Leah Kuck

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I fell in love with the craft brewing industry in college, but actually started working in the brewing industry with Terrapin Beer Co. [in Athens, Ga.] in June 2014 as the merchandise specialist. I moved into my role as marketing and communications lead in October 2015.

What’s new at Terrapin?

Starting in 2013, Terrapin began canning RecreationAle, and we have since moved to canning most of our year-round beers and all of our seasonals. July marked the move of our Side Project line into cans.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

The best part of being in the craft brewing community is the community! People are so willing to share, come together, and lift one another up.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and homemade New York-style cheesecake.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Selling a piece of my collage art to Wake Forest University for them to add to their collection. I’ve always been artistic and loved crafting things, but having someone purchase a piece made me feel validated as an artist.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

Foothills HopJob Session IPA, or Surly Furious (because choosing just one is hard!).

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

St. John in the Virgin Islands. It’s a beautiful island with an interesting history, and it’s exciting to see that even though the island is so small, they have their own brewery. When I spoke to some of their representatives, they explained that one of their biggest challenges is water usage, and that even though it is expensive to use so much water, it is worth brewing on the island.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

I write about beer in my free time, and am currently studying for the Certified Cicerone exam. I also enjoy getting outside with my dog and cooking (with and without beer!).

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