Four Tennessee Distilleries in One Weekend
I just came back from an amazing Memorial Day weekend in Nashville and let me tell you; Nashville knows how to have a good time. Charlie and I took off for our 4th annual Magical Mystery Tour. This year I planned and chose to visit Nashville for the weekend. You can hear all about the trip on Episode #232 of The Charlie Tonic Hour but here I want to focus on the drinks. The food and cocktails were amazing but while I was there I decided to do my by best to visit as many distilleries as possible. I ended up making to four over the three days and there were still several I missed. I didn’t even make it to Jack Daniels or George Dickel. In the end I visited Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, Nashville Craft Distillery, Corsair Distillery, and Tenn South Distillery. They are all in Nashville except for Tenn South which is about an hour south.
It is fascinating to me how four groups of people, doing essentially very similar things, can all find such individual styles, flavors, missions, and stories. It is one of the things I love about the spirits industry. Nelson’s Green Brier tells the amazing tale of a forgotten family distillery that was rediscovered and was brought back to life. Corsair embraces their bad-boy image right down to the logo and loves pushing the limit with their products. Nashville Craft Distillery had only been open for five days when we visited. The bright and open tasting room with a window to the still reflected the scientific background of the founders. Tenn South exhibited all the charm and friendliness of a small Tennessee town combined with the ingenuity and practicality of the farmers who are their neighbors. I ended up interviewing a distiller at Nelson’s and at Tenn South so look for those interviews coming soon from The Charlie Tonic Hour and Bourbon & Banter. In the meantime here are a few of the photos I took.