Forsyth could soon allow for beer samples: Growler shops, local brewpub rejoice at change

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CUMMING, Ga. — A local brew pub that has sought to change Forsyth County's alcohol law to allow tastings of samples may soon get their issue heard.

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider an amendment to the Forsyth County alcohol law to regulate tastings of beer sold in growler containers at their Thursday, April 4 regular meeting.

This is good news for growler shops and local brew pubs, which have complained that, just south in Alpharetta, samples of beer can be served, while in Forsyth it has been illegal.

Cherry Street Brewing Co-operative, which launched its operations earlier this year next to Rick Tanner's Grille and Bar in the Vickery Village has been a supporter of the change.

In the next few weeks they will begin distribution of their beers — Red Eye Jedi Ale, Dylan's Dubbel, West LA Hopaway IPA — and will provide their Forsyth County-made beer at local growler shops.

“We’ll be getting into the local growler shops and people will be able to go there and taste our beer and take the beer home,” said Nick Tanner, owner of Cherry Street. “It’s still a statewide issue for brewpubs to sample beers.”

In the meantime, Tanner says he will continue to sell samples for a nominal price with proceeds going toward charity.

Each month on the last Tuesday of the month, the brewpub hosts a community event to benefits a local charity.

The next event at Cherry Street takes place on Tuesday, April 30 and will help a local organization that raises money for clean drinking water in Haiti.

The events raise about $500 for the organizations. Among the recent groups was the West Forsyth High School Lacrosse team.

“It’s a way for us to get the community together, have a party and get people to get out,” Tanner said.

The coaches and the parents of the team got together all of their friends, promoted it and raised money.

“It’s bringing a lot of people together,” Tanner said. “There’s no greater satisfaction than creating something with your own hands and giving it to them to enjoy it.”

This article was published in the Forsyth Herald April 3, 2013 edition