SweetWater Brewing Company - SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale

SweetWater Brewing Company - SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale

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Country:

United States

Alcohol by Volume:

5.40%

SweetWater Brewing Company - SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.40%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 40
  • Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Stange
  • Malts: 2 Row Pale, Crystal
  • Hops: Cascade, Centennial
420 Extra Pale Ale was first brewed on April 20, 1997, hence the name… We'd bet a nickel and dime that's not the complete reason behind the name, but we can't confirm. We can, however, provide you with a nugget of trivia to impress your friends: the brewery was named after a local creek. This particular beer is a lighter-bodied West Coast style pale ale with aggressive hop character in the aroma, flavor and finish. Look for piney, resinous, grapefruit notes, flourishes of sweet peach and a hint of hop spiciness. A solid malt backbone balances the hops, but gives them the final word with a crisp, bitter finish. A 2002 Silver Medal winner at the GABF, and great with lobster, mussels or clams.
When Frederick Bensch and Kevin McNerney started dreaming up their brewery plans, they quickly realized that their home base in Colorado already had plenty of microbrewed beer on tap. Their workaround? Sell nearly everything they owned, pack up their few remaining worldly possessions and drive to a place with a little less competition; a state that placed 48th in the nation in terms of beer production; a market as soft as a fresh Georgia peach: Georgia, of course. It was in Atlanta, Georgia, that Frederick and Kevin founded the SweetWater Brewing Company. Their ambition wasn't simply driven by pie-in-the-sky dreaming. These fellas worked at no fewer than 7 microbreweries in Northern California and Colorado—heartlands of microbrewed nectars—before making the journey. The SweetWater Brewing Company opened its doors on February 17, 1997. In 2002 they were recognized as Small Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. Need more convincing? (You haven't tried the beer yet, have you?) They were the second most decorated brewery in the world at the 1998 World Beer Cup. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (404) 691-ALES or check out their web site at www.sweetwaterbrew.com
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