Tucker is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising business destinations in the Metro Atlanta area. Each month, the 'Business Boom' by our Community & Economic Developmemt Director John McHenry, will seek to show different examples of how Tucker’s business scene is flourishing.
It’s been said, although I was not there to hear it, that Plato noted after a particularly hot and muggy day in the agora, “It is a wise man who invented beer.” Well, the City of Tucker has a lot of wise business owners with a strong history of brewing and spreading their wisdom to the community.
In 2014, Chris Cordero purchased Growler Time on Main Street and has been providing patrons with a range of craft beer, wine, cider, mead, vermouth and soda along with an eclectic menu of tapas and pizza. Chris shared that it has been a decision that he never regretted.
“We’re growing so fast, and see so many new faces everyday, clearly this is a great location for us,” he said. “Serving food was a logical next step in the growth of our business.”
Directly across Main Street, Tom Stahl and Alan Pugh are building a 6,400 square foot space that will highlight their combined breweries of Blue Tarp and High Card. Slated to open in early fall, the facility will have outdoor seating on a patio and two separate brew masters that will ultimately feature over 25 craft beers on tap.
Tom explained why they landed in Tucker, saying, “We liked the downtown area, the fact that there were connecting restaurants and the ability to design a space from the floor up.”
Heading southeast from downtown, tucked away on Bibb Drive, is the Tucker Brewing Company. Open since June 2018, Tucker Brewing has created their very own beer garden right here in Tucker. Founded by the brother and sister duo of Ryan Chapman and Ashley Hubbard, they specialize in German style beers. They have a tasting room, an 8,500 square foot fenced in beer garden with a stage, games, a food truck alley, and an array of lagers, pilsners, and ales to sample, drink, and distribute.
“It was really important for us to be a part of the community and to create a family friendly place where people can hang out and enjoy themselves,” Hubbard said. “This was a million dollar plus investment for us and we are in it for the long haul.”
There is no doubt that is being accomplished, as Tucker Brewing continues to grow in popularity. Not to be missed is the upcoming second annual Tucktoberfest on Saturday September 28 from 4 p.m. to midnight. Following up on the success of last year’s event, this year will feature new beer releases, live bands with polka music, delicious German food and a German costume contest. Plato would be proud.