In case you missed this week's Buy Local issue of the Scene, here's a profile of one local business making a national name for itself:
Watch your back, Jack. There's a new Tennessee spirit in town. After setting up shop in Kentucky a year ago, Corsair Artisan Distillery recently got the green light (thanks to a change in Tennessee state law) to start producing liquor in Davidson County. Corsair founders Darek Bell and Andrew Webber are Nashville boys, so the company is already domiciled here. But soon enough Corsair will begin producing booze here too.
Between trips to the state Capitol--to celebrate the signing of the law that allows Corsair to make liquor in Tennessee--and to the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy in Islay, Scotland, Bell and Webber have been looking at real estate. Most recently, they were ironing out the details to occupy the old Marathon Motorworks when Yazoo Brewing Co. (another boozy local brand) vacates to the Gulch in the new year.
Corsair will continue distilling bourbon and malt whiskeys in the Bowling Green facility and will dedicate a Nashville operation to unaged spirits such as gin, spiced rum, vanilla vodka and absinthe, as well as experimental and limited-release whiskeys. Inspired by autumn ales, the twice-distilled barley-and-wheat liquor is vapor-infused with allspice, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Corsair is currently distributed in Tennessee and Kentucky and is available locally at Midtown Wine and Spirits, The Wine Chap, Grace's Plaza Wine & Spirits, Nashville Wine and Spirits and Grand Cru, as well as at Flyte World Dining & Wine and City House restaurants. The Patterson House restaurant also carries Corsair, and mixologists at the midtown speakeasy are currently creating recipes using pumpkin spice moonshine, which should be available later this month.