hqgkzift

Uncle Nearest is a Whiskey Named After the First African-American Master Distiller in U.S.

center_img When you think of the history of American whiskey, certain names come to mind: Jimmy Russell, James E. Pepper, Jack Daniel. All of these men were important to the modern whiskey industry, but, thanks to author Fawn Weaver, we can add one more name to the canon: Nathan “Nearest” Green. Not only did Weaver help uncover this name — she brought one of the most important men in American whiskey making to the forefront. Uncle Nearest (as he was known to most), it turns out, was the man who taught the Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.It wasn’t until 2016 that the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (amidst celebrating 150 years), acknowledged that Nearest Green, originally a slave, was responsible for teaching Jack Daniel, thus was the first African-American master distiller in the country. When Weaver heard about this, she knew it was just the beginning of the story. She took it upon herself to start researching Green in order to make sure that his life and legacy are cemented where they should be. In order to do that, Weaver did two things: She established the Nearest Green Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and launched 12 projects that would help ensure his story lives on.“Nearest is the first African-American master distiller in the United States to be honored, yet those who have studied spirits history know African-Americans were absolutely critical to the creation of the American whiskey industry,” Weaver said of the project. “I have uncovered the story of one man, but my hope is others will continue to dig and even more will be honored in our lifetime and beyond.” The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakaharalast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.Required fields are marked *