From LEO Weekly, 8/9/2017
By Kevin Gibson
When Gravely Brewing Co. opens Aug. 18, it will hark back to a significant piece of Louisville beer history — a time when bicycle racing was a spectator sport and campaigning politicians were known to stop in for rallies.
The brewery at 514 Baxter Ave. formerly the Pride Tile Co., is on part of what once was home to Phoenix Brewing Co., a nationally-known brewery and beer garden that operated roughly from 1884 until 1916. It had a lush garden, an indoor velodrome, an outdoor bar that was longer than 100 feet and more. Events from a Teddy Roosevelt rally to traveling shows and pig races took place there over the years.
Two of the original lagering caverns, where beer fermented prior to refrigeration, are on the Gravely property and can be clearly seen — although they won’t be used for making beer these days. And the Phoenix horse stable still stands next door.