Hugger Ale is brewed by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia
Terrapin Tree Hugger Ale is brewed for the nature lover in all of
us. This ale is blossoming with flavor. Behold the amber color of
the “Altcentric” ale and celebrate the majestic balance of both hops
and malt. In 2013, Tree Hugger Ale won a gold medal at the Great
American Beer Festival in the German-Style Altbier category.
Brewed with Mount Hood and Vanguard hops and 2-Row Pale, Munich, CaraMunich III, Melanoidin, DH Carafa II malts.
IBU: 40. ABV: 5.1.
When you drink Tree Hugger, you’ll also be helping protect Southern
forests. For this new ale, Terrapin Beer Co. has partnered with
Dogwood Alliance, an organization formed in 1996 and dedicated to
protecting Southern forests and communities from destructive logging
practices. To learn more about their important work, and how you can
be a Tree Hugger and join the forest protection team, visit
Tree Hugger was originally a special draft-only release for the 2012 Decatur
Green Fest, also in support of Dogwood Alliance. That original limited
draft-only release of this beer was so adored that the decision to make it the
newest member of Terrapin’s year-round schedule was an easy one. With a mild
herbal spice hop aroma and a malty flavor profile featuring notes of caramel,
toffee, and nuts, this malt-forward beer will be a welcome compliment to
Terrapin’s current hop-forward roster.
Terrapin Beer Company
Terrapin Beer Company was founded by Brian "Spike" Buckowski and John
Cochran. The two men actually wanted to develop their own brewery, in 1998,
before they had their own beer. After finally developing a beer the two were
contemplating names when Buckowski, a Grateful Dead fan, mentioned Terrapin.
The name comes from "Terrapin Station," which is a Grateful Dead album.
After three years of talking to bankers and investors to no avail, Spike and
John realized the only way to start Terrapin Beer Company was to begin as a
It released its first beer, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, in Spring 2002 at the
Classic City Brewfest. Six months later this beer, which was sold only in
Athens, Georgia, was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002
Great American Beer Festival. With demand for Terrapin growing daily, the
Rye Pale Ale was soon made available to beer fans in Atlanta, Georgia as
well. Soon after, Terrapin was chosen by producers of "Blue Ribbon" on
Turner South to be featured on a TV special about breweries in the South.
The viewers of this show voted Terrapin as the Best Brewery in the Southeast
by an overwhelming margin of 72%.