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With the weekend quickly approaching, you may be sitting in your apartment pondering over what activities you’ll be getting yourself into. But hold on right there, because we’ve got the perfect place for you and your friends to try out or try again. Introducing SweetWater Brewing Company—a local favorite brewery dedicated to good times and even better beer. Started in 1997 by two college friends, this brewery has since then catapulted its way into the forefront of the craft beer industry. Turns out everyone’s love for beer in college can actually work itself out in the long-run. Take that, mom and dad.

After hopping into your car and driving a quick 10-minutes from our Buckhead apartments, you’ll enter into this one-of-a-kind craft brewery mecca. No matter if you’re interested in taking a tour, hanging out at the taproom or spending time on their dog-friendly patio, SweetWater Brewery is a celebration of friends, community and plenty of beer. Open Wednesday through Sunday, take your pick from their year-round options, including choices such as their Extra Pale Ale, IPA or the Goin’ Coastal IPA, which is brewed with a hint of pineapple that’ll have you wishing you were hangin’ on the beach without a worry in the world. Other options, such as their seasonal and limited editions, include choices such as the Twisted Fish or Second Helping—an India Pale Ale where a portion of profits will go towards The Giving Kitchen. That’s right, you can drink and give back to a better cause (so don’t feel guilty for ordering those extra rounds). And if you ever get hungry, SweetWater has a full menu with mouth-watering choices such as the Korean BBQ Philly, Crispy Smoked Pork Belly or Gulf Shrimp Hushpuppies.

And that’s not all. Not only does SweetWater donate to charities such as The Giving Kitchen, but they’ve also teamed up with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance for the past decade to raise funds and awareness in protecting everyone’s right to clean water, now and for the future. In 2016, SweetWater started its Save Our Water campaign, partnering with five other organizations to bolster clean water initiatives. Since then, they’ve raised $100,000 and are looking to raise $100,000 more. Not too shabby!

Another event started by SweetWater, the 420 Fest has brought out over 50,000 attendees annually and only continues to grow. Located in downtown Atlanta at the Centennial Olympic Park, this eco-friendly event combines music, entertainment and arts for three days that let the good vibes flow freely. This year, the 15th incarnation of the 420 Fest will take place from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21, with general admission tickets beginning at $150. The fest has more than just music and beer in store, with everything from a food village to a disco, there’s surely enough to keep you coming back the whole weekend. Other attractions include an artist market and a 5K run.  For this year’s lineup of over 45 bands, expect to see names such as Widespread Panic, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Rebelution and The Avett Brothers take the stage. We’d list the rest of the performers, but it would take too long.

As SweetWater’s very own saying goes, “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.” This brewery is a must for all beer lovers, so we recommend canceling any plans you’ve made for the weekend and heading on over to check it out for yourself. Oh, and did we even mention this place is even big enough to host your wedding or corporate event? Seriously, is there anything this place doesn’t do?

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