Cicerone New Orleans

Karl S. Hartdegen

Certified Cicerone®

M.S. Hospitality & Tourism Management - UNO

B.S. Biological Science - LSU

Karl has deep ties to New Orleans’ cultural fabric.  He was born in New Orleans from family lines that immigrated from France and Spain in the mid to late 1700s and from Ireland and Germany in the 1850s.


Karl graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Biological Sciences with a focus on plant and microbial biology.  He then worked in quality control for the oil & gas industry as a Chemist, Supervisor, and Laboratory Manager.  As time progressed, Karl decided to pursue passions within the food, beverage, and hospitality sector.

Following this passion, Karl enrolled in graduate school at the University of New Orleans to hewn skills and knowledge.  He graduated as a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Through a graduate school internship and subsequent hire, Karl refined his brewing techniques working as the Brewer for New Orleans’ longest, currently operating and only brewery within the historic French Quarter, Crescent City Brewhouse.

Filled with excitement and desire for further professional development, Karl began studying to become a Certified Cicerone.  This certification is akin to a sommelier of wine and demonstrates industry cognizance.  This includes comprehensive knowledge of keeping & serving beer, beer styles, beer flavor and evaluation, beer ingredients & brewing processes and pairing beer with food. 

Hartdegen transitioned to brewing for one of the southeast’s fasting growing beverage producers, Big Easy Bucha, working as the Director of Quality Assurance overseeing quality assurance, upstream beverage production, open fermentation, blending program, compliance, safety, research & development, and innovation efforts.  

Karl has recently joined the city's first and most respected craft brewery, NOLA Brewing Co.  As VP of Brewing Operations, He has oversight of brewing, cellaring, packaging, quality assurance, R&D, procurement, and logistics processes. 

CRAFT CULTURE is Karl’s latest endeavor with a mission to craft authentic food & beverage experiences.