SweetWater Brewery Expansion
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
SweetWater Brewery has long-range plans to extend its reach beyond the heart of the southeast, but first production and the brewery itself needed to grow. For a West Coast-style craft brewer like SweetWater, growth absolutely cannot impact the beer’s taste or quality. Going from mircobrewery to the second largest brewery in the southeast was going to be a huge technical effort so SweetWater turned to Haskell for help.
The massive new facility is home to an expanded bottling and packaging hall, keg line, quality assurance lab, machine shop, “not-so-corporate” office space, conference rooms, tasting area, a 4,800-square-foot public events space and a fantastic rooftop deck with skyline views of Midtown and Buckhead. Inside, Haskell-designed packaging systems will quintuple packaging capacity to nearly 500,000 barrels per year. Future project phases include the installation of 14 new 1,000-barrel fermentation tanks and a new 250-barrel brew house.
The expansion has already improved the quality of the beer and takes care of the neighborhoods where SweetWater is already flowing. In coming months and years, the brewer will be well positioned to open up distribution into new areas, states and regions. We were thrilled to provide the beer’s fans with a larger, higher-capacity Atlanta destination in which to visit, tour and sample the tasty year rounds and catch and release brews.
Just 15 years ago I could fit everything in my truck and now we are the second largest brewery in the Southeast, cutting the ribbon with the governor and mayor on this incredible new facility.Freddy Bensch Founder and Owner, SweetWater Brewing Company