Beer Pick: Travel light with SweetWater’s new Guide Beer

SweetWater Brewery's Guide Beer

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SweetWater Brewery's Guide Beer

As I noted in a late 2018 Beer Town column, over the past few years, more and more craft versions of lager beers have been showing up on store shelves, including some new ones from Georgia breweries.

After a long roll-out of cans featuring specially designed topography maps of four locations, Guide Beer, a new pale lager from SweetWater Brewing, finally became available in select markets in mid-February. And now it’s this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick

SweetWater Guide Beer

SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta

Available in 12-packs of 16-ounce cans, with draft and wider distribution through the spring


Described by SweetWater as “a light, easy drinking lager specifically designed for days in the outdoors,” the company is giving 11-percent of profits from the sales of Guide Beer back to “the best stewards of the great outdoors — guides.”

Brewed with Pilsner malt and flaked corn, and Hallertau and Mt Hood hops, it’s pale gold in color, with a frothy white head, and flowery aromas and soft flavors that recall classic European lagers. At just 4-percent alcohol, it’s certainly easy-drinking, and an affable companion for outdoor activities.

Pair with

In keeping with the adventurous spirit of Guide Beer, pair it with pan-fried trout or venison chili, or at home it would be perfect for pizza night.


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