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 will soon be available in 12-ounce cans for the first time in the near future, ending the lurking can question for the “infamous” wheat beer.
A timeline has not officially been set for the release.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter will be available in bottles for the first time ever this month.
The beer is pretty self-explanatory by name – a smoked porter that has been aged in bourbon barrels. The finished beer boasts notes of smoke, chocolate, and coffee.
Bold and robust with rich chocolate and coffee aromas, a subtle smoky flavor, and a sweet finish
Each 22-ounce bottle of Great Lakes Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter is hand numbered and only available at the brewery’s gift shop in Cleveland, Ohio. $17.95 per bottle.
A limited run of draft will be available in select markets shortly after September 23rd.
Terrapin Moo-Tella will join the brewery’s Reserve Series in the near future.
This specialty lineup started in 2013 with a white chocolate edition of Moo-Hoo, Terrapin’s chocolate milk stout. After a heated round of fan voting, White Chocolate Moo-Hoo snagged a return to the series again this month.
Soon, look for Terrapin Moo-Tella. The Nutella inspired beer uses their Moo-Hoo Milk Stout, brewed with Nashville based Olive & Sinclair cocoa nibs, and a touch of hazelnut syrup. Brewery co-founder “Spike” Buchowski chose the syrup route because of potential nut allergy issues.
Our 2017 Reserve Series release ‘Moo-Tella,” is a Chocolate Imperial Milk Stout so decadent you could eat it with a spoon. The intermingling of Olive and Sinclair chocolate and the rich flavor of hazelnuts creates an experience so pleasurable it should be shared with friends.
Terrapin Moo-Tella is slated for 16.9-ounce bottles, tentatively scheduled for release in November.
Coffee and bourbon barrel-aging meet in SweetWater Sinners Son, a release that truly needs to be on your radar.
The road to this release began with SweetWater Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. After years of working on the barrel-aged stout, it was finally released in 2015.
Earlier this year, SweetWater opened a new extension to the brewery designed just for wild ales and barrel-aged beers dubbed The Woodlands. Ever so casually, the brewery introduced a coffee infused edition of the bourbon imperial stout on draft in the expansion. The result? Absolutely incredible.
The blend of vanilla oak, freshly roasted coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate makes SweetWater Sinners Son one of the best barrel-aged coffee stouts we’ve ever tried. Soon it will be bottled under its new name.
Sinner’s Son is ripe with age, driven to the cellar for months to mature in bourbon barrels. Just prior to bottling, a fresh blend of coffee and espresso beans from the JavaVino farm was introduced to harmonize with roasted malts and bring balance to its complex barrel aged soul. This imperial stout is decadent at 12.4% ABV with rich chocolate and vanilla notes, a velvety mouthfeel, and hints of oak.
SweetWater Sinners Son is slated to be blended in late-September, and bottled in October 2017. The brewery has not yet announced a release date.
Founders Tank Bender debuts in October, celebrating the brewery crossing the 20-year mark.
A barrel-aged eisbock has been chosen to mark the double decade milestone, a first for the brewery. The style is created by freezing water off the beer, leaving behind a much stronger beer. Apparently, the brewery bent one of their fermentation tanks in the process, thanks to collapsing ice.
A liberal addition of Munich malt highlights the toasty and dark fruit notes while a stay in bourbon barrels tames those intense flavors.
Those looking to get their hands on Founders Tank Bender will have to make a trip to the 20th-anniversary party on October 14th. Founders is only offering this special release at the brewery to the fans that been active since the beginning, “…to illustrate the importance of our home base”.
750-milliliter bottles will be available on October 14th, both individually, and in special gift sets with glassware.
From April Fool’s joke to real release, MadTree Dreamsicle is debuting in cans.
MadTree Dreamsicle has been a tap room offering for years. A light kolsch is infused with orange and vanilla flavors, creating an orange “creamsicle” flavor. Incidentally, Dreamsicle is a taproom best seller.
In 2016 the brewery released a rendering of the can as an April Fool’s joke. The artwork featured an octopus holding an ice cream cone in its tentacle. As MadTree puts it – “the fans went nuts”. When the rendering was revealed as a joke, fans weren’t laughing.
We thought it would be a funny April Fool’s Day prank to act like we were going to can it, so I came up with what I thought was a ridiculous octopus eating an ice cream cone design. The response was a bit overwhelming, to say the least, so we decided to roll with the now famous octopus. – Nicki Logsdon, MadTree graphic designer.
After hundreds of social media messages, phone calls, and even an online petition, the brewery knew Dreamsicle had to be canned. That day has come.
MadTree Dreamsicle debuts in the Cincinnati, Ohio taproom on August 31st. Limited distribution to follow.
Image: MadTree Brewing
SweetWaterChocolate Milk Stout is coming to the brewery’s “Hatchery Series” in the near future.
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.
Later this year look for SweetWater Chocolate Milk Stout to grace the series as Hatchery Series release #4.
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 up scaled to full production…yet. SweetWater Chocolate Milk Stout will be a 12-ounce bottle and draft offering. The brewery has not announced this release.