Sweetwater Brewing Adds Mango Kush Wheat Ale to 420 Strain Series

sw-brew-product-vignette-420strain-mkwSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that 420 Strain Mango Kush Wheat Ale will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in March 2019.

Arriving as the “second sticky hit from 420 Strain” (preceded by the release of 420 Strain G13 IPA), Mango Kush is a cannabis-inspired American Wheat Ale “packed with herbal, juicy mango notes and a distinctive dank nose.” Thanks to “strain specific terpenes and natural hemp-type flavors”, Mango Kush Wheat Ale (5% ABV) delivers a “euphoric” experience “that’ll remind you of the crowd pleasing kush strain.”

Mango Kush is available now on draft, and 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles are expected to drop any day now.  You can find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for 420 Strain Mango Kush from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2019
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 30
Malts – Pilsner, White Wheat & Flaked Wheat
Hops – Nuggetzilla & El Dorado
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

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SweetWater Brewing Brings the Dankness with Release of 420 Strain G13 IPA

SweetWaterG13SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that 420 Strain G13 IPA, a cannabis-inspired brew dosed with terpenes and hemp-type flavor, has officially released as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Specifically brewed to offer “an olfactory experience that mimics . . . the legendary G13 cannabis strain”, 420 Strain G13 IPA is an “aromatic super-hybrid sticky” India Pale Ale that begins with a solid base of malts and “some of [SweetWater’s] dankest hops, Columbus and Simcoe, plus two dry hop additions.”  To complement the hops and further reinforce those dank aromatics, the brewers “found the perfect botanically-sourced, strain specific terpenes and married them with propriety natural hemp flavor.”  This incredibly heady recipe yields a “phenomenally delicious and drinkable” 420 Strain G13 IPA that boasts “a great body, good head and nice amount of haze at a pleasurable 6% ABV.”

420 Strain G13 IPA is steadily rolling out now as a draft-only offering.  This new Year-Round brew is available now at select bars and restaurants located in Georgia and will experience expanded availability throughout SweetWater’s distribution footprint as time goes on (click here to see release schedule)420 Strain G13 IPA is scheduled to hit shelves in 12 oz. bottles in September 2018.  Prost!

Vital Information for 420 Strain G13 IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, debuts July 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 48
Hops – Columbus & Simcoe; dry-hopped with a double dose of Simcoe & Columbus
Malts – 2 Row Malt, Wheat & Flaked Oats
Added Ingredients – Botanically-sourced, strain specific terpenes & propriety natural hemp flavor
Availability – Draft-only; bottles follow in September 2018
Release Schedule – https://sweetwaterbrew.com/nowlegal/
Beer Finder – https://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/



SweetWater Brewing Introduces Twisted Fish Pils as New Summer Collaboration

SWTwistedFishpourSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the release of Twisted Fish, a Crystal Pilsner brewed with and to benefit Building Conservation Trust.

One of five beneficiaries of SweetWater’s annual Save Our Water campaign, Building Conservation Trust – the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program – recently “competed against the other non-profits in a social media campaign, winning the opportunity to create a beneficial brew.”  $1 from every case of that beneficial brew – Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner – sold will be donated by SweetWater “to fund projects that benefit sustainable fisheries and recreational anglers, creating and restoring habitats and advancing the science of marine conservation.”  These funds are “in addition to SweetWater’s donation of $100,000 every summer to clean water and natural habitat protection initiatives around the nation.”

As for the beer itself, Twisted Fish is a modern take on the Czech-style Pilsner that “uses traditional Czech yeast and fermentation temps, with traditional and non-traditional pilsner hops – Crystal, Citra and Mandarina add a juicy aroma and flavor profile more typical of IPAs, mixed with spicy and herbal notes from the Hallertau for complexity.”  Weighing in at 5.3% ABV, this refreshing Pilsner promises to be a perfect warm weather go-to.

Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner will officially release on May 21 and will hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited, late May 2018
Style – Czech-style Pilsner
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 30
Malts – Pilsner, Carapils & Vienna
Hops – Hallertau Mittelfruh, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria; dry-hopped with Crystal, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria
Yeast – Czech Pils
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

Tropical Lover Set to Debut as SweetWater Brewing’s New Summer Seasonal

unnamed (100)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will launch Tropical Lover, a Berliner Weisse with mango, passion fruit and guava, in early April as the brewery’s newest Seasonal offering.

Born from the mind of Nick Burgoyne, Lead Brewer on SweetWater’s Woodlands Project, and inspired by “his love for 80s pop rock”, Tropical Lover is a “refreshing, approachable” Berliner Weisse that features “additions of mango, guava and passion fruit working together to provide a clean, crisp finish.”  Weighing in at just 4.5% ABV, Tropical Lover promises to be your “easy-to-love summer fling.”

“I developed this liquid because selfishly I wanted a beer that is refreshing and low ABV, but also had interesting characteristics and delicious flavors,” says Nick Burgoyne, lead brewer for SweetWater’s Woodlands Project barrel aging facility. “When we put test batches on tap at the Woodlands and in our main taproom, people kept commenting on how drinkable and refreshing it was; they loved the tropical flavors. I imagine Tropical Lover will be a hit with folks hanging out on the water all summer, kicking back with a few daytime drinks.”

Tropical Lover will officially release in early April with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  Starting in May, Tropical Lover will also have availability in the “Protect Natural Habitats” Variety 12 pack of 12 oz. cans and the “Protect Natural Habitats” Variety 12 Pack of 12 oz. bottles.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Lover from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal (Summer) – launching early April 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.5%
Malts – 2-Row & Wheat

Hops – Centennial
Yeast – House English Ale
Added Ingredients – Mango, passion fruit & guava
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, “Protect Natural Habitats” Variety 12 pack of 12 oz. cans (May 2018), “Protect Natural Habitats” Variety 12 Pack of 12 oz. bottles (May 2018) & draft
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/



Tasting Notes: Hatchery Series NE Style IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

SWNEIPAPour_editedThings get a little hazy as we close the week with some Tasting Notes on Hatchery Series Release #5 – NE Style India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia).

Arriving as the fifth release from SweetWater’s pilot system (a.k.a. The Hatchery), NE Style India Pale Ale is the brewery’s experimental, small-batch take on the hazy IPAs that are currently running rampant throughout the country.  With a hop bill comprised of Centennial, Amarillo, Azacca, Idaho 7 and El Dorado hops, this offering is meant to be an “extremely hoppy beer” that has the New England IPA’s signature “restrained bitterness and . . . soft mouthfeel.”  Staying true to the Hatchery’s focus on experimentation, the brewers at SweetWater did take some liberties with the style by adding “flaked rye for a bit of a dirty southern twist.”  Hatchery Series Release #5 – NE Style India Pale Ale (7.5% ABV and 50 IBUs) is available now for a limited time in Tackle Box Variety 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution area.

With those pertinent details now properly covered, I do believe it is time to work our way through this haze and put down some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Hatchery Series NE Style India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company

Appearance: SweetWater’s NE Style India Pale Ale fills the glass with a cloudy, deep golden yellow colored brew wearing just over a finger of bright white foam that is lightly stained with a streak of sediment.  The beer is more than adequate in the haze department, and that sediment turns up again as a crazy amount of floaties are suspended throughout.  Although it is a bit on the murky side, a steady carbonation can be seen coursing within.  Head retention is good, eventually falling to a lasting half finger of creamy foam that leaves chunky bands of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma:  Absolutely saturated with tropical fruits, the nose leads with a note of straight up orange juice that is followed by tones of tangerine, pineapple, apricot and grapefruit.  That fruity sweetness mellows out just enough to allow the development of a piney and dank hop presence.  The profile closes with a pleasant earthiness and a barely decipherable pale malt sweetness.

Taste:  The brewery uses the term “fruit cocktail” to describe this beer, and they are spot on as juicy fruits dominate the flavor.  Sweet mango and peach hit the tongue first and then it is awash with a variety of fruit juices: a mix of orange, pineapple and grapefruit juices spiked with a zing of lemon.  As that lemon sharpness builds, the palate encounters a dank, hoppy bite of resinous pine and the experience finishes with a tinge of earthy, spicy rye.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in both body and carbonation, this brew has a nice and soft texture to it.  Although it is gentle and pillowy on the palate, it still retains a light hoppy bite that cleans up rather quickly.  The ABV is well hidden and pretty non-existent for 7.5%.  The aftertaste is minimal, but does leave behind a bit of pine, pineapple and grapefruit.

Final Thoughts:  When all is said and done, Hatchery Series Release #5 – NE Style India Pale Ale comes together as a nice tribute to the OG New England-style IPAs that may not have been much to look at – think The Alchemist’s Heady Topper and its label directing you to “Drink From the Can” – but still have that trademark mouthfeel and reduced bitterness.  Although it may be reduced, be warned that this brew does still retain some building bitterness that acts as a constant reminder that it is indeed an IPA.  Also, the rye addition was a unique Southern touch that contributed to the haziness/cloudiness and added some earthy spice that mingled well with the beer’s overall dankness, but it could also act as a bit of surprise for those seeking a straight-up New England-style IPA.  That said, it still has that lush, juicy experience that everyone is after and . . . it just works.  If you keep the word “experimental” in mind while drinking this one, you are going to walk away from your pour a happy hop head.  Be sure to check this one out before its limited run comes to end.  Prost!

Ground Score IPA Emerges from SweetWater Brewing’s Dank Tank

unnamed (15)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that the next Dank Tank release will be Ground Score IPA, a collaboration with Relix and Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident.

When Kyle Hollingsworth and Relix editor Dean Budnick informed SweetWater Brewing Company of their brewing dream, the brewery decided to make it a reality by having Head Brewer Nick Nock meet them at Oregon’s Crosby Hop Farm for some applied “thinkin and drinkin” to develop the Dank Tank recipe for Ground Score IPA.  It was here that they carefully selected the hop bill for the beer, a juicy mix of El Dorado, Citra, Amarillo, and Idaho 7 hops.  Once they returned to the brewery, the collaboration team got to work on this hazy-ish India Pale Ale by putting those hops up against a malt base of “2 Row, flaked wheat and English Premium malts.” With a color described as “a sunset right before the big flash, . . . the flaked wheat gives Ground Score its blurred clarity and a nice frothy head, while the English Premium adds a slight sweetness of orange blossom honey.”  This “big, bold, and drinkable” Ground Score IPA clocks in at 7.1% ABV and promises to “hit your tastebuds with a hell of a lot of flavor.”

Ground Score IPA will officially debut with a Launch Party at Brooklyn Bowl on February 7, and plans are in place to have the beer hit distribution by the second week of February.  You can expect to find this limited Dank Tank release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution network.  Supplies are limited, so be sure to get your hands on some Ground Score IPA while it lasts.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ground Score IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Dank Tank, February 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale 
ABV – 7.1%
Hops – El Dorado, Citra, Amarillo & Idaho 7
Malts – 2 Row, Flaked Wheat & English Premium
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

SweetWater Brewing Releases Details for 21st Anniversary Throwdown

21stParty-Facebook-EventFrom 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) will host a 21st Anniversary Throwdown featuring an insane tap list and live music from Dirty Heads, Twiddle and People’s Blues of Richmond.

SweetWater Brewing Company will finally hit the legal drinking age of 21 in February, and you best believe that they will be throwing one hell of a party to celebrate that milestone.  The 21st Anniversary Throwdown will feature quite a few changes from previous anniversary parties at SweetWater, so it is probably best if we just break this whole thing down for you.

The Basics

What – SweetWater Brewing Company’s 21st Anniversary Throwdown
When – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 17
Where – SweetWater Brewing Company: 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia

The Beer

  • The 21st Anniversary Party will feature “a fat stash of draft options from [the brewery’s] cellar and specialty beers throughout the building! [SweetWater will] also be pulling out all the stops with the draft list in the Woodlands.”
  • Attendees will have the option to purchase a custom 21st Anniversary glass and/or a bottle of the 21st Anniversary Ale, an Oud Bruin
  • All ticketholders (21 & up) will receive a Souvenir 6-pack of the Great American Beer Festival medal winning TripleTail Tropical IPA

The Music

Everyone knows that you cannot have a party at SweetWater without an incredible lineup of musical acts.  This year’s lineup includes:

Ticket Information

Other Useful Information

  • This event is rain or shine and the bands will be playing on an outdoor stage.  Plan accordingly
  • There will be a vast selection of food trucks on-site to keep you fed all day long
  • Parking is VERY limited onsite, so MARTA, UBER, cabs, etc. will be your best bet!  Shuttles will be running from the SIP Coffee at the Lindbergh Marta station to the brewery.
  • Pets are not allowed at this event
  • Children may attend with a parent or guardian

That is all the information that we have for you at this time, but we will be sure to update this post with any details that may surface between now and the event.

The crew here at Mashing In has attended nearly a decade of anniversary parties at SweetWater, and we are here to tell you that they have just gotten better year after year.  With that said, we fully expect this 21st Anniversary Throwdown to achieve a completely new level of awesome.  Call your friends, make some plans, and get those tickets as soon as possible because we hope to raise a glass with all of you on February 17 to another great year with SweetWater Brewing Company.  Prost!


SweetWater Brewing Introduces Sinner’s Son

unnamed (64)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that Sinner’s Son, a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, will officially arrive on Saturday, October 28 as the latest release from the brewery’s Woodlands Project.

Arriving just in time for Halloween, Sinner’s Son is an American Imperial Stout that is fresh out of SweetWater’s cellar at The Woodlands, an annex of the brewery designed specifically for barrel-aged and wild beers.  After spending “months” there maturing in Bourbon barrels, Sinner’s Son was then pulled and finished off with “a fresh blend of coffee and espresso beans from the JavaVino farm . . . to harmonize with the roasted malts and bring balance to its complex barrel aged soul.”  This all results in an imposing, 12.4% ABV Imperial Stout that ” is decadent and rich with chocolate and vanilla notes, a velvety mouthfeel and hints of oak.”

This introductory batch of Sinner’s Son will make its debut in SweetWater’s taproom on October 28.  Once early-November rolls around, this Limited Release offering will be available in 500ml cork & cage bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within SweetWater Brewing’s distribution area.  Distribution will be limited, so stay vigilant and be on the lookout for Sinner’s Son next month. Prost!

Vital Information for Sinner’s Son from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Woodlands Project Series, arriving late-October 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.4%
IBUs – 60
Malts – 2 Row, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Crystal, Victory & Lactose
Hops – Columbus
Added Ingredients –
A blend of coffee & espresso beans from the JavaVino farm
Treatment – Aged “for months” in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

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/

Tasting Notes: Torikumi from SweetWater Brewing and Telluride Brewing Co.

DankTankTorikumiPour_editedTasting Notes takes a bit of an unconventional turn this week as we sit down to examine a tall pour of Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) and Telluride Brewing Co. (Telluride, Colorado).

Torikumi, which translates to mean a “sumo bout”, comes to us as a special collaboration beer crafted by SweetWater Brewing’s Nick Nock and Brewmaster Chris Fish from Telluride Brewing Co.  After an excursion to Atlanta’s Buford Highway, a culinary playground of international cuisine, the two brewers returned to SweetWater Brewing Co. with inspiration to fill the Dank Tank with what would eventually be known as Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale.  Dosed with some “serious heat” from the added wasabi, this 7.5% ABV American Blonde Ale can be enjoyed as a pairing for a wide variety of dishes or – for those more daring heat seekers – on its own.  Torikumi is nearing the end of its availability, but it can still be found in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution area.

Now that the background information has been handled, it’s time to face the wasabi and get to some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company & Telluride Brewing Co.

Appearance: Torikumi presents itself as a deep golden colored brew with burnt orange hues radiating within and a bright white finger of foam resting on top.  When held to direct light, the color steadfastly holds but the yellows and oranges do gain a bit more vibrancy.  The beer is a touch on the cloudy side, but you can still spot a steady carbonation presence swirling about some particulate within.  Head retention is good, but it eventually falls to a half finger of thick, creamy foam that coats the glass with wide lace patterns.

Aroma:  With citrus and juniper leading the way, the first impression of this beer is an interesting and memorable mix of fruit and earthy spice.  The beer then shifts into that recognizable, nose-tingling presence of wasabi before settling into a solid malt presence of rye and wheat.

Taste:  Citrus – orange and lemon zest – and wasabi rush the palate just before a lovely, gin-like juniper works its way in.  That earthiness is further supported by some spicy rye and some wheat breadiness that rounds everything off.  Wonderfully unique, surprisingly pleasant, and incredibly balanced here.

Mouthfeel:  Torikumi is medium in body with an effervescent carbonation level.  It moves across the palate with expert-level balance, giving off a good mix of bitterness, sweetness, and wasabi heat.  It is actually a bit shocking that this brew clocks in at 7.5% ABV because there is not even a hint of a trace of alcohol heat . . . or it just might be hiding cleverly behind that subtle sting of wasabi.  The aftertaste is a nice combo of earthy rye, sweet orange and wasabi.

Final Thoughts:  Going into this experience, I must admit that I was not expecting to use the word “balance” too often.  Well, here we are and I can emphatically declare that Torikumi – wasabi and all – is an incredibly balanced brew.  The planning behind this recipe was damn near genius because the wasabi comes across with a beautiful grace as it mingles with the earthy grains, citrusy hops, and distinct juniper berries.  Oh, those juniper berries . . . their addition was a great call because they make the rye and wasabi really pop while still somehow taming them at the same time.   This allows the beer to retain some bite, but not nearly as much heat as the brewery’s description leads you to believe.  It honestly creates a flavor experience that is similar to a lightly sweetened gin cocktail that has been laced with just a bit of heat. Torikumi has balance and drinkability, and it just might be the most unique beer I have tried all year.  If you have been avoiding this one simply because the can reads “Wasabi Infused”, believe me when I say this is a must try brew.  Get beyond those apprehensions and give Torikumi a try before it disappears forever.  Prost!