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Love & Whiskey Unfiltered Book Tour

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In the spirit of collaboration Portland Center Stage, Multnomah Whiskey Library and Powell’s Books are thrilled to host the LOVE & WHISKEY Unfiltered Book Tour!

Join us for an extraordinary journey with Fawn Weaver and Victoria Eady Butler during the Love & Whiskey Unfiltered Book Tour Experience.

This isn't just an ordinary reading—it's an exclusive opportunity to delve into the heart of the story with the New York Times bestselling author and founder of Uncle Nearest, Fawn Weaver, accompanied by an exclusive, one-of-a-kind whiskey tasting led by 5th-generation Nearest Green descendant and the four-time Master Blender of the Year, Victoria Eady Butler.

This captivating fireside chat will give you unprecedented access to one of the most talked about CEOs and bestselling authors in America.

All guests are encouraged to ask any questions they might have, nothing is off the table!

Throughout the event, Victoria will guide you through tasting four premium whiskeys, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of each sip.


Here’s your chance to meet Fawn and Victoria! The Multnomah Whiskey Library invites you to THE AFTER PARTY. The party takes place just one block from The Armory at Powell’s City of Books (map) and includes one MWL signature Uncle Nearest Cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive meet-and-greet cocktail reception with Fawn Weaver and Victoria Eady Butler.

Secure your spot for an unforgettable evening of storytelling and whiskey appreciation. The VIP experience will immediately follow the fireside chat.

About Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

The following is excerpted from "Drinks Innovators of the Year: Fawn Weaver and Victoria Eady Butler," by Gabrielle Nicole Pharms, published in Food & Wine Magazine, March 15, 2022:

In the 1850s, an enslaved man, Nathan "Nearest" Green, was the one who taught a young Jack Daniel how to distill Tennessee whiskey. Once the Civil War was over, Daniel then hired Green, now a free man, to be his first head distiller. But that story—Nathan Green's story — remained largely unrecognized for over a century. That was until 2017, when Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey debuted. Created by CEO Fawn Weaver, Uncle Nearest highlights Nearest Green's legacy one bottle at a time. "When you're an African American or a woman who has figured out a pathway to success within an industry that's historically been reserved for white males, it becomes your responsibility to pull as you climb. At least, that's how I look at it," Weaver says.

In less than five years, the company has expanded into all 50 states as well as 12 countries, nearly tripling its volume between 2018 and 2019 alone. It's one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, pandemic or not.

Chalk that success up to Weaver and her all-female leadership team, which includes one of Green's descendants. Victoria Eady Butler, Green's great-great-granddaughter, is Uncle Nearest's master blender and the first known Black woman master whiskey blender in history. "I'm proud that the Uncle Nearest executive team is the first all-female executive team in the whiskey industry and that we've set a standard of excellence for others to model," Butler says. "We are the example of what strong, dedicated, determined, committed females can do in decision-making positions." Together, she and Weaver are carving out an ever-growing space for Black female voices in the whiskey world.

Read the full article here.

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