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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Jensen.

Hi Ryan, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When COVID first reached Tennessee, I worked downtown as an events manager. I guaranteed I would lose my job temporarily, if not permanently. I took the time and opportunity to open a brewery in Ashland City, TN – Marrowbone Creek Brewing Co. I had minimal experience with craft beer and did not even drink then. My background was in food & beverage and events, and we spent May 2020-February 2021 planning and building out what is now our front taproom at Marrowbone.

Mat and I had talked a few times throughout the process of opening Marrowbone, although broader scope concepts. Around the same time we opened in February, we started talking more seriously about opening a taproom east of Nashville, where the area was developing and growing rapidly. We looked at Mt. Juliet but ultimately set our eyes on Lebanon, where Mat grew up and where the square was starting to begin the revival we’re seeing now.

We ultimately decided that this would be a 2022 project as Marrowbone was a brand new business, and Mat was involved with other projects at the time. However, I think it wasn’t more than a week or two later, and we were already looking at some of the properties on the square. We began to hear rumblings of other taprooms and breweries looking at Lebanon as the next “It” spot, and we wanted to get ahead of that and be THE spot to drink local craft beer.

By May 2021, we had already secured our current location and began some of the repairs from the spring flooding. We had a few roadblocks along the way but finally closed our doors in October 2021.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s been just as many smooth parts as struggles – there’s not one successful business out there that hasn’t had its fair share of struggles. We began this project during a pandemic with no end in sight. Since then, flooding, permitting issues for months, bad contractors, supply chain shortages, labor shortages, inflation with threats of recession, old buildings needing repairs, and more. The list goes on and on, but we couldn’t be more thankful for the supportive community that has helped us pull through and overcome many of those issues. We’ve got a great team here, and we’ve met many great people coming through the door daily. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As with most Nashvillians, all of the partners are musicians here. Mat, DJ (our silent partner), and I met by playing at a small festival at a train station back in 2014. Since then, we’ve played in many different bands, toured together, and more. Mat runs his studio full-time and has a lot of live sound gigs. DJ still tours with a local Nashville band here and there. I don’t get to play as much as I would like, but we all have that appreciation. We try to show that off when booking live music every weekend and being involved with local music events.

We also all have a great appreciation for craft beer. I’ve spent the better part of the last 2 years brewing and trying different beers on the market, and we’ve all been able to share those and try different things together. It’s allowed us to have one of the best draft selections outside of Davidson County and expand our selection with high gravity beer, wine, mead, and whiskey.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
This is not always the case, but with the craft beer community, it’s come naturally through conversation, attending different breweries and festivals, and reaching out through social media. It’s a very supportive and collaborative community with years of experience behind it, especially in Nashville. Sometimes we’ve had to learn from our mistakes, but we’ve also saved ourselves a lot of headaches just by making those.

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Pricing:

  • Most Pints ~$7
  • Happy Hour (1/2 Off Flights and Pretzels & Beers Cheese; BOGO Pints on Wednesday and Sunday 4pm-6pm)

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