Chris LaPierre

Link to article Chris LaPierre 500x500
Share Post

What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am senior head brewer at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia. I always tell people I wouldn’t be a brewer today if I weren’t a dishwasher when I was 16. After graduating from college with a homebrew habit, I hadn’t yet lined up a job in my field (journalism), so I went back to the well and got a job waiting tables at the original Dock Street brewpub. I got my toe into the brewery by giving tours on Saturdays and helping out where I could. After a while I stopped sending resumes to newspapers and focused on my brewing career.

What’s new at Iron Hill?
A pretty big expansion: last year we opened four new locations. Iron Hill is looking to hit 20 locations by 2020.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Just that, the fact that it’s a community. I love being a part of something where you’re friends with your competition and actually work to help each other succeed.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
An acidic lambic and a triple-cream cheese. The fat of the cheese helps squelch the acidity and reset my palate for the next sip.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
I started a cycling club that now has more than 500 members.

What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Sierra Nevada Celebration. I always start looking for it when the weather gets crisp.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Ride a bike or sit in front of a fire.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Any trip to Belgium is a great one, but I had the luxury of going with Tom Peters, founder of Monk’s Café in Philadelphia. There’s Belgium, and then there’s Belgium with Tom!

Submit Your Member Profile

The Brewers Association would like to recognize as many small and independent U.S. craft brewers as possible, from bottling line technicians to brewers and CEOs.

Submit your profile today!