Black woman-owned Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is breaking ground in new territory!
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is on the right track as the fastest-growing American whiskey brand in U.S. history. Now, the company has announced that it just closed a $2.1 million deal to acquire an additional 53.12 acres of land on Highway 231 North which is in close proximity to its Nearest Green Distillery.
According to PR Newswire, the land will not only bring the distillery’s total acreage to 323.12, but will also extend its building to over half a mile along the highway.
Thanks to this expansion, Uncle Nearest will be able to utilize 100 acres to plan and grow its very own non-GMO organic corn, known as the “Field of Dreams.”
The sole purpose of the corn will be to create the brand’s premium, award-winning whiskeys and continue the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey reign as the most awarded whiskey or bourbon for the fourth consecutive year.
Currently, they hold the title for 2019, 2020, and 2021 and with the new land, the plan is to keep going.
“When we broke ground, we made history as the first distillery in America to be named after a Black person,” said CEO and founder, Fawn Weaver in an official press release. “Expanding our distillery allows us to increase our production capabilities, as well as to continue to enhance the guest experience, so every person who visits has a reason to return again and again.”
After being closed for over a year thanks to the pandemic, the Nearest Green Distillery reponed its doors this past Juneteenth. It is home to the legacy of Nearest Green, the first known African American master distiller.
With its reopening, the distillery revealed its Phase Two additions which include a Welcome Center, the world’s first non-alcoholic speakeasy known as Philo + Frank’s, the first single barrel rickhouse, and a Family Tasting Room.
The goal is for the 270-acre footprint to provide tourists with the best experience possible.