Project Profile
SweetWater Brewery Expansion
“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
Contact
Keith Perkey
Vice President, Food & Beverage
678.328.2908

SweetWater Brewery Expansion

Enlarging a craft brewery is the only path to propelling production.
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.
 
Our design reflects the company’s not-so-corporate philosophy and demand for top-notch flavor and quality.
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.
 
A bigger brewery will broaden the brewer’s distribution and fan base.
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.
LOCATION
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
DETAILS
Design of 500 bottle per minute packaging line.
 
Project will quintuple brewing capacity.
 
Engineer
Haskell

Start Date
October 2011

Completion Date
March 2012

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