NC man opens craft distillery after 25 years as a monk

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — From monk to moonshine, Vann McCoy, the owner of Mayberry Spirits says he’s spent his life lifting spirits. 

McCoy served as a monk for 25 years living in monasteries around the world. In that time, he learned the art of making beer, wine, and liquor. Five years ago, McCoy returned to his hometown of Mount Airy to care for his mother and wondered what he to do next for his career. 

He says he discovered the booming craft beer and wine business in Surry County and it gave him the idea to open a craft distillery.   

McCoy opened Mayberry Distillery using a unique grain to make the whiskey.   

They use sorghum grains instead of traditional wheat, rye or barley. He says it gives the whiskey a smooth taste.   

He enjoys giving tours of the distillery and talking to people about how he continues lifting spirits by spreading joy and happiness.

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