Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Co. cuts ribbon on major expansion.
The SweetWater Brewing Company SweetWater Brewing Company is a brewery located in Atlanta, Georgia.
The company was founded in 1997 originally on the west side of Atlanta near Charlie Brown Airport but as of 2004 it is located in Mid-Town Atlanta at 195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta GA 30324 in the Armor of Atlanta has dedicated its expanded brewery, announcing completion of phase one of a three-part construction project that will quintuple quin·tu·ple
1. Consisting of five parts or members.
2. Five times as much in size, strength, number, or amount.
A fivefold amount or number.
tr. & intr.v. Sweetwater's brewing capacity to nearly 500,000 barrels per year. Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony A ribbon cutting ceremony is a public ceremony conducted to inaugurate the opening to the general public of a new building or business.
Often, it is conducted in just the manner the name suggests: by tying a ceremonial ribbon across the main entrance of the building, which (Left to Right) are Sweetwater director of sales Dave Guender; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch, Atlanta City Mayor Kasim Reed and Sweetwater director of marketing Steve Farace. Mr. Bensch said phase two and three are slated for completion by early this fall and will include installation of 14 new 1,000-barrel fermentation tanks and a new 250-barrel brew house. SweetWater, founded in 1997, moved to its current 26,000-square-foot facility in Midtown Atlanta in 2004. In June 2009, the brewery acquired the building adjacent to its headquarters, with plans to connect the two buildings to share 115,000-square-feet of space. Construction on the expansion project broke ground in July 2011 and operations began in March 2012. The new building houses an expanded bottling and packaging hall, keg line, quality assurance lab, machine shop, corporate office space, conference rooms, tasting area, a roof top deck and 4,800-square-feet of additional public events space. "This is an exciting time for our industry as more people develop a taste for craft beer, and we are seeing that demand continue to grow here at SweetWater," said Mr. Bensch. "It's crazy to think that 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 the mayor on this incredible new facility." Sweetwater currently distributes in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. , South Carolina and Tennessee.