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 the Copper Barrel Provisions gift shop or online store for all your favorite Copper Barrel swag and moonshine infused snacks such as:

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

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Visitor Hours


  • Sunday – Closed
  • Monday – 11am…7pm
  • Tuesday – 11am…7pm
  • Wednesday – 11am…7pm
  • Thursday – 11am…7pm
  • Friday – 11am…7pm
  • Saturday – 11am…7pm

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Join the Club

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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