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Tucker Brewing Company in the running for best beer garden in the United States


Tucker Brewing Company in the running for best beer garden in the United States

Allicen Lottes helps out her brother and sister who own Tucker Brewing Company during Tucktoberfest 2020 on September 19. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — The Tucker Brewing Company is getting national attention as one of the country’s best beer gardens.

USA Today has named Tucker Brewing as one of the country’s 20 best beer gardens. Now it’s in the running for the top 10 and could take the No. 1 spot if it receives enough votes. To cast your ballot, click here. Tucker Brewing Company was established in 2017 and opened its doors in 2018.

Founded by brother and sister duo Ryan Chapman and Ashley Hubbard, the company promises, “German-style beer, southern roots.”

Tucker Brewing Company’s story began in 2016 when Chapman and Hubbard’s father purchased a new warehouse for his company, GPI Group, a firm that manufactures and sells building products. Located in a Tucker industrial park, the warehouse he purchased was roughly 42,000 square feet – much larger than what the business actually needed. The family saw an opportunity to put the extra space to use – but how?

Chapman, who had dabbled with home brew kits previously and lived in Germany as a student, suggested that the family start a brewery. After several years of research and planning, the idea became reality when Chapman attended the Craft Brewer’s Conference in spring 2017 and (somewhat impulsively, he admits) purchased industrial brewing equipment.

Chapman and Hubbard anticipated that around 500 people would come out for the brewery’s opening in 2018. Instead, they ended up with a crowd of 3,000. Tucker Brewing opened its kitchen in 2020.

The White family from l-r, David, Rosemary, William, Hannah and Duane get together for Tucktoberfest 2020 at Tucker Brewing Company on September 19. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Writer Heather Karellas contributed to this story. 

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