Author Fawn Weaver helped reveal that the history of the Jack Daniel Distillery included African-American "Uncle" Nearest Green as their first master distiller and mentor of a young Jack Daniel. Green, who was born into slavery and emancipated after the Civil War, is the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States. He is thought to be responsible for helping perfect the Lincoln County Process, a requirement in being categorized as Tennessee Whiskey. Fawn founded the Nearest Green Foundation, which is honoring the legacy of Green with a scholarship program, a museum, a memorial park, whiskey products and a book.
Uncle Nearest, Inc. debuted Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey to honor the legacy of Nearest Green. The premium whiskey was created by working with two Tennessee distilleries. Sales of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and of Jack Daniel's official biography, Jack Daniel's Legacy fund the Foundation.
Fawn will talk about her efforts to bring Nearest Green's legacy to the public eye and present a taste of the Uncle Nearest Premium Aged Whiskey. The evening will also include two cocktails: one created especially for the evening by Meredith Hayman, Bar Director for Michael's, as well as a cocktail from the Uncle Nearest portfolio. Light bites will be provided by Chef Miles Thompson: a 2018 finalst for the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year.
Seating is limited for this event; we recommend purchasing tickets early to avoid disappointment.
PRESALE ONLY: No tickets will be sold at the door.
ALL SALES FINAL: No refunds or credit; we regret any inconvenience.
TICKETS ARE TRANSFERABLE: We must have new attendee's name by noon the day of the event.
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