It was hot as hell, but that didn't stop literally hundreds of people from turning out for the Sweetwater tours and tasting on Saturday afternoon. I mean, drinking beer in the middle of a summer day is always fun, but this event was a good bargain, too. $8 gets you a tour, a Sweetwater pint glass, and 6 substantial samples -- which were basically full beers. Try getting that kind of value from your 6-pack of Bud Light. Not gonna happen.
|The crowd brave enough to stand the heat outside - most people used the bar indoors.|
After the tour, we headed back out to sample some more Sweetwater brews. Unfortunately, they had run out of several of them, but we still got to try:
- Sweetwater IPA - a solid India Pale Ale with a bite, straw yellow in color, dominated by floral/grapefruit hops characteristics
- Georgia Brown - chocolate brown in color, nutty flavor, medium-bodied and smooth
- Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale - amber in color, more malty than I remember, but still dominated by citrus hops notes, a dry finish
The verdict: tasty as ever, Sweetwater 420 is still one of the best Pale Ales in the South.
As of the time of writing, Sweetwater is available in the following southern states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.