Terrapin Beer Company, Athens Ga.
I get asked the same question about four times a month at work, “Have you ever been to Terrapin”? The answer was always the same, “No. I’m not sure why I’ve never made it there”. So Emily and I decided to make a trip to Athens Memorial day weekend, mostly to eat at The Grit, and visit Terrapin. It was great to see Andrew again as well who we talked into coming with us, which wasn’t hard to do!
Terrapin Beer Company is located just a few minutes from downtown Athens and is exceptionally easy to find. The building itself is probably one of the most utilitarian boxes I’ve seen so far during our brewery visits. Not a big deal, these are the types of buildings you need to brew beer, but for some reason this one seemed particularly blah.
When we arrived there was a short line leading out the front door. This line continued into a long skinny hallway with drop ceilings. A bit claustrophobic for me, but before long we were at the end of the hall and in the gift shop. I.D.’s were checked, we were wrist banded finally had our pint glasses purchased.
I believe Georgia law allows eight 4oz. tastes per tour/visit. You are not required to purchase a souvenir glass, but state law also states that the breweries cannot sell you beer. So if you want to support any Georgia brewery when you visit, buy the glass, then enjoy the free educational beer! Tours and tastings are limited to a two hour window, so be sure to show up on time to fully enjoy your visit.
Once outside from the big white box you see why people flock to Terrapin. They have a HUGE outdoor area dedicated to this adventure. Complete with multiple tap “bar”, stage, and lots of green space for your outdoor beer drinking activities! The smart folks who had been there before had brought their own lawn chairs, and we even saw two bros lugging in their own cornhole game.
There was a food truck there, as well as Georgia’s iconic King Of Pops to cover you culinary needs. Terrapin is extremly family and pet friendly, so you don’t have to leave some of the family at home. The crowd was particularly large on this Saturday and the lines of people waiting for beer was very long. It was a respectful and fun crowd though, no pushing or frustration. Everyone was here to have a good time, and the staff was always pleasant and helpful.
At some point I noticed employees walking down the beer lines suggesting that people request “full pints”. This would use up several of your eight pours in one shot, but it would also help keep the lines shorter. The plan worked, and by the time tours started the lines had once again become shorter and managable. Speaking of which, Emily and I decided skip the tour. I might have been a bit difficult to do with our 5 year old daughter in tow. Instead we all found a patch of grass after Andrew had left for home, enjoyed our beer (or in Jacqueline’s case a popsicle) and listened to the band. What a great way to spend the afternoon.
Terrapin Beer Company is located at 265 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30607. Tours/Tastings are available every Wednesday through Saturday; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.