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Sweetwater Brewery Plans Expansion

Sweetwater Brewery

Atlanta-based Sweetwater Brewing Co. plans to quadruple its beer-making capacity to 400,000 barrels a year with a combination of new construction and a purchase of an existing building, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In June, Sweetwater plans to start work on a new, 49,000-s.f. packaging and bottling facility to link its brewery with a newly acquired 38,000-s.f. structure in the Armour Circle Industrial Park near Piedmont Road. That building will be used to store finished goods, raw ingredients and promotional materials. Sweetwater also hopes to add bigger tanks to its brewery next year.

Sweetwater has operated out of its existing 26,000-s.f. brewery since 2004. It is already one of the largest independent brewers in the Southeast, and the expansion will make it an even bigger player in the fast-growing craft beer industry.

“Permits are in process and plans are under way,” said Steve Farace, director of marketing, to the AJC. “We’re pretty convinced that the demand is there.”

On paper, Sweetwater can produce up to 100,000 barrels of beer annually if it ran at full tilt. The company produced 77,000 barrels last year.

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