Bill Nelson, the great, great grandchild of Charles Nelson, can be credited with helping to bring this historic distillery back to life. One day he invited his two sons, Andy and Charlie, to go with him down to Greenbrier, TN to see a butcher.
A chance stop at the gas station and a sign that made mention of the distillery encouraged the brothers to revitalize this legendary family brand. As of November 23, 2014, after 105 years, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery is now back open for business.
It took Andy and Charlie 9 years to get the distillery back open, but it was definitely worth. It was truly a labor of love and they were not going to give up on it. They knew they had to do it right so they sought the help of Dave Pickerell. Dave was a master distiller for 14 years so he was able to provide them with amazing training and advice.
Here are a couple of interesting facts about this historical distillery:
- In 1885 it was actually more popular than Jack Daniel's. As a matter of fact, it was the world's top selling Tennessee Whiskey.
- When Charles Nelson passed in 1891, Louisa, his lovely wife, took over. She was the first woman to ever run a distillery. Now that's some serious history!
If you would like to see what the new and improved Nelson's Green Brier Distillery looks like, please contact them to schedule a tour. The distillery is open for tours and tastings 6 days a week. Taking a tour gives you a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the distillery. It costs $5 per person who wishes to take the tour and taste the whiskey. ID is required for those who will be participating in the tastings.
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