"Our Passion is Your Next Drink"


Chris OlmteadChris Olmstead – Manager & Technologist

is a beer enthusiast hailing from a background in Chicago of bar management, beer buying, bartending, and brewing. Don’t worry, he doesn’t really wear the fedora (in his profile pic) too much any more – but he might if you ask nicely.

As a BFA graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Chris enjoys many avenues of life. He is an actor, a graduate of the United Stuntman’s Association, bartender, brewer, server, writer, cook, carpenter, an insatiable gamer, and a member of the Chicago-based band Reallife Dinosaurs. With a relentless thirst to learn he hopes to add many things to this list in the coming years.


For Chris, beer has always come to the foreground of whatever he was doing. He was among Chicago’s first Certified Cicerones®. Chris wanted more than to just pass the exam, he wanted to speak with authority about beer. This is when he began immersing himself in the brewing beer. Many gallons and batches later, Brutally Honest Brewing Company was founded. Chris considers it an honor being one of the founding members of BHB alongside Steve Gonabe (the Chef) and fellow Certified Cicerone® Martin Langrall. The exceptional quality Chris and BHB bring to beer and food is right in parallel with the quality of work he always strives to perform. The sentiment you get when talking to Chris is, ‘If you’re going to do something, do it well, and do it right’.

Oh yea, and by the way, Chris is our resident actor and comedian so if you find him on your job site hold on to your hats.

facebook_logo_Beer copyTrack what Chris Olmstead along with Brutally Honest Brewing and Real Life Dinosaurs is up to through his personal Facebook page

Also check out Chris’s band Real Life Dinosaurs on Facebook.