Cody Bradford started Howling Moon Distillery in 2010 with the help of his brother when he was 26. Cody has a 4 year degree in history from UNCA and 4 years experience as a District Manager for a healthcare company. When he was offered a promotion within this company, he resigned and decided to follow his whiskey dreams by starting Howling Moon.
Howling Moon Distillery was named by Cody’s mother. His parents used to spend their days riding horses and camping, and their nights drinking moonshine and howling at the moon. The moonshine Howling Moon produces today is reminiscent of the moonshine Cody’s third cousin, North Carolina gang leader Hiram Wilson, used to distill. Back in his day, Hiram was so feared that he openly conducted a still in his yard as a means of livelihood. Today, the founders of Howling Moon Distillery pride themselves on a rich family history and make moonshine to reflect that pride.
Howling Moon Distillery hand-makes their product with real fruit and locally grown corn, no artificial flavors or colors. They make a traditional moonshine with traditional moonshine stills. It is classified as a distilled spirit specialty because it does not fall under any other class of product. It’s closer to a whiskey than a grain neutral spirit and it tastes nothing like a vodka. Their moonshine has a sweet aftertaste with a hint of corn. You can taste the difference. Partly because of the recipe, and partly because of the still they use. Howling Moon fills the need for a locally made, true craft moonshine rich with a long documented history, an authentic story, and an authentic product.