After this week, we’re all ready to warm up. Westhaven will host its first annual Whiskey Warmer tasting celebration on the lakefront on March 7th, running from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Local spirit brands and distillery’s will be featured at the event and tickets are currently available for sale.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample 32+ whiskey, bourbon and other spirit brands. This rain or shine event will take place outdoors, at the lake on Front Street, at the entrance to Westhaven, and will benefit The Westhaven Foundation, which was founded in 2007 to build, enrich and preserve the community, as well as Williamson County.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and limited quantities are available. Tickets include a commemorative rocks glass provided by Johnnie Walker and a pass to live entertainment with Guthrie Trapp.

Sponsors include Westahven, Johnnie Walker, BMI and the Nashville Film Institute, Cool Springs Powersports and Westside Wine & Spirits. Summer Classics will be on-site providing outdoor furniture and fire-pits for guests, and Eli Mason will provide a signature cocktail bar, along with great local food, via The Grilled Cheeserie food truck.

Attendees at the event must be 21-years of age or older, and no children, strollers or pets will be allowed. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.westhaventn.com, and click on Whiskey Warmer or contact the Westhaven Realty Sales Office at 615-599-1764.

Locally Showcased Brands Include:

* American Born Moonshine is distilled by Windy Hill Spirits here in Nashville, and launched their signature Original, Apple Pie, and Dixie flavored moonshine in October of 2013. They seek to create a family of products that honor the tradition of authentic mountain moonshine and the patriotic American rebel spirit.

* Belle Meade Bourbon is distilled at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, also in Nashville. The Nelson family resurrected their great, great, great grandfather’s Charles Nelson’s original recipe and focuses on authenticity. Even down to its label and the story of the tradition of horses at the Belle Meade Plantation, creates a unique family blend that makes their ancestors proud.

* George Dickel Distillery calls Tullahoma home, and has since 1870. Mr. Dickel discovered that whisky – spelled intentionally with no “e” to follow Scottish tradition – made in the winter was smoother and to this day is the only distiller in Tennessee that chills it’s whisky prior to it charcoal-mellowing stage. The distillery was shut down for nearly four decades during prohibition and was rebuilt in 1958.

* Ole Smokey Moonshine, distilled in Gatlinburg, features a variety of moonshine flavors served in old-fashioned Mason jars. Distilled from corn grown by local farmers in East Tennessee, it was the first federally licensed distillery in the state. From the hollers deep and hidden Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine is born from good people and shared with the same.

* Pennington’s Strawberry Rye took more than a year to master, and raises the bar in creative cocktails. Distilled in small batches locally in Nashville’s SPEAKeasy Spirits distillery, Pennington’s carries a balance of all-natural fruit flavors and the spice that only comes from real rye whiskey.

* Prichard’s Whiskey is considered by many to be a delicate blend of science and art. Still today, Prichard’s is distilled in copper pot stills using the techniques of the master distillers from long ago. Kelso, Tennessee is home to the Prichard’s distillery and is a five-generation adventure for the Prichard family,

* Short Mountain Distilleries is the state’s sixth distillery making authentic small batch Tennessee moonshine and other products. Corn is grown and stone-milled on a 300 acre working farm in Cannon County, Tennessee, which was originally started in 2001 and was the first of its kind to seek organic certification. After installing erosion protections and water conservations systems, Short Mountain Shine was born onto Tennessee’s countryside.

* Whisper Creek presents the first all-American version of what is often called “Irish” cream. Produced by local couple, Jenny & Jeff Pennington, charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey forms the base of this unique cream liqueur. Pastry chefs nationwide are now using Whisper Creek in dessert menus to add a depth of flavors to their creations.

About The Westhaven Foundation

The Westhaven Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, established by the residents of Westhaven with full support of the community’s developer, Southern Land Company. The mission of the foundation is to promote lifelong learning, leadership, preservation, philanthropy and environmental awareness within Westhaven and the greater Franklin community. The foundation strives to nurture a strong sense of community, while enhancing the quality of life at Westhaven. To date, over $700,000 has been raised by The Westhaven Foundation for various community events and organizations, including student scholarships and The Franklin 4 The Cure Discovery Grants at the Monroe Carrole Jr. Children’s Hospital for cancer research.

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Andrea Hinds
Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.