Deschutes Brewery announced the hiring of Karl Ockert as Director of Brewery Operations. In this position, Ockert will use his 30-plus years experience in the brewing industry to oversee and guide all functions and activities related to brewing, cellaring, packaging, safety, continuous improvement, maintenance and quality control. Ockert, who spent a total of two decades with Bridgeport Brewing Company, most recently served as an independent consulting brewmaster and the technical director for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA).
“Karl’s extensive experience in the craft industry and his incredible technical expertise will help us through a critical growth phase as we look to expand production and bring on a second brewery,” said Michael LaLonde, president of Deschutes Brewery. “He’s a great cultural fit for our team as a whole and we look forward to his guidance and input as we continue to grow.”
Ockert was the original brewmaster for Bridgeport Brewing Company in the 1980s, and after stints at some other breweries (small and large), he returned there in the mid-90s as brewmaster and general manager. Prior to joining the Deschutes team, Ockert was with the MBAA as well as running his own consulting business assisting brewing clients in project planning, process and efficiency optimization and troubleshooting for production issues. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Sciences from the University of California at Davis and has also directed several advanced learning courses for the MBAA. He is the editor/author of several books and papers on topics ranging from practical brewing basics to the technical aspects of brewing and packaging.
“Deschutes has been a respected cornerstone in the craft brewing world for more than 25 years,” Ockert said, “thanks to their consistent quality across the board, along with their ongoing experimentation with new styles, processes, ingredients and more. I’m excited to join their team as the company continues to innovate, expand and break new ground.”
Ockert officially joins Deschutes Brewery on August 3 and will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Bend, Oregon.