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Constellation Takes Majority Stake In Nelson’s Green Brier

May 2, 2019

Constellation Brands has taken majority control of Nashville, Tennessee-based Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery for an undisclosed sum, following an initial minority investment in 2016. Nelson’s Green Brier will now be fully integrated into the Constellation wine and spirits portfolio.

Constellation said the deal allows for Nelson’s Green Brier to continue to operate with its existing management team led by Andy and Charlie Nelson, and its employees running the day-to-day operations.

Nelson’s Green Brier is currently waiting for its own whiskey to mature, but the distillery’s Belle Meade Bourbon label—sourced from MGP Ingredients—has attracted a following for its high rye content and specialty cask finishes. Belle Meade Cask Strength ranked No. 10 in Whisky Advocate’s 2018 Top 20. The company is gearing up for this year’s launch of the core Nelson’s whiskey, which will have been aged for four years when bottled.—Daniel Marsteller

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