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While I’ve sampled my fair share of craft beer flights, sitting down to share a pint with the founders of a new brewery was an exciting first for me.

Turns out, enjoying a cold one is rare for the hardworking team behind Gate City Brewing. Roswell husbands and fathers, Pat Bruins, Brian Borngesser and Garrett Nail each have a day job, but on the weekends, they do much more than drink beer together. Hailing from Portland, Ore., Bruins has honed a longtime love — or what he jokes as an “obsession” — for home brewing, a hobby he shared with Borngesser after the two met through Roswell Rotary Club. Soon their neighbor Nail joined, putting their backyard talk into action using his background as an attorney.

After a long process to get licensed, they worked out an alternating proprietorship with their friends at Reformation Brewery in Woodstock — a first for breweries in Georgia.

I met Bruins and Nail on National Beer Day for a taste of their “approachable” Copperhead Amber Ale, and the story behind the brews. Also on tap at nearly a dozen eateries centered around Canton Street is their 1864 Indian Pale Ale. Both were created with their demographics’ taste in mind, and the latter’s name references the year General Sherman’s troops set fire to Atlanta during the Civil War. A phoenix on their pint glasses is symbolic of Atlanta’s rise from the ashes and a nod to new beginnings.

More big brews are on the horizon, but first, the guys have to keep up with demand as the beer is pouring quickly. When Gate City finally opens its own doors, I’m looking forward to raising a glass to this rising star. facebook.com/gatecitybrewing