Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Reinhardt University in 2005. Shortly after, he moved to Atlanta, where he quickly became familiar with the city’s rapidly growing SweetWater Brewing Company. He began volunteering at SweetWater’s infamous 420 Festival which eventually led to a position on the packaging line. Chris was promoted to Cellar after a year of employment; it was in this position that he learned more about the fermentation process and his passion for craft truly began to form.
Chris aspired to become a brewer and decided to take up the hobby of homebrewing to coincide with his cellar work. He quickly learned the trade and was offered a Brewer position in 2012. After spending a few years mastering SweetWater’s large scale brewhouse, Chris advanced to Lead Brewer. In this position, Chris spent significant time training a steady stream of new hires, developing future recipes on the pilot system and assisting in creation of a barrel-aging/souring program. As a result of the barrel program’s popularity, SweetWater constructed a full-scale sour facility, named The Woodlands, which opened to the public in January 2016.
Chris received a Degree in Advanced Brewing Science & Engineering from the American Brewers Guild in 2016. The same year, he was awarded as Sweetwater Brewing Company’s Brewer of the Year.
He has been with Elkmont Exchange since the beginning and his creative brewing knowledge has resulted in some of our favorite beers! When he steps away from the brewery, Chris enjoys music, hiking and traveling with his amazing wife.