Really fine days are ahead at the home of “really fine drink,” according to Mayberry Spirits owner Vann McCoy.
Mayberry Spirits’ grand opening is scheduled for today, Friday and Saturday.
Along with this grand opening, McCoy said his business is celebrating the opening of the North Carolina Distillers Trail and a new state law that allows craft distilleries such as McCoy’s to sell one bottle of alcohol on location per year to a person.
McCoy has seen great interest from both local residents and tourists since opening the doors to his distillery on a limited basis in April. Now he plans to officially begin operations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 4 p.m. The distillery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Mayberry Spirits offers three options for whiskey drinkers. McCoy’s base product is a clear whiskey reminiscent of traditional moonshine, though he has also seen great interest in his oak-aged and vanilla-infused products.
Prior to Thursday it was not legal for McCoy or any other entity, with the exception of state-run ABC stores, to sell bottled liquor on site. In fact, according to McCoy, Thursday marks the first time in more than 100 years that distilleries will be able to sell liquor on their own premises.
McCoy said the new law is aimed primarily at tourists who might stop in, take one of McCoy’s comical and informative tours, have a taste of some “really fine drink” and want to leave with a bottle to share with friends upon their arrival home. However, any person will be allowed the purchase of one bottle per 12-month period.
McCoy said the new law is a great way to celebrate the opening of the North Carolina Distillers Trail, which will feature 26 craft distilleries across the state.
In addition to the three craft whiskey labels Mayberry Spirits produces, other locally produced crafts are available for purchase such as extracts often used for baking, spiced brandied fruits from local orchards, hand rolled cigars, hand blown whiskey glasses, pottery and handcrafted jewelry.
Another event is also planned at Mayberry Spirits — one that will feature local artists. McCoy said several regional artists will be visiting the distillery during Mount Airy’s Autumn Leaves festival on Oct. 9 and 10. McCoy said all artists will show off their work, and some will offer free demonstrations.
Mayberry Distilleries is located at 461 North South Street in Mount Airy. The distillery’s regular hours of operation are noon until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Andy is a staff writer at The News and can be reached at 415-4698.