While Atlanta has its fair share of craft breweries, Terrapin Brewing Company is unique to Athens, a college town an hour or so outside of the capital. Home to the University of Georgia and music legends like the B-52s and R.E.M., Terrapin has made a place for itself in the community, hosting live music and local events.
As with most breweries, you can tour the facilities and sample the beers on offer. The beer has cult status and always has hilarious names, like Hopsecutioner and Tree Hugger. If your visit coincides with the release of seasonal beers, don't pass them up, particularly the Pumpkinfest, which is like fall in a glass.
The bartenders are volunteers who love what they do, so be sure to show your appreciation in the form of a tip. Aside from the brewery, there is a large field adjacent to the building with its own outdoor bar, volleyball court, stage, Frisbee golf course and picnic tables.
Terrapin is open for tours from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Souvenir glasses, which come with 8 samples, will set you back $10 or $12 if you want a specialty glass.