Howling Moon

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      Western North Carolina has been one of the central areas for moonshine throughout history since it was settled.  The art of making moonshine has been passed down for generations as it was in my family.  Many great moonshiner’s come from this area including Lewis Redmond and Popcorn Sutton.  My family has made moonshine here for generations.  My father, uncle, grandfather, great uncle, and great great grandfather all made moonshine in these mountains.  The condenser on one of my still’s is from my great great grandfathers still, which had a wooden top and bottom like a wood barrel and had copper for the walls.  It was buried a few inches so the bottom would not burn and the rock furnace was not built all the way to the top so the top would not burn.  Moonshine was the only way of survival for many families and played a big role in the culture of these mountains.

     I want to continue the tradition by making traditional moonshine with family recipes. We use all natural ingredients in every step of the process. The only way to make true moonshine is use fresh and natural ingredients, but it’s not moonshine if its not made in a moonshine still like the one we are using, which was hand crafted not store bought, like everything we make.  Our product is classified as a distilled spirit specialty by the federal government because it does not fall under any other class of product.  We spend a lot of time and money to make the highest quality moonshine you can find in the woods or the store.  We can trace our recipe back over 150 years, when everything was hand made in these mountains with pride.    We are as authentic as it gets.  We use oak barrels, a real moonshine still, local corn stone ground at a local  mill, and we recycle our spent mash by using it as hog feed like moonshiners have done for generations.   If you want to know what moonshine really taste like in these mountains 150 years ago then try Howling Moon.

Our products are only available in North Carolina. Right now we sell a traditional Mountain Moonshine at 100 proof and an Apple Pie Moonshine and Strawberry Moonshine that is blended at 100 proof with real fruit and NO juice and NO artifical flavors to keep the proof higher.  We plan to grow, but we won’t compromise our quality or our traditional methods, which take longer to produce alcohol, but the quality is better and the moonshine is genuine.  We are proud to be a part of the North Carolina micro distillery movement.

Here is what some of the reviews say:


‘Shine On: The Moonshine Renaissance

Bon Appetit

Written By: Melba Newsome

January 2013

Howling Moon Moonshine, the company that Bradford formed with…Chivous Downey… is at the vanguard of the industry.


From still to store: North Carolina-made liquor business booming

The Charlotte Observer
October 2, 2012
By Andrea Weigl

“Howling Moon Moonshine: …Mountain Moonshine had a clean smell with an initial sweet taste and a hint of corn at the end. It is a friendly, not overpowering, moonshine that would be good mixed or straight. The apple-pie version smelled of cinnamon and tasted of apples, but the drinker still knows it is moonshine.”


Howling moonshine tastes like tradition

Mackensy Lunsford
Mountain Xpress
The corn whiskey is 100-proof, and tastes exactly like moonshine should taste if you’ve ever sipped it out of a mason jar next to a bonfire. If you have, then you know. Except there’s this: the moonshine leaves a trail of heat in its wake and, beyond that, there’s a distinct flavor of the sweetest corn that hits the palate as the warmth subsides.
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