By Danielle Profita
As autumn rolls in with fall breezes and changing of the leaves, we find ourselves enjoying the crispness in the air and the amazing colors around us. The changing of the seasons means field parties, long walks, bearable weather and most importantly, fall festivals.
During the fall one of the most talked about and enjoyed activities is going to Terrapin! Terrapin was born in April of 2002, and they’ve been making unique beers since. To match their distinctive brews and style, the founding brewers, Spike and John, decided to base Terrapin in Athens. The new 40,000 square foot brewing facility offers space to brew, taste new beers and enjoy great music. Jordan Schlanger, a senior public relations major from Buford says Terrapin has a “good social atmosphere, great beer and really friendly service, and the ability to try as much or as little as you want. Also, going on your birthday is the best. You get free beer and a free birthday glass!”
This fall, Terrapin is hosting plenty of fall fests to satisfy the need for good times and good vibes with your pals. Terrapin “…is a great place to go unwind and relax after a long week, especially when the weather is great and you are able to go outside, take your dogs and play corn hole with friends” says, Savannah Brock, a senior digital broadcast journalism major from Winder. Year round, Athens so graciously offers its eclectic nature to all who visit, but fall is one of the best times to be in The Classic City, and year round, Terrapin hosts a myriad of festivals but their special, fall brews are to not to be missed. “Going to Terrapin underage was still a ton of fun!” says Emily Middleton, a sophomore journalism major from Cumming. “There was live music to listen to, corn hole to play, and shaded picnic tables to chat at!”
Here are some upcoming events to look forward to:
The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA Tasting Room Release Tour:
Taking place at the Terrapin tasting room on October 1 from 5:30-7:30, lucky guests will be able to try the Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA. This unique tour offers a Walking Dead glass, two souvenir 22oz bottles of the Walking Dead beer and 36oz of beer to sample at the bar. There will also be live music, a special undead cask and other new fresh brews.
Rumpus Raiser at Terrapin Beer Co:
The first ever satellite fundraising event for the Wild Rumpus benefitting the Community Connection of Northeast Georgia will be held on Sunday, October 4 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the brewery! Each ticket is five dollars and includes: a Terrapin Tour, 36ox of samples at the brewery, a souvenir Wild Rumpus pint glass, one raffle ticket for any of the donations from Athens businesses, a five dollar donation to Community Connection of Northeast Georgia and free food provided by Athens vendors, like Jittery Joe’s. There will also be lots of entertainment, such as a costume contest for adults, children and dogs!
At the brewery from 4:00-6:00pm on Sunday, October 11, MyAthens and Terrapin are pairing up to benefit Habitat for Humanity. In a battle of the beefs, ten local restaurants will bring their tacos to Terrapin for guests to eat as they sip on Terrapin’s Horchata beer, brewed just for the occasion. There will be live music and a photo booth to document this fun fiesta. The eateries featured at this event will be, Tlaloc, Catch 22, Seabear, Streets Café, The World Famous, Heirloom, The Pine, Pulaski Heights BBQ, Taqueria del Sol and South Kitchen+Bar.
Terrapin will be kicking off the weekend of the annual Hip-Hop Harvest Festival early on Friday, October 23 from 4:30-7:30pm at the brewery. DJ Osmose will be running the party with his all vinyl set while Streets Café is serving up their famous tacos and Street Fries to keep the party going. Obviously, there will be delicious beer to sip on too! Also, artist Richard Biffe will be displaying his illustrations, some of which feature the famous Terrapin turtle, The Hopsecutioner.
Hop Harvest Festival 2015
From 4:30-8:30 at the brewery, Terrapin will be unveiling a Special Release beer: So Fresh & So Green, Green. Double Dutch Printmaking, live music, and a large selection of Terrapin favorites will be sure to make this festival one for the books. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Dogwood Alliance. The Stay & Play voucher, $25.00, includes a commemorative glass and 36oz of samples. The Now & Later tour, $35.00, includes everything from the Stay & Play voucher plus up to 72oz of packaged souvenir beer to take home!