About Us

About Sweet Grass Vodka and The Sweetgrass Lounge


As seen in Forbes in 2021, Sweet Grass Vodka has been awarded by three Global Masters Awards for Micro Distillery, Smoothest and Organic, in addition to being awarded a gold medal as the Best Domestic Vodka of 2022 by The Fifty Best.


Founded in Charleston, SC, Sweet Grass Vodka consists of three simple ingredients: potatoes, water and yeast.


Each bottle of Sweet Grass Vodka contains a single strand of sweetgrass: purchased from the local Gullah Geechee artisans in the Charleston City Market in bushels, cut to size, washed and sanitized, dried and bottled by hand. 


“There’s a piece of Charleston in every bottle.”


The Sweetgrass Lounge is the official flagship of Sweet Grass Vodka and opened its doors in downtown Charleston within The Refinery just before November 2022.


The Lounge was built out by Flyway Construction, designed by Ross Ritchie of Loyal Architects and Olivia T.M. Brock of Torrance Mitchell Designs, and features a textured wall finish by artist Emily Pope Harris.


The Sweetgrass Lounge is an elevated, coastal-decadent tasting room and soon to be bottling facility for Sweet Grass Vodka.


The food menus at The Sweetgrass Lounge were imagined by George Kovach to reflect modern, upscale light bites with Southern flare.

Family owned

Locally Sourced

Highest Quality Potato Vodka

Gluten Free


50+ years of combined beverage and spirits expertise


Jarrod Swanger

Chief Executive Officer

Jarrod is a long-time entrepreneur and had successfully brought up several multi million dollar companies before the idea of Sweet Grass was born.
His self-taught ability to bring ideas to life and execute business developments is remarkable. 
Sweet Grass Vodka is a passion project inspired by his wife’s Polish heritage and his love for premium spirits.
He teamed up with local South Carolina potato farmers to distill the finest craft vodka on the market true to Polish traditions.

Brian M. Friedopfer

Chief Operational Officer

For over 20 years, Brian has been a noteworthy leader in technology solutions, corporate IT, and organizational structure.

He describes himself as more of a coffee aficionado than vodka connoisseur.

That is probably for the best, making him the sharp, sober mind at the helm of our distillery.

Coming from several successful entrepreneurial ventures and prominent leadership roles at companies such as Thomson Reuters, The Bradford Group, and LaSalle Solutions, Brian brings the experience to take Sweet Grass Vodka from a local distillery in SC to a global spirits brand.

When he is not behind the steering wheel of Sweet Grass, Brian is an amateur race car driver. Hence, we have full confidence in his ability to make the right decisions in the heat of the moment.

Back in July, two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner announced his new ownership of the Charleston-based spirit. At the time, he was recovering from a life-threatening snowplow accident and wrote on Instagram, “I’m so grateful for the progress I’ve made since the start of this year which allowed me to move forward with my interest in Sweet Grass Vodka.”


“Jeremy understands the purity and craftsmanship of our vodka intrinsically,” said Jarrod Swanger. “We are so grateful to share ownership of our brand with someone who resonates with our passion and vision to create the best vodka on the planet.”


“One of the many things I loved about Sweet Grass Vodka was the authenticity to how the product is made and what it represents. From the carefully curated and locally sourced ingredients to the single strand of sweetgrass that pays homage to South Carolina’s rich history,” said Renner.