Corsair Distillery has been steadily increasing its reputation and whiskey fanfare in the Tennessee whiskey category ever since its humble beginnings. Started in 2008 by childhood friends Darek Bell and Andrew Webber, Corsair focuses on handcrafted, innovative distilling, and the crew’s adventurous whiskeys have won more than 800 medals at national and international spirits competitions.
The Nashville-based distillery has several core products, including an American Rye Malt Whiskey, a triple smoked American Single Malt Whiskey and two barrel-aged gins. But now they’re also getting into the contract distilling realm with a new distilling and production facility located nearby in Ashland City, Tenn.
Building History & Reputation
Corsair first got its start in Bowling Green, Ky., and instantly garnered attention for its innovative take on traditional whiskey-making, and after Bell and Webber moved the operations to their hometown of Nashville in 2010, it became the first craft distillery to open in the bustling Southern city since Prohibition.
During the last decade, Nashville has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and Corsair has continued to expand right along with it. In 2016, Corsair opened a second location in the popular and tourist-heavy Nashville neighborhood known as “WeHo.”
This gave the company more room for offices, barrel storage and distillery space, and it allowed the guys to rekindle their love of homebrewing by opening the Marathon Village “Brewstillery” on site, which offers up small batch craft beers as well.
Both Corsair locations are open to tours, and they host thousands of guests each year looking for that one-of-a-kind whiskey experience along the sprawling Tennessee Whiskey Trail.
Some of the aforementioned awards Corsair has received include: American Whiskey Distillery of the Year (2017) by the Berlin International Spirits Competition; American Whiskey Distillery of the Year (2016) by Whisky Magazine; World Distiller of the Year (2017) by Wizards of Whiskey; Whiskey Brand Innovator of the Year (2014) by Whisky Magazine; and U.S. Craft Distiller of the Year (2017) by Wizards of Whiskey, among many others.
In 2015, Bell and his up-and-coming distillery were featured in an article in The Tennessean titled “Darek Bell goes against the grain at Corsair Distillery.” The writer noted: “Bell is part of the new breed of distillers who look for stories in everything: in the ingredients, in the methods and the equipment. Bell knows he is helping write the next chapters of micro-distilling’s history.”
With this new production facility now running full-time, Corsair is poised to become one of the leading producers of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon in the country.
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