Uncle Nearest’s Forthcoming Distillery Contextualizes Whiskey History

As the project nears completion, the company's list of lesser-known initiatives surfaces—and tells a tale of love, respect and legacy

Lynchburg, Tennessee lies at the center of plenty of whiskey history. Today, there is Jack Daniel’s massive distillery, visitor’s center and adjacent attractions—Miss Mary Bobo’s included. But 20 minutes north in Shelbyville, there’s new whiskey to be served and even older history to tell. Far more than an amendment to America’s most storied spirits brand, Uncle Nearest Whiskey spotlights a rarely mentioned individual who this …

The Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Since 1866, Jack Daniels has produced one of America's most beloved spirits in a dry county

Few American spirits have as much clout as Jack Daniel’s. Since 1866, the Tennessee whiskey has been produced in its hometown of Lynchburg, a hamlet located within a dry county 70 miles southeast of Nashville. Despite the prohibition of alcohol sales in Moore County, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery offers year-round tours that include tastings of the caramel elixir and access to the official bottle shop—not …

Uncle Nearest Whiskey Honors a Forgotten History

Led by CEO Fawn Weaver, the young brand tells an important story in the development of US distillation

Bucking the misconception that whiskey has historically been a Caucasian craft, Uncle Nearest appeared on shelves in 2017 with a new narrative: Jack Daniel wasn’t actually taught how to make whiskey by his white preacher, but rather a slave that worked on the preacher’s property, Nathan “Nearest” Green. Daniel took an interest in his preacher’s still, but was taught to use it by Green—a piece of …