Please join us for this tasting event… March 6th, 2015

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Please join us for this tasting event… March 6th, 2015


Out On a Limb

limited release








Truly rare and unique batches of cider arer crafted at our cidery everyday. Some are five-gallon carboys, others aging, and even more being tweaked and perfected. The only thing they share in common is the creative artistry with which they are handcrafted. We take pride in living Out On A Limb, pushing the boundaries of cider.
Spitter Splinter

European bittersweet apple varieties are often called ‘Spitters’ as trying to eat one would elicit said response. Yet when pressed for juice and aged in American whiskey barrels, something unique emerges. The bittersweet apples bring a dry profile and the six months aging in bourbon barrels add woody vanilla oak notes throughout. Classic European cider apple varieties that we took out Out on a Limb to add a splinter of America to.

Every Day Price 8.99

Tasting Price 7.99

Kelly’s Club Price 6.99


SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90’s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

During their time out west, they realized they had more of a hankering for beer than books. Their first step into the profession was washing kegs on the loading docks of a local brewery for free beer. Not a bad job when you’re in college! With all this free beer, their grades went up, their cars got fixed, friends were plentiful and the sun shined a little brighter. Once they were finished with school, it was time to either find a real job, or get serious in the brewing business. Easy choice, right? Freddy and Kevin headed off to the American Brewers Guild in California aka Brewing School to sharpen up their knowledge of “Fermentation Science”! After that they were off and running brewing beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft while keeping the dream of their own place alive.

In the summer of 1996, the energy and action of the Olympics brought Freddy to Atlanta.He found this town in need of a West Coast style brewery and knew that he and Kevin were just the guys to turn the local brewing scene on its ear with the hoppy, aggressive ales they had been brewing for years.

The boys scraped together (with the help of generous friends, family and loans) just enough money go get started and the first brewery for SweetWater was off of Fulton Industrial Boulevard, on Atlanta’s west side. As they were building their very own brewery, Freddy sought a little cool relief by kayaking down Sweetwater Creek, in a state park just west of the brewery. The name of the brewery became obvious and the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream” became the guide.

February 17, 1997 marked the official beginning of SweetWater Brewery, and a new style of brewing and selling beer in Atlanta as the boys wandered around Atlanta in an old van with Freddy’s dog Badger. After ending up on the wrong side of the tracks a few times, they were finally pointed in the direction of Virginia-Highlands and found a few bars willing to take a chance on them. “We’ll give you a shot as long as your dog stops begging for leftovers on our patio” was the cautious approval they needed to get the brand rolling.

SweetWater’s second and current location is in Midtown Atlanta, adjacent to Ansley Park, in the Armour Circle Industrial Park just off of Piedmont and Monroe. The boys saved all of their pennies to buy the 25,000 square feet of brewing goodness and smack in the middle of all the action. Since the company began we’ve wanted to be closer to our homes, the bars and stores that sell our beer, and all the good folks that drink it. Fortunately seven years of great growth gave the company that opportunity. We learned a lot from that location and left all those mistakes behind as we built our new home. SweetWater Brewing Company has been here since 2004 and it feels good to be settled in. Our new home has enough capacity to brew 100,000 barrels of beer a year (A few more years at this rate.)

Sweetwater IPA

This mammouth India Pale Ale is loaded with intense hop character and subjected to an extensive dry-hopping process. Our IPA is unfiltered, leaving all the natural flavors intact.

The Beer You’ve Been Training For.

Specs – 6.3% ABV

Grains – 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, 70/80
Hops – Chinook, Cascade, Columbus finished with Simcoe, US Golding

Awards – Best IPA in the Country – Judges Choice AJC March 09

SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale

Our most popular brew, is a tasty West Coast Style Pale Ale with a stimulating hop character and a crisp finish. 1st brewed on April 20th 1997.

Specs – 5.7% alcohol

Grains – Munich, 40L, 2-Row

Hops – Centennial, Cascade

Awards – 2002 Silver Medal- Great American Beer Festival, 1997 – 2005 Creative Loafing Readers Choice – Best local beer, 1998 World Beer Cup silver medal, Top 10 Local beers – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sweetwater Blue

Always the funky favorite at any outdoor beer festival, SweetWater Blue is a unique light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. It begins with an appealing blueberry aroma and finishes as a surprisingly thirst-quenching ale.

Spec – 4.6% Alcohol

Hops – Centennial

Award – 1998 World Beer festival Bronze Medal Winner – Fruit beer category

Every Day Price 10.99

Tasting Price 9.99

Kelly’s Club Price 8.99

Currently On Tap for Growler Fills

Full Tilt Hop Harbor DIPA

-American Double/Imperial IPA 8.3% abv
Bluepoint Rastafa Rye Ale

-Rye Ale 7.5% abv
Terrapin Guano Loco Chili Pepper Brownie Ale

-Porter brewed with Chilis and Chocolate 8.6%abv
Duclaw Dirty Filthy Soul Chocolate Rye Porter

-Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter 7.7%abv

Attention fans of craft whiskey!


Some rare and delicious items are now in stock.

Breckenridge Bourbon from Colorado

Stagg Jr. from Kentucky

Buffalo Trace from Kentucky

High West Rye from Utah

Clyde May’s Whiskey from Kentucky

Colorado Gold Bourbon and Rye

Redemption Straight Rye from Indiana

Tin Cup Whiskey from Colorado

Hudson (5 types) from New York

Belmont Farm Virginia Whiskey


Friday March 6th 2015
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
4882 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City MD 21043

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