Experiences studying abroad in Germany led to a life-long passion for pilsners and helles (light) lagers. With the idea of re-creating those beers in the South, Tucker Brewing Company was founded in 2017 by Ryan Chapman and Ashley Chapman Hubbard.
Tucker Brewing Company
In 1998, my father started his own firm, GPI Group, manufacturing and selling building products. My sister and I joined the company twelve years ago and, since then, have worked hard to continue to grow the business. In 2016, we realized that the company was outgrowing the warehouse space we were renting, so we decided it was time to purchase our own building. When we moved our company into the much larger warehouse on Bibb Drive, I began envisioning a greater use for the extra space, one that had the potential to make a positive impact on the Tucker community.
Looking back, I guess you could say I got an early start in the brewing game. I lived in Germany as an exchange student during both high school and college. On my first trip there, my host student, Anders Thomas – who till this day is a good friend – introduced me to Detmolder Pilsener, the local beer from the small town we lived in. When I got home, my dad and I started brewing beer in our basement and attending meetings of the local brewer’s club.
Now, I won’t say that building products and beer go together, but I do think that Germany and beer go hand in hand. Our new, larger space allowed me to bring these two passions together in hopes of bringing a unique experience to Tucker and, more broadly, to Georgia.
Grateful for the support of my family and friends, I am thrilled to share my love of beer, the craft of brewing and the opportunity for endless socializing over freshly-poured glasses with you as we start this new endeavor together. Cheers!
– Ryan Chapman, Owner
Tucker, Georgia: A Railroad Town
The City of Tucker’s history is inextricably linked with the railroad.
Although people had been living in the area now known as Tucker for quite a long time, it did not have an official name until the completion of the first railroad station in April 1892. Stories suggest that the new station was given the name “Tucker” after either a railroad captain or a local farmer. The city was incorporated in 2016.
We at Tucker Brewing have tried to include this history in our brand through our trainlight logo. Additionally, you will see a Georgia rail map on our TKR Pilsner labels, as well as a replica boxcar door – our ‘Door of Inspiration’ – in our Tasting Room. Stop by soon to sign it and tell us what inspires you!
Tucker Brewing Company is located at 2003 South Bibb Drive in Tucker. It shares a large industrial building with our parent company, GPI Group.
The building has had an interesting history since it was built in the early 1970s. The original occupant was HC Brill Bakery. If you walk around the space, you can still see evidence of special baking equipment, for example, references to “Brownie Cutters” and other devices installed specifically for the original tenant.
Some of the subsequent tenants include Savannah Distributing Company (who distribute Creature Comforts Brewing Company, a fantastic brewery based in Athens, GA), Nature’s Garden Express (organic food home delivery), a cabinet refinisher, as well as, of course, GPI Group.
Buildout Of Our Space
We broke ground on renovating the existing building and land for our Tasting Room and Beer Garden in late 2017 and completed the work in May 2018.
The gallery below shows you an evolution of the space: