Corsair Artisan Distillery

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Corsair Artisan Distillery is a small-batch distilling company with distilleries in Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Founded in January 2008, it is owned and operated by distillers Darek Bell and Andrew Webber and marketing specialist Amy Lee Bell.[1][2][3] The company produces buckwheat whiskey, malt whiskey, gin, red absinthe, flavored vodka, spiced rum, and various other offerings.[4]

History[edit]

Childhood friends Andrew Webber and Darek Bell started homebrewing beer and wine in Bell's garage after running into some difficulties working on a biodiesel plant prototype.[5][2] Webber developed the idea after remarking that putting all their efforts into making whiskey would be far more satisfying.[5]

Co-founded by Andrew Webber and Darek and Amy Lee Bell, Corsair Distillery began operations in 2008 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The owners had a strong connection to Tennessee, and established a second location in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010, making Corsair the first legal craft distillery in Nashville since Prohibition.[2]

In 2016, Corsair opened a second location in the Wedgewood/Houston (WeHo) area in Nashville. Opening the WeHo headquarters gave the company the opportunity to increase production while freeing up capacity at its Marathon Village location for increased production of small batch craft beers. The WeHo site also houses additional office space and barrel storage.[2]

On August 31, 2018, Corsair closed the Bowling Green distillery. According to Corsair's Chief Operating Officer, Tyler Crowell, the company plans to focus future efforts on additional expansion of its two locations in Nashville.[6]

Corsair has a stated goal to put "Nashville in a bottle" by tapping into the resources of local farms and using its own local malthouse and smokehouse. The company offers tours at its multiple locations in Nashville to show off its craft spirits and craft beers.[2]

List of spirits[edit]

As of 2018, Corsair has produced 28 types of spirits. Currently, 11 are usually offered for sale, six are classified as seasonal or experimental varieties, and 11 have been discontinued.[7]

Corsair Spirit Lineup[7]
Artisan Gin Current
Red Absinthe Current
Vanilla Bean Vodka Current
Spiced Rum Current
Triple Smoke Malt Whiskey Current
Quinoa Whiskey Current
Ryemageddon Current
Oatrage Whiskey Current
Barrel Aged Gin Current
Wildfire Malt Whiskey Current
Genever Current
Buck Yeah Buckwheat Whiskey Seasonal/Experimental
Citra Double IPA Seasonal/Experimental
Nashville Bourbon Seasonal/Experimental
Pumpkin Spice Moonshine Seasonal/Experimental
Grainiac Bourbon Seasonal/Experimental
Green Malt Whiskey Seasonal/Experimental
Wry Moon Discontinued
100% Rye Discontinued
Steampunk Discontinued
Cherrywood Smoked Discontinued
Elderflower Bohemian Discontinued
Hopmonster Discontinued
Insane in the Grain Discontinued
Oat Smoked Wheat Whiskey Discontinued
Oatmeal Stout Discontinued
Triticale Whiskey Discontinued
Galaxy Discontinued

Awards[edit]

As of 2018, the company says that its spirits have won more than 800 medals at national and international spirits competitions.[5]

All-Around Awards
2017 Berlin International Spirits Competition[8] American Whiskey Distillery of the Year
2017 Wizards of Whisky[9] World Distiller of the Year
U.S. Craft Distiller of the Year
2014 Wizards of Whisky[10] World Other Grain Whisky of the Year
Regional Winner: U.S. Craft Distillers
American Craft Distiller of the Year
2014 Icons of Whisky: America[10] Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year
2014 American Distilling Institute Awards[11] Craft Distillery of the Year (Bubble Cap Award)
2013 Icons of Whisky: America[10] Craft Distiller of the Year
Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year
2012 New York International Spirits Competition[12] Tennessee Distillery of the Year
Individual Awards
Triple Smoke 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards[13] Gold Medal
2017 Berlin International Spirits Competition[8] Bronze Medal
2017 New York International Spirits Competition[14] Gold Medal
2017 Whisky Advocate Awards[15] Artisan Whiskey of the Year
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards[16] Silver Medal
2016 American Craft Spirits Awards[17] Gold Medal
2014 American Craft Spirits Awards[18] Silver Medal
2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition[10] Double Gold
2014 International Review of Spirits Awards[10] Gold Medal
2014 American Distilling Institute Awards[19] Best of Category, Bronze
2012 American Distilling Institute Awards[20] Bronze Medal
2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards[10] Gold Medal
2011 American Distilling Institute Awards[10] Bronze Medal
2010 International Review of Spirits Awards, BTI[10] Gold Medal
2010 American Distilling Institute Awards[10] Silver Medal
2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition[10] Gold Medal
Nashville 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Gold Medal
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2014 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2012 American Distilling Institute Awards[10] Silver Medal
Gin 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2013 The Fifty Best[10] Gold Medal
2011 International Review of Spirits Awards, BTI[10] Gold Medal
2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards Silver Medal
2009 World Beverage Competition[10] Gold Medal
2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition[10] Gold Medal
Barrel Aged Gin 2018 American Distilling Institute Awards[21] Bronze Medal
2016 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2016 American Distilling Institute Awards[22] Silver Medal
2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal
2013 The Fifty Best Double Gold
2013 American Distilling Institute Awards[23] Best of Category, Gold
2012 NY International Spirits Competition[10] Silver Medal
2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition[10] Gold Medal
Genever 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
2016 American Craft Spirits Awards Silver Medal
2015 American Distilling Institute Awards[24] Best of Category, Gold
2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold
2014 American Craft Distiller's Awards[10] Gold Medal
2013 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
Green Malt 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
Buck Yeah 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Best of Category, Silver
2015 American Craft Spirits Awards[25] Silver Medal
2015 American Distilling Institute Awards Best of Category, Silver
Ryemageddon 2018 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2017 Berlin International Spirits Competition Silver Medal
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2016 American Distilling Institute Awards Best of Category, Gold
2015 American Craft Spirits Awards Gold Medal
2014 American Craft Spirits Awards Silver Medal
2014 International Review of Spirits Awards Gold Medal
2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal
2013 International Review of Spirits Award[10] Gold Medal
2012 American Distilling Institute Awards[10] Silver Medal
Citra Double IPA 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Best of Category, Gold
Wildfire 2018 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2017 Berlin International Spirits Competition Gold Medal
2017 New York International Spirits Competition Silver Medal
2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2016 American Craft Spirits Awards Silver Medal
Red Absinthe 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards Silver Medal
2014 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
Oatrage 2017 Berlin International Spirits Competition Gold Medal
2015 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
Quinoa Whiskey 2013 International Review of Spirits Award Gold Medal
2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
2011 New York International Spirits Competition[10] Silver Medal
Grainiac 2017 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
2012 American Distillers Institute Awards Best of Class, Best of Category, Gold
Pumpkin Spice Moonshine 2014 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards Bronze Medal
2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Bronze Medal
Wry Moon (discontinued) 2010 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold
Oatmeal Stout (discontinued) 2011 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
Oak Smoked Wheat Whiskey (discontinued) 2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
Triticale Whiskey (discontinued) 2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
Cherrywood Smoke (discontinued) 2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
100% Rye (discontinued) 2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2011 MicroLiquor Spirits Awards Gold Medal
2011 American Distilling Institute Awards Silver Medal
2010 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
2010 International Review of Spirits Awards, BTI Silver Medal
Elderflower Bohemian (discontinued) 2012 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal
Hopmonster (discontinued) 2012 NY International Spirits Competition Awards[12] Silver Medal
Steampunk (discontinued) 2013 American Distilling Institute Awards Bronze Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corsair Staff". corsairdistillery.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
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  12. ^ a b "Announcing the Winners of the 3rd Annual New York International Spirits Competition!". nyispiritscompetition.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "2017 American Craft Spirits Awards". americancraftspirits.org. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "We're Proud To Announce The Winners of the 8th Annual New York International Spirits Competition!". nyispiritscompetition.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "Whisky Advocate's 19th Annual Awards". whiskyadvocate.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Judging of Craft Spirits - 2017 Results". distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
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  18. ^ "2014 Judging Results". americancraftspirits.org. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "ADI Spirit Competition - 2014 Results". distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  20. ^ "ADI Spirit Competition - 2012 Results". distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  21. ^ "The 2018 Winners Are..." distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  22. ^ "ADI Spirit Competition - 2016 Results". distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "ADI Spirit Competition - 2013 Results". distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  24. ^ "ADI Spirit Competition - 2015 Results". distilling.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  25. ^ "2015 ACSA Spirits Judging Awards". americancraftspirits.org. Retrieved May 20, 2018.

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Coordinates: 36°59′39″N 86°26′28″W / 36.9941°N 86.4410°W / 36.9941; -86.4410