Phil has always had a sincere passion for beer and has always wanted to take the tour of the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta, GA. Since, Brewery’s Jam in Knoxville had sold-out and we couldn’t find tickets at a sensible price, we decided to make our way to GA. I had the Race for the Cure that morning but I finished around 10:30. I had to hurry because the tours start at 2:30 and end at 4:30 and the drive took about 3 hours. We got lost took a detour around Atlanta so we were running slightly behind. We arrived at Sweetwater around 3:30 just in time for the tour. Warning, if you go take this tour you have to park far away from the brewery and walk in some alleys to get to the place. We had to pull out Google Maps to find our way.
You pay $10 to get a get a nice pint glass and 6 tickets. The tickets are for your beers. If you get the light beer = 1 ticket. The darker beers = 2 tickets. They have screens to watch the game and a place to buy souvenirs. Be warned though: there is no food so eat before you go and when they say they close at 4:30, they close, so get there early. The tour only takes about 20 minutes and the rest of the time is for beer sampling.
I would recommend this as a good weekend trip for the beer enthusiast. The tour doesn’t last very long so I would plan something else to do if you are staying the night in Atlanta.
I would like to go back in the spring because currently they are in the middle or renovating and expanding their brewery, so it might be nice to check to them out after they expanded.