Columbus Distillery Brings Kentucky Bourbon Talent To Ohio

| June 6, 2021

Watershed Distillery out of Ohio recently announced its new head distiller, one who brings some experience with him from the heartland of bourbon – Aaron Harris.

Harris is the distillery’s first head distiller and brings years of know how from two Kentucky-based distilleries. He now joins one of Ohio’s oldest and largest craft distilleries. He will be responsible for overseeing production and quality control and will help to lead the team in Bourbon innovation.

“Aaron is a vital addition to the Watershed team,” said Greg Lehman, CEO of Watershed Distillery, in a prepared statement. “To add this talented bourbon maker and rising star in the distilling industry to our team is exciting. After a year that has been challenging for so many in our industry, it means a lot that we are able to expand our team in 2021. We have big plans for Watershed and feel we are equipping ourselves with one of the best teams in the business.”

Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris is the new lead distiller at Watershed (image via Watershed)

Harris comes to Watershed from Bardstown, Kentucky, where he served as the Distillery Supervisor for Lux Row Distillers. He also served as Distillery Supervisor for Barton 1792 Distillery.

“I’m happy to be here in Columbus and to be part of an organization that has become such a respected name in the craft distilling industry,” said Harris. “We have exciting developments in store for Watershed’s bourbon offerings in 2021, and I’m looking forward to making bourbon in the Buckeye state.”

The distillery celebrated its 10-year anniversary as an independent Ohio craft distillery in 2020. It has some special releases set up for 2021.

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.