Best Brewer 2016 | 1st place | Veronica Vega | Drink | Bend

Best Of Central Oregon

Best Brewer

1st place | Veronica Vega

Deschutes Brewery is typically regarded as the best craft beer in Bend, with its brewmasters regarded as kings of their profession. Now a queen has come along to add to the brewery's winning formula.

Brewmaster Veronica Vega of Deschutes Brewery has brought her creativity, experience and passion to Bend's beer scene to become the Source's first female Best Brewer.

Vega's path to success is unique. Originally coming onboard as a tour guide in 2006, Vega worked through a variety of jobs at the brewery, including cellar work and production brewing. She was the lead brewer for three and a half years before being promoted to brewmaster in 2015. She is currently leading the brewery's research and development department, along with brewing some of the best beer in Bend.

Only a year into her tenure, beer fans can't wait to see what other aces Vega has up her sleeve.

2nd Place: Tony Lawrence, Boneyard Beer