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Nelson's Greenbrier Distillery

Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery

Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery
Makers of Belle Meade Bourbon
1414 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: Open today · 11AM–6PM
Distillery Phone: (615) 913-8800

The Start: Charles Nelson was born July 4, 1835 in Hagenow, a small town in the Mecklenburg-Schwerin state of northern Germany. He was the eldest of six children whose father, John Philip Nelson, owned a soap and candle factory. When Charles was 15, his father decided he wanted to move his family to America for a better life. He sold his soap and candle factory, converted all of the family’s earthly possessions to gold and had special clothing made to hold all of that gold on his person during the journey. In late October of 1850, he gathered his family and boarded the Helena Sloman to set sail for America. As fate would have it, on November 19 of that year, intense storms and gale force winds sent many of the nearly 180 passengers overboard. John Philip Nelson was one of those unfortunate souls and weighed down by the family fortune, he sank directly to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Luckily, the rest of the family arrived safely in New York, but with only the clothes on their backs, and 15 year-old Charles found himself man of the house.

Now: Brothers Andy Nelson and Charlie Nelson have always had a lot in common. Both graduated from Loyola Marymount with degrees in the Humanities concentrating on Philosophy; both are history buffs, true southern gentlemen and proud of their family roots. But when they set out to resurrect Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, founded in the 1800s by their great-great-great grandfather Charles Nelson, the boys realized their kinship ran deeper than blood. They both had spirit pulsing through their veins. So in their mere 20s, the Nelson brothers have set on a grand journey—not just to make and sell whiskey—but to rebuild a business that helped bring the term ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ to America and Europe. Through researching, seeking capital, crafting brands from Charles Nelson’s original recipes and putting bottles of their small-batch bourbon on shelves, they are the essence of the American dream and spirit.

Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery Products:

Belle Meade Bourbon

We at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery are proud to kickoff our resurrection with the release of Belle Meade™ Bourbon! Originally produced by Charles Nelson in conjunction with Sperry, Wade & Co., Belle Meade Bourbon is a brand that dates back to the American pre-Prohibition era. Known for its bold character and smooth finish, Charles Nelson bottled and sold Belle Meade™ Bourbon in his day and we, his great-great-great grandsons, are doing the same today. We have hand-selected barrels to create this unique family blend and have come up with something that would make our ancestors proud.

Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey, 91 Proof

Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey honors our family heritage and the exacting standards of our triple-great Grandfather and founder Charles Nelson. We use only the finest ingredients in a precise manner to offer you this Tennessee White Whiskey that would most certainly have met with Charles’ approval.

Distilled from a mash of corn, wheat and barley then charcoal mellowed, we use the original recipe that made this brand so popular more than 100 years ago. It is single distilled to retain the full flavored characteristics needed for barrel aging.

Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish

This nine Year-old Belle Meade Bourbon is finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks. As a limited release, it represents the best of both old and new world whiskey making techniques as it’s America’s native spirit, Bourbon, that we have blended and finished like a fine Scotch.

We sampled and selected barrels from our Reserve stock and blended only the best in extremely small batches to create a Bourbon of exceptional character. We then aged this extraordinary blend of nine year Bourbon in Oloroso Sherry casks, imported from Spain, until perfection was achieved.

Tours & Tastings (Winter hours)

Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm every hour on the hour
Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm* every half hour

*Please note that sales of alcohol in the Bottle Shop are not permitted before Noon on Sundays.

Tours booked online must be done at least one hour prior to tour start. If a tour shows to be completely booked, please call to inquire about availability. We reserve space for guests to purchase tour tickets in the distillery gift shop.

Tours are $10 per person. Valid ID is required for tastings.

Private Tours are also available for $15 per person.**
**A $200 minimum is required for Private Tours on Saturdays and Sundays.


Open to the public Tuesday-Sunday


Retail/Bottle shop open 11a-6p

Tours/Tastings every half hour starting from 11a-6p


Retail/Bottle shop open 11a-5p

Tours/Tastings every half hour from 11a-5p

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