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U.S. News & World Report TRAVEL: 5 Best Nashville Breweries and Distilleries

US News & World Report Travel: 5 Best Nashville Distilleries and Breweries

"As far as distilleries go, Green Brier is my favorite," says Kelcie Borton, lead concierge at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown. "Their history is just really cool. They were actually more successful than Jack Daniel's before the [statewide] prohibition."

The turn-of-the-century Tennessee prohibition shut down the family business, but its story didn't end there. Nelson's Green Brier Distillery was resurrected in recent years by several of its heirs. Today, the distillery once again crafts some of the nation's finest whiskeys, based on the recipe originally developed over a century ago." MORE

Southern Living: The South's Best Bourbon

Best Outside-the-Box Bourbon: Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish

"Finished in sherry casks from Spain for a nutty, deep vanilla flavor, this bourbon from the sibling-operated Green Brier Distillery isn’t throwing around process jargon for the sake of it. Their process truly lends a unique flavor that your collection is missing." MORE

SOLID GOLD: Nelson's Green Brier gleams golden at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Belle Meade Bourbon gleams golden at 2017 San Francisco World Spirit Awards

Widely considered the world's most influential arbiter of top quality spirits, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition [SFWSC] has just concluded its 17th annual judging, in which some seriously precious metal was bestowed upon Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. The Nashville brand revived by descendents of America's foremost 19th-century whiskey producer received an exalted…

  • Double Gold Medal designation for the Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon
  • Gold Medal designation for the Belle Meade Cognac Cask Finish Bourbon

    Over 2,100 spirits competed for top honors at the prestigious event this year, the biggest in the competition's history. The coveted Double Gold Medal, according to an SFWSC statement, "is awarded to the very few entries that receive Gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel. These are among the finest products in the world."  

 

The unanimously acclaimed Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon is the third release in the Nelson's Green Brier Special Cask Finish Series, a distinguished family of carefully crafted small batch Bourbons that have all been richly honored at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition:  in addition to the highest honors for its Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon, Belle Meade Cognac Cask Finish Bourbon, the second release in the series, won a Gold Medal in San Francisco this year; and the first release, Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish, was awarded a Double Gold in 2015. Classic Belle Meade Bourbon received a Double Gold designation in 2015, too, holding its own in company with its Special Cask Finish cousins.

Far from being weighed down by all this heavy metal, the Nelson brothers now at the helm of the enterprise established by their triple-great grandfather in the late 1800s might just have a golden touch.  Carrying the family legacy of excellence and innovation forward with youthful vigor, they are especially excited about the  next addition to their critically acclaimed range: Nelson's First 108, a faithful recreation of their ancestor's signature spirit, is scheduled for release on July 4th of this year.  

For more information: Simone Rathlé – 703-534-8102 (e): simone@simonesez.com

Martin's BBQ Sauce Project Pours on Goodness to Fight Hunger

 

Back in the fall of 2015 our friends at Martin's BBQ snagged a few of our used bourbon barrels and decided to put them to good use. They few (dozen) batches of their signature Jack's Creek sauce (the same stuff they use on our whole hogs and BBQ sandwiches), filled up the barrels and aged them for 13 months.

The result is just over 2,000 bottles of Martin's Sauce Project: No. 1. It tastes good, and it DOES good: Martin's is donating 100% of the profits from the sale of Sauce Project: No. 1 to The Nashville Food Project.  You can purchase the bottles at any Nashville Martin's location as well as online. We hope to have them for sale in the distillery soon. MORE

 

Nashville Scene: NGBD Plans Limited Release of Their First Tennessee Whiskey

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Ever since they first announced more than five years ago that they would be restarting the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson have been looking forward to releasing a genuine Tennessee whiskey. Back in the day, the original incarnation of the company sold more than 30 different brands, so the Brothers Nelson knew they had precedent for selling both purchased whiskey like their Belle Meade Bourbon as well as product that is distilled in their own facility.

But there is also a transitional product between their first releases and their flagship. For the first year, the Nelsons were using smaller 30-gallon casks to store and age their first distillate. These sizes of barrels tend to age a little quicker but not as elegantly as the larger vessels. So they know that this will not be the same product as their final release. Kind of like I’m sure my high school girlfriend probably knew that the guy she would marry would be a lot more refined than I was (am), but I hope I was worth at least sampling.

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