Meet Spike, Terrapin Co-founder and VP of Brewery Development

What is the Terrapin Tribe?

When Terrapin started it was a small group of employees… our Terrapin family if you will. Terrapin has grown at an amazing rate and that family has grown to include not only more employees, but also partners and collaborators such as Jittery Joe’s and Osprey. Each new contributor brings with them families of their own and the Terrapin family has become a group of many we now affectionately call the Terrapin Tribe.

In this series, we’ll introduce you to the hardworking individuals who make up the Terrapin Tribe. Dedicated contributors who work both in the spotlight and behind the scenes to collectively make Terrapin beer Co. the brewery it is today, and shape what it will be tomorrow.

Spike Brewing Reunion Ale with Shmaltz

To kick off our introduction to the Terrapin Tribe, we thought it was appropriate to start with the man who started it all: Brian “Spike” Buckowski!

Spike and John Cochran met while working at an Atlanta brewery, and started dreaming up their own venture. Their first beer, Rye Pale Ale, took home gold at GABF their first year (2002) which helped to bolster Terrapin’s growth in Athens and throughout Georgia!

What’s your favorite beer style? Pilsner. (Have you had our Sound Czech?)

What advice would you give someone looking to get into the craft beer industry? Make sure you love it!

Spike at Hop School in 2012

If you could visit any brewery in the world, which one would it be? Brouwerij Bosteels

What’s your favorite piece of equipment at Terrapin? The canning line.

What is your favorite thing about working at Terrapin? Developing the recipes.

If you weren’t working in the beer industry, what would you be doing? Playing drums in a rock band.

What’s your favorite drink other than beer? The house drink at the Manhattan Cafe 

Want to join the Terrapin Tribe? Check out our job openings here!