Wood, Whiskey & the Magic of the River
Meet the Team
Hank Ingram comes from a long line of entrepreneurs who for more than five generations have built businesses with the river at their core. Beginning in the mid-1800s, his great-great-great-grandfather Orrin Henry Ingram founded the Empire Lumber Company. Hank’s great-grandfather brought the family to Nashville where he founded the Ingram Barge Company in 1946.
Hank is the latest in his family tree to bring a great idea to the river’s edge. With an intimate knowledge of the river and a penchant for a bourbon nightcap, he developed the idea for the unique river ageing process while in business school. After the idea won first place in a pitch competition in 2015, Hank founded Brown Water Spirits shortly thereafter to bring the idea to life.
Hank previously served as Director of Corporate Partnerships for Nashville Soccer Club and held various positions within Ingram Industries and its subsidiaries.
Hank is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is an active volunteer in a number of Nashville organizations and serves on boards for the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Symphony. In his spare time, Hank enjoys golf, guitar and cycling. And of course, a neat glass of bourbon.
Director of Sales Operations
In his position at Brown Water Spirits, Scott Beyer oversees logistics for barrel inventory and helps promote new products to the public.
Growing up on a small farm in Pennsylvania, Scott understood the value of hard work from a young age. This value has become central to everything he does, including producing high-quality whiskey.
At 15, Scott’s family moved to Florida to live and work on Escape Ranch, where he served as a ranch hand. It was there at the ranch where Scott and Hank Ingram first met. Connecting over their common interests, the two men became quick friends. Over the years, Scott and Hank each developed a fondness for whiskey, and they enjoyed bonding over a bottle whenever they got together. For Scott, the love of whiskey and spirits led him to pursue a career in the industry, eventually leading to his current role at Brown Water Spirits.
While it’s a trade steeped in 500 years of tradition, Scott is fascinated by the countless ways to make a whiskey uniquely modern. He believes that each bottle has a story to tell, and though hard work and long days are a given in the industry, Scott has never shied away from the challenge of making a great product. When he’s not working, Scott enjoys reading, traveling, listening to podcasts and is always in the mood to try new spirits.