SweetWater Brewing Gets Fresh with Limited Release of Fresh Sticky Nugs

unnamed (61)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced the official release of Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial IPA as the latest offering to come out of the brewery’s Dank Tank.

Straight from the farm to SweetWater Brewing Company’s Dank Tank and then to your glass, Fresh Sticky Nugs has officially arrived to satisfy all your fresh hop needs.  This “super fresh, super sticky” Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale has been brewed with three, freshly harvested hop varietals from Crosby Hop Farm: Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe.  Clocking in at 8% ABV and 60 IBUs, Fresh Sticky Nugs is “dank, resinous and as one of [SweetWater’s] brewers said, ‘it’s like cracking open a hop field.'”

Fresh Sticky Nugs made its debut at the brewery on October 8 and is available now in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Dank Tank brew will see limited distribution to select craft beer establishments located within SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Dank Tank Series, October 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale/Harvest Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 60
Featured Fresh Hops – Amarillo, Citra & Simcoe
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

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SweetWater Brewing and Telluride Brewing Collaborate on Torikumi Wasabi Blonde Ale

unnamed (24)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced a release date of June 8 for Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale, the brewery’s latest Dank Tank release and collaboration with Telluride Brewing Co. (Telluride, Colorado).

Chris Fish, Brewmaster at Telluride Brewing Co., recently ventured to Atlanta to meet up with SweetWater’s Nick Nock so the two could share the ol’ Dank Tank for a little collaboration action.  After the two explored Atlanta’s Buford Highway, a culinary playground of international cuisine, they returned to the brewery with the inspiration to brew something with wasabi.  That something became Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale (7.5% ABV and 27 IBUs).  The addition of wasabi provides some “serious heat” to the Blonde Ale base, making the beer a perfect candidate to enjoy as a pairing for a wide variety of dishes.

SweetWater Brewing Company will officially release Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale at a brewery launch party on Thursday, June 8 (click here for more details on the party).  Starting the week of June 12, this limited offering will have availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company and Telluride Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Dank Tank Series, launch date: June 8, 2017
Style – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 27
Malts – 2-Row, Wheat, Carapils, Rye Malt & Oat Flakes
Hops – Magnum, Saaz & Sorachi Ace
Added Ingredients – Wasabi
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – “Sushi, ginger, Japanese noodle dishes, or just some grilled chicken.”
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/vibe/find-sweetwater/

Tasting Notes: Dank Tank Pulled Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company

swppcansTasting Notes satisfies many cravings this week by spending a little time with Dank Tank Pulled Porter – Bacon Smoke Flavored Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia).

Back in mid-December, we let you all know of Pulled Porter’s triumphant return to SweetWater Brewing Company’s Dank Tank lineup, the brewery’s series of “rarely released randomness” (click here to read that full post). When you take into account that this chocolaty Porter was brewed with malts that were carefully smoked alongside racks of bacon from Fox Bro’s BBQ, it is absolutely no surprise that Pulled Porter is back for an encore release.  When all is said and done, this 7.7% ABV Smoked Porter is “a savory, smoky brew that’s a big winter warmer.”  This offering is currently available for a limited time in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at fine craft beer retailers found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater’s distribution area.

Alright, it has been officially declared bacon and beer time. Let’s pour this pint and get to some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Dank Tank Pulled Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company

Appearance:  Pulled Porter hits the glass seemingly pitch black in appearance with just a sliver of cola brown peeking through at the bottom of the glass.  When held to direct light, the beer proves to walk a tight rope between hues of the darkest possible browns and inky blacks.  The body is opaque, but a soft, consistent carbonation presence can be witnessed coursing from the bottom of the glass.  The pour built two fingers of solid, fluffy foam that is dark tan in color.  Head retention is good, falling eventually to a lasting, chunky finger.  The lacing has substantial stick to it, leaving wide arcing patterns across the glass.

Aroma:  The first smell to present itself is strikingly similar to the one you would get upon opening an unlit but well-seasoned smoker.  There is a rush of beautiful smoke, ashen wood embers and a nondescript quality of savory meats.  These notes then mingle with a bit of bittersweet chocolate that is light in presence but well at home here.  The smoke has firmly asserted itself as the aroma’s star.

Taste:  Just as in the nose, the flavors begin with tones that are rich in smoke.  Qualities of earthy wood, campfire, smoked pork, caramelized brown sugar, and just a touch of spice initially dominate.  Forward but rightly so.  Intense but composed.  These notes then begin to relax to allow flavors of toasted grain and bread the opportunity to back them up a bit with added hearty and sweet tones.  A tinge of hop character squeaks through with some citrus before the more pronounced smoke flavors eventually fade to expose decadent notes of dark and milk chocolate.  Just as you think the beer is finished, another wave of smoke arrives to wash over the palate once more.

Mouthfeel:  Perfectly medium in body, this Porter has a solid weight to it that is lifted just a touch by a medium carbonation level.  Abundantly savory and smoky on the palate, this beer also displays a delightful grace of sweetness.  ABV is light, leaving just a bit of heat to build at times in the belly.  The aftertaste is lingering rich smokiness.

Final Thoughts:  If I was forced to sum up Dank Tank Pulled Porter with just one word, I would quickly and confidently respond with “satisfying.” By that, I mean it is satisfying in an all-encompassing, comforting way.  The smokiness is just intense enough to firmly declare itself a Smoked Beer, but it does so in a relaxed manner that is reminiscent of smoke-laced memories of good times spent around a campfire.  You know the smoke is there, but you still have the chance to enjoy everything else going on around you . . . or in this case, within this beer.  The smoke pulls back just enough to allow the added hops and malts a chance to do their thing by lending countering layers of sweetness and bitterness. Instead of having this beer hide behind an overly aggressive smoke character, the brewers at SweetWater clearly employed a profound level of restraint to infuse the brew with a spot-on amount of savoriness. The beer certainly knows its role and has established intentions of enticing you to return for sip after sip.  This beautifully executed approach proves to be the key in producing a Smoked Beer that is truly easy drinking, approachable and a wonderful choice to pair with food.  I highly recommend that you shake up your usual routine during your next beer run and pick up some Dank Tank Pulled Porter to enjoy what is absolutely an outstanding craft beer experience.  Prost!

SweetWater Brewing to Hit February with Several New Releases

sweetwaterdyeSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced plans to release four new offerings in February: Grass Monkey, Dank Tank Old Man Johnson’s Farm, Hatchery Series Single Hop Mosaic IPA and 20th Anniversary Ale.

Since the brewery will commemorate its 20th Anniversary during the month of February, it is clear that the folks at SweetWater Brewing Company want to provide us all with several new offerings so that we may properly celebrate this occasion.  We have quite a bit of information to cover, so let’s get at it:

Grass Monkey Hoppy Wheat Ale with Lemongrass

Arriving as SweetWater’s new Spring Seasonal, Grass Monkey is a hoppy Pale Wheat Ale that has been aggressively hopped with “a big stash of Lemondrop hops” to supply “a big citrus blast.”  To complement the hops and step up this beer’s level of refreshment, the brewers then added lemongrass herbs.  All of this is set upon a light malt base to allow “the piney, grassy, lemony notes [to] shine.” Grass Monkey officially releases on January 26 and will be available through April.

  • Release – Seasonal, February through April 2017
  • Style – American Pale Wheat Ale
  • ABV – 5.4%
  • IBUs – 35
  • Hops – Lemondrop
  • Malts – 2-Row & Wheat
  • Availability – 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft

Old Man Johnson’s Farm Imperial Stout with Raspberries

SweetWater brewers have fired up the Dank Tank once again and this time it holds Old Man Johnson’s Farm, an Imperial Stout with raspberries.  To lay the foundation of this sizable Imperial Stout, a hefty malt bill is employed to impart “intense aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate.”  The beer is then elevated to true Dank Tank status with the addition of fresh raspberries during fermentation to “complement the dark chocolate with a tasty sweetness.”  Old Man Johnson’s Farm will also begin its release on January 26, but this limited release will only be available on draft.

  • Release – Dank Tank/Limited, launches at brewery on January 26
  • Style – American Imperial Stout
  • ABV – 9.6%
  • IBUs – 60
  • Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate & Caramel
  • Hops – Columbus, Willamette & US Golding
  • Yeast – London Ale
  • Added Ingredients – Meeker Red Raspberries
  • Availability – Draft only

Single Hop Mosaic IPA

The first official bottle release from The Hatchery at SweetWater Brewing Company will be Single Hop Mosaic IPA.  The Hatchery is the brewery’s new pilot system where brewers will test out new recipes, ideas and brewing techniques.  Most Hatchery beers will only be available on draft at the brewery, but SweetWater plans to release one bottle per seasonal variety pack release.  Just as the name implies, this offering features the Mosaic hop’s “juicy orange, mango, citrus and passionfruit flavors.”  A very simple grain bill provides just enough biscuity notes to properly balance out the finished beer.  This limited release will be available in 12 oz. bottles found in SweetWater’s spring variety packs only (February – April).

  • Release – Limited/Hatchery Series, February through April 2017
  • Style – American India Pale Ale
  • ABV – 6%
  • Hops – Mosaic
  • Availability – 12 oz. bottles found in SweetWater spring variety packs only

20thanniversary-bottle-crop-161128-0120th Anniversary Ale

Finally, SweetWater Brewing Company will wrap up February with the release of their 20th Anniversary Ale.  This incredibly special release is an “extremely hop-forward” Imperial India Pale Ale that has been brewed with hop hash and a house Brettanomyces yeast strain.  The completed beer boasts an aroma that “is fruity, herbal, tropical and citrusy, and the Brett gives a nice touch of funk and earthy phenolics.”  20th Anniversary Ale will be officially released in 750ml cork and cage bottles at SweetWater’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, February 19.  Tickets for this event are still available and you can purchase yours by clicking here.

  • Release – Limited, to be released at SweetWater’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, February 19
  • Style – Imperial India Pale Ale with Brettanomyces
  • ABV – 9%
  • IBUs – 81
  • Malts – Pilsner, Maris Otter, Wheat, Flaked Oats & Midnight Wheat
  • Hops – Bravo, Mosaic & Citra; dry-hopped with Mosaic & Citra
  • Hop Hash – Fresh Citra Lupulin Blend
  • Yeast – Belgian Ardennes
  • Availability – 750ml bottles

For just one month of new releases, this is certainly one hell of a lineup.  Keep an eye out for these beers in February, and be sure to raise a glass of one (or many) of these brews to recognize 20 amazing years of brewing at SweetWater Brewing Company.  Prost!

SweetWater Brewing Releases Festive Ale and Pulled Porter

Festive-Labels-12oz-160825-08SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the return of Festive Ale and Dank Tank Pulled Porter as the brewery’s latest limited release offerings.

Returning just in time to get SweetWater fans in the holiday spirit, the 2016 vintage of Festive Ale is back as the brewery’s answer to “Winter Coat Season.”  This annual release is a spiced Strong Ale brewed with a recipe consisting of seven malts, three hops, cinnamon and mace.  At 8.3% ABV, Festive Ale is more than willing and able “to keep you warm and toasted all winter long.”  This offering is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of SweetWater’s distribution footprint.

danktankpulledportercansPulled Porter has emerged once again from SweetWater’s Dank Tank, and it is now the first beer from this series to be offered in 16 oz. cans. For those of you who may have missed this beer’s debut last year, Pulled Porter is a bacon-infused Smoked Porter.  The brewery pulled off this porcine delight by using malts smoked by Atlanta BBQ heroes the Fox Bros.  These smoke-kissed malts take this chocolaty Porter to another level by adding a rich, savory quality to the brew.  Pulled Porter is available now on draft and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at the brewery.  This offering will officially enter distribution by mid-December, and you will find it wherever you normally see SweetWater Dank Tank offerings.

Although Festive Ale and Dank Tank Pulled Porter are hitting shelves and taps now, keep in mind that both offerings will only be available for a limited time.  Get your fill while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited Seasonal, December 2016
Style – Spiced Ale/Winter Warmer
ABV – 8.3%
Malts – 2 Row, Munich, 40L, 70/80, Carapils, Chocolate & Black
Hops – Centennial, US & UK Golding
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft

Vital Information for Dank Tank Pulled Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Dank Tank Series.  Available at brewery starting Friday, December 9. Distribution by mid-December 2016.
Style – Smoked Porter
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 27
Malts – 2-Row, Smoked 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, 70/80, Roasted Wheat, Midnight Wheat & Chocolate
Hops – Centennial, Golding, Willamette & Cascade
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and draft

Smokey and the Brett next up in Dank Tank from SweetWater Brewing

unnamed (6)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced that Smokey and the Brett India Pale Ale with Brett will be the next release in the Dank Tank Series.

Back in June, thieves brazenly rolled up to SweetWater Brewing Company and took two flat-bed trailers packed with 3,272 cases of freshly packaged craft beer.  Just as they thought they had committed the perfect heist, the beers were quickly located because the not so bright desperados failed to realize the trailers were rockin’ some serious GPS recovery capabilities (click here to read more about this story).

When news of this situation broke, my first thought was that this whole ordeal had “future Dank Tank release” written all over it.  Sure enough, this caper provided the proper inspiration and Smokey and the Brett was created.  Since Dank Tank offerings challenge SweetWater brewers to explore their creativity by dabbling with new ingredients and/or brewing practices, this 7.3% ABV India Pale Ale received a slow fermentation with Brettanomyces wild yeast to lend the beer a pop of “acidity and tartness” to interact with the style’s expected hoppy bitterness.  The signature funkiness of the Brett mingles with aromatic and flavor notes of grapefruit and apricot. For a bit more information about the inspiration behind this brew, here is the full story from the bottle’s label:

Hard up and flat broke, El Danko couldn’t stop the shakes from SweetWater withdrawals, jonesing for the brews he most wanted.

Down but not out, El Danko doubled down and went big to solve his problem once and for all.  In the wee hours, El Danko and trusted accomplice El Putzo jacked two beer trailers from the brewery packed with over 69,000 bottles of SweetWater brew! (True story, check it at swb.beer/newsreel)

Danko and Putzo hightailed it to their batwingcave, ready to throw down and fade out.  Not the sharpest duo, they missed the GPS trackers on the trailers and were nabbed by Ol’ Smokey and Detective Dick Farachi before they could suck down their first six pack.

WE ADMIRE THE BALLS, BUT NOT THE BRAINS!

Smokey and the Brett officially releases at the brewery on Wednesday, August 31.  If you cannot make it to the brewery for the launch party, look for this brew to turn up in 22 oz. bottles in Alabama, Florida and wherever you normally find Dank Tank releases within SweetWater’s distribution footprint.  Prost!