It’s springtime and the livin’ is easy as SweetWater Brewing Co. serves up a boatload of fresh brews that pair well with warm-weathered waterways, festivals and patio partaking. From returning seasonal favorites to new recipes, SweetWater brewers have cooked up a whole lot of headiness to satisfy palates this spring.
Grab your mix tapes, call shotgun and fill ‘er up — Road Trip season is here! Part of SweetWater’s Catch & Release seasonal lineup, this fiery pilsner is brewed with Vienna and pilsner malts along with Sterling and US Golding hops, ringing in at 5.2 percent alcohol by volume. Unique for most pilsners, Road Trip is fermented at warmer ale temperatures giving it fuller flavor, all capped off with an intense, spicy hop finish.
Beginning the week of March 10 and running through May, Road Trip six-packs will be koozie ready and pouring on tap at Southeastern pit-stops. Get it while the gettin’s good, because on this Road Trip, nobody rides for free!
Brewers went big on the 17th Anniversary Ale, with a complex Saison farmhouse-style ale with everything in it but the brewhouse sink. Brewers used two-Row, rye, wheat, Munich, 13/17 and Melanoidin malts; Galena, Saaz, Centennial and Amarillo hops; fermented it with French Saison yeast; and then ran a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. The powerful strain of yeast is responsible for the brew’s big 9 percent ABV.
“Together the two-plus month fermentation and cellar time, malt and hop bill, along with yeast strains, all work harmoniously to produce an earthy tasting, lighter-bodied [for high-gravity] brew, perfect for some outdoors sippin’ in the spring,” said SweetWater Head Brewer Nick Nock. The commemorative brew will make a limited-run on taps and cold boxes in 22-ounce bombers across the Southeast starting the week of March 10.
SweetWater’s hombres of headiness are cooking up a new bitter beauty for the Dank Tank series debuting this April. Hopped to the gills, this brew will pack a hash-filled punch and may leave folks unable to walk the line — hence its name — Johnny Hash.
As if this lineup weren’t enough, SweetWater is making it easier to enjoy its brews with a new set of cans. The brewery is rolling out 12-packs of 12-ounce 420 cans throughout Georgia to start, but will follow up with IPA 12-packs and 16-ounce tallboy singles of both 420 and IPA throughout the rest of its Southeastern footprint early this summer.