Our Story

Located in legendary Wilkes County -the “Moonshine Capital of America”; Copper Barrel is an award-winning distillery founded on the belief that everyone deserves a taste of genuine American craft spirits.

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.


Get Your Swag

Visit Copper Barrel Provisions or our online store to purchase all your favorite Copper Barrel swag and moonshine infused goodies such as:

Accessories: decals, keychains and patches
Apparel: t-shirts, hats and hoodies
Barware: mats, coasters and napkin caddies
Drinkware: flasks, glasses and koozies
Housewares: candles and hand-soaps
Jewelry: earrings, necklaces and lapel pins
Spirited Snacks: chocolates, jerky and peanuts

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Tours & Tastings

Reservations are encouraged and discounts are available for groups of 8 or more adults. Well-behaved dogs and children under 16 years of age are both welcome and free.

MON thru SAT

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Lounge Hours

Wilkes County’s finest cocktail lounge serves up your favorite craft beer, wine & spirits from North Carolina producers. Use the link below to join and take advantage of exclusive membership benefits today.

SUN thru THU
Limited Service

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Be in the Know

Join the Copper Barrel Crusaders club for exclusive offers on products, event tickets, invitations to member-only events and other great perks.

Latest News

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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