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Chris White

President AND CEO, White Labs

White Labs’ yeast is used by many brewers around the world, and its analytical testing and consulting services are a favorite of winemakers, distillers and kombucha brewers. Chris White founded the company in 1995 to manufacture yeast cultures and assist various brewing industries with the fermentation process. He lectured on chemistry at UC San Diego and teaches in the Brewing Certificate Program through UCSD Extension. In 2013, he received the Recognition Award from the American Homebrewers Association.


UC San Diego, University of California, Davis.


He has always loved playing board games and co-designed one with his twin brother called BrewMaster: The Craft Beer Game.