How Two Brothers Revived a Long-Defunct Family Business

Intuit Small Business Blog, by Kristine Hansen on January 23, 2014

When Andy and Charlie Nelson opened a business  together in Tennessee, they decided not to start from scratch. Instead, the  brothers resurrected a family distillery that had been closed since the state  enacted prohibition laws in 1909.

Their great-great-great grandfather, Charles Nelson, ran one of the nation’s  first major distilleries from the 1860s until his death in 1891. His wife,  Louisa, oversaw production at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery for the next 18  years.

In 2009, after three years of planning, Andy and Charlie revived the  business in Robertson County. In 2012, they released the first bottles of  Belle Meade  Bourbon, one of the elder Nelson’s 30 brands, which boasts a “bold character  and a smooth finish.” It’s currently sold in 13 states. In July they plan to  open a tasting room and visitors center.

The Intuit Small Business Blog spoke with the Nelson brothers (Andy, 29, and  Charlie, 31) about what it’s like to revive a business after a 100-year  hiatus. <READ MORE>


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