ATLANTA – Who knew drinking local brews could benefit an entire community? SweetWater Brewery and United Distributors proudly presented a check in the amount of $55,547 to The Giving Kitchen at the brewery’s 18th Anniversary party on February 22. The brewery’s partnership with The Giving Kitchen dates back to 2013 when the two organizations came together to brew Second Helping, a juniper IPA developed to offer peace of mind to Atlanta’s restaurant community. In the last year, The Giving Kitchen has awarded over $300,000 in grants to restaurant industry workers in the greater Atlanta area.
SweetWater and United Distributors directly donated back all profits from the sale of Second Helping to The Giving Kitchen, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting restaurant industry workers who have experience some sort of unanticipated emergency or hardship. Since the initial release of Second Helping IPA in January 2014, SweetWater and United Distribution’s donations from the beer total close to $100,000. The brew was available on limited-release in bottles and on draft at participating package stores, bars and restaurants around Metro Atlanta this winter as well as the previous winter.
This beneficial brew was originally designed by The Giving Kitchen’s culinary mind, Chef Ryan Hidinger, and SweetWater’s brewers. After an unforeseen diagnosis of late stage cancer, celebrated Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger’s story inspired the concept for The Giving Kitchen, along with a purpose-driven restaurant called Staplehouse. Originally functioning as a supper club years ago, Staplehouse has since been repurposed into a restaurant to create sustainable funding for The Giving Kitchen and will open this fall in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.
ABOUT SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY:
SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta‐based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” Distribution is limited to the Southeast as SweetWater’s brews are designed to be consumed fresh. The award‐winning lineup of year‐round beers includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Blue, Take Two Pils and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year, and an experimental, one‐time‐only Dank Tank series. SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Dr. in Atlanta – is open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30‐7:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30‐4:30 p.m. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com. Hang out with your social thang out and follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook atfacebook.com/sweetwaterbrew.