Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey Goes on Tour to Honor U.S. Military


( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey’s Fawn Weaver Pays Homage to U.S. Military With a Tour Across America

ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey announces today its CEO and Founder Fawn Weaver’s 2023 CEO tour: Thank You for Your Service. Thank You for Your Support. While Weaver’s past two CEO Thank You Tours have focused on thanking the managers and owners of the bars, restaurants, and liquor stores who have helped Uncle Nearest become the top-selling Black-owned spirits brand in the world, this year’s tour is a heartfelt journey across America, with Weaver personally visiting military bases nationwide to express her gratitude to one of the brand’s most supportive communities.

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey honors the world’s first-know African American master distiller, Nearest Green. It was the first spirits brand in the world to be named after a Black American and boasts a number of achievements in its portfolio. It holds the Most Awarded Bourbon and American Whiskey of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, with over 600 awards and accolades since the brand’s 2017 launch, with 414 Gold medals or higher, 72 Best in Class honors, and an average critic’s score of 92. Uncle Nearest is currently sold in all 50 states and 12 countries and is sold in more than 25,000 stores, bars, hotels, and restaurants, as well as at its 323-acre Nearest Green Distillery in Shelbyville, Tenn.


The tour, beginning on April 11 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, will take Weaver on a 16-week journey to more than 35 military installations, to showcase the incredible diversity and uniqueness of each base. The Uncle Nearest team will also host events at the bases’ commissaries, offering a taste of the premium whiskey that pays homage to its namesake and his contributions to the brand’s rich history. 

One of the many unique stops they will make is the Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval station in the world, where she will meet Captain Janet H. Days, who made history earlier this year as the first Black woman to be named Commanding Officer. Weaver will also showcase bases like Fort Knox, the world’s most heavily guarded military base given that it holds more than half of the American Treasury’s gold, as well as Fort Bragg, one of the largest military complexes in the world, which hosts the only Airborne Corps and Airborne Division. By immersing herself in the daily lives of our nation’s brave service members by joining fireside chats, participating in intense morning workouts with the U.S. Army Physical Fitness Team, boarding and exploring aircraft carriers at Chambers Field, and more, Weaver will bring the much deserved attention and recognition to U.S. Army for their efforts and sacrifices they make for the U.S.

“During my CEO Tour in 2022, I visited 121 cities in 100 days. During my stop in New York, I saw thousands of new sailors dressed in all white, walking through the city’s streets during Fleet Week. It was a spectacular sight,” said Fawn Weaver. “As I passed by the Intrepid Museum and saw the colossal submarine, I knew I wanted my next CEO Thank You Tour to share some of the most incredible things on our country’s bases with the world, as well as to personally thank the troops, commanders, and veterans for their service and support. This tour is a tribute to the sacrifices made by our military and a way to express my deep gratitude for their unwavering support of Uncle Nearest. I want to thank them not just for their service, but also for their support of our brand and our mission to honor and cement the legacy of the world’s first known Black American master distiller, Nearest Green.”

To learn more about Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and virtually join in on the 18:56 Happy Hours, be sure to check out their website, Instagram, and Fawn Weaver’s Instagram. To RSVP to attend one of the 18:56 Happy Hours in person, click here.

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