Protagonist Hires Christopher Westgard to Lead Beverage Program
December 9, 2018
Advanced Cicerone is the third level of certification in the Cicerone Certification Program. It requires a solid understanding and distinctive expertise of beer as well as an excellent ability to detect and describe beer flavors using both consumer and brewer vocabulary.
Most recently a member of the Crafty Beer Guys team in Huntersville, NC, Westgard comes with more than 5 years of experience, having received his AC certification in Feb 2017.
Chris discovered craft beer while attending Appalachian State University. His interest quickly spiraled into an obsession, leading him to seek out new beer to taste and research at every opportunity. In an effort to further this knowledge Chris signed up for a Cicerone program and achieved the first level of Certified Beer Server in 2012. Not soon after he decided to pursue a career in the beer industry, joining Crafty Beer Guys at its inception in 2013 and the next level of Certified Cicerone later that same year. The next five years brought hands on opportunities in beer purchasing, management, brewing, event execution and draft system design and maintenance, leading to successfully reaching level 3 Advanced Cicerone in 2017.
“I am pretty excited for this opportunity. I’ll be able to incorporate what I’ve learned in a direct way with the brewing and culinary programs so we can make interesting things happen on every front. ” said Westgard.
The brewery will open its doors in Charlotte early next year, and focus on contributing to the craft beer scene by offering a wide variety of rare and interesting brews, playing with carbonation and serving temps, and an engaging membership program.