try their IPA). I only gave a lower score on the selection because what they were serving was limited to what's commercially viable, vs. having a selection of one offs at the brewery itself. That said, they did have a the Hash Session IPA on cask, which was great, although served a little colder than expected.
Feb 24, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by Hogbrew02 from Arkansas

Feb 17, 2016
SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA
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