Terrapin Beer Company


Type: Brewery, Bar

265 Newton Bridge Rd.
Athens, Georgia, 30607
United States

(706) 549-3377 | map

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 88
Photo of Hayden34
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited both Terrapin and Creature Comforts on the same day. I'll admit I was expecting Creature Comforts to blow Terrapin away but surprisingly the exact opposite was true. The selection, the service, and the overall vibe was much better at Terrapin. I would definitely visit again.

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Photo of ryho
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I see that a lot of people complained about the crowds, but there were few people there when I went. It was easy to find a seat. Could have been that a Georgia game was going on at the time.

I thought the service was great. The tour guy let us home brewers walk around to look at their plate chiller, it was insanely massive. I liked that you had the option to use all your tickets at once and get a flight of beers.

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Photo of nickfl
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The brewery has gotten huge, and they are apparently about to undergo a major expansion. The taproom is... kind of dreary. It was very crowded and very, very loud when we got there. I can't imagine how terrible it must be when they have live music inside as the stage in the corner implied they do... They have a huge outside "beer garden", but that is not attractive in July, and I got the impression that it might get consumed by the coming expansion anyway. The bar setup was kind of odd, there were several stations along the length of the bar, all with the same beer, it reminded me of ordering food at a theme park.

The selection was pretty decent, all their standards with a couple seasonals and one offs and even a cask available. You buy a tour and tickets, because its GA, but they give you plenty of beer, more than my wife and I needed or wanted, and the tour is one of the better ones as far as seeing the actual brewery (the tour guide only had one or two inaccurate talking points, which is better than most).

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Photo of WoolyFSU
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I feel bad reviewing this place as poorly as I did, but... It felt like they didn't even give a shit about the experience, just herding people through the doors. The one bright spot is that they noticed my birthday was within a couple days and hooked me up with a free birthday mug. Aside from that, the lines were HORRENDOUS and they quickly ran out of all their "special" beers that day. I feel like they would be better served cutting off the line at some point, but money is money I suppose. This place will always have a special place in my heart as it was one of my "gateway beers" way back when.

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Photo of Djm04f
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Another stop on the great Georgia Beer Tour. $10 or $12 for a pint glass and a wristband for 8 4oz pours. Glasses were either Maggie's Peach, Liquid Bliss, and Rye Pale Ale. Again, Georgia's BS brewery laws strike again.

Atmosphere: Good, I wish they had an indoor tasting room, and that's my only gripe. Gift shop had a clearance sale going on, and my girlfriend and I each picked up a T-shirt for $9 each. Back to the seating area. They basically have a big open field with picnic tables and other seating available. The beer is served from a hut on the side of the building. Also, be prepared to use the Port O Potties. Tour was good, first time I had ever been in a working brewery, most times I have been it has been after hours, or a during a slow period. Terrapin is loud and you actually get to see the brewers work. Also, WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES, or they will make you wear big goofy work boots, and people like me will laugh at you.

Quality: Terrapin makes a good lineup of some pretty good beers. Had the Liquid Bliss Peanut Butter Porter(awesome), Hi-5 IPA(very good), Tangerine Dreamsicle IPA (awesome) Golden Ale (okay), Guano Loco (Awesome), Recreationale Session IPA (good), and Hopzilla (awesome). Wish I had gone Thursday, as that seems to be cask night.

Service: Wasn't busy, so it was very easy to get a beer. Staff was friendly and helpful. I would probably expect long lines on UGA home game weekends, as there is only one bar for beer.

Overall, Terrapin is a good brewery, and well worth checking out if you're in Athens or want to make the 85 minute trip from Atlanta.

Update: 12/26/14: went back to the brewery to check out the new tasting room. Very well done, four tap station with 8 beers apiece. Selection was good, Hopsecutioner, Wake N Bake, Hopzilla, Rye Cubed, Recreationale, Moohoochiato, Hi-5, and some others I forgot. Again, Georgia hasn't broken into the 21st century, so the brewery still does $10 for a pint glass (got a cool UGA themed one) and a wristband for pours. Service was good, with ONE exception: our tour guide was a tool. We get it, you won the company home brew contest, and that's great, but putting down the other brewers and hyping up your beer as the greatest stuff ever is obnoxious. Newsflash: it wasn't anything special. Anyways, Terrapin is great, love the new tap room. I also wish they'd send some damn French Toasted WnB to Florida...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

You walk in through a visitor/tour entrance where (due to ridiculously outdated GA distribution laws) you purchase a glass for your "brewery tour experience." In the state of GA, you aren't allowed to purchase any beer directly from a brewery, so you buy a glass, they offer a tour, and you get a number of tasting tickets to try the beers. At least the loophole is completely workable. Again, no beer to go due to laws, but you can find their beers just about anywhere. They sell growlers, but can't fill them. They also have a bunch of swag for sale in this area. After the tour, you exit into an outdoor biergarten of sorts, where there is a ton of picnic tables, outdoor games, and music playing. There were about 8 taps going, and the bartenders were providing healthy samples while I was there. Be forewarned: there was a cop camped out right around the corner while I was there, and I was informed this is the norm for Terrapin's visiting/operating hours. The staff in the gift shop, the bartenders, and the tour guide were all extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The beer was delicious, and the crowd had a really friendly vibe. This is a must stop in Athens, but plan accordingly, because they have limited hours open to the public.

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Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA
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