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Bob Townsend's Beer Pick: SweetWater Second Helping IPA


For the fourth year in a row, SweetWater Brewing has partnered with The Giving Kitchen to serve up Second Helping IPA, with all profits from SweetWater and United Distributors donated to the Atlanta non-profit.

Because I love the beer, and I love the cause, I thought the return of Second Helping would be a good time to debut the return of an old Beer Town feature, Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick.

Look for a taste of a different beer every Friday from now on.


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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick

SweetWater Second Helping IPA

Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA.

On draft for a limited time at metro bars and restaurants.


SweetWater first brewed Second Helping as a collaboration between Ryan and Jen Hidinger and SweetWater and brewer Nick Nock to help raise awareness and money for The Giving Kitchen. Since then, this double IPA brewed with juniper berries has become a perennial favorite, though do note that this year it’s only available on draft.

I don’t think my initial notes on the beer have changed much. And the recipe hasn’t changed at all. It has a distinct botanical presence, as the juniper berries seem to enhance the hops with herbal, minty aromas and flavors. followed by a dry finish. The malts add nutty and biscuity notes, and a pretty amber color.

Pair With

Try this bold IPA with pub grub, like sandwiches, burgers, or chicken wings, or pair it with spicy Mexican or Asian dishes.

Click here for a video about SweetWater Second Helping IPA

Click here for a remembrance of Ryan Hidinger and Second Helping IPA

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