Music is Nathaniel Gravely's passion. That's his side of the business.
“I was born in Kentucky, in northern Kentucky, so I have some roots here," Gravely said. "But have never lived in Louisville before."
He may not have lived in Louisville, but he knew it's an affordable place to live and start a business, and the music and beer scene is up-and-coming.
He had to look no further than his own family for a head brewer to make his music brewery, Gravely Brewing Company, a reality.
Head brewer Cory Buenning recalled conversations he had with Gravely before they started working together.
“Can you move to Kentucky and brew for me? No. Can you move to Kentucky and brew for me? Maybe. Can you move to Kentucky and brew for me? OK,” Buenning recalled.
“I convinced them to move here from Jackson Wyoming,” Gravely said. “So they relocated to Louisville, and we relocated about six or eight months before they did.”
Buenning, who is Gravely's wife's brother-in-law, has been brewing beer for a long time. The two sisters and their husbands picked the historic Phoenix Brewery building at 514 Baxter Avenue in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood to open up shop.
“This used to be the site of the Phoenix brewery back in 1884 before Prohibition,” Gravely said.
There will be 14 beers on tap, games, a stage for live music, although shows won't start for a few months, and a permanent Mayan Café Street Food Truck.
“We are going to have board games to check out behind the bar,” Gravel said. “We don't have them yet, but we will have a ping pong table, shuffle board, there's corn hole already and a couple dart boards ... probably about a 300-350 capacity standing-room-only music venue,” he said.
“We've got some different snacks. We've got Salbutes, which is a Mayan form of tacos, and tacos themselves,” said Anne Shadle, co-owner of Mayan Cafe Food Truck.
With Gravely's vision of mixing beer, food and music together, the rest of the family is now calling Louisville home.
“I think everyone here who has relocated here has loved it so far,” Gravely said.
“It will definitely be home for a bit,” Buenning said.
Gravely opens at 3 p.m. Friday. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from noon until 2 a.m. and Sunday noon until 9 p.m.
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