Aside from impersonating rockstars, Patrick is the main point of contact between Harris and the majority of our craft beer retailers. If there’s a question about any of the wide range of products that we sell, he’s definitely the guy to ask. And if you don’t feel like listening to him drone on about beer, just change the subject to something more philosophical. We think we might have heard him listening to Deepak Chopra when he pulled into work this morning, but whatever it was, we’re sure it was pretentious.
21A: American IPA. Duh.
Grace works directly with all departments at Harris to make sure everything runs smoothly. Her job includes HR, Finance, Operations, and Sales, and without her we’re not sure we could survive. If you stop by the warehouse Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-12pm and 2-4pm, she’s there running our window sales. Come to think of it, we’re not sure what she doesn’t do around here. Which is why it’s great that she’s just about the friendliest person you’ll meet, unless you don’t like your peanut butter crunchy – she will fight you about that one!
20C: Imperial Stout
Dale oversees the sales department for our small format segment which includes, C-Stores, Drug Chains and Small Mass Merchant Stores. He swears he’s from eastern North Carolina even though he’s an avid Duke fan, and we’ve been at lunch with him when he always orders the tomato-based sauce. Plus, his sense of humor is a little off. We asked him that old “what do you call a cow with no legs” joke, and his response was “It doesn’t matter. It won’t come to you.” Come on, Dale!
Category 1: Standard American Beer
Justin describes his job as “the filter between the sales side and the operations side.” Making sure deliveries happen in a timely and professional manner is what he does through ongoing training and team work. We liked that description so much, we decided to quote it. When Justin’s not at work, he’s probably spending time with his adorable daughter or enjoying a few cold ones at the beach. All we know is that he’s definitely NOT spending it watching Star Trek. When we tried to ask him whether he likes Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto better, his response was, “Who?” Come on, man. Everyone knows it’s Nimoy!
As our Controller, Evlyn masterfully handles all things financial and HR. Which makes it a good thing that she’s probably the most responsible one of the lot of us! When she’s not corralling us into line, she’s likely attempting to do the same with her 3 sisters and 2 sons. We can only imagine that’s an easier job than we are. Either way, when she’s at work she tells us she dreams of escaping to the west to tromp around the Grand Canyon. Or Montana. Sounds like a great time! We just don’t understand why she insists that we can’t come along . . .
20A: American Porter or 20B: American Stout
As the Operations Manager, Shawn oversees the storage and distribution of our wide selection of beverages. His various departments include receiving, warehousing, picking, inventory, and fleet management. At home, Shawn spends time with his wife and children. His dream car is a shiny new Corvette and his dream vacation is a trip to Italy. Oh, and when asked what he would do with his day if he ever skipped out on work, he responded “I would never do that.” You’re a better man than the rest of us, Shawn.
1A: American Light Lager
In addition to being the owner, Jay describes his job as being “there to throw the balls back when they go out of bounds and occasionally draw up a few plays.” We’re certain he plays a slightly more important role than that. Outside of work, Jay is a family man with a wife and three kids. He likes hunting and boating, and if you ask him what food he likes to pair most with beer, he’ll tell you “anything that flies, runs, swims or had a heartbeat at one time.” We’d share the video of him demolishing that plate of hot wings, but we’re not sure it wouldn’t scare people.
1B: Budweiser or 21A: American IPA
When Matt’s not ordering beer, reviewing sales data, managing company goals, or just generally helping out where needed, he’s probably out of time for much of anything but eating and sleeping. In fact, it’s probably easier to describe Matt’s job by what he doesn’t do around here instead of what he does. And we love having his unique personality on our team. Matt’s dry sense of humor and sharp wit often betray his otherwise bitter exterior and make him one of our more entertaining team members, to be sure. So much so, that one of our brewery friends named a beer after him: Bitter Parks.
17D: English Barleywine. (Barleywine Is Life!)
Chad is our On Premise Czar. With over 600 accounts that he calls on, it’s no lie either. If you call your order in to Harris or submit it online, then he’s the one who has made sure it gets to you. Beyond beer and Marxist Existentialism (his Master’s Thesis in grad school), Chad also happens to know a ton about cheese. At least we hope that’s what that smell comes from. Just kidding – you smell great, Chad!
34C. Experimental Beer (specifically, American Light Lager mixed with V8)
Joe manages and directs a group of awesome individuals that sell, deliver and service all of the grocery and club stores in the Harris Beverages territory. His main job is to help develop members of our team and fully support them in achieving their goals as well as Harris Beverages goals. When he’s not facilitating that, Joe is completely crushing our employee survey for this website with some great humor. For the question, “I find ___________ is best when enjoyed responsibly,” he answered, “being irresponsible.” For, “Describe what you do with your day when you play hookie from work:” he said, “I wouldn’t know. I usually play hookie AT work.” And for, “What is something that you’ve done, but blamed it on the dog?” he said, “Not hitting my sales budget for the month.” Good ones, Joe!
12C: English IPA or 21A: American IPA
Andy manages the diverse Harris portfolio of independent craft breweries, importers, and other specialty beverage producers. He’s the main point of contact for our supplier partners and he plans and manages sales goals and strategies for each. Plus he basically built this website (not that he would brag about it or anything . . ). Outside of work, Andy enjoys being a generally awesome person. We definitely don’t think he’s too self-congratulatory, as he probably deserves way more credit for just about everything he does.
Category 21: American/Specialty IPA or Category 28: American Wild Ale
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