African-Americans Who Shaped the Whiskey Industry

Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler knows a thing or two about whiskey — her great-great-grandfather, former slave Nathan “Nearest” Green, taught Jack Daniel about the distillation process. Today, his legacy lives on through the Black-owned brand Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. (Incidentally, the parent company of the Jack Daniel’s brand is Louisville’s own Brown-Forman, who started a program last summer to support up-and-coming Black professionals in the industry.) Butler, currently the only Black woman named a master blender in the American alcohol industry, got her start in the whiskey business only two years ago after retiring from an admin position in Nashville. Now, she’s in the industry to stay. Join Butler at the Frazier Museum for an educational night of food and drink to learn about the influential Black Americans who have made the industry what it is today. 

Saturday, April 10

Frazier History Museum
6-10 p.m. | $25-$35
829 W. Main St.
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