Our Story

Located in legendary Wilkes County, the “Moonshine Capital of the World”, Copper Barrel is an award-winning distillery founded by folk hero Buck Nance. We believe everyone deserves a taste of genuine American craft spirit.

Our 100% true shine is made from a blend of rye, corn and cane sugar using a unique process and still design perfected by Buck. The result is an exceptionally smooth & full-flavored spirit that rivals even the most extraordinary whiskeys.


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Shop our online store for t-shirts, tumblers, shot glasses, and several other great Copper Barrel products. Our products include:

  • Accessories: keychains, patches and candles
  • Apparel: t-shirts, hats and hoodies
  • Barware: mats, coasters and napkin caddies
  • Drinkware: flasks, glasses and koozies
  • Gift cards
  • Golf balls and divot tools
  • Jewelry: earrings, necklaces and pins
  • Posters and postcards

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Copper Barrel Distillery

(336) 262-6500

Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11am…7pm
Wednesday – 11am…7pm
Thursday – 11am…7pm
Friday – 11am…7pm
Saturday – 11am…7pm
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Join the Copper Barrel club for exclusive offers on products, event tickets, invitations to member-only events and other great perks.

Featured Blog

A Brief History of Craft Distilling in North Carolina

Americans are outlaws by nature, a people who do not like to be ruled. When the British overtaxed our tea, we threw it in the harbor.

The Foundation Documentary

A short documentary about Copper Barrel Distillery that introduces the two men behind this exciting new venture in downtown North Wilkesboro.

Copper Barrel’s Story

Founded in 2013 by President and CEO George Smith and Master Distiller Buck Nance, Copper Barrel opened for business in North Wilkesboro in April of 2015.

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