Tucker Brewing named 4th 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 and was recently named the fourth best beer garden in the country.

USA Today organized and sponsored the contest. Top prize went to The Raleigh Beer Garden  in Raleigh, N.C. The winners were chosen after four weeks of public voting.

“Our team is honored and ecstatic to officially share that Tucker Brewing Company has been recognized by USA TODAY’s 10Best,” said CEO and Owner Ashley Hubbard. “We are incredibly passionate about the beer we brew, as well as the experience that we deliver to our customers, and that includes our beer garden. We are so grateful for our community and patrons, as we could not have achieved this national recognition without their support and commitment to voting. Here’s to another great spring and summer spent in the beer garden!”

Founded by brother and sister duo Ryan Chapman and 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.

Writer Heather Karellas contributed to this story. 

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