Local ‘moonshine’ hits the shelves


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



Mayberry Spirits owner Van McCoy stocks a presentation rack with his unique whiskey.


On April 4 Vann McCoy started offering tours at Mayberry Spirits on North South Street in Mount Airy. More than three months after the public took their first sips of McCoy’s product Mayberry Spirits whiskey is available for purchase at the local ABC store.

Also, beginning on Oct. 1 a new state law will permit McCoy to sell his whiskey on-site at Mayberry Spirits.

According to McCoy his product hit the shelves last Friday. McCoy went on to say that his “Toasted Oak” whiskey is available for purchase right now. McCoy said his “Crystal Moonshine” will be on shelves within the next few days, and the “Toasted Vanilla” version of McCoy’s liquor will be available around the second week of August.

McCoy said his product is available only at the Mount Airy ABC store, where McCoy said several bottles have already flown off the shelves. McCoy hopes to expand his footprint when he goes to a statewide meeting of ABC store managers next week.

McCoy said that his product is easy to spot in the local liquor store — he has fashioned racks from re-purposed 100 year-old barn wood. McCoy thinks the racks will help to showcase his product in stores.

McCoy also sells other products made with his liquor at his store. Products ranging from peaches and cherries soaked in his vanilla whiskey blend to soap made from leftover mash are available on Saturdays and Sundays at Mayberry Spirits. Additionally, McCoy sells vanilla and other extracts used primarily for baking.

According to McCoy more is on the way from Mayberry Spirits, including lemon and other fruit-infused liquors. Additionally, McCoy plans to put what he’s calling “Sinister, left-handed” whiskey on the market. After putting a label on a bottle improperly McCoy sprouted the idea for this higher octane liquor.

On Oct. 1 McCoy will be the benefactor of a change to the N.C. General Statutes that will allow him to sell one bottle of his liquor per person each year. Currently state law permits craft distilleries only to give a one ounce tasting to visitors who take a tour at the site.

McCoy said that the new law is a welcome change that is meant to cater to tourists who pass through. According to McCoy the state has not released how it will track the sales to ensure people don’t buy more than one bottle. McCoy added that “the powers that be have until Oct. 1 to make that decision.”

McCoy’s store is open for tours, tasting and the purchase of other products on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

Mayberry Spirits owner Van McCoy stocks a presentation rack with his unique whiskey.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_VANMCCOY.jpgMayberry Spirits owner Van McCoy stocks a presentation rack with his unique whiskey.

By Andy Winemiller

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Andy Winemiller is a staff writer for the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or [email protected]

Andy Winemiller is a staff writer for the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or [email protected]

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