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Column: It's all about less water, more beer at Terrapin
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Terrapin's ATL Brew Lab is donating 100% of the proceeds from its beer, Terraprint, to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. - photo by Kelsey Podo

The Quality Beer Tour’s fourth brew is pouring up a tall pint of sustainability.  

In early August, Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab released Terraprint, a beer that will contribute 100% of its proceeds to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper — a nonprofit all about protecting Georgians’ water source. 

For those who haven’t heard me ramble on and on about the Quality Beer Tour, it’s an initiative that calls upon breweries in Georgia to create a Chattahoochee-inspired beer and donate a portion of the sales to the organization’s key programs: trash cleanup, neighborhood water watch, bacteria alert and Chattahoochee Aquatic Sensor System Integrated, a program that tracks water quality. 

So far, Cherry Street Brewing Co.Left Nut Brewing Co. and Steady Hand Beer Co. have released beer for the tour. During the upcoming months, we should see Pontoon Brewing Co. and Reformation Brewery crank out some river-centric beer. 

Coming in at 5.5%, Terraprint offers a beautiful pale ale with a nice wheat backbone and tiny hints of hops. This brew is smooth-as-silk, ridiculously approachable and perfect for crushing during the warmer months.  

During the “Let’s Chatt: What’s in your beer?” webinar I co-hosted with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper on Wednesday, Aug. 12, I was able to speak with Mark Crouch, the operations manager at Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab, about his tasty brew. 

For those of you who joined, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your support is honestly what motivates me to come to work every day. Anyway, back to the beer.  

Crouch said he intentionally left the bitterness “nice and low” to give people an easy-drinking beer to enjoy in the hot Atlanta sun.  

He said the name of the beer coincides with the brewery’s ongoing sustainability efforts, which they’ve dubbed, “Terraprint.” 

To lessen its environmental footprint, Crouch said Terrapin has taken multiple steps, including the 2019 installation of its own wastewater pretreatment facility, which removes contaminants before they are discharged into a sewer system. 

“In many communities, breweries are actually the No. 1 consumer of water for that municipality,” Crouch said. “The wastewater pretreatment facility mitigates the amount of work the community has to do and helps ensure the quality of local water.” 

Crouch said Terrapin also reduces its consumption of water through recapturing steam condensate and using it. 

“We want to reduce our water usage as much as possible,” he said. 

If you’re wanting to drink beer with extra purpose, I encourage you to give Terraprint a go. The beer is on tap at Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab at The Battery in Atlanta and at Terrapin Beer Co. on 265 Newton Brewing Road in Athens. Unfortunately, it can’t be found in Hall County; however, Left Nut’s Pure Source IPA, which is a part of the Quality Beer Tour, can be found at 2100 Atlanta Highway in Gainesville. 

To read more about Terrapin’s sustainability initiatives, visit terrapinbeer.com/sustainability

Terraprint 

Brewery: Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab 

Alcohol by volume: 5.5% 

Style: Pale ale 

Bottom line: Ridiculously approachable wheat-forward beer 

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