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Gainesville council OKs brewery location
Company hopes to open at Chicopee Mill building this summer
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The Gainesville City Council gave the OK Tuesday for Left Nut Brewing Co. to open the city’s first brewery in the Chicopee Mill industrial area off Atlanta Highway.

Plans to open in the midtown district were scrapped earlier this year when a lease could not be worked out for a warehouse property near Wild Wing Cafe.

But that proved to be a blessing in disguise.

“We’re actually happy to be at this building,” Rick Foote, who heads up research and development for the brewery, told council members.

The brewery will occupy a former Johnson & Johnson administration building, which has been vacant for many years.

Without further delays, which includes acquiring brewing permits from state and federal regulators, founder Pap Datta said he hopes to be open and operational this summer.

The brewery will offer tours and tastings, and core offerings will include various blondes, ales and lagers.

Foote said renovations are ongoing at the brewery, and that the historical integrity and significance of the building will be retained.

It “will be the most beautiful brewery in the state of Georgia,” he said.

Due to sources' errors, an earlier version of this article included incorrect information about how many votes were needed to approve a special use permit for the brewery.