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SweetWater Twisted Fish is a beautiful, hoppy, water saving pilsner

SweetWater Twisted Fish cans

SweetWater Twisted Fish is hitting shelves this week – brewed with and for Building Conservation Trust. The Trust is the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program.

Water is the biggest component of every beer, and Atlanta based SweetWater Brewing Co. is dedicated to protecting the Earth’s precious liquid. In 2006, the brewery launched the “Save Our Water” initiative in conjunction with local Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Every summer since, SweetWater has donated $100,000 dollars to clean water and natural habitat protection initiatives around the nation.

In honor of those hard-working freshwater protectors, SweetWater created Twisted Fish. This new pilsner is brewed with traditional Czech yeast, Hallertau hops, pilsner malts while breaking tradition Citra and Mandarina Bavaria hop varieties.

Lagers and pilsners are being seen more frequently on beer shelves, and for most this is a very welcomed sight. SweetWater’s new pilsner is built on a traditional recipe, with an American hoppy twist. The crisp and clean pilsner most certainly has a traditional start with each sip, finishing with a juicier, more citrus hop aroma and flavor. It’s almost a pilsner that finishes with a lingering “hazy IPA” aroma and flavor.

A little bit of the old world and a little bit of the new world make for a truly a unique, pilsner that does some good in the process.

SweetWater Twisted Fish is available in 16-ounce cans and draft across the brewery’s entire 22-state distribution while supplies last. According to the brewery, they have already sold through every keg they have in the taproom.

Style: Pilsner
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, Crystal
Malts:  Pilsner, Carapils, Vienna

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Late May 2018

5.3% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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Mango, guava and passionfruit highlight April’s SweetWater Tropical Lover

SweetWater Tropical Lover

SweetWater Tropical Lover rolls off the can in Atlanta as a new seasonal in April.

Nick Burgoyne, brewer at SweetWater has been developing this recipe for some time now. He created a low alcohol by volume Berliner Weisse; adding mango, guava, and passionfruit to the beer. The result was something quite tropical and very refreshing.

“When we put test batches on tap at the Woodlands and in our main taproom, people kept commenting on how drinkable and refreshing it was; they loved the tropical flavors. I imagine Tropical Lover will be a hit with folks hanging out on the water all summer, kicking back with a few daytime drinks.” – Nick B.

SweetWater Tropical Lover will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft starting April 7th. Look for a launch party at the brewery on April 19th.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Mango. Passionfruit. Guava.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: April 2018

4.5% ABV

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SweetWater Through the Brambles is out of the foeder again

SweetWater Through the Brambles 2018

SweetWater Through the Brambles was the inaugural release from the brewery’s multi-million dollar sour and wild ale expansion last year. The blackberry heavy ale truly set the tone for what was to come from the program. Its popularity is prompting a second release. .

PICS: SweetWater The Woodlands

SweetWater Through the Brambles is a sour ale brewed with blackberries that has spent 12 months aging in French oak. The result is something magical. We were wowed by the fresh peach flavor in Pit & the Pendulum. The blackberries in Brambles is equally as fresh and bright. The mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria used here is the beginnings of the house culture, which is sure to become a superstar over time. The beer finishes with just a hint of tartness, and a touch of funk.

Through the Brambles and The Woodlands is just the beginning of a whole new era for the brewery. A strong lab program and a team of incredibly talented brewers will most assuredly turn these releases into household names in the next couple of years.

Rose in color with notes of blackberry, oak and some southern funk form the wild yeast and bacteria. Initially light bodied and slightly tart, this beauty will evolve with time.

SweetWater Through the Brambles will return again in new 375 milliliter bottles, just like 100% foeder beer Cambium.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Blackberries. Oak Aged.)
Availability:  500ml Bottles
Debut: January 2017
Latest Return: TBA

6.3% ABV

Image: SweetWater

SweetWater Through the Brambles bottle

SweetWater Through The Brambles original release in January 2017. Image: Beer Street Journal

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SweetWater Blue has finally been canned

SweetWater Blue Can

SweetWater Brewing’s 20-plus years of operation have been shaped by three beers – 420 Pale Ale, IPA, and Blue. Incidentally, that’s their ranking in annual sales as well.

When the brewery first started canning in 2014, 420 and IPA got the nod, but Blue never got the call for aluminum. Love it or hate it, the blueberry wheat beer has always held its own in the brewery’s lineup, but was passed up for canning in lieu of seasonals, and more recently, the Dank Tank releases. Not anymore.

SweetWater Blue is now available in 12-ounce cans for the first time, ending the lurking can question for the “infamous” wheat beer.

Drink in good health.

Style: American Wheat Ale (w/ Blueberries)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): Early 2018

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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A stormy Atlanta day, 2 years, and now SweetWater Cambium

SweetWater Cambium Bottle-1

It was a sweaty, stormy day in Atlanta years ago, even before the build of SweetWater’s wild ale expansion “The Woodlands” was complete, that SweetWater Cambium was born. Brewers Nick Burgoyne and Chris Meadows were transferring wort from the brewery’s number one selling 420 Extra Pale Ale into a stainless steel tank. On any other day, this beer would have been donning the “420” hoppy badge of honor and headed out the door in a matter of weeks. This liquid, however, had a much grander destiny that would take years to complete.

SEE: SweetWater The Woodlands in pictures

The ever-so-stunning The Woodlands was a drawing on a piece of paper when the brewers and lab biologists at SweetWater started isolating Brettanomyces strains and souring bacteria for the brewery’s wild ale program. On this day, as the thunder boomed over the city, the years of microscopic work were about to pay off. Isolated Brettanomyces strains, along with a Belgian saison yeast and Lactobacillus bacteria were set free in the tank. Nature will handle it from here.

About 8 months later, an American wheat ale base (similar to the now-retired Sch’Wheat Wheat Ale) topped off tank then allowed ferment out before finally being transferred to the brewery’s oak foeders for a full year. Cambium was finally bottled in December and has been conditioning on their House Brett ever since.

A bit like a Robert Frost poem, two roads diverged for that pale ale wort and only one went into the wood(s). This weekend you’ll see it really made all the difference.

Nearly two years in the making, SweetWater Cambium will debut in 500-milliliter bottles on January 27th.

Style: American Wild Ale (Foeder Aged)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 1/27/18

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SweetWater releases special crowlers for Georgia vs. Alabama Championship Game

SweetWater National Championship Crowlers

SweetWater will release special crowlers at the brewery for Georgia vs. Alabama Championship Game.

The Georgia Bulldogs meet the Alabama Roll Tide in the National Championship Game at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Just miles down the road, SweetWater is releasing limited edition 32-ounce crowlers, sporting the opposing school colors.

Guests can fill up with any beer on tap with the exception of Woodlands Ales and Second Helping IPA.

Crowlers will be on sale starting at 4:20 pm on Friday, January 5th.

Image: SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Chocolate Milk Stout is Hatchery release #4

SweetWater Chocolate Milk Stout

SweetWaterChocolate Milk Stout is now a part of the brewery’s “Hatchery Series” as October closes.

For the first time in over 20 years, Atlanta’s largest craft brewery has a pilot system, giving the brewers a place to play. This summer’s hit has been Hatchery Series #2, Mexican Lager.

SweetWater Black Lager is Hatchery release #3

SweetWater Chocolate Milk Stout is now the 4th release in Hatchery Series. Brewers Dan & Drew created this stout reminiscing on those little pints of chocolate milk you had a school lunch. Only now – it can get you drunk.

We used lactose and flaked oats to create a silky smooth, sweet and creamy chocolate brew that will remind you of your younger days. Just don’t let that school bully steal your milk money.

None of the Hatchery releases in the young series have been upscaled to full production…yet. The brewery isn’t ruling out the idea depending on the popularity.

SweetWater Chocolate Milk Stout will be a 12-ounce bottle and draft offering.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Chocolate. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-Time Release.
Debut: Late October 2017

5.4% ABV