Pap Datta is one step closer to his dream of opening a microbrewery in Gainesville.
The Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday voted to support his request to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, from general business to light industrial.
That’s where Datta plans to launch Left Nut Brewing Co.
Gainesville City Council will take up the rezoning request next month.
If given the go-ahead, Datta, a Forsyth County resident and former Hewlett-Packard executive, hopes the brewery will be a part of revitalizing the midtown area.
The brewery will offer tours and tastings.
Datta said the craft brewery’s core offerings would include various blondes and ales, while expanding to include lagers later on.
Datta said he wants his beers to reflect the local region, and he plans to use local ingredients, such as fruits and honey, in his recipes.
Datta said he appreciated the support of planning board members, as well as the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, adding that it’s nice to feel wanted and welcome in the city.
If all goes to plan, Datta hopes to open the brewery in April. But there’s a lot of work to be done before then, including securing federal and state permits.
In the meantime, Datta said he would be working to develop the brewery’s branding, labeling and marketing strategy.
He’ll also be securing the equipment needed to launch the brewery, securing distribution partners and continue to master his recipes.
He’s brought Rick Foote, respected for his work with Keep Hall Beautiful, on board to oversee research and development. Foote has been brewing beer in his home for decades, and he said he’ll help Datta in formulating recipes.
Datta said he’ll also begin a contract brewing partnership with 5 Seasons Brewing Co. in Sandy Springs, which will allow him to get his beers to market sometime this fall.