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Monday, January 14, 2013

First Draft: Brian 'Spike' Buckowski


Terrapin brewmaster and co-founder Brian "Spike" Buckowski graduated from college with a corporate video communications degree, but something didn't feel right. He wasn't pursuing his passion, so he picked up a hobby: homebrewing. After a few years working at it, post-graduate life started to make more sense. "I went to brewing school in Woodland, Calif., and became a professional brewer in 1997," he tells Creative Loafing. "I started at Atlanta Brewing Company, and a couple years later, helped open Five Seasons in Sandy Springs. Terrapin became a dream in 1999 and a reality in 2002."

Now at the helm of one of Georgia's oldest and most celebrated craft breweries, Buckowski stays busy dreaming up new brews in Athens - and also sometimes abroad. He was recently invited to New Zealand to create three new beers - Spike's Pilsner, Spike's IPA, and Spike's Red Rye - for Boundary Road Brewery's "The Resident" series. Back from the trip, he's looking forward to what promises to be Georgia's most prolific craft beer year yet. "More craft beer!" he exclaims about the future. "It feels good to know Terrapin has opened the doors for other breweries in Georgia to jump into this awesome industry."

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