SweetWater Brewery is getting bigger and better than ever.
Earlier this month, we released a report on SweetWater’s 15 minutes of fame on the hit television show, The Office. At that time, progress on the new facilities was well underway but few knew the extent of the company’s expansion. There were rumors and plenty of hopes but only recently were details officially released.
According to CSB Atlanta reports, the first phase of construction was unveiled to reveal a space that is equipped to produce 500,000 barrels each year. Phase one has taken a year to complete but phases two and three will be completed by this fall. These phases will include the addition of 14 shiny new 1,000 barrel tanks as well as a brew house containing 25 barrels.
Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony alongside SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch.
Bensche, with a mixture of sentiment and excitement, expressed that he never imagined he’d come this far in such a short time. “It’s crazy to think that just 15 years ago I could fit everything in my truck,” he said. “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 comes second to the one and only Abita.
The new and improved facilities will need plenty of people to make daily operations work smoothly. The expansion projects will result in 400 additional jobs for area residents.