In this episode, we head to Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA. We meet with owners and co-founders John Cochran and Brian “Spike” Buckowski, who is also the head brewer.

We were lucky enough to be there on a Saturday evening, just in time to enjoy their beer tasting and tour. I must admit this was one of the most entertaining brewery tastings I had ever been to.  The atmosphere was great, we were outside on a beautiful sunny evening, with games and live music playing.  No surprise that there was a really impressive turnout. I felt like I was at a picnic in the park, but with access to much better beer!  Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm they open the doors for these beer tastings and tours.  The only requirement is that you purchase an $8.00 Terrapin Pint Glass from the gift shop, this pint glass includes tickets that are good for 8 4-oz sample pours of beer. Tours run every half hour during the tasting.  A great way to start off your evening.

This Georgia beer is not yet available in New England, but over Christmas we received a box in the mail containing two Terrapin Beers: Big Hoppy Monster (Imperial Red Ale) and India Style Brown Ale.   One of our wonderful guests at our Vermont B&B, Forty Putney Road (they were from Georgia) had sent them as a gift.   It only took a few sips to recognize the quality of these beers, Terrapin was immediately added to our must visit list.  Luckily it wasn’t long before we were in the area for an innkeeping conference and were able to take the field trip.  Of course, Other than the quality of these beers I of course really enjoyed the branding…I just love that turtle…he gets to do everything.

In the video John gives us some insite into the branding and that crazy turle while Spike gives us an inside look at some new beers he is working on.  We enjoyed meeting both John and Spike and hope  that you all enjoy our video. We will see you next time on Here for the Beer … Cheers!

Tags: Athens, Beer, Beer Tasting, brewery, Georgia Festivals

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  1. Deano

    Great episode!!! This looks like a really cool place with some really good beers.

  2. April

    Terrapin makes several excellent beers and they’ve done a great job turning their brewery into a fun place to hang out. I saw that y’all are in Brattleboro–the aerial dance company I’m a member of (website linked) here in Athens has an ongoing relationship with the New England Center for Circus Arts, located in Brattleboro. I’ve not been up to visit, but I hope to come one day. Thanks for giving a plug for our hometown brewery!

  3. April

    Saw the Brick Store is upcoming–quality. That will be a good episode, for sure.

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