Southern Living magazine is shining a proud spotlight on “50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015.” Brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson of the new Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee have been selected for putting their barrels in the mix, making fine whiskey in the tradition of their great-great-great grandfather, Charles Nelson, one of the nation's most prominent pre-Prohibition whiskey producers. Their history, says Southern Living, is what makes the Nelson boys stand out among the wave of artisan distillers now plying their craft across the country.
Southern Living notes that the first batches of Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey are "fresh off the copper pot still," and while it's coming of age in their charred oak barrels, the magazine urges those to visit the operation in downtown Nashville. There, they can sample un-aged product in the Tasting Room, and see the works first-hand, on a colorful tour led by an heir of old Charles Nelson.
Meanwhile, the current day Charles Nelson, who goes by "Charlie," was just featured in the February 2015 issue of Maxim magazine in a story called "Be Your Own Bootlegger." He is billed as "The Distiller" (along side "The Winemaker" Carlo Mondav, grandson of Robert Mondavi, and "The Brewer" Jim Koch the creator of Samuel Adams) and relates the story of how he and his brother Andy came to pursue their family legacy, with a passion.