Andy Nelson

Entrepreneur

Nashville

Andy Nelson and his brother Charlie are proprietors of the original Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Tennessee, created by their great-great-grandfather Charles Nelson prior to Prohibition. After a trip to Greenbrier, Tenn., to see the original barrel warehouse and springs, the brothers decided to revive the defunct family whiskey company — which produced one of the largest and most popular brands of whiskey in the country during its heyday; it sold about 20 times more than Jack Daniel’s. Ever since that trip, the two have researched, planned and built the team for Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey. They began small, using a contract distillery to release their Belle Meade Bourbon in April of 2012. In 2013, they built their own distillery just north of Nashville. 

  • On March 29, 2013
    Andy Nelson answered the question: Andy Nelson

    What are Andy Nelson’s favorite cities?

    I’ve been to Europe and I did a semester abroad in Germany. During those four months I traveled as much as I could around Europe, which was very cool. I would say Cologne, Germany and then Bruges, Belgium are some of the coolest places I’ve been. Bruges is like a movie. We stayed in this little hotel that was an old barge sitting on the river attached to the dock. You look out and there’s the river and a beautiful park. And then of course there’s Paris. Who can go to Paris and not name that one of their favorite cities? New York City and L.A. are two obvious ones because they’re places that I love visiting. In New York, everything’s happening all the time. I went to college out in L.A. at Loyola Marymount University and every time I go back to visit friends I realize how glad I am that I don’t live there.