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>