Fawn Weaver wears many hats in her life: relationship blogger, historian, New York Times best selling author, and whiskey connoisseur. The last one shouldn’t surprise you since she is behind the whiskey brand named after the first Black head whiskey distiller in the country, Nathan “Nearest” Green. Weaver started this brand of whiskey with the help and blessings of the Green family. She also started a foundation for his descendants called the Nearest Green Foundation.
Fawn, the daughter of Motown songwriter and producer Frank Weaver, came to be known publicly in 2010 when she noticed a disturbing trend of marriage and wives caricatured negatively in the press. Fawn is a happily married woman and cherished her marriage and wanted to prove that all wives aren't miserable, most husbands don't cheat, and happy marriages do exist. From this Happywivesclub.com was born.
Happywivesclub.com grew organically from something shared between her friends and family to being shared online. With a personal goal of building a community of 1,000,000 happy wives, she began traveling to 12 countries on six continents, interviewing couples or wives that have been married for many years and telling their stories. This journey led to the best selling book “Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search For The Secrets Of A Great Marriage.” She followed this with “The Argument Free Marriage: 28 Days to Creating the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted with the Spouse You Already Have,” which uses conflict management to attain an argument free marriage.
In 2017 after reading an article about a man named Nathan “Nearest” Green, she made it a personal mission to dig up more information on him. Nathan Green was the first Black distiller in the United States and taught a young Jack Daniels how to distill whiskey. Green is responsible for what's known as the Lincoln County process, which is a process where the whiskey is steeped in charcoal chips before going into cask for aging.
Reading his story was inspirational to Weaver and prompted her to continue researching, find his descendants and bring his accomplishments to the masses. After meeting his descendants she was further moved to start the Nearest Green Foundation. The foundation provides scholarship programs, is building the Nearest Green Memorial Park, and holds the line of whiskey, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.
Uncle Nearest Whiskey products are currently available in all 50 states and 12 countries, (while shipping to a total of 148 countries), and is in more than 10,000 stores, bars and restaurants. They also built a 270 acre distillery in Shelbyville, Tennessee. That makes Fawn Weaver the first Black women to own and operate a distillery in the United States. She joins a growing trend of Black owned distilleries, wineries and Black liquor makers of all kinds.
We look forward to seeing the growth of the Uncle Nearest Brand of Whiskey products and will definitely spread the word and support it. Go to unclenearest.com for more information.