The Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewery is looking to expand, and has its gaze set on the west. SweetWater announced today that it had purchased equipment from the now-closed Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley, California, and would be look for options on the west coast for a second brewery, with a possibility of a third in the central US as well.
“Our focus on making a quality liquid and building a strong brand has created an incredible inertia,” said Freddy Bensch, founder of SweetWater, in the company’s press release today. And while we’re continuing to develop the East Coast, it’s time for us to simultaneously start looking to the West.”
The new equipment will give SweetWater the ability to brew up to 420,000 barrels in the new brewery. SweetWater is already the 18th largest brewery in the US, according to the Brewer’s Association, but they won’t settle for just the east coast.
“It’s an exciting next step in the growth of our company—the brewery is hitting on all cylinders, and the response to SweetWater in new markets has been incredible,” says Bensch. “For us, this growth is about getting the freshest beer into more hands, and building real relationships with consumers and communities.”
The move marks the first time that a major regional brewery from the East or South has planned a Western expansion. Previously, western breweries such as Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Oscar Blues and Stone have moved eastward.