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This page has abstracts and links for the oral histories conducted by OHBA staff, event videos, and digitized audio content from other repositories. Some interviews have time-stamped interview notes or transcripts, please contact Tiah Edmunson Morton (email@example.com) for more information.
Find the guide to all interviews conducted between 2014 and 2017 on the Special Collections and Archives Research Center site.
We adding interviews to the new Voices of Northwest Brewing" site, which will provide enhanced access to these amazing stories. Eventually, this site will house all hops/brewing audio/video content, as well as indexed/transcribed interviews.
Karl Ockert is the Director of Brewery Operations at Deschutes Brewery. In his interview, Ockert talks about his childhood adventures, including home brewing with his mom, as well as his education at Humboldt State University and UC Davis, his role as the first brewer at BridgePort Brewing in Portland from 1984 to 1990, his time at Anheuser Busch in Newark, his return to BridgePort in 1996, his work at the Master Brewers Association of America as the Technical Director and as a professional brewing consultant, and his position at Deschutes Brewery. Ockert also talks about how he has seen the industry change and concerns he has about acquisitions of microbreweries by macro breweries. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on June 13, 2017 in Bend, Oregon.
Jessica Just is the Director of Technical Services for Brew Dr. Kombucha in Portland, Oregon. Just was one of the first three graduates, and first female, from the OSU Fermentation Science program in the Food Science Department, which was established in 1995. In her interview Just discusses growing up in Portland, early home brewing experiences, her undergraduate and graduate work at OSU in the 1990s, work with the wine industry in California, and time in London and work with the local chapter of the Campaign for Real Ale. She also talks about moving back to Corvallis to take a job as an academic advisor and instructor for the Fermentation Science program, and her new job at Brew Dr. Kombucha. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 25, 2017 at the Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.
William Dettwyler grew up on a hop farm in Silverton, Oregon. In his interview he talks extensively about his family farm, processing facilities, and operations in the 1930s through the 1950s. This interview was conducted by Michelle McKay and Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 17, 2017 in the Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.
Denny Conn is a home brewer, author, and podcaster. In his interview, Conn talks about his time playing and touring with rock bands, his work as an audio engineer, and how he became involved with home brewing. Conn is known for his experimental brewing techniques, and he details the evolution of his own brewing, how challenging traditional method or ingredients can advance a home brewers, his partnership with Drew Beechum in writing and podcasting, and the ways he's seen home brewing change over time. This interview was conducted on May 1, 2017 at the Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.
Dave Wills is the owner of Freshops, Oregon Trail Brewery, and Dave's Christmas Trees. In his interview, Wills talks about growing up in Southern California, moving to Oregon to attend OSU, and how his early interest in home brewing was sparked by a trip through Europe. He details the early home brewing community in Corvallis, establishing Fresh Hops to supply the home brewing community, and the evolution of Oregon Trail Brewing, which opened in October 1987. Wills also discusses changes he's seen in the local and state brewing industry, the hops supply business, and the consumers. This interview was conducted by Michelle McKay and Tiah Edmunson-Morton on April 24, 2017 at Oregon Trail Brewery in Corvallis Oregon.
John Coleman is a hop grower based in St. Paul, Oregon. He manages the hops and perennial crops for Coleman Ag, a large family run company. In his interview Coleman talks about growing up in St. Paul, working on the farm, and attending OSU in the 1980s. He also talks extensively about the family business, including their partnership with Rogue Ales and the farm in Independence, potential collaboration with the brewery at the Abbey in Mount Angel, and ways he thinks the company can continue to grow or change to meet new needs. The interview was conducted by Michelle McKay in St. Paul, Oregon on April 19, 2017. Also present was Tiah Edmunson-Morton.
Tom Carpenter is a 4th generation hop grower based in Granger, Washington. In his interview, Carpenter talks about the history of hops in the Yakima Valley, his families' important role in the grower cooperative that eventually became Yakima Chief, the role of family in their business, and the role of Native Americans in the hops industry. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 28, 2017 at Carpenter Ranch in Granger, Washington.
Ralph Woodall works in sales for Yakima-Chief Hopunion, a company he has been with since the mid-1980s. In his interview, Woodall talks about his family history in the Yakima Valley, his work in the hop industry, his present role in the larger YCH company, and the changes in the Master Brewers Association of America with the decrease in large regional breweries and the emergence of the craft industry. Woodall also shows a number of pictures from festivals, trade shows, and other events he took over the years. Of special note are the pictures of NW brewers. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 28, 2017 at Yakima-Chief Hopunion in Yakima, Washington.
Robyn Schumacher is a brewer at Stoup Brewing in Seattle's Ballard district. In her interview, Schumacher talks about growing up in Spokane, her early interest in sports and science, and about choosing to go to Carroll College to study biology in Helena, Montana. Schumacher also discusses her early career as a high school teacher and factors that influenced her decision to shift to jobs in the restaurant and brewing industries. She talks specifically about learning to home brew, studying for the cicerone exam (she was the first woman in Washington to be certified), exploring the brewing community, and the story of her co-ownership of Stoup. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 27, 2017 at Stoup Brewing in Seattle, Washington.
Sybil Perkins is the brand director and a board member for the Pink Boots Society. In her interview, Perkins talks about growing up in the Eugene/Springfield area, her interest and passion for arts and music, her early and evolving work as an activist, her experiences living in Philadelphia and New York City, and her return to the west coast to the greater Seattle area. She talks specifically about her work doing graphic design and marketing work with the brewing industry, her views on gender and inclusion, and how the mission and outreach of the Pink Boots Society has expanded over the past few years. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 27, 2017 at Perkins' home in Snohomish, Washington.
Brad Clack is a retired hop buyer for SS Steiner (now Hopsteiner). In his interview, Clack talks about his family's farm work on the Oregon coast, growing up in Salem, Oregon, and changes in the hop industry since he started in 1978. Clack also talks about the importance of the relationships in the industry and challenges for handing down knowledge, as well as his experiences managing the hop marketing orders. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 22, 2017 at the Hopsteiner offices in Brookes, Oregon. Also present was Michelle McKay.
Gary Nance is the brewer at the McMenamins on Monroe in Corvallis, Oregon. Nance started brewing professionally in 1995, working as the assistant brewer at Spencer's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Springfield, Oregon, where he helped develop Oregon's first certified organic ale in 1998. After Spencer's closed, he had short stints working at West Bros. and Steelhead before taking a job at the McMenamins Thompson Brewery and Public House in Salem in August 2002. Nance moved to the new Monroe Street facility when it opened in 2006. In his interview, Nance talks about growing up in Oklahoma, moving to the West Coast, living in Eugene, his growing interest in brewing, and his experiences at several different breweries in different cities. He also talks about McMenamins culture and balancing brewing experimentation with the expected standardization in a company. The interview was conducted on March 17, 2017 by Tiah Edmunson-Morton in the McMenamins Monroe brewery in Corvallis, Oregon.
Lisa Morrison is the majority owner at Belmont Station in Portland. In her interview, Morrison talks about growing up in Oklahoma, moving to Colorado for high school, and college experiences at Colorado State University. It was at CSU that her interest in imported and local microbrews was sparked. After graduating with a degree in Technical Journalism, Morrison was a television news reporter and anchor, a career she continued after moving to Portland in 1989. In addition to exploring the rapidly expanding beer culture in Portland, she began home brewing with her husband and soon joined the Oregon Brew Crew. Soon this personal interest or avocation turned into a career when she started to write about beer for local and national publications, and then later a radio show where she interviewed people from all aspects of the brewing community. Morrison talks about her process for identifying and chronicling beer culture, experiences as a woman in the journalism and brewing industries, beer education/appreciation classes she taught (including Sud Sisters, Barleys Angels), experiences mentoring and encouraging exploration of styles, and her impact on the industry, as well as her work establishing well-known festivals like PDX Beer Week, Craft Beer Month, and Fred Fest. The interview was conducted on March 15, 2017 by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon.
Bill Coleman is part of a large multigenerational hop growing family, primarily based in St. Paul and Mt. Angel. In his interview Coleman talks about his family’s history with hops in the Willamette Valley, growing up in a farming family, jobs he did as a child and adult, and the strong work ethic and values that were part of his upbringing. He also talks about the rapid expansion of farm land his family experienced in the 1950s through 1970s, the locations of the farms throughout the counties of the Valley, business relationships with other farming families and the monks at Mt. Angel Abbey, labor history and changes over time, and technologies he developed to improve efficiencies. He addresses the roles of different family members in current company structure, how to hand down knowledge through generations, and how they value communication. He shares his thoughts on his own travels and the value he places on meeting new people and appreciating the place he is from. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at Bill Coleman's sister's house in Mt. Angel, Oregon on March 8, 2017. Also present was Coleman's sister Jane Wavra and great niece Michelle McKay.
Mark McKay is a sixth generation hop grower in St. Paul, Oregon. In his interview, McKay talks about his family history, growing up on the farm, crops they have grown, why his dad got out of the hops business, and things he learned from his father and the community. He also talks about establishing a hop farm in Independence in the 1990s with his brother Dean, industry labor practices and regulations, the challenges of an evolving industry, agro-tourism, the impact of technology on farming, as well as his thoughts on the future of farming and his hopes for his children’s involvement in the industry. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at McKay's house in St. Paul, Oregon on March 8, 2017. Also present was McKay's daughter, Michelle.
Nick Lorenz is one of the founders and owners of Nectar Creek Mead, which opened up in October of 2012. In this interview, Lorenz discusses growing up with his brother Phillip in Corvallis, their early involvement in farming and value-added agriculture, and his individual interests in soccer and pottery. He then discusses how he decided to go to the University of Vermont studying ecological agriculture, his journey towards giving up soccer and the summer jobs he held as a raft guide and orchard staff member. In addition to this, Lorenz elaborates on his brother’s college education in apiculture/fermentation science and work in commercial beekeeping, and how those experiences lead to the opening of the meadery after years of planning to run a business together. Lorenz then details the growth Nectar Creek has experienced since starting, and how he incorporates his value of personal connection into their involvement in the community and their employment model. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at the Nectar Creek Meadery in Corvallis, Oregon.
Jeff, Kathy and Gillian Tobin are the owners of Mazama Brewing Company, which was founded in Corvallis, Oregon in 2012. In this interview, Jeff Tobin discusses his childhood in Michigan, being interested in both science and music at school, and how those interests lead him to studying electronic engineering at Michigan Technical University. He also discusses how he and his wife Kathy were introduced to home brewing by peers at the university, and how they developed their skills in German styles. Jeff then recounts his career path from International Business Machines (IBM) in Vermont to Hewlett Packard (HP) in Colorado and Corvallis, Oregon, noting the birth of his children, Gillian and Riley, during that time. Kathy then joins the interview and she, along with Gillian and Jeff, discuss how they decided to open Mazama brewing, the importance of community involvement and the overlap between their relationships as family and business partners. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at the Mazama Brewing taproom in Corvallis, Oregon.
Jeff Clawson has worked for the Department of Food Science and Technology as the research brewery and food processing manager since 1993. In his interview, Clawson talks about growing up in Davis, California, where his father was a University of California Extension Agent and his mom worked as a department admin assistant. He also shares his early memories of Davis, thoughts on campus and city culture, and his decision to move to Oregon to attend Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) in LaGrande, where he studied Agribusiness. It was in college that Clawson took a class in brewing, which became a personal hobby and ultimately led to a career. He talks about transferring to OSU to finish his BS, adding a food science minor and working with Mina McDaniel on sensory analysis; about working for NORPAC Foods in Stayton after graduation; about returning to OSU for graduate school in 1991 to study Rangeland Resources and Water Quality; and finally about returning to the food sciences in 1993. Clawson talks about the gift from James Bernau that facilitated building the pilot research brewery and establishing the Nor'Wester endowed professorship, the evolution of the program, and the future of brewing education at OSU. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at the Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon on February 27, 2017.
Sarnoff-Wood is one of the co-founders of 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, Oregon. In this interview, Sarnoff-Wood talks about growing up in Corvallis, his early interest in art and graphic design, attending the University of Oregon, work in the graphic design industry, and the decision to open a cider-making company with Lee Larsen. Sarnoff-Wood also reflects on the evolution and growth of the cider industry, as well as how the company has changed with its increase in size. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, Oregon on February 24, 2017.
Hilda Stevens owns Bazi Bierbrasserie, a Belgian-style beer taproom and soccer bar in SE Portland. In her interview, Stevens talks about immigrating from Guatemala when she was 8 years old, living and going to school in The Woodlands (a community north of Houston, Texas), attending St Mary's University in San Antonio, her early work with business and marketing companies, experiences traveling through the US and internationally, and her work establishing Bazi. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at Bazi Bierbrasserie in Portland Oregon on February 22, 2017.
Dr. Nathan Kirk is a teaches in OSU's Department of Integrative Biology, specializing in Marine Ecology. In this interview, Dr. Kirk talks about growing up in New York state, his early research interests and education, his experiences in his graduate program at State University of New York at Buffalo and doctoral program at Auburn University (Alabama). He also talks about his experiences as a home brewer, specifically as it related to the culture in Alabama and his own brewing practices. This interview was conducted by Gillian Bergmann and Tiah Edmunson-Morton in Cordley Hall on OSU's campus on February 21, 2017.
Dave Takush is the head cider maker at 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, Oregon. In his interview, Takush talks about growing up in Corvallis, his undergraduate and graduate studies in Fermentation Science and Oenology at OSU (BS 2007, MS 2009), and his work as a winemaker in Eugene. Takush also shares information about New World (modern) apple and Traditional (heritage) apples, specifically as it relates to their commitment as a business to bring back the traditional cider style, concerns over cider apple supply, experiences finding and grafting new varieties of apple trees, opportunities to work with both local orchardists and the local community, and the importance of agricultural history. Takush also talks about the early company history, working with Lee Larsen and Aaron Sarnoff-Wood, and the company culture. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at 2 Towns Ciderhouse on February 20, 2017.
Lee Larsen is one of the founders of 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, Oregon. In this interview, he talks about growing up in Corvallis and experiences living in Barcelona, Spain during high school. Specifically, Larsen reflects on the cultural differences around the drinking and production of alcohol in Spain and the U.S., as well as his early exposure to the astringent Basque ciders he encountered. Larsen also talks about his time at OSU studying Finance (BS 2008) and his early interest in home brewing. Larsen ends the interview talking about establishing 2 Towns with Aaron Sarnoff-Wood in 2010, the addition of Dave Takush in 2011, and the company culture. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at 2 Towns Ciderhouse on February 20, 2017.
Dr. Thomas Shellhammer is the Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science and is an internationally recognized expert in hops chemistry. In this interview he talks about growing up in San Jose, early memories of his father's work as a field biologist studying fire ecology and his mother's work as an arts educator, and his early interest in the sciences. He also discusses his food and fermentation sciences education at UC Davis, internships or work experiences during his path from BS to PhD, and early impressions of Oregon State's Food and Fermentation program. Shellhammer also discusses topics such as the demographics of the industries over time, as well as his observations of the industry's patterns of growth and contraction. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at Weigand Hall on OSU's campus on February 14, 2017.
Cheryl Gillson works as a marketing and manager at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. In her interview, Gillson talks about growing up in California, working as Jack Joyce's assistant at Rogue Ales & Spirits, traveling and living abroad, and returning to Rogue to work on their farm in Independence as a "beer farmer." She talks extensively about the crops they grow, and the impact learning about farming has had on her life. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Michelle McKay in Bend, Oregon at the Hop Growers of America Conference on January 19, 2017.
Brian Crosby is a fourth generation Crosby hop family member, and works as an accounts manager. In his interview, Crosby talks extensively about the family farm and relationships, including how he learned about farm operations and the impact of mechanization on the industry. He also discusses more current topics, such as the shift towards Salmon-Safe Certified farming practices and innovative processing techniques. Crosby served in the US Navy, retuning from service to attend Oregon State University 1984-1988, receiving his BS in Civil Engineering and playing in the the Oregon State Rugby Club while in school. He was a commercial construction manager before returning to the farm business. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Michelle McKay in Bend, Oregon at the Hop Growers of America Conference on January 18, 2017.
Don Norton is the owner of Norton Hop Farm, a small organic hop farm established in Goshen, Oregon in 2008. In his interview, Norton talks about growing up in the Eugene area, experiences installing and running his 1-acre farm, and work with an herbal supply company. Norton also addresses some of his concerns as a small grower, including outlets for selling his product and expansion. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Michelle McKay in Bend, Oregon at the Hop Growers of America Conference on January 18, 2017.
Lee Hedgmon is a Portland-based home and commercial brewer. She is active in the Oregon Brew Crew (serving as their first female president in 2015), Ladies of Lager Ales, and Pink Boots Society, working to increase the number of women in brewing. In addition to brewing, in this interview Hedgmon talks about growing up in Portland, her work as a youth activist, experiences as a student at PCC and PSU, activism in the queer community, involvement with JobCorp in Astoria, work in the hotel industry in Portland, and graduate work in the University of Minnesota Feminist Studies program. She shares stories on her early homebrewing adventures and experiences, as well as her transition to paid positions at Coalition Brewing, Portland U Brew, FA Steinbarts, Pints, and Groundbreaker. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on June 9, 2016 at The Valley Library in Corvallis.
Theodore “Ted” Cox is the founder and owner of the Old World Deli complex in Corvallis, Oregon, which houses the Oregon Trail Brewery and several galleries in addition to the restaurant. In this interview, Cox discusses the events which led him to open the deli, including two stints with the Peace Corps. Cox also covers his time as a student, teacher and volleyball coach at Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College, where he studied and taught physical education. A regional history aficionado, Cox shares several stories and anecdotes about Corvallis and Prohibition-era brewing practices. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on June 7, 2016 at Cox’s home in Corvallis.
Chris Crabb is the public relations director of the Oregon Brewers Festival and owner of public relations firm Crabbsoup. In this interview, she discusses her work as public relations manager of multiple beer-related accounts, emphasizing the advent of social media and the importance—and enjoyment—of forging local networks. Having been involved with the Oregon Brewers Festival for more than twenty years, Crabb offers insight regarding the organization and atmosphere of the popular event. Crabb also recounts the cultural climates of Portland and Eugene during her adolescent and collegiate years. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on June 2, 2016 at the City of Portland Archives and Records Management office.
Dana Garves is a brewing chemist who owns and operates BrewLab, a company that provides chemical analyses for breweries, cideries, meaderies, and home brewers. In this interview, Garves talks about her early interest in studying Chemistry, her experiences attending the University of Oregon, her interest in STEM education for girls, her work at Ninkasi, and her decision to start her own company. Garves also talks at length about the Ninkasi Space Launch, a year long project that she was involved with as a chemist. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on February 19, 2016 at Garves' lab in Eugene.
Oral history interview with John Annen, fourth generation hop grower in Mount Angel, Oregon. Annen talks about the farming history of his family, the hop growing community in Oregon and the Oregon Hop Commission, mechanization of harvesting and processing practices, labor, diversification of the hops varieties grown, and working with macro and craft brewers. The interview was conducted at the Annen Farm in Mount Angel on February 10, 2016 by Tiah Edmunson-Morton. Also present was Nancy Sites, administrator for the Oregon Hop Commission.
John Harris oral history December 9, 2015 (**this interview is not available for online streaming) 01:54:55
Born and raised in Portland, brewer John Harris has worked in Oregon's oldest craft breweries. He was a brewer at McMenamins' Hillsdale Brewery & Public House and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (1986-1988), was the first employee and head brewer at Deschutes Brewery in Bend (1988-1992), and ran the Full Sail South Waterfront Brewery in Portland (1992-2012) before opening Ecliptic Brewing in North Portland in 2013. In this interview Harris talks about growing up in Portland, attending Portland State University as a theater major, and working in the evolving craft industry for 30 years. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on 12/09/2015 at Ecliptic Brewery, 825 N Cook St in Portland, Oregon.
Mick Flanagan, a mechanic at BridgePort Brewing Company, has worked for the brewery since 1989. The interview was conducted at the BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland on November 18, 2016 by Tiah Edmunson-Morton.
Jeff Edgerton has been the master brewer at BridgePort Brewing Company since 2010. In this interview, he recounts his path from Blitz-Weinhard lab technician to BridgePort quality assurance manager and brewmaster. After earning a degree in microbiology at Oregon State University, Edgerton brought the practices of quality and consistency he learned at Blitz-Weinhard to the increasingly popular BridgePort Brewing in 1998. Edgerton explains the brewing industry as a “lifestyle career,” one which encouraged him to pursue further involvement with the Master Brewers Association and collaborate with OSU’s Fermentation Science students. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on November 18, 2015 at BridgePort Brewing in Portland, Oregon.
Larry Sidor is the founder and brewmaster of Crux Fermentation Project, a brewery and tasting room in Bend, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University, Sidor allowed practicality to push him toward the food sciences—a decision which ultimately led to a prolonged passion for making wine and beer. In this interview, Sidor discusses the company culture and economic trends of his former places of employment: Olympia Brewing, hop merchant SS Steiner, and Deschutes Brewing. He stresses the need for trust and relationships in both the macro- and microbrewery settings, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a “farm to table mentality.” The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Chris Peterson on November 6, 2015 in Corvallis, Oregon.
The daughter of OSU hops specialist G.R. Hoerner, Joy Hoerner Rich graduated from OSU in the 1940s with a degree in Home Economics. In this interview, Hoerner Rich describes the atmosphere of campus and the Corvallis area during World War II, emphasizing the influences of the draft and the proximity of Camp Adair. After graduation, Hoerner Rich and her husband moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where she spent several decades as a kindergarten teacher and early childhood education expert. Hoerner Rich also details the work habits and duties of her father during his time at OSU and Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 20, 2015 at Hoerner Rich’s residence in Roseburg, Oregon.
Fred Bowman is the former owner and co-founder of Portland Brewing Company, one of Oregon's first post-Prohibition micro breweries. In this interview, Bowman discusses the biological and mechanical skills and interests that led him to found a brewery in Portland with Jim Goodwin and Art Larrance in 1986. Bowman talks at length about his life before Portland Brewing Co., detailing an extensive trip to Europe, his enlistment in the Army Reserves, and a 16-year stint working for a Volkswagen distributor. Bowman also discusses the challenges surrounding Portland Brewing Company's first years of operation, as well as his eventual decision to branch off as an independent consultant. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at Bowman's home in Portland, Oregon.
Irene Firmat is the founder and CEO of Full Sail Brewing Company, located in Hood River, Oregon. In this interview, she recalls her childhood as a Cuban immigrant in New York and the changes that brought her to Oregon as a buyer for department store Meier & Frank. Firmat also recounts the creation of Full Sail Brewing (originally known as Hood River Brewing) and the process of crafting a company culture of mutual respect and collaboration. In addition, Firmat discusses former and projected market trends of the craft beer industry, emphasizing her desire to witness a return to the quality-driven production of Portland’s flagship breweries of the 1980s. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 4, 2015 at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, Oregon.
Gary and Susan Wyatt are the founders and owners of Tumalo Hops, a farm often regarded as the first of its kind in Central Oregon. After the economic downturn of the early 2000s, the Wyatts chose to utilize five acres of their land to grow hops, planting, cultivating, and harvesting everything by hand. In this interview, the Wyatts recount the recent economic and cultural changes of Bend, as well as the importance of capitalizing on locality when selling their product to craft and homebrewers. The Wyatts also address the growing trend of agro-tourism and the desire to stay successful yet small via the pooling of intellectual and tangible resources. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Miles Wilhelm on February 18, 2015 at the couple’s farm in Tumalo, Oregon.
Dr. Haunold released the superstar hop varieties like Cascade, Willamette, Sterling, Liberty, Mt. Hood, and Santiam while he was with the USDA/ARS in Corvallis. During this interview he tells the story of the different hops he worked with, adding interesting details about people's personalities and technological advances. This interview was conducted by Shaun Townsend and Tiah Edmunson-Morton in Corvallis, Oregon on November 18, 2014.
Matt Sage is a craft brewer, vintner and hop consultant whose work has contributed to the creation and expansion of many small businesses across the Pacific Northwest. In this interview, Sage discusses his wine and beer brewing ventures, detailing the operations and company culture of businesses like Associated Vintners, BridgePort Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Cameron Winery, and finally, Indie Hops (the position he held at the time of the interview). Sage focuses heavily on the production and use of beer ingredients, as well as contemporary market trends of the hop industry. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton at the Indie Hops offices in Portland, Oregon on November 11, 2014.
Shaun Townsend is a senior researcher in hop breeding and genetics at Oregon State. In this interview, he discusses growing up in central Illinois, his education and research experience in agronomy at Montana State and New Mexico state, and how he came to work at Oregon State University in the hop program. He describes his passion for research in crop science, and how his career has fulfilled that. In addition, he discusses the transformation of the OSU hop breeding program to fit the needs for variety in the craft brewing industry and how he collaborates with local growers and brewers to produce optimal varieties. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on November 3, 2014 in the OSU Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.
Don Weathers is a second-generation hop grower in the Willamette Valley, having owned and operated several farms throughout the state, many of which are now run by his children and grandchildren. In this interview, Weathers and his wife, Rosalie, recount the early years of their childhoods and marriage. The couple discusses post-World War II farming practices, as well as the changes to hop cultivation brought by increased mechanization. Weathers also briefly recounts the emergence of organizations like the Oregon Hop Commission and joint suppliers like Yakima Chief-Hopunion. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on September 24, 2014 in the couple’s home in Keizer, Oregon.
Gail Nickerson is a former chemist with the Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University, whose work was immensely influential in the global hop industry. In this interview, Nickerson discusses the series of event which led her to work in the research lab of USDA chemist Sam Likens. Nickerson discusses her move from dishwasher to published researcher, recounting the technology and methods utilized and developed by her research team. Of particular interest are Nickerson’s descriptions of hop analysis and the engineering of varieties with researcher Al Haunold. The interview was conducted by Peter Kopp and Tiah Edmunson-Morton on August 6, 2014 in Corvallis, Oregon.
Fred Eckhardt was a prominent beer writer and critic whose work includes seminal brewing texts like A Treatise on Lager Beer and The Essentials of Beer Style. In this interview, he describes the events of his early life, recounting his time spent in a children’s home in Washington and his years as a U.S. Marine. Upon moving to Portland, Eckhardt became deeply involved with the burgeoning homebrewing and craft brewing movements—environments which he describes in depth in this interview. Eckhardt also offers information about early Pacific Northwest breweries like Olympia, Red Hook, Widmer Brothers, and McMenamins. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Tim Hills, and John Foyston on July 23, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.
Gayle Goschie interview, May 16, 2014. 01:06:16
Gayle Goschie is a third-generation hop grower and co-owner of Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon. She and her two brothers, Gordon and Glenn, grow hops, grapes, and other crops on land her family has cultivated for more than 100 years. In this interview, Goschie talks about the history of her family's farm and the changes that have occurred in hop growing practices due to technological advancements and economic trends. Goschie also addresses the value of a steady, loyal employee base, as well as the advent of the sustainable farming practices Goschie Farms is so recognized for. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 16, 2014 on location at Goschie Farms.
A fifth-generation hop grower, Blake Crosby owns and operates Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon with his father, Kevin. Since 1900, the Crosby family has grown a variety of aromatic and bittering hops. In this interview, Crosby briefly discusses the history of his family's farm before focusing on more recent changes wrought by the increasing demand of hops for craft brewing. Crosby also discusses potential market trajectories, as well as the importance of preserving agricultural history for future generations. The video concludes with a tour of the farm's pelletizer, the only machine of its kind on an Oregon farm at the time of production. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Korey Jackson on May 16, 2014 on location at Crosby Farms in Woodburn, Oregon.
Rob and Kurt Widmer are the founders of one of Oregon’s most recognizable breweries, Widmer Brothers Brewing. Based out of Portland, Oregon, the brothers’ brewery helped serve as a catalyst for the Pacific Northwest craft brew revolution. In this interview, the Widmers discuss their past and current relationships with regional brewers and the local community, crediting Portland’s pioneer heritage and adventurous drinking culture as keys to their success. The brothers also discuss pieces of their business model, which helped them weather challenges inherent to the industry. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 10, 2014 at the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus Pub in Portland, Oregon. The video concludes with the filming of a tasting session. Portions of the footage were used in the documentary history project OHBA Stories.
Thomas Shellhammer is the Nor'Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at OSU, where he runs a lab dedicated to the chemical and sensory analysis of hops. With his guidance, undergraduate and graduate students alike receive hands-on experience in the brewing process. In this interview, Shellhammer discusses his own path to research, as well as the trajectory of OSU's Fermentation Science program within the Department of Food Science & Technology. Shellhammer also discusses aspects of the program related to funding and local collaborations. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 7, 2014 at the brewing facilities in OSU's Wiegand Hall in Corvallis, Oregon. Interview conducted at Wiegand Hall, OSU, Corvallis, OR by Tiah Edmunson-Morton. Portions of the footage were used in the documentary history project OHBA Stories.
Shaun Townsend is the senior researcher leading Oregon State University's Aroma Hop Breeding Program. The project, sponsored in conjunction with Indie Hops, focuses on developing experimental hop varieties which grow best in Oregon and contain aromatic properties conducive to craft brewing. In this interview, Townsend recalls the catalysts and challenges behind the program, as well as the scientific and physical processes involved in its maintenance. Townsend also discusses his role as an informational liaison to the general public in the absence of a hop-focused extension agent. Interview conducted at the OSU Experimental Hop Yard, Hwy 34, Corvallis, OR. . Portions of the footage were used in the documentary history project OHBA Stories.
One of the first female brewers in the modern history of the Pacific Northwest, Teri Fahrendorf is internationally recognized for her success in brewing and her educational, networking efforts. In this interview, Fahrendorf describes her first forays into brewing, including an injury which pushed her northward from the Golden Gate and Triple Rock breweries of California to Steelhead Brewing in Eugene, Oregon. The interview discusses Fahrendorf's trip to breweries through out the U.S. in depth, an adventure which led to the creation of women-driven projects like the Pink Boots Society, Barley's Angels and International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. Throughout the narrative, Fahrendorf stresses the importance of education and art in the brewing industry, both past and present. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on April 19, 2014 at Occidental Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Portions of the interview were used in the documentary history project OHBA Stories.
Warren Aney is alum of Oregon State University who received his Master's degree in the 1970s. He went on to work as a wildlife ecologist. Aney met Charles Coury when he moved to Oregon due to their mutual interest in wine. He joined Coury's wine association as a non-grower member. There Aney helped run their winery tours. He also took Coury's viticulture class at PCC in 1972-3. Aney was at the dedication of the Cartwright Brewery. When he and his family moved back to Portland in the early 1990s where he started working for a travel agency leading wine tours. Aney has written a paper accepted by the Ecological Society on Oregon's wine climates in 1974. Warren Aney is also a wine enthusiast, and in his interview talks about his friendship with Charles Coury, brewer and proprietor of the short-lived Cartwright Brewing in Portland, Oregon. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Korey Jackson on April 4, 2014 at Aney's home in Portland, Oregon.
John Foyston, former Oregonian beer columnist, describes personal events that led him to write about Oregon's emergent beer culture. Foyston recounts his time studying journalism at the University of Oregon, as well as the importance of influences like the Vietnam War and music upon his career path. After owning a motorcycle shop, Foyston was an Arts and Entertainment freelance journalist, tracking the immense growth and changes of the Portland craft beer industry. The interview was conducted by Peter Kopp, Tiah Edmunson-Morton, and Tim Hills on March 28, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.
A fifth-generation hop grower, Blake Crosby owns and operates Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon with his father, Kevin. Since 1900, the Crosby family has grown a variety of aromatic and bittering hops on their land. In this interview, Crosby traces the trajectory of his family's farming and business practices. Crosby also discusses his personal connection to hop growing and his interest in the changing dynamics of the craft brew-driven industry in Oregon. Crosby believes the industry's new focus on quality and stewardship has helped bridge the urban-rural divide between consumers and growers. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 7, 2014 on location at Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon.
Carole Ockert describes the “brewing adventure” she and her husband, renowned brewer Karl Ockert, have shared, from the European backpacking trip of their youth to the extensive success of BridgePort Brewing Company. Ockert also discusses the sense of community and camaraderie that surrounded the first few Portland brewers of the 1980s. As BridgePort and its neighbors experienced growth, so too did the community’s relationships, purpose, and goals. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 1, 2014 at the residence of Carole and Karl Ockert in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Karen Sheley is co-owner and founder of East Portland’s Gateway Brewing, and is also project manager at Country Malt Group-Great Western Malting. In her interview, Sheley describes her childhood and education outside of Syracuse, NY, with her brother, sister, and supportive parents. She describes the early—and persistent—importance of music played in her life, notably the community and social relations that her classical saxophone practice fostered. She credits being alumni of Northwestern (where she studied musicology) for opening many professional opportunities for her, and describes her transformative experience abroad in Russia just out of college. Sheley also recounts experiences in recently-post soviet Czech Republic as a teacher and legal analyst, and how her work fostered a fascination with how brewing was linked to historical social structures there. Describing her work in Louisville and her move into Portland’s beer industry through Widmer Brothers, Sheley emphasizes the importance of friendly and social groups in her life, both for personal gratification and professional opportunities. This theme reemerges in her conversation about the Pink Boots Society, which she articulates is a critical forum for women in brewing to explore ideas and experiences, among a variety of perspectives, related to the work and life of brewing and beer. Professionally proficient in supply chains and structure, Sheley implies a perpetual interest in the financial, administrative, and social structures of breweries and businesses. She ponders the changing role of working women, how it potentially relates to a trend she perceives of small breweries being supported by wives or families with day jobs. She concludes with a reflection on the waning role of the middle market in the craft beer industry, noting a polarization of Oregon’s breweries toward small and locally focused, or large, diversified, and attraction-based.
Ashley Rose Salvitti is the founder of Brewvana, an educational and engaging beer tourism company. In her interview, Salvitti talks about growing up in New York and North Carolina, her education in Art and Psychology, her early interest in beer, and her move to the west coast. She also discusses her work as a server and bartender at breweries in High Point, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon (Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery 2002-2007, Laurelwood Brewery 2007-2008, Hopworks Urban Brewery 2008-2012), as well as the ways breweries and consumers have changed in the 12 years since she moved to Oregon. She talks at length about the founding of her company in 2010, her experiences with management, and the sale of her company to City Brew Tours in November 2019. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on December 3, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.
In this interview, Johnson describes her cosmopolitan childhood spent in Germany, New Mexico, the Middle East, and California, which she later credits for her appreciation for international foods, beers, and cultures. She also discusses her early home brewing with friends, how it became a creative outlet during her time spent working for the California state legislature, and how she sought to master distinct international styles of beer through practice and judging competitions herself. Johnson recounts the publicity she received in the wake of her AHA Homebrewer of the Year award in 2013, including how interviewer’s questions about race and gender impacted the ways she thoughts about her own identity in home brewing. She also describes her transition to working for PicoBrew and how it has influenced her work and relationships in the brewing industry. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on November 2, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.
Beth Hartwell was the co-founder and co-owner of Hart Brewing (later Pyramid Brewing) in Kalama, Washington. When it opened in 1984, Hart Brewing was fourth craft brewery to open in Washington State and second-ever to operate in Kalama. Hartwell was also one of the first female brewery owners in the U.S. since Prohibition. In her interview, Hartwell talks about growing up in Southern California, her early interest in food and cooking, meeting her future husband Tom Baune at OSU, her work for Proctor and Gamble in San Francisco and Weyerhaeuser in Longview (WA), starting a grocery store in Seattle and brewery in Kalama, and her life after the brewery was sold in 1989. She talks at length about the process for opening and operating the brewery, her relationship with the larger Portland brewing community, her experiences as a woman in male dominated industries, and how proud she is to see women’s increasing numbers in brewing. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on June 26, 2019 at The Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.
Jeff Alworth is a writer and podcaster in Portland, Oregon. In his interview Alworth talks about growing up in Boise, Idaho; and attending high school in Salt Lake City; his coursework in Religious Studies at Lewis & Clark College (BA, 1990) and University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA, 1994, South Asian Studies); his travels to India, and his co-founding of BlueOregon (a progressive news blog) in 2004. Alworth worked as a researcher at Portland State University for 13 years; during that time, he began writing about the industry for Willamette Week’s weekly beer column, as well as for other publications. In 2006, Alworth started the Beervana Blog and in his interview, he discusses differences in audience and process between print journalism, blogs, and book publishing; he also discusses the financial aspects of publishing, including sponsorship and the decline in print periodicals. The interview concludes with Alworth talking about memorable experiences he’s had traveling to conduct his brewing research. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 29, 2019 at Alworth's home in Portland, Oregon.
Born in Germany in 1939, Walter Scheurle was a brewmaster for Pittsburg Brewing Company, Sam Adams Boston Lager, and Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company; he also consulted for many of Oregon’s early microbrewers. In his interview, Scheurle was born in Germany in 1939, and he talks about his family’s brewing business, the impact of World War II, and his immigration to the United States. He also talks about his career in brewing and later work hosting food and beer pairings. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 22, 2019 at the Oswego Place Assisted Living Community in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Christine Jump is the Executive Director of Barley’s Angels, a network of international chapters by and for women to learn about and study beer. In her interview, Jump talks about growing up in Kentucky, her introduction to beer by Glen Falconer, her work with Rogue Ales as a pub manager and Executive Assistant to founder Jack Joyce (2004-2016), and her podcast (Craft Brew Cast, 2007-present). Jump also describes her experiences with the Pink Boots Society, notably the separation of Barley’s Angels from Pink Boots Society in 2012, shares her thoughts on why it is important for women to have a space for learning, and what the impact is on breweries and servers. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on December 8, 2018 at the Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon.
Whitney Burnside is the Brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. In her interview, Burnside talks about growing up in Issaquah, Washington, how her interest in cooking was sparked in high school, and her experiences at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, where she obtained a culinary arts degree in 2008. She talks about making artisan cheese at The Herbfarm, a farm-to-table restaurant in wine-centric Woodinville, Washington (25 minutes north of Seattle), as well as how her fascination with fermentation and access to local ingredients prompted her to experiment with home brewing and bread baking. She discusses her move to Portland, her experiences at Laurelwood Brewing and Upright Brewing, and her work for Tastebud, a restaurant known for wood-fired pizzas. After leaving Portland, Burnside moved back to Seattle, where she worked as a brewer for Elysian Brewing Company (2011–2012). She moved back to Oregon after a year, where she obtained an assistant brewer position at the Pelican Brewery Pacific City location; she soon became that company's first female head brewer. While at Pelican Brewery, Burnside learned to make beers that were "true to style" from Darron Welch; the brewery also won numerous awards during her tenure, including a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the Belgian style category. At the end of 2014, Burnside took a position as the head brewer at the 10 Barrel Brewing, and she reflects on how her previous experiences with operations expansion at Elysian and Pelican gave her the knowledge for the construction of the Portland brewing and pub facility. Burnside talks about the acquisition of the company by Anheuser-Busch in 2014 (which happened a week after she was hired) and about her experiences working with the company; she also reflects on how the culture and consumers have changed since she entered the industry. She concludes the interview talking about some of her favorite beer ideas and beers she's made. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on October 26, 2018 at Cathedral Coffee in Portland, Oregon.
Jimmy Seifrit oral history interview, September 12, 2018, 02:31:55
Jimmy Seifrit is the Brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Seifrit talks about his family and his vibrant childhood in Philadelphia, as well as his move to Vermont for college, where he learned about New England beer, and to Oregon for snowboarding and a career goal of being in the brewing industry (specifically, working for Rogue). Seifrit moved to Bend in 1995 and started work at Deschutes Brewery in 1996, where he worked his way through various areas of production brewing. He talks about the people he worked with, beers he brewed, product development, company culture, and working at the downtown pub. In 2011, Seifrit left Deschutes for a job as Brewmaster for 10 Barrel Brewing Co., where he helped to establish new brewing facilities for the company and guide his staff through the acquisition of the company by Anheuser-Busch in 2014. Seifrit also reflects on challenges and successes he’s felt in the industry, as well as aspects of his job that bring him pride. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on September 12, 2018 at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Bend, Oregon.
Jon Abernathy oral history interview, September 11, 2018, 02:10:44
Jon Abernathy is an author and beer blogger. In his interview, Abernathy shares family stories, his experiences growing up in Alfalfa (10 miles from Bend), going to school in Redmond, and continuing his education at Central Oregon Community College and Eastern Washington University, where he obtained a BA in French. While attending university, he worked at a call center, a job that transitioned into data management and computer systems. Abernathy talks about early computer programming and website development, his jobs in that field, his interest in home brewing, and starting his own beer blog in 2004. Abernathy discusses beer in Bend, his 2014 book on the subject and ways the industry has changed in the 4 years since its publication, and his experiences as a beer writer. Abernathy concludes his interview with rumination on creative beer ingredients. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on September 11, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Tony Lawrence oral history interview, September 11, 2018, 01:35:30
Tony Lawrence is the co-founder and Brewmaster at Boneyard Brewery. In this interview, Lawrence talks about growing up in Southern California, beach and hot rod culture, his interest in snowboarding, his move to Tahoe and Bend to pursue snowboarding, his work on Mt. Bachelor on the ski lifts in the late 1980s, and his early experiences working for Deschutes Brewery in the kitchen. He also talks about being persuaded by John Harris to start brewing (since washing kegs is better than washing dishes). Taking advantage of Deschutes education program, Lawrence attended the Siebel Institute of Technology for brewing classes; he also took community college classes in welding. Lawrence left Deschutes in 2002 to take a job with former Deschutes brewer Tim Gossack at his brewery Rio Salado in Phoenix, Arizona. Lawrence left Arizona in the mid-2000s to pursue an opportunity at Firestone Walker in their packaging line, where he worked for a year until beginning consulting work. It was in his travels and exposure to other brewing facilities that Lawrence was motivated to design his own brewery, Boneyard, which was located in a garage and constructed out of pieces of equipment he had collected while consulting. Lawrence talks about his co-founders, Clay and Melodee Storey, the early years and brews, and the company’s growth and development. He concludes with thoughts on future projects and areas of growth for the industry. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on September 11, 2018 at the Boneyard Brewery production facility in Bend, Oregon.
Robin Johnson oral history interview, September 10, 2018, 01:21:55
Robin Johnson is the Assistant Brewmaster at the downtown pub at Deschutes Brewery. In his interview, Johnson talked about his early childhood in California, moving to Eugene in middle school, his family memories of the Northwest region, including his father’s work as the director of the Eugene Symphony, and his college experiences at the University of Oregon. Johnson moved to Boston with his girlfriend, now wife, and their return to Portland, where he worked as a Credit Analyst at Volkswagen. Johnson started at Deschutes Brewery in 2009 and was hired as a lead brewer in 2010 after completing his training at the American Brewers Guild. Johnson became Assistant Brewmaster in 2015 when Veronica Vega was promoted to Research and Development Brewmaster. Johnson discusses his brewing philosophy and the inspiration he takes from food ingredients. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on September 10, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery Pub in Bend, Oregon.
Jon Bier oral history interview, September 10, 2018, 01:14:54
Jon Bier is the Lead Bartender at Deschutes Brewery. In his interview, Bier talks about growing up in Corvallis, moving to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon, travelling to the east coast, his interests in fly fishing and outdoor sports, and moving to Bend in 1995. He talks about starting work at Deschutes in 1996 and ways the company has evolved, as well as how customers and the industry has changed. This interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on September 10, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery Pub in Bend, Oregon.
Erik Frank oral history interview, September 7, 2018, 01:59:50
Erik Frank is the Marketing Manager for Deschutes Brewery. In his interview, Frank discusses growing up in Harrisburg, PA, Boy Scouts and leadership, and his success in high school (which didn’t translate to success in college until he found the field of Anthropology). While in college, Frank worked as a server at Church Brew Works; it was during this work he realized beer could be a career. Recognizing he wanted a change, Frank moved to Bend, sight unseen, in the early 2000s. Frank discusses starting at Deschutes in 2002; various jobs as host, server, tour guide, etc.; and how his interests have shaped his career and new positions. He also reflects experiences working with founder Gary Fish, where Deschutes is now at 30 years, and his points of pride. This interview was conducted by Anna Dvorak on September 7, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Alicia Hicks is the Quality Assurance Assistant Manager at Deschutes Brewing. In her interview, Hicks talks about moving around a lot as a child, her family relationships, and her early interest in science and Math. She also talks about her schooling at the University of Washington as a Microbiology major and her work in a campus lab after graduation. After leaving the lab, she was hired as a brewing chemist at Rainier Brewing, and then moved to Bend to take a job at Deschutes. She shares her early memories of the job and company, how both have changed in her 20 years with the company, and how the expansion of the company has impacted her work (e.g. packaging line, new equipment, change in facilities). The interview concludes with Hicks sharing her favorite memories of Deschutes and her favorite beer. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on June 28, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Peter Skrbek oral history interview June 27, 2018 (**this interview is not available for online streaming)
Peter Skrbek is the Chief Financial Officer for Deschutes Brewery. In his interview, Skrbek talks about growing up in Colorado and Arizona, his educational experiences at Colorado College (BA Political Science and History) and University of Chicago (MBA Finance and Economics), and the importance of travel. He also talks about coming to Deschutes, how he learned about the brewing industry, and the challenging and fulfilling elements of working for the company. He concludes by talking about the company’s expansion into Roanoke, Virginia, the importance of implementing an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), and the ways the “public house” encourages dialog and community. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on June 27, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Veronica Vega is the Research and Development Brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery. In this follow up to her June 2017 interview, Vega talks about how her position and the company have changed in the past year. Specifically, Vega talks about her new position on the senior management team, her interest in exploring mentoring women in STEM fields, and her thoughts on the importance of engaging with a diverse community of brewers and consumers. She also talks about the Bend area; the importance of ingredients as an inspiration for her recipes; and the new opportunities for deeper, forward-thinking, impactful industry research at their newly established pilot plant. Finally, Vega discusses with the five 30th anniversary celebration collaborative brew projects with past Deschutes brewers meant to her, the company, and the brewers. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on June 27, 2018 at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Paul Arney is the owner and founding brewer at Ale Apothecary. In this interview, Arney talks about growing up in Everett, Washington; his family lineage of pharmacists; and his early interest in science. He also talks about his schooling at Western Washington University in Bellingham, his coursework in Geology, and homebrewing. He shares how meeting a Seattle-based brewer while working at a coffeeshop led him to UC Davis for Brew School; his move to Bend to work at Deschutes Brewery (1996-2002); and his 18 months away from Bend to travel through the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Arney returned to Bend and Deschutes Brewery in 2004, and he reflects on how the company changed while he was away, specifically its change to an expanded production brewery. Arney left Deschutes in 2010 to open his own brewery, Ale Apothecary, and he talks at length about how he created a company that reflected his values, as well as his interest in creative, historic, and traditional brewing practices. Specifically, Arney talks about the importance of location, using local ingredients, and how his experiences at Deschutes provided him with the knowledge and skills to establish a brewery that uses wild fermentation and a Scandinavian style of brewing. The interview concludes with Arney talking about his collaboration brew with Deschutes for their 2018 30th anniversary celebrations. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Anna Dvorak on June 26, 2018 at the Ale Apothecary taproom in Bend, Oregon.
Shannon Adair is the owner of 1188 Brewing in John Day, Oregon. John Spencer has been the brewer there for a year. Adair and Spencer talk about how the brewery started, what it meant to open a brewery in John Day, how it has impacted the community, how the decided on a beer and food menu, and what future plans for growth. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton in John Day, Oregon June 20, 2018. **Note, the background noise from the brewing equipment interferes with the quality of the interview. An audio only file with better sound quality is available online.
Kevin Harlander is the Marketing and Sales Director for Terminal Gravity Brewing Company. In his interview, Harlander talks about growing up in Minnesota, moving to Oregon, and his job at the brewery. He also talks about the culture of Eastern Oregon, the way the brewery fits into the region, and the lifestyle and leisure activities of the community members. Finally, Harlander talks about the history of the brewery and the ways he thinks it has influenced the industry. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on June 19, 2018 at the Terminal Gravity Brewing Company in Enterprise, Oregon.
Kristen Arzner is the co-founder of Block 15, a restaurant and brewery in Corvallis, Oregon. In her interview, Arzner talks about growing up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, her family, and things she was interested in as a child. She also reflects on her choices for colleges, her early impressions of Indiana University in Bloomington, and her decision to switch majors from business to public policy. She discusses meeting her husband, Block 15 co-founder Nick, their move to Oregon, and her two years at OSU studying natural resource law and policy. The interview concluded with the story of establishing their business and ways it has grown, as well as how she works to balance work and her family. The interview was conducting by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on May 25, 2018 at the Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room in Corvallis, Oregon.
Gail Oberst is a reporter and co-founder of the Oregon Beer Growler, a publication that covers the states brewing industry. In her interview, Oberst talks extensively about her families deep ties to Oregon and how being a fifth generation Oregonian has shaped her work and interests. She also talks about growing up in a very religious home, experiences moving frequently for her fathers new positions as a minister, and how she negotiated her own diverging political beliefs. Oberst shares her experiences in southern Oregon and the Oregon coast, including time living and going to school in Bandon and Roseburg, working on fishing boat on the Oregon coast and in Washington, and moving Alaska for a job at a newspaper. She talks about attending community college and the university of Oregon as a journalism major, as well as early jobs as a reporter. Oberst discusses her growth as a reporter and interest in community, science, and reporting about the “complex” state she lives in. At the end of the interview, Oberst talks about her own interest in home brewing and starting the Oregon Beer Growler publication with her son and husband, how they developed a business plan and settled on a mission, how she learned about the beer community, her experiences as a woman documenting a male dominated industry, and the ways she worked to include a diversity of voices in the publication. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton May 17, 2018 at Oberst’s home in Independence, Oregon.
Aaron Brussat is a Eugene-based beer writer. In his interview, he talks about growing up in Maryland, visiting Washington DC, and his family’s book and record business. He talks about his decision to go to college in Maryland and how that fostered his interest in sound and filmmaking. He also talks about an important cross country trip he took with his then girlfriend, now wife, that led him to the Pacific Northwest. He discusses his interest in gardening and farming, his environmental concerns, his love of being outdoors, and his discovery of craft brewing and local ingredients. Brussat was a beer steward at the Bier Stein, is a member of the Cascade Brewers Society (home brewing club), is a Certified Cicerone, and has completed the Beer Judge Certification Program. He transitioned to writing full-time about beer in the southern Willamette Valley in 2018. He also talks more generally about his interest in how beer reflects space and place. His interview concludes with changes he’s observed in writing and publishing with the increase in social media and online news content. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton May 16, 2018 at Brussat’s home in Eugene, Oregon.
Michelle Palacios oral history interview, April 23, 2018. 02:21:15
Michelle Palacios is the administrator for the Oregon Hop Commission. In her interview, she talks about growing up in Canby, her family, leadership activities related to livestock judging and the Future Farmers of America, and her early interest in Agricultural Education. Palacios attended Linn Benton Community College, did coursework at Oregon State University in Agricultural Education, and transferred to Portland State University to major in Speech Communication. She talks about how she was hired to work at the Hop Commission, her process for getting acquainted with farmers and the crop, and what prompted her decision to leave the Hop Commission and then Hop Research Council in 2008/2010. After being away from the industry for 2 years, she returned to work at the Crosby hop Farm as a marketing manager; in her interview, Palacios talks about that experience, changes she observed in the industry, and what led her back to the Hop Commission in 2016. The interview concludes with Palacios sharing the tops issues of concern to the growers in the state and how she spaces for growth and change for the next generation; specifically, she sees promise in the collaborative relationship that is growing in between brewers and growers. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on April 23, 2018 in Hubbard, Oregon.
Lucy Burningham oral history interview, April 16, 2018. 01:44:09
Lucy Burningham is an author who writes about food and drink, travel, and various other topics. In her interview, Burningham talks about growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah; how her interest in food and beverage writing grew; and how travel influenced her personal and professional life. She also talks about her early college experience at Boston College, the University of Montana (BA, English Language and Literature), and Portland State University (MA, Creative Non-fiction). Burningham shares stories about her early jobs in writing, including working at two magazine in Salt Lake City and writing for various publications as a freelancer (New York Times, Mens Journal, Saveur, Sunset, Lonely Planet). Burningham discusses about how she moved towards beer writing, starting with her first article in Beer Northwest/Beer West magazine through longer publication projects like Hop in the Saddle and the Feminist Guide to Beer Drinking. In the end of the interview, Burningham talks about her 2016 book My Beer Year, a book that chronicles her journey to obtaining a Cicerone certification. Throughout the interview, Burningham reflects on how the brewing industry has evolved since she moved to Portland in 2005, how studying for the Cicerone exam changed her relationship with beer, how gender has impacted her experiences as a beer drinker and author. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on April 16, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.
Art Larrance is the owner of the Lodge at Cascade Brewery in Portland. In his interview, Larrance talks about growing up in the Hillsboro area, his family history, his time as a student at Linfield College, his experiences in the National Guard during the Vietnam War, and his early employment. He also talks about establishing Portland Brewing with Fred Bowman and Jim Goodwin in the mid-1980s, his work on the Brewpub Bill (1985 SB 813), and his role in establishing the Oregon Brewers Festival in 1988 (he became Executive Director). He discusses the founding of Cascade Brewing in 1998 by himself and brewmaster Ron Gansberg, their role as pioneers of the Northwest sour beer movement, and the ways the brewery has changed since opening. The interview was conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton on March 26, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.