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Jack Daniel's Distillery

Jack Daniel's is a brand of Tennessee whiskey and the top-selling American whiskey in the world. It is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee, by the Jack Daniel Distillery, which has been owned by the Brown–Forman Corporation since 1956. Jack Daniel's home county of Moore is a dry county, so the product is not available for purchase at stores or restaurants within the county.The product meets the regulatory criteria for classification as a straight bourbon, though the company disavows this classification. It markets the liquor simply as Tennessee whiskey rather than as Tennessee bourbon. As defined in the North American Free Trade Agreement, Tennessee whiskey is classified as a straight bourbon authorized to be produced in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee law (57-2-106) further requires most producers of Tennessee whiskey to filter the spirit through charcoal made from maple prior to aging, in addition to meeting the above requirements (the "Lincoln County Process").he Jack Daniel's brand's official website suggests that its founder, Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, was born in 1850 (and his tombstone bears that date), but says his exact birth date is unknown. The company website says it is customary to celebrate his birthday in September. The Tennessee state library website said in 2013 that records list his birth date as September 5, 1846, and that the 1850 birth date seems impossible since his mother died in 1847. In the 2004 biography Blood & Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, author Peter Krass said his investigation showed that Daniel was born in January 1849 (based on Jack's sister's diary, census records, and the date of death of Jack's mother).Jack was the youngest of 10 children born to his mother, Lucinda (Cook) Daniel, and father Calaway Daniel. After Lucinda's death, his father remarried and had three more children.[14] Calaway Daniel's father, Joseph "Job" Daniel, had emigrated from Wales to the United States with his Scottish wife, the former Elizabeth Calaway. Jack Daniels' ancestry included English, and Scots-Irish as well.Jack did not get along with his stepmother. After Daniel's father died in the Civil War, the boy ran away from home and was essentially orphaned at a young age.As a teenager, Daniel was taken in by Dan Call, a local lay preacher and moonshine distiller. He began learning the distilling trade from Call and his Master Distiller, Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved African-American man. Green continued to work with Call after emancipation.In 1875, on receiving an inheritance from his father's estate (following a long dispute with his siblings), Daniel founded a legally registered distilling business with Call. He took over the distillery shortly afterward when Call quit for religious reasons. The brand label on the product says "Est. & Reg. in 1866", but his biographer has cited official registration documents in asserting that the business was not established until 1875.After taking over the distillery in 1884, Daniel purchased the hollow and land where the distillery is now located. By the 1880s, Jack Daniel's was one of 15 distilleries operating in Moore County, and the second-most productive behind Tom Eaton's Distillery. He began using square-shaped bottles, intended to convey a sense of fairness and integrity, in 1897.According to Daniel's biographer, the origin of the "Old No. 7" brand name was the number assigned to Daniel's distillery for government registration. He was forced to change the registration number when the federal government redrew the district, and he became Number 16 in district 5 instead of No. 7 in district 4. However, he continued to use his original number as a brand name, since his brand reputation already had been established. An entirely different explanation is given in the 1967 book 'Jack Daniel's Legacy' which states that the name was chosen in 1887 after a visit to a merchant friend in Tullahoma, who had built a chain of seven stores.Jack Daniel's had a surge in popularity after the whiskey received the gold medal for the finest whiskey at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. However, its local reputation began to suffer as the temperance movement began gaining strength in Tennessee.Jack Daniel never married and did not have any known children. He took his nephews under his wing – one of whom was Lemuel "Lem" Motlow (1869–1947). Lem, a son of Daniel's sister, Finetta, was skilled with numbers. He soon was responsible for all of the distillery's bookkeeping.In failing health, Jack Daniel gave the distillery to Lem Motlow and another nephew in 1907.  Motlow soon bought out his partner, and went on to operate the distillery for about 40 years.Tennessee passed a statewide prohibition law in 1910, effectively barring the legal distillation of Jack Daniel's within the state. Motlow challenged the law in a test case that eventually worked its way to the Tennessee Supreme Court. The court upheld the law as constitutional.Daniel died in 1911 from blood poisoning. An oft-told tale is that the infection began in one of his toes, which Daniel injured one early morning at work by kicking his safe in anger when he could not get it open (he was said to always have had trouble remembering the combination). But Daniel's modern biographer has asserted that this account is not true.Because of prohibition in Tennessee, the company shifted its distilling operations to St Louis, Missouri, and Birmingham, Alabama. None of the production from these locations was ever sold due to quality problems. The Alabama operation was halted following a similar statewide prohibition law in that state, and the St. Louis operation fell to the onset of nationwide prohibition following passage of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1920.While the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933 repealed prohibition at the federal level, state prohibition laws (including Tennessee's) remained in effect, thus preventing the Lynchburg distillery from reopening. Motlow, who had become a Tennessee state senator, led efforts to repeal these laws, which allowed production to restart in 1938. The five-year gap between national repeal and Tennessee repeal was commemorated in 2008 with a gift pack of two bottles, one for the 75th anniversary of the end of prohibition and a second commemorating the 70th anniversary of the reopening of the distillery.The Jack Daniel's distillery ceased operations from 1942 to 1946 when the U.S. government banned the manufacture of whiskey due to World War II. Motlow resumed production of Jack Daniel's in 1947 after good-quality corn was again available. Motlow died the same year, bequeathing the distillery to his children, Robert, Reagor, Dan, Conner, and Mary, upon his death.The company was later incorporated as "Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, Prop., Inc.", allowing the company to continue to include Motlow in its tradition-oriented marketing. Likewise, company advertisements continue to use Lynchburg's 1960s-era population figure of 361, though the city has since formed a consolidated city-county government with Moore County. Its official population is more than 6,000, according to the 2010 census.The company was sold to the Brown–Forman Corporation in 1956.The Jack Daniel's Distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.In 2012, a Welshman, Mark Evans, claimed to have discovered the original recipe for Daniel's whiskey,[26] in a book written in 1853 by his great-great-grandmother. Her brother-in-law had emigrated to Tennessee.Moore County, where the Jack Daniel's distillery is located, is one of the state's many dry counties. While it is legal to distill the product within the county, it is illegal to purchase it there. However, a state law has provided one exception: a distillery may sell one commemorative product, regardless of county statutes.[27] Jack Daniel's now sells Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, the original No. 7 blend (in a commemorative bottle), and a seasonal blend (on rotation) at the distillery's White Rabbit Bottle Shop.

Pickers Creek Winery

In December of 2009, Phil and Lydia Butler George decided it was time to go home. With aspirations of turning their love for great wine into the reality of a vineyard and winery for all to enjoy, what better place to make this happen than the heart of Middle Tennessee where the wine industry was beginning to make great strides in producing quality and award-winning wines. So they came home to the place where they both were raised – Lewisburg, Tennessee.Back in the spring of 1950, Phil’s parents, Macklin and Elinor George bought a 90-acre farm on South Berlin Road outside of Lewisburg. These gently rolling hills with two meandering creeks, woodlots of oak, hickory, and cedar trees, and some pasture and cropland were a fine place to raise a family. The most unique feature of this farm was the old abandoned railroad bed running east to west across the property. Some sixty years later, that farm which had once been tended for corn, tobacco, and hay would now serve as the home of Pickers Creek Winery.Their vision for Pickers Creek was to combine elements of things that make life more enjoyable – great music, art, and wine. They purchased the remaining acreage from Phil’s parents (who still make their home on the south end of the original property) and built a venue for tasting delicious wines while showcasing Lydia’s mosaics and paintings along with paintings by Phil’s sister, Janet White, and other local artists. Phil’s brother David created the stained glass that is the centerpiece of the tasting room. A visit to Pickers Creek will provide the opportunity to listen to plenty of great live music while sampling wines produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Muscadine, and other grapes that flourish in the Tennessee climate. With names like “Harmony” (a Chambourcin and Cabernet Sauvignon blend), “Tennessee Twang” (made from southern Muscadine grapes ) and Blackberry Blues (a sweet berry wine), a tasting at Pickers Creek is like having the old Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam in your mouth (without the taste of reefer, whiskers, Leon Russell, or fiddle bow rosin.)

Asgard Brewing

Who We Are:Asgard Brewing Company is a Craft Micro Brewery located in the heart of historic downtown Columbia, TN. It is our goal that, from this facility, we will produce and sell craft beers to patrons, distribute craft beers to other local vendors/restaurants and for off-property events, host special events & gatherings, conduct tours of the production facilities, and otherwise serve as a destination attraction in Columbia. Most of the above we managed to accomplish in the first year, thanks to our great community; however, we have few more plans in mind to make our dreams in Columbia come true.Our vision for the two breweries, located on both sides of East 5th Street in downtown Columbia, will be a spot on the Duck River (Recent biological surveys of the Duck River indicate that it is one of the most biodiverse rivers in North America, according to the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Free-flowing for most of its 269 miles and brimming with species, the Duck River is one of the last rivers of its kind anywhere in the nation" (Biological Surveys, The Nature Conservancy).  that will offer a number of amenities. This includes a 1200 ft² taproom reminiscent of an ancient Viking long hall, a deck overseeing the Duck River, a 480 ft² bottle shop & growler fill station for events and guest taps, and roughly 9000 sq. ft. of production & grain storage/cooler space.Our first brewhouse, 104 building will be an experimental, seasonal, and small-scale batch 10 bbl US barrel/three vessel system. This system will principally be used to serve Columbia, Maury County, and the surrounding counties market.  We will also be producing by lagering, open fermentation, and barrel-aged sours.‍Our Second production area in the 105 building will house a partially automated 20 US barrel brewhouse and various fermentation and bright vessels; this will be separate from our small batch production facility across the street. This space will also serve to house our barrel-aging processes, which is courtesy of many of the fine whiskey distilleries in TN.  We are hoping to complete both of these in the following year. As indicated in our Mission Statement, it is the intent of Asgard Brewing Company to create “an environment that seeks to positively impact our patrons and community.” Whether through our economic contribution; special events; planned event space for weddings, meetings, etc.; or community involvement; we are convinced that our impact on Columbia will be beneficial, tangible, and sustainable.Furthermore, with our current and future productions, we continue to aim towards using local raw materials as much as possible for not only hops & grain but additional ingredients like wild-type yeast. We will naturally expand our product lines to mead and ciders.  We will continue to expand the production of ancillary products such as our soap line & expand the incorporation of our beer in local bakeries & pizza retail outlets. If you cannot donate at this time but still want to help, make sure to share our page and spread awareness, or just come on down for a pint or two and have a good time.Our Story:In the summer of 2015, the dream of Asgard entered the conversation as founding members John and Stephen Porter had a glass of beer in the historic Michigan Brewery Frankenmuth, a destination the pair had made a frequent haunt over the years. After contacting a friend in the brewing business, John with his knowledge of beer and branding coupled with Steve and his knowledge of business and planning set out to make Asgard a reality.In the beginning, it was a rocky road but fueled by John’s once middle school dream to own a bar themed around his heritage the two set off and met with Ryan Whitaker, after several brewing sessions, the three became friends and partners realizing that they created a dynamic team, each with a different but vital set of skills: with Steve as a long time business owner, Ryan as a brewer, and John as a graphic designer, of course, one major thing also tied them all together and that was the love of beer.Public interest began to grow almost immediately, and within months Asgard was accepting invitations to attend a tasting, charity events, and festivals. The future looks extremely bright for Asgard Brewing and the guys look forward to pursuing their passion of brewing great beer and seeking opportunities to positively impact their neighbors and visitors alike.One aspect we're excited about & extremely proud of is our farm-to-barrel initiative. To this day, there is not one defining aspect of Viking beer other than they used what was locally available. We have begun work with a local hop farmer, Chris Theiler of Southern Bines in Summertown, TN. We also source all our honey from Middle TN. In addition to honey, there will be experimental beers made with various local fruits of both modern & heirloom varieties. We want to maintain the Viking mentality of using what's available and naturally found in the area.Our Name:Asgard comes from Norse Mythology, it is the home of the Aesir, or gods including Thor, Odin, Loki, and many others. Asgard Brewing Company takes its name in an effort to pay homage to the history and culture of its founder’s Nordic ancestor but also understands that Vikings are just plain cool and would love to help celebrate the fun myths and legends associated with Viking culture as well as bring some of the traditions of exploration, local sourcing, beer, and arts to Tennessee.Why Craft Beer?According to the Brewer’s Association, past growth in craft brewing has been stunning, with the number of micro breweries increasing from 273 in 1995, to 345 in 2005, 2,397 in 2015 and  5020 in 2017. Further, craft beer and brewing remains a growth industry, with a 20.1% share of the overall beer market volume in 2017. Surprisingly, however, Tennessee is extremely underrepresented in the market 62 to 76 breweries between 2015 -2017.   The south is called “the last frontier for beer” and as explorers, we felt destined to push these boundaries and help Nashville and middle Tennessee make a name for themselves in the craft beer community.Why Columbia?It’s no secret that Columbia is a market with tremendous growth potential, with much of this growth potential being realized in a myriad of recent projects situated along the primary corridors of the area. In addition to catering to its local residents, the City of Columbia businesses enjoys exposure to the population of the surrounding counties and the extreme growth they are showing. Columbia is also right off interstate 65 and therefore enjoys a robust exposure to craft beer tourism and traveler-related business as well as getting a lot of Nashville food truck traffic coming down for a visit.Finally, Columbia is a municipality that has recently embraced downtown redevelopment with hopes for a vibrant central business and arts district. The recent addition of new business and infrastructure will serve to revitalize the neighborhood to which Asgard Brewing belongs. Asgard's success depends on the vibrant culturally rich group of locals that frequent the establishment every day and have a strong of dedication to their town, we couldn’t ask to be in a better more supportive place and cannot wait to continue our stay for many years to come.

Leipers Fork Distillery

Dear Friends of Leiper’s Fork Distillery,It is with immense pleasure and pride that we opened our distillery in late summer of 2016.Williamson County, Tennessee has long been known for its rich cultural and geographical heritage.  Many of our early settlers in this county were of Scots-Irish descent,  having traveled west through the Cumberland Gap and over the Appalachian Mountains, from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Many of them crossed these mountain passes with their stills on their backs, bringing with them the time-honored tradition of creating hand-crafted small batch whiskey.  It is with this same spirit of independence, fortitude, and perseverance that we strove to bring Leiper’s Fork Distillery to life.It is our aim to resurrect the lost history and heritage of small batch whiskey production in Williamson County.  In a world of mass production and corporate fads, it is our goal to achieve long-term authenticity by using age-old traditions, paying attention to every detail, and carrying unquenchable passion for the whiskey we produce.  To that end, Leiper’s Fork Distillery is creating high-end premium whiskeys using local ingredients and pure limestone filtered water, resulting in superior whiskeys with a signature taste.Thank you for your time and interest in Leiper’s Fork Distillery.  We are excited and honored to bring back this lost art and industry to a county that has always put its history and heritage at the forefront.  Because of this, it is our pledge to our distilling forefathers and patrons to pour our heart and soul into every drop of whiskey we make from grain to glass.Cheers,Lee L. Kennedy, Proprietor & Distiller Quality FirstLeiper's Fork Distillery is partnering with the community to bring back the history and heritage of small batch whiskey production to Williamson County.We are crafting premium spirits using local ingredients and limestone filtered water to create a superior product with a signature taste. This has opened the door for Leiper's Fork Distillery to join an emerging niche of artisan distilleries who will never compromise quality or taste. The Leiper's Fork Distillery will be characterized primarily by a low volume, low impact concept of production.  This allows us added attention to detail in order to create our signature premium spirits.

Natchez Hills Vineyard

O U R  S T O R YJim & Karen Odom, Owners​​Owners Jim and Karen Odom, having grown up in coastal Mississippi and California respectively, have brought together their histories and passions to establish Natchez Hills Winery and Vineyard--a small, family owned and operated boutique winery nestled in the hills of Middle Tennessee wine country.  Having cultivated a love of both wine and travel during their 20+ years with the US Air Force and corporate sector, Jim and Karen were inspired to create a unique and local experience combining their passions of old-world style wine, music, and bringing people together.At its core, Natchez Hills was born from a vision to create a first-class, local destination where people from all over the world can enjoy the best of what Middle Tennessee has to offer and leave with new memories and lasting stories. Now, with two locations, the Natchez Hills family continues to elevate the local Tennessee wine experience--bringing together the staples of southern culture, original music, and European, old-world charm.O U R  P H I L O S O P H YAt Natchez Hills, the art of winemaking is so much more than the process of converting grapes into wine. Rather, it is a passion and expression of the "Bud to Bottle" cycle of life. We utilize Old-World techniques with innovative fermentation and processing that combine the precision of winemaking with a creative artistic expression.How we grow is just as important as what we grow. To us, the concept of terroir is fundamental to the creation of great wine. Terroir is the environmental conditions, especially the soil and climate, in which the grapes are grown--giving wine its unique flavor and aroma. Using organic and sustainable techniques, we are committed to minimizing the use of chemicals and insecticides while maximizing organic nutrients and micronutrients.Great wine is made in the vineyard, and at Natchez Hills we strive to find the best fruit, whether we are cultivating and harvesting grapes from our own vineyard or sourcing the berry from some of the world's best vineyards in Oregon and California. 

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