The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Foothills Distillery/Seventeen Twelve Spirits


At Foothills Distillery, they take pride in sharing their passion with you! They are apart of a movement not only to revive North Carolina's past time but to produce small-batch, artisan spirits that would make any American proud. While on one of their tours, you can learn about the grain to glass process, and how each batch is made from 100% North Carolina grains using their own hands and processes passed through time. While there you can also have a chance to sample their most famous bourbon, Seventeen Twelve Spirits and maybe even their moonshine. Learn the craft, experience the revolution, take independence. Tours are generally 30-45 minutes and are most Saturdays at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. Call to make sure they are open and not at another event. Tours on other days by reservation. The distillery can be very cold in the winter and warm in the summer, please dress accordingly.