Canadian Manufacturing

Brunswick Bierworks: Christian Von Der Heide joins as Chief Operating Officer

Christian Von Der Heide will be teaming up with Brunswick’s current Brewmaster, Lodewijk Swinkels.

January 18, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO — Brunswick Bierworks Inc., a Canadian brewing partner of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, announces the appointment of Christian Riemerschmid Von Der Heide as Chief Operating Officer.

Christian is a 35-year veteran of the brewery and beverage industry. He has worked for brewers, distillers, and global players in a variety of roles in operations, technology development, innovation, supply chain, and as board member in the Americas, Africa, and Europe. His brewing pedigree includes iconic brands such as Augustiner in Munich, Labatt’s, Guinness, and Tusker.

Christian joins Brunswick following his time as CEO & President of the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is also a past President of the European Brewery Convention, and a graduate of TUM at Weihenstephan, Executive Studies at INSEAD, and Wharton.

“Having been on the board of directors at Brunswick since inception, I’ve witnessed firsthand its tremendous growth and accomplishments over a very short period. I’m excited to come on board in a full-time capacity and help Brunswick excel in the next phase of its growth strategy,” said Christian.


Christian will be teaming up with Brunswick’s current Brewmaster, Lodewijk Swinkels. Lodewijk comes from a seventh-generation family of brewers whose staple brands include Bavaria and La Trappe. Lodewijk was formerly the Brewmaster for La Trappe, one of only 11 Trappist breweries worldwide. “I’ve been friends with Christian for well over 30 years as we attended the Technical University Munich at Weihenstephan together. We have admired each other from afar and from time to time have collaborated over the years. I’m thrilled to now be working alongside my good friend and look forward to building upon Brunswick’s reputation as a truly world-class organization,” said Lodewijk.