Ep. 124: Andy Nelson and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

The Whiskey Ring Podcast

10-01-2024 • 1 hr 32 mins

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery - NGB for short - has been around for quite a while. It's older than Jack and George, and at one time produced more than both of those by several magnitudes. And then, like so many others (and unlike its younger peers), Prohibition put an end to Charles Nelson's distillery, which his wife Louisa led for 18 years after his passing and until statewide Prohibition in 1909.

NGB was then lost to history and nature for around 90 years. Then, by a fluke, Andy, Charles, and their dad went to a butcher. That butcher...well, you'll hear the story in the episode.

Today, Nelson's is quickly becoming a go-to spot in Nashville and a fast-rising Tennessee Whiskey. After touring the facility and trying some of their whiskies, it's clear they're earning the legacy of DSP-5. Gone are the days when Belle Meade was the flagship, sourced while their own whiskies were aging. Now, Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey and the Nelson Bros. line are taking center stage.

Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Andy for entering the Whiskey Ring!

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Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

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