Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Nashville

Jack-Daniels-Tennessee-FireFour Nashville-related news items were lined up in my RSS newsreader this morning that ┬áseem appropriate for a St. Patrick’s Day blog post.:

  • The Tennessee General Assembly is debating the meaning of the term “Tennessee Whiskey.” (Spoiler: Apparently, it means Jack Daniels). (Later: The Wall Street Journal examines the “What is Tennessee Whiskey?” controversy.)
  • On Thursday, Tennessee’s governor is expected to sign legislation passed by the General Assembly that will allow voters in local jurisdictions to decide by referendum if wine can be sold in grocery stores starting in 2016. (Translation: Wine will be sold in Nashville grocery stores starting in 2016.)
  • The restaurant editor of Food & Wine lists Tennessee Brew Works as among the nation’s six best new breweries.
  • In April Jack Daniel’s will start test marketing a new cinnamon-flavored whiskey called Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Tennessee.

I feel certain there is local news about something other than alcohol, but enjoy St Patty’s day.