Brew pioneer to become chief brewer at Deschutes


Karl Ockert will become director of brewing operations Aug. 3 at Deschutes Brewery.

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Karl Ockert will become director of brewing operations Aug. 3 at Deschutes Brewery.

Ockert, 55, was present at the creation of craft brewing in Oregon. Fresh out of the University of California, Davis, he helped start BridgePort Brewing Co. in Portland in 1984 with Dick and Nancy Ponzi. BridgePort was sold 12 years later to The Gambrinus Co., of San Antonio, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. Ockert left BridgePort in 1990, but reprised his role there as brewmaster and plant manager for the new owners from 1996 to 2010.

 

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