Three years ago, Jim Blansit opened Copper Run Distillery, located in a wooded setting on a back road a few miles north of Branson. In a short period of time this glimpse of the Ozarks of old has become a favorite place to visit for tourists and locals alike. But unlike the stills in years past, this one is legally producing moonshine as well as whiskey, vodka and gold rum.
The distillery is located in the basement of the building pictured here. Tours of the distillery are offered periodically throughout the day. Above on the main floor is a bar and restaurant. There you can sample the products, enjoy $5 cocktails and buy liquor by the bottle. Delightful light food is also available. And on Saturday and Sunday afternoons live music is provided.
This still, like those of old, is truly located out in the hills of Taney County. Mapquest or Google will take you north to Hwy 176, then west to Day Road to get to the distillery. But I recommend you go north of Branson about 6 miles to Bear Creek Rd. Left on Bear Creek for about a mile and a half, then north on Day Road for about two miles. You will enjoy this scenic ride to Copper Run.
The distillery is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sunday.