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SweetWater Takes Home 2 Medals At GABF

Press Release from SweetWater, winner of 2 medals at GABF over the weekend… 

SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY SCORES BIG AT GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVALAward-Winning Brewery Out of Atlanta Brings Home A Gold & Bronze Medal At This Weekend’s Event

ATLANTA — SweetWater scored big this weekend at what most brewers call “the Super Bowl of Beer Festivals” at the Great American Beer Festival held in Denver, Colorado.  Right out of the gates, the Atlanta-based brewery scored gold as Sch’Wheat took home the first gold medal of the ceremonies for American Style Wheat.  Shortly after, a bronze was in their lap in the Rye Ale category for their Crank Tank, a limited edition brew available now until mid-October.

“It’s just incredible! To grab the first gold of the awards is pretty special, and the first gold for Sch’Wheat which was introduced just last summer is unbelievable,” explained SweetWater’s Big Kahuna Freddy Bensch. “These awards represent the craft brewing’s best. Huge kudos go out to our brewing team, who have been busting ass all year long. ”

These two newest medals bring SweetWater’s total over the years to 12 medals including Small Brewery of the Year Award which the brewery won back in 2002. SweetWater remains the only brewery east of the Mississippi River to have ever won that award.

This was the 30th edition of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The premier U.S. beer festival and competition was expected to serve 2,400 different beers from an estimated 465 U.S. breweries to the event’s 49,000-plus attendees. The entire event sold out in just one week

For more information on SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit   You can also follow on twitter @sweetwaterbrew or on Facebook under SweetWater Brewing Company.

About SweetWater Brewing Company: SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery specializing in aggressive West Coast style beers. SweetWater’s brews are unpasteurized and designed to be consumed fresh so distribution is limited to the Southeast. The award-winning lineup of year-round brews includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Sch’Wheat, Blue and Georgia Brown.  SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year, and an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series. The SweetWater Brewery, open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30-7:30  p.m. and Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m., is located at 195 Ottley Dr NE, Atlanta GA 30324. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit

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