Cherry Street wins brew awards

Aims for big Denver prize

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CUMMING, Ga. — With nine-months of being open, Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative is already nationally recognized for their local brew.

Nick Tanner, who heads the operations, has big plans for the small brewery out of Cumming and is looking for even more community support.

The brewpub located at the Vickery Village in Cumming, adjacent to Rick Tanner’s Grille and Bar, recently won two different award recognitions.

The first one was by chance, said Tanner.

After Tanner signed with Leon Farmer and Company, a wholesale beer distributor, they had him enter a “firkin” or a small cask beer batch in the Classic City Brew Fest held in Athens in April.

“The one we put up there ended-up winning People’s Choice,” Tanner said.

The base of that beer went on to win silver in the American Cream Ale category of the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship held last month.

The “Ta Ta Cream Ale,” which is a prohibition-style ale brewed supporting breast cancer awareness, is the brewing cooperative’s frontrunner, so far.

Rick Tanner, Nick’s father, said he knew his son would be successful in the brewing of the beer, but he was surprised about how quickly Nick has been going through batches.

“The awards are coming because he is that good,” Rick said.

Even more important for the local brewery will be the upcoming 2013 Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, Colo., in October.

On Tuesday night, Aug. 27, typically a night reserved for fundraising for local charities at the restaurant, there will be a huge celebration at Rick Tanner’s Grille and Bar with the goal to raise money to send Nick, Jonny Bradley and Dan Reingold (the entire Cherry Street Brewing crew) to Denver.

“I want them to be there with me when we go and win this,” Nick said.

They have entered 10 different beers in the competition and hope for the “Small Brewpub of the Year” grand prize.

Reingold said he and Bradley have been longtime home-brewers and the opportunity to brew professionally is a dream realized.

“I’m definitely enjoying the experience,” Reingold said. “It’s still so young that we’re in that honeymoon phase.”

For more information, visit www.cherrystreetbrewing.com or drop by 5810 Bond Street in Cumming.