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Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson DipWSET is the senior director for beer, cider & ready-to-drink at the LCBO. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry as a buyer, marketer, and business leader. He has extensive knowledge of beer, spirits and wine, including the WSET Level 4 Diploma. In 2019, Chris was awarded the David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship for the highest score in the WSET Diploma’s Global Business of Wine unit at IWEG.

Chris has a particular passion for beer. It was the first category he managed as beverage alcohol buyer and still his favourite. Chris helped develop and deliver several of the LCBO’s internal beer training programs, has tasted thousands of different beers, and travelled extensively in important producing countries like Belgium, Czechia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States and Canada. While he appreciates all beer styles, his favourites are Czech and German pilsners, English bitters, and American IPAs.

Study tip:

I encourage students to connect with one another through study groups and tastings. I think meeting people in the industry or those just interested in beverage alcohol is one of the most rewarding elements of these courses. It enhances your learning and makes the whole experience fun.