(OR) A Storied Brewer Leaves Bridgeport, Karl Ockert Leaves For the Master Brewers Association of the Americas

image of Karl Ockert courtesy of Jeff Alworth and Beervana Portland, OR – Seem information travels fast once someone posts thoughts regarding a departure. At first we read this and didn’t know what to say, could Karl Ockert be leaving Brideport Brewing for a Technical Director position with the Master Brewers Association of the Americas?

Between John Foyston’s story and a few other’s, we thought is couldn’t be true until we received this from Bridgeport.

As many of you have already come to learn, The Master Brewers Association recently announced the hire of BridgePort’s Brewmaster, Karl Ockert as their Technical Director. We are saddened to see Karl leave but also extremely excited for him to take  on such a prestigious position in an organization that values brewing on a national level. Karl will work remotely for the MBA in Portland where he can continue to relish in the rich beer culture of the city.

Previous Assistant Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, has been appointed to the position of Interim Brewmaster. Jeff’s intimate knowledge of brewing operations, coupled with his dedication and commitment to the company as a whole will only add to the positive momentum BridgePort Brewing Company has had over the past year.

image of Jeff Edgerton courtesy of Bridgeport Brewing

So we can only say, god speed you on your new position Karl, we wish you the best. As for Jeff Edgerton, we look foreword to seeing what you can do, we know you have some pretty big shoes to fill.

About the Master Brewers Association of the Americas

Master Brewers Association of the Americas was formed in 1887 with the purpose of promoting, advancing, and improving the professional interest of brew and malt house production and technical personnel. Today, MBAA is a dynamic, global community working to advance the brewing, fermentation, and allied industries by: advocating the exchange of knowledge; creating, assembling, interpreting, and disseminating credible and beneficial information; developing world-class education offerings; and providing valuable personal and professional development opportunities.


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