Do you prefer wine, beer or hard liquor? Favorite drink? I gotta go with an ice cold brew. My favorite beer would have to be SweetWater 420, which is a local beer from Atlanta.

Looks like he not only creates some of the finest food at one of the best restaurants in the world, but he appreciates great beer as well!

Thanks Ron! some of Atlanta's finest is on its way to you courtesy of the folks at SweetWater.

Read Rochelle Bilow's entire interview here


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SweetWater's Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the South
talk of a party was stirring, by word of mouth.
The koozies were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. SweetWater soon would be there.

The locals were nestled in Snuggies by their beds,
While visions of hop vines danced in their heads.
And Freddy in his seat, and I behind the tap,
Had just popped a coldie for a tasty night cap.

When out at the brewery there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bar to see who was the party crasher.
Away to the window I stumbled like a pro,
Tore open the door and tripped on a ho.

The moon on the breast of our new found friend
Gave the glow of mid-day like J-Lo’s rear end
When, what to my dilated eyes should appear,
But a lowridin sleigh, and eight groovy reindeer.

With a little old driver, with brews made to slaughter,
I knew in a moment it must be St. SweetWater.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he hooted, and hollered, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! Now Blue,! now, IPA and Motorboat!
On, Comet! On, Brown! On Festive and Choate!
He bounced off the patio! Barely clearing the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away y’all!"

He was dressed in Gore Tex, like an REI pimp
All his clothes were breathable, withstanding all temps
A bundle of brew, bottle openers and a stash,
He looked like a bartender raking in the cash.

He was chubby and plump, a right beer bellied jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
Some red lines in his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I would party till bed.

He slurred a few words, but went straight to his work,
And stuffed all the stockings, this dude aint no jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a shout,
They were gone like Elin and half of Tiger’s bank account.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘as they burned out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"


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SweetWater’s Cask Ale Festival with a twist

SweetWater Give’s Retailers and Lucky Customers the opportunity to “Brew Their Cask Off”

ATLANTA (December 17th, 2009) – SweetWater Brewing Company is putting a personal touch on cask ale festivals by inviting some lucky ducks to come down to the brewery and create their own version of a cask ale. The “Brew Your Cask Off” Cask Ale Festival on March 20th, 2010 will feature 70+ cask entries all made on site at SweetWater Brewery by the fortunate folks who are invited or won the chance to brew their own recipe.

“We are creating a couple of base beers for them to start with and then letting their wild creative side take over from there!” said Mark Medlin, SweetWater’s Brewmaster. He will be overseeing all of the casks to make sure the final products are as tasty as the inspired recipes these amateur brewers had intended them to be. “Of course, we’ll have a few casks of our own for the festival as well.”

Those invited will be given a Cask recipe form and work directly with Hop City, a local package store and home brew shop, to pull together their master list of ingredients to go in their casks. They will have access to a diverse amount of yeast strains, spices, fruits, dozens of varieties of hops, and a plethora of offbeat adjuncts and additions. The only limits for this will be their creativity! All entries will be professionally judged prior to the tasting with awards for the Best Brews being given out during the Festival. Folks attending will also have their voices and votes heard as well with the People’s Choice award for the top cask.

The diverse list of guest brewers will include retailers of SweetWater brews, National and local beer media, home brewing societies, a few nonprofit organizations, and a some celebrities who will be stepping up to the plate to show off their skills. The non-profits will have the ability to not only have a cask entered into the festival, but also to raise some money for their organizations by auctioning off that privilege as well. Once on board, the guest brewers will work with Hop City package and home brew supply store to acquire all the necessary ingredients to create their masterpiece.

Kraig Torres, owner of Hop City says "We are so excited to be a part of Sweetwater's upcoming ‘Brew Your Cask-Off’ Pro-Am. We are huge fans of the beer and highly passionate home-brewers; frankly we aren't surprised Sweetwater has found a way to tap into both of these outlets! Our entire team - including our experts in beer, wine and home brewing - have contributed ideas for ingredients that will make each entrant's beer truly unique. Considering we stock more than 1,500 beers here at Hop City, we had plenty of resources for inspiration. We know it's going to be one heck of a contest. As always, Sweetwater has found a novel way to grab the attention of the beer world here in Atlanta and beyond."

For more information on SweetWater’s “Brew Your Cask Off” Cask Ale Festival, to see the full list of guest brewers, and to order your tickets for this one-of-a-kind event visit


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SweetWater's Better Late Than Never Christmas Party

Always nice to do this a bit after the madness of the holidays, and 2010 brings a lot to celebrate. Join us at the Brewery, Jan 31st from 2-6pm - wear those ugly sweaters your aunt from Philly sent you and send her a photo from the party to show how much her thoughfulness means to you.

Lineup for the Day will be a live tunes from Rollin in the Hay, Our full year round line up, our Winter Seasonal Catch & Release "Happy Ending" a few kegs of SweetWater stash from the vault, and some Cask Ales which are not to be missed.All our year round brews plus the Happy Ending Catch and Release seasonal Imperial Stout
Big Medlin Barrel Double IPA - 100+ IBUs Barrel aged for 6 mo. in a French Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel
Wet Dream - Imperial Wet Hopped Red
BOBBB - High Gravity Wheat/Rye Belgian with 800 lbs. of Organic Blueberries
Sour Puss - Creeper (Belgian Triple IPA) aged for 6 mo. in a French Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel with natural souring agents
Donkey Punch - High Gravity Barley Wine
IPA Centennial Cask - Sweetwater IPA with an additional Dry Hop of Centennial Hops

No RSVP necessary for this sucker $8 for the souvenier pint glass, come as you are because this once a year Sunday afternoon at the brewery takes a little time to bounce back from!


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