Tennessee Brew Works and Turner Häus Brewery Release “Queen’s Legacy” Aged in Uncle Nearest Barrels

Nashville-based craft brewery Tennessee Brew Works, Chicago-based Turner Häus Brewery and Shelbyville-based Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey have partnered together to celebrate community through craft beer with the first collaboration of its kind in Tennessee, the limited release of their Caribbean-Style Stout, Queen’s Legacy, being released the weekend of October 23.

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Aged in Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey Barrels and crafted by Tennessee Brew Works’ Head Brewer Matt Simpson and Turner Häus Brewery’s Head Brewing Consultant Jason James, Queen’s Legacy’s ingredients are indigenous to the African Continent. The beer is brewed with 100 percent malted millet, the main grain used in Africa to produce alcoholic beverages. The hops used are from South Africa and the yeast strain produces a bouquet of fruity esters. The base beer is slightly sweet, balanced by dry coffee and roasted malted millet, supported by subtle fruity notes from the South African hops and yeast. The vanilla, oak, almond spice, and caramel flavors of the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey barrels provide an additional layer of complexity and flair, making this beer truly unique and special.

Queen’s Legacy is named in honor of Uncle Nearest’s Master Blender, Victoria Eady Butler, the great-great-granddaughter of Nearest Green, a.k.a., Uncle Nearest, recognized as Jack Daniel’s mentor and the first known African American Master Distiller. Butler personally selected the Uncle Nearest Barrels to age the Queen’s Legacy. “Queen” is also meant to pay homage to all matriarchs that have a made a positive impact in our lives.

This is the second collaboration beer created by Turner Häus Brewery and Tennessee Brew Works that celebrates community through craft beer.

“We are honored to once again partner with Turner Häus Brewery and now our neighbor, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. OkTurnerFest celebrates the power of collaboration, diversity, and unification. We can’t wait for our guests to try Queen’s Legacy and enjoy a truly unique hand-crafted beer touched by the essence of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey,” said Christian Spears, Founder and President, Tennessee Brew Works.

Turner Häus Brewery was co-founded by Nashville Native, Steve Turner and is one of the first black-owned breweries in Chicago, Illinois.

“This collaboration is the first time in history where two black owned adult beverage brands – Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Turner Häus Brewery – have partnered together to produce a product of this magnitude,” said Steve Turner, Co-founder, Turner Häus Brewery.

“Joined by Tennessee Brew Works, we collectively came together to create something uniquely historic for the industry. From the grain build, the barrels used and even the graphic on the label: it all showcases the advancements and successes of people of color in the craft beer and spirits industries.”