Rep. Pricey Harrison and Sen. Kathy Harrington receive Legislative Leadership Awards
Winston-Salem — Over 500 members of North Carolina’s growing craft brewing industry gathered in Winston-Salem last night to recognize their industry’s leaders and thank their strongest supporters. The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild presents a Legislative Leadership Award each year to one member of the House, and one member of the Senate, who demonstrate their commitment and perseverance on behalf of the state’s independent craft breweries.
Representative Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) has been a tireless advocate for the state’s craft brewers since she was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2005. In her first session she was a co-sponsor of the Pop the Cap legislation that lifted the state’s 6% ABV limit on beer to 15% — which is often credited with opening the doors for North Carolina’s craft brewing boom. Since then she has never missed an opportunity to help the state’s craft brewing industry grow. In 2017 she worked with Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) to sponsor HB 500, which was joined to the Brunch Bill (SB 155) to bring the industry a significant list of positive changes.
Senator Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston) has served in the NC Senate since 2011. She has sponsored or co-sponsored a number of bills to update and modernize the system of alcoholic beverage regulation in North Carolina. In 2017 Senator Harrington worked with Senator Rick Gunn (R-Alamance) to sponsor SB 155, known as “the Brunch Bill,” which brought earlier Sunday sales to North Carolina, along with a host of other positive reforms that benefit craft breweries in North Carolina. Senator Harrington had the chance to cheer on her hometown brewery, Cavendish Brewing Company in Gastonia, as they received a bronze and two gold medals in the North Carolina Brewers Cup later the same evening.
The Legislative Leadership Awards were presented by Representative Chuck McGrady and Senator Rick Gunn, who were the inaugural recipients of the NC Craft Brewers Guild’s Legislative Leadership Award in 2015.
North Carolina is now home to 245 independent craft breweries – more than any other southern state. The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 tax-exempt organization comprised of brewers, vendors, retailers and craft beer enthusiasts focused on promoting North Carolina beer.