Catawba To Purchase Palmetto

Catawba Brewing Co. announced this month that it is purchasing Palmetto Brewing Co. Both brands will continue to be sold with a single staff/company behind them. Harris is proud to carry both brands.

Click here to read the full press release.

Harris Welcomes O’Conner Brewing

We’re pleased to announce we now distribute O’Conner Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery out of Norfolk, VA.

We will initially be offering their two flagship beers El Guapo Agave IPA and Great Dismal Black IPA, and will soon be selling their rotating line of seasonal beers. El Guapo Agave IPA is the largest Virginia craft beer brand in the state by dollar sale (according to year-to-date IRI data starting March 2016 for the craft beer segment), the winner of a silver medal in the 2017 Tastings World Beer Championship, and the winner of a bronze medal in the 2016 Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup. Great Dismal Black IPA is the winner of a gold medal in the 2017 Tastings World Beer Championship and the winner of a bronze medal in the 2014 Dublin Craft Beer Cup.   

O’Connor Brewing Co. is a mighty yet humble craft brewery located in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 2010 by Kevin O’Connor with the support of his wife and company VP, Penny O’Connor; this award-winning, family-owned business blazed a trail for the craft beer movement in coastal Virginia. OBC’s mission is to create an original, world-class craft beer experience for all beer lovers through its innovative, evolving products and services while supporting our local communities. OBC brews seven flagship beers regularly, available on draft and in bottles, as well as a robust lineup of seasonal and special offerings throughout the year.

For more information, visit O’Connor Brewing Co.’s website,

Harris GABF Award Winners

Congratulations to our partner breweries for winning medals at the Great American Beer Festival:

Silver Medal: Longboard Island Lager, Kona Brewing Co.
(Category 44: Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest – 56 Entries)

Bronze Medal: Goldie’s Big Bock, Lonerider Brewing Co.
(Category 50: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – 51 Entries)

Gold Medal: Boone Creek Blonde, Appalachian Mountain Brewery
(Category 52: Golden or Blonde Ale – 126 Entries)

Bronze Medal: Triple Tail, SweetWater Brewing Co.
(Category 58: American-Style Pale Ale – 199 Entries)

This year was another record year for the competition: with winners chosen from a total of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries!! Here’s a note from the Brewers Association on how the beers are judged:

“The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.

The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising.”

Click here for the full list of winners.