Go west, Beer Man: SweetWater announces brewery expansion in Western U.S.

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company hopes to take over the United States, and those plans are now being rushed to completion.

Though they’re still exploring options for a second brewery, it will be located in the Western United States, SweetWater confirmed in a press release.

Brewbound said the new brewery, which is expected to open in 2017, will create about 100 jobs. Equipment to brew 420,000 barrels of beer (420,000? SweetWater 420? Hmm…) was recently purchased for the Western brewery, the news release added.

“It’s an exciting next step in the growth of our company — the brewery is hitting on all cylinders, and the response to SweetWater in new markets has been incredible,” SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch said in the release. “We’re perfectly positioned for a successful national footprint.”

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SweetWater beers are currently distributed in 18 states and the District of Columbia, according to the release. The South’s biggest brewery also just started shipping to Philadelphia last week, said Porch Drinking.

And for those in the middle of the country feeling left out by this news, Bensch also said plans are underway to put a third SweetWater brewery in the Central U.S., but that will come at a later date.

Photo by Sean Breslin

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