If you begin to ponder the history of Catawba Brewing Company, you likely will not guess the business blossomed from a Christmas gift of all things. However, that is exactly what sparked the formation of the successful business known today. Back in 1994, Billy Pyatt received a gift that caused him to fall in love with the art of brewing and would instill that same love in his brother, Scott, as well. In 1999, the Pyatt family was inspired by their weekend homebrew hobby and decided to turn that little hobby into something much larger. Twenty years later, the company has developed into one of the top 100 craft beer producers in the country.
The business has grown significantly from their humble beginnings, becoming a major craft beer supplier across five states: North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Catawba Brewing Company now manages breweries and tasting rooms in three North Carolina cities – Asheville, Morganton, and Charlotte. Along with the 2018 acquisition of Palmetto Brewing Company in Charleston, SC, the Pyatt family’s original hobby has spawned one of the Southeast’s largest craft brewing entities.
Catawba’s philosophy that has remained the same over the last twenty years is simple. The company strives to produce approachable flagship beers of the highest quality, and to create unique, small-batch beers inspired by the community, folklore, and local lifestyle. Also, they make it their mission to service their distributor partners with availability of product and support, and to educate anyone interested in craft brewing. Catawba’s priority is to “grow a solid business that creates jobs, withstands the inevitable ups and downs of our industry, and actively gives back to our communities.”
If all of this does not intrigue you, then this fun fact just might. The border of East Tennessee is incorporated into the Catawba logo! The Tri-Cities were among the company’s first distribution areas in the early 2000s. Look for Catawba products wherever craft beer is sold, visit one of their tasting rooms, or go to www.catawbabrewing.com for more information.