SweetWater Brewing (Atlanta, GA) growing. Right now you just see dirt. Here is the glistening beauty SweetWater will be after the expansion.
What’s been going on?
Brewery construction is being led our founder Freddy Bensch and our Brewmaster Mark Medlin
- Construction on the new building (center of the photo) began in July and should be finished by November
- Expanding from 26,000 square feet to 114,000 square feet
- An additional 400,000 barrels capacity, taking us from 100,000 this year, to 500,000 once we are finished
- in 2010 we sold 77,000 barrels and this year we are on pace for well over 90,000 barrels sold
- on the roof will be a 157 KwH Solar Array, the largest private system the city of Atlanta — reduces the need for over 300,000 lbs of CO2, 19,000 gallons of gas, 176,000 lbs of coal per year — and the ROI in this should be within 3 years
- new building in the center will house — new packaging hall, new QA lab, new keg filler, new offices, outdoor deck, new machine shop, and an additional event space
- new packaging hall will feature a brand new 550 btl/min krones filler and bottling line, along with a brand new keg line, all to increase the quality of our packaged beers
- we are building an actual merchandise shop where our current maintenance room is, just behind the wall of the existing t shirt stand
- Trails for access from the street to the Beltline will be built next to our building. SweetWater sits at the end of one of the spurs to this proposed and in the works “necklace” of parks, trails and green spaces that will circle Atlanta
- And this is phase 1 of the plan — phase 2 will be the addition of more fermentation and brite tanks, most will be 1000 bbls tanks
- phase 3 will be the installation of a new 250 bbl brew house to supplement the existing 50 bbl system we are brewing on 24 hours a day 6 days a week currently