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An extremely rewarding taste sensation! Sweetwater's IPA is defined by abundant quantities of decadent hops. An extensive dry-hopping process creates this very intense hop characteristic. Note the unfiltered qualities of this ale, which add to the explosive natural flavors. Color is hazy yellow-orange with subtle head retention. Look for a nose of blended citrus combined with a slight hint of pear and apricot. Our sophisticated beer panel found this selection extremely well balanced with an overall creamy taste that blends maltiness and fruit flavors.
The Sweetwater Brewing Company has quite a fascinating tale linked to its origination. Friendship, coupled with determination and commitment, were the driving forces in Sweetwater creating a name for itself in the heavily competitive microbrewed beer world. One envisions a slightly modified Norman Rockwell setting when they hear of three Colorado buddies equally passionate about quality beer founding a brewery together. Just imagine'with the development of an ingenious business plan, some much needed cashola, and the always-present elbow grease, you too could create the vehicle to break from the mainstream by creating a microbrewery that produces some of the country's finest handcrafted beers. Well maybe there were a few more steps than that, but we can dream can't we? The first step in the master plan was to move from rocky mountain high country to Atlanta!In a society where celebrity weddings end faster than a one-minute mile, you might ask why three buddies would make such a sacrifice. The simple answer to that riddle my friend is that Colorado consistently ranks at the top of the U.S. market for microbrewed beers. A little factor of intimidation to say the least and for someone looking to open a new brewery, the focus should be to alleviate challenges and produce exceptional beer. That's when the 'light bulb' ignited and Georgia became the homeland for Sweetwater's creations.The smart bet was there was plenty of room for a new guy in a state that recently placed 48th in the nation in beer production! The honest truth was a softer market seemed more inviting and well, we don't think you will get complaints from Georgia on this matter! So they motored on over to Atlanta where they accepted the challenge of educating the general populace on the finer points of freshly brewed craft beer'a challenge that was accepted with vigor.The Sweetwater Brewery opened its doors on February 17th, 1997 and immediately began winning over the taste buds of beer lovers across the state of Georgia. As anyone in the brewing industry will attest to, this came as no surprise. These three experienced beer masters are a testament to the craft they brew.Fredrick Bensch, Sweetwater's master brewer, had repeatedly proven himself at the Oasis Brewery, Mile High Brewing Company, Rockies Brewery, and at the Marin Brewing Company. If you have not had the pleasure of sampling the enchanting elixirs from these breweries, you are missing out on decadence from some of the more respected breweries in the country. The Marin Brewing Co. alone holds an array of Gold Medals from the Great American Beer Festival.Kevin McNerney, Sweetwater's head brewer, had already started a buzz (not that kind) brewing for Avery Brewing Company, Rockies Brewery, and Mammoth Brewing Company. And Matt Patterson, the final spoke in the wheel, was the Western Regional Sales Manager that helped put Breckenridge Brewery on the map.These boys were destined for greatness with their combined knowledge of the brewing industry. For those of you lucky enough to reside in or if you are planning to visit the sweet peach state, doors open at the Sweetwater Brewery on Monday afternoons at 4:20PM to the public. Swing by and meet the guys, take a tour and throw one back. A tidbit of trivia to impress your friend with is that the brewery was named after a local creek and makes four other award winning beers including: 420 Extra Pale Ale, ESB, Exodus Porter, and Sweetwater Blue Ale.For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (404) 691-2537 or check out their web site at www.sweetwaterbrew.com.
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