Drew Larson

Chicago, IL
Drew Larson is a Chicago based beverage specialist. As the founding Co-Owner of Leaders Beverage, he engages in all aspects of consulting, staff and corporate education, and special events for beer, wine, and spirits. Leaders Beverage is also specializes in draft beer and wine installation and operates an online supply shop. Before joining the Cicerone® Certification Program he was the Beverage Director at Michael & Louise’s Hopleaf Bar where he managed a bottle list more than 400 deep and 68 beer taps.
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After Drew Larson graduated from Western Illinois University, he became an officer of the United States Army, flying Blackhawk helicopters for the Army Medical Department.  Drew Larson remains with the Army Reserves in the rank of Major. During the last 20 years of Drew Larson’s service, he has traveled all over the world gaining a deep enthusiasm for the culture of foods and beverages.
After leaving active duty, Drew attended Kendall College in Chicago, one of the top culinary schools in the US.  Here, Drew Larson earned a degree in Culinary Arts and his Certified Culinarian credential. However, throughout his extensive travels and culinary training, he found that his passion for beverages was limitless. He has been brewing beer for 14 years, is a Certified Cicerone® (preparing for the Master Cicerone® exam), and has a certificate in raw materials and wort production from the Siebel Institute of Technology. Drew also holds advanced certificates in draft technology from Siebel Institute and MicroMatic. After culinary school, Drew’s beverage studies took him to The French Culinary Institute to study wine with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Here, he earned his Certified Sommelier certificate, the Certified Specialist of Wines certificate with the Society of Wine Educators (SWE), as well as his Level 3 Award from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. When he returned to Chicago, he built upon his beverage knowledge by earning his Certified Specialist of Spirits.
Staying engaged within the industry beyond his activities with Leaders Beverage he contributes to many blogs and magazines, judges in beer competitions, and is a regular panel member at the Beverage Testing Institute.  Additionally, Drew is adjunct faculty at Kendall College teaching for the Beverage Management focus within the Hospitality Bachelors program.

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