Discover 10 Black-founded distilleries

13th October, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Nearest Green Distillery

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey was launched by author and entrepreneur Fawn Weaver in 2017. The American whiskey brand pays tribute to Nearest Green, who taught Jack Daniel how to distil. It made history as the first spirit to commemorate an African American, and one who is also the first African‐American master distiller on record.

In September 2019, Uncle Nearest opened its own facilities: the Nearest Green Distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky. The first phase included a retail store, a bottling house and the Tennessee Walking Horse experience.

Phase two of construction is expected to be completed next May, and will include a permanent visitor centre, featuring a Tennessee whiskey museum, and the world’s longest bar.

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