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Constellation Invests In Tennessee Craft Distiller Nelson’s Green Brier

January 12, 2016

Constellation Brands has acquired a minority stake in Nashville, Tennessee-based Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery through its Constellation Ventures incubator. The craft whiskey distiller will continue to operate independently in production, marketing and sales of its lineup. The move follows Constellation Ventures’ inaugural investment in Chicago-based Crafthouse Cocktails last August.

Nelson’s Green Brier was originally founded in 1860 by German immigrant Charles Nelson before closing in 1909. In 2014, Nelson’s great-great-great grandsons Andy and Charlie reopened it, using the family’s original Tennessee whiskey recipe. The investment will help grow the distiller’s portfolio, which currently includes Belle Meade Bourbon, Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish and Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey.

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