Business Boom

John McHenryTucker is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising business destinations in the Metro Atlanta area.  Each month, the Business Boom will seek to show different examples of how Tucker’s business scene is flourishing.

In 1998, Paul Chapman started his family’s successful door and window hardware firm, the GPI Group. In 2016, when they outgrew their location in the Norcross area, they found a perfect building in terms of location and size at 2003 South Bibb Drive in Tucker. A key selling point was extra space in the building that would allow next generation owner Ryan Chapman to fully realize a dream of starting a brewery.

Tucker Brewing Company pie and ice cream dessert.

Ryan was an exchange student in Germany during college, who brought home a love for the artisanal craft of brewing pilsners and lagers. After installing brewery equipment and a tasting room, Tucker Brewing Company was born and it just keeps on growing with a beer garden, event space and most recently a full-service kitchen.

On choosing a name co-owner Ashley Chapman Hubbard shared, “Tucker Brewing Company spoke to us because we’re not just located in the City of Tucker, we are truly a part of the community.”

And now these fine beers can also be enjoyed and found throughout metro Atlanta at supermarkets and bars, as a successful distribution of their product has rolled out over the last two years. Ryan explained that they enjoy making these high-quality German beers, but they have also added a Southern twist while creating a destination for families and beer lovers. Live bands from Thursday through Saturday, an eclectic German inspired menu that perfectly pairs with their beers and ample room for social distancing have led to increased popularity since opening.

“I’m really excited to get to share my food with the public,” said Executive Chef Nicole Fey. “We’ve been working really hard, Ashley and I, on creating a menu that is seasonal, focuses on local produce and also speaks to our beers and pairs really well with our beers.

“We’ve definitely got a lot of German influence in there. We’ve got a pork schnitzel with a butterscotch carrot puree and some cranberry compote. So, we’re trying to have a little bit of traditional German as well as a lot of seasonality and make things new and exciting and change them around four times a year.”

Mayor Auman shared at the ribbon cutting for the restaurant, “I have to say we’re blessed with a lot of really good businesses here in Tucker, and some go beyond being a business, they become part of the fabric of the community and that’s Tucker Brewing Company.”

Ryan has gone even further, getting involved in the leadership of his local Community Improvement District.

“Tucker Brewing Company is a perfect example of the awesome growth and development happening in our district,” said Emory Morsberger, president of the Tucker Summit CID. “We are also pleased to welcome Ryan to our Board, his extensive business knowledge and experience will be an invaluable asset.”

This is a business that, in its short time in Tucker, has given back to various community initiatives, including the Tucker Cluster schools. Now they are giving back through their kitchen…and your taste buds will be glad.

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