Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

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1414 Clinton St.

Price & Hours

11
Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | ...

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Tours, Wineries/Breweries Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Fans of whiskey and bourbon should pencil in a stop at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery on a visit to Nashville. The distillery's roots reach back to the 1800s, when Charles Nelson, a German immigrant, started producing whiskey in the late 1800s in Greenbrier, Tennessee. It became so popular he ended up selling about 2 million bottles of whiskey in 1885 alone. He died in 1891 and his wife Louisa took over, though in 1909, Prohibition forced her to shutter the operation. Nearly 100 years later, the couple's great-great-great grandsons, brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson, restored the business and brought the operation to Nashville. Today, the venue features the distillery, a tasting room, an event space and a gift and bottle shop, and tours are offered daily.

Past travelers called the tour fun and informational, with many saying it was the best money they spent on their trip to Nashville. Visitors said the staff members were particularly knowledgeable and all the whiskey samples were excellent.

Located about 2 miles northwest of Broadway, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with tours running every half-hour. Tours, which include tastings, cost $11 and last around 45 minutes; a valid ID is required for all tastings. Private tours are also available for groups of up to 30. There is street parking available nearby and a gravel lot across the street from the distillery. For more information, visit the website.

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