Supporting Black Owned businesses in the last few years has become a whole lot easier for people in the U.S. Before then it was very hard to go and support your favorite local artisan, apparel or even a favorite liquor company.
Most of our hard earned money is spent in nightlife at clubs we mostly don't own. So imagine the liquor being sold there and you ask
"Ya'll ain't got no henny, or no dusse?"
These last few years has changed drastically here in Nashville and surrounding cities like Memphis, Tullahoma, Smyrna and more.
Companies like Uncle Nearest, a black enslaved man who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey in the late 1800s. Imagine a black man creating his own liquor in the 1800s, what that would've created for other black people in the future.
Here we are in 2021 his great-great granddaughter is keeping his recipe and his legacy alive. Uncle Nearest is now being sold in 48 states, imagine how inspiring that is to other black owned spirit brands here in Tennessee.
Since then we've had numerous black owned spirit companies surface in Tennessee.
It’s time for the world to get to know them.
"Inspired by whiskey Culture and motivated by a deep concept of family and friendship, Jason Ridgel founded Guidance Whiskey in October of 2018."
"We are revolutionizing wine tastings one home at a time! Our wine ambassadors come to your home (or place of choice) to guide you and up to 11 of your friends through an informative, yet relatable, wine tasting experience."
"Fiyori Hemp Vodka is a combination of gluten-free premium vodka and select organic hemp seeds for an entirely new experience."
Uncle Nearest Whiskey
"Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is a brand of Tennessee whiskey produced by Uncle Nearest, Inc., headquartered in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The whiskey is named after the formerly enslaved man, Nathan "Nearest" Green, who taught a young Jack Daniel the craft of distilling."
"Disbəlēf Tequila is a premium Tequila made from hand selected 100% blue agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico which is one of the most desirable areas to grow agave."
Avian Glenn Winery
"Local & family owned winery in Smyrna, TN. We've got something for everyone! A wine searchers dream!"
"Perfectly Cordial was founded with a mission to put great cocktails within reach of the novice or enthusiast bartender. Through perfection in flavor and simplicity of use, our cocktail mixers will bring mixology to the home bar without the mess, fuss, expense, or pretentiousness of a fancy cocktail bar."
Bryant Family Roots
Andrew, inspired by the rich heritage of the family owned vineyards decided he would be a first generation owner himself.
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