LEXINGTON – A chemist, an analyst and a manager walk into a bar.
The bar is located at 510 W. Main St. in Lexington – and more specifically, the bar is actually a brewery, and the chemist, analyst and manager are co-owners.
That’s the goal of Hudson’s pals Andy Arndt, Brian Graves and Nate Poehlman, who set a March 2022 goal of bringing to market what was once a garage-related hobby.
“This is really something that has been brewing for decades,” Graves told the Pantagraph. “It was at least that long when Nate and I started having conversations about home brewing. And it was something that so many things, be it careers, kids, or family, prevented us from really being able to do it. ”
Perhaps it is the uncertainty that accompanied the pandemic and its associated closures. Perhaps it was the fulfillment of an unrealized dream at a time when many people found themselves re-evaluating their lives and priorities.
“I think that is a testament to the approach, the mindset that we all have,” Graves said. “Andy is a chemist by profession and by training and the three of us have an eye for detail. I think when you think of the analytical and scientific approach, that was just a name that flowed naturally.”
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While they did not detail their exact processes, the co-owners said they plan to leverage Arndt’s background in chemistry, his knowledge of craft breweries in the United States, and his experience with systems. ‘premium’ home brewer to create a multitude of beers.
“Really our intention is to provide and produce a really great beer that is true to style in a lot of different styles,” Graves said. “We know there are many craft beer drinkers and preferences and we believe we have a range of beers that caters to that.”
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The owners also plan to collect data to determine which beers are most popular with customers, another aspect of the name.
“Part of it is staying tuned to what’s current and the future in the craft beer industry, but part of it is also staying true to our roots at the same time: providing good quality beer that people can expect from us, ”said Poehlman.
More recently came the approval of the Lexington City Council project.
This came with the possibility for the three friends to purchase a building formerly occupied by Brandt Consolidating, a company specializing in fertilizers.
“The building we’re buying is going to take a lot of work – and the three of us have day jobs,” Poehlman said. “So it’s going to take a lot of nights, weekends and working with local and professional contracts to make this all happen.”
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“Our schedule – I don’t know if it will be aggressive or not,” Poehlman said. “Time will tell. But we hope to brew beer by March 2022. Other than that, we hope there will be enough interest to be able to put kegs in local restaurants and eateries and open our bar in May 2022. ”
And while there are three public faces of Analytical Brewing’s ownership, at this point the co-owners have said they wouldn’t have gotten this far without the support of their wives.
“Our three spouses have only been united and eager to help and intervene,” said Graves. “With six of us doing this, that and the other, it really helps them divide and conquer and you get ideas that a person might not have imagined.”
If all goes as planned, the establishment will eventually reflect the values of the co-owners and their families.
“We want to bring our family, friends and the community together to enjoy a good beer a good beer,” said Poehlman. “We know that the community, our family, our friends all love something different… so we hope to make great beer true to the style, through different styles that will do it and help us bring family, friends and family together. community.”