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Keith Weaver Offers the Best in Class at Humble Baron in Tennessee


Keith Weaver opened the doors to Humble Baron, the Guinness Book of Records certified it the “World’s Longest Bar” on March 23. The captivating and historic bar sits on the same land as Nearest Green Distillery— inspired by Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first African-American master distiller on U.S. record who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. 

Born and raised in South Los Angeles and the product of two hard-working entrepreneurs, Weaver, and his family eventually moved to the affluent neighborhood of Baldwin Hills. Although he experienced great joy during his childhood, he reveals the household also experienced physical and emotional turmoil that culminated in divorce.

The relationship his parents endured is a stark contrast to the “loving, amazing relationship” he has built with his wife, Fawn, with whom he co-founded Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.  

Humble Beginnings 

Humble Baron, Weaver’s latest project, expands on the success of Uncle Nearest and Nearest Green Distillery.

Weaver shares that his complex background fueled his creativity and inspired the concept of Humble Baron. He anthropomorphized that life experience into a cocktail nostalgically named Glenfort Street after his former home. “It’s got Uncle Nearest 84, sweet vermouth, coffee liquor, Campari, chili bitters. Just through those descriptions, you get a bit of sweet and savory, happy and sad—and that is how I grew up.”

The California native translated his amalgamation of real-world experiences to create an unforgettable guest experience. With everything from gastronomy to mixology and décor to entertainment, Weaver wants each patron to enjoy everything Humble Baron offers.

As a first step, Weaver leverages the sprawling, rural, and historic property to entice visitors to Tennessee. After picturing the longest bar in the world, he insisted on producing a menu full of beverage, food and entertainment offerings presented in an elevated way. Next came the serpentine-shaped bar, strategically implemented to create an ambiance where patrons can connect with the space and interact with the staff and each other with fluidity.

“At Humble Baron, everyone has a seat at the table,” states Weaver. The omission of the overhead cabinetry offers an immersive experience with sightlines to focus on whether people work for Humble Baron, are fellow patrons or recording artists and performers onstage.

Thanks to Weaver’s connections in the entertainment industry, Humble Baron has a built-in network to tap into. “Because we are also an entertainment venue, whenever you hear an artist or genre you are interested in, whoever is on that stage, whether you know them or not, is at a level where they could win a Grammy.”

Words by Quia Bethea

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