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Beer sales bill in legislature could benefit Left Nut, owner says
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Nilanjan “Pap” Datta talks a little about the history of Left Nut Brewing Co. in Gainesville. Datta is the founder and owner of the brewing company. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Left Nut Brewing Co.

Whre: 2100 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Cost: $15 for a tour, collectable mug and six tickets for six 6 ounce beers

More info: www.leftnutbrewing.com

Beer lovers rejoice.

The Senate voted to allow breweries to sell their wares straight from the source Feb. 2, so things are looking good for local Left Nut Brewing Co.

The law in question, Senate Bill 85, will now go to the House. If it passes and is signed by the governor, it would take effect in September, which couldn’t come fast enough in Nilanjan “Pap” Datta’s world.

It’s very exciting for us,” Datta said. “It also just makes sense.”

According to the American Brewers Association, Georgia ranks 48th in breweries per capita, information that can be found at www.brewersassociation.org. Georgia is also the last state to adopt Sen. Bill 85, he said.

The south Forsyth County man owns and founded the brewery almost a year ago. It will celebrate its anniversary the weekend of March 25 with a big extravaganza and specially brewed beers. The date of their first successful batch of Lappland Blonde is March 21.

The tap room opened in September.

“We’ve seen a steady growth since then,” Datta said.

Datta said they usually see about 150 to 200 people in a night. The last few weeks have been especially crowded. He attributes this to a few factors — the nice weather and word of mouth.

Left Nut’s beers are sold as far south as Griffin and Augusta as well as Decatur and Suwanee, so people in those areas are starting to venture out to see where the beers come from, Datta said.

Now in order to taste the brewery’s concoctions, patrons have to purchase tours. Rebecca Foote, the brewery’s version of a hostess, sells the $15 tickets, which comes with a collectable mug and six tickets for six 6-ounce beers. She said that isn’t always good because some people can’t or don’t want to consume 36 ounces of beer in one sitting, or they are in too much of a hurry to enjoy it. If you bring your mug back in, you get a 25 percent discount, free on your birthday.

Foote’s mom Carolyn Foote and her dad, Rick Foote, also get in on the action.  Carolyn works as a bartender and sometimes helps out on the tours. Rick is a bit of a backyard beermaster himself, often brewing up selections in his basement.

“I grew up around beer,” Rebecca, who is only 19 and can’t drink beer, said. However, she said she’s tried the brewery’s version of root beer and likes it.

Perrin Chunta, a Gainesville native, and her friend Caitlin Marvin spent their Saturday at the brewery. Marvin, who lives in Atlanta, was the one to find the brewery with a quick Google search.

Chunta was surprised the brewery was right there in her backyard and she didn’t know about it.

“It’s something fun to do,” she said. “I like supporting local businesses.”

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