With representatives from the city and chamber, today’s ribbon cutting was a tremendous success, and the city’s newest tap room is now ready to move forward. With an already growing base of visitors and support, co-owner Adam Gratz was happy to share the experience with friends and associates, and looks forward to the future.
With experience working in a distillery, Gratz said the business idea came to him last November, and after browsing various locations across the Tri-Cities, he and his girlfriend/business partner Amanda Pike found their ideal spot at 108 E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City.
Gratz spoke earlier with our Zach Vance:
“It started out as an idea back in November and has now flourished into this,” Gratz said while gazing out across the renovated space.
“We looked at a lot of places. We looked in Bristol. We looked in Kingsport. We looked on the other side of Johnson City. And just nothing sold us like this (place) did. (Downtown Johnson City) is really becoming a destination that everybody wants to come to, and I think with more businesses, it will only get better.”
Offering more than 32 craft beers served on tap, in a growler or in a can, Barley Waters will also sell more than 200 beer varieties in six packs or cases.
“What we are is a craft beer market. What’s unique about us is that we’re on-premise and off-premise,” Gratz said.
“You can sit here and enjoy a variety of beers. We’ll have over 200 beers to choose from while you’re here. In the same sense, you can pretty much get any of those beers to go in a growler, a crowler (a 32 ounce can), or you can get it in package form. We have two big merchant coolers that will have random bottles and cans in it.”
Another unique aspect is the business’ food runner service, where customers can order food while drinking beer. Gratz said his business will pick up the food and deliver it free of charge, as long as the customer is drinking beer.
Back in June 2017, Grant Summers, owner of the Tennessee National Bank building, revealed the new beer market, and referenced it to Casual Pint, a business with locations in the Knoxville area and five other states.
For the past year or so, Summers and his business partners have worked to renovate the old bank and plans to accommodate 11 loft apartments, consisting of one- and two-bedroom living spaces, on its upper floor.
If successful, Gratz aspires to eventually expand Barley Waters into Kingsport and Bristol.