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Meet the Merchant: Ken Monyak with Bristol Station Brews & Taproom

June 14, 2017

This week's "Meet the Merchant" featuring Historic Downtown Bristol business: Bristol Station Brews & Taproom!

Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
41 Piedmont Avenue
Bristol, VA 24201
276.608.1220
www.bristolbrew.com

How did Bristol Station Brews & Taproom come about?
I was a home brewer for several years, brewing beer for my family and friends. I was encouraged to enter, and I was fortunate enough to have won, the very first Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur Grant with the best business idea to locate in the downtown historic district. I used the grant to partner with the City of Bristol to acquire the old Greyhound bus station. I then worked with Bank of Tennessee for the rest of my start up needs.

Are you a Bristol native? If not, what brought you to Bristol?
I was born in Pittsburgh, and after moving to Buffalo and Chicago my family settled here in 1984. I started high school that year at John S Battle. While I'm not from here originally, I consider this my home town.

Tell us about your family! Kids? Dogs? Cats?
I have a beautiful wife Bonnie, daughter Natalie and son Griffin. We have two dogs and a cat.

Outside of your business, what are your other passions?
I'm an avid golfer and I love music and traveling. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is going to breweries!

Bristol Favorites
Favorite Bristol Restaurant: J Franks
Outdoor/recreation spot: Country Club of Bristol
Lunch spot: Burger Bar
Sweet Tooth: Dairy Queen's Peanut Buster Parfait — but without the peanuts!!! Yes, I'm a little bit weird!!