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Veronica Vega Oral History Interview, June 12, 2017

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0:30 - Childhood memories/Importance of food and cooking

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Partial Transcript: So where were you born?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about her childhood outside of Ventura on he family's farm and the food culture she was raised in.

Keywords: 4-H; avocado orchards; beer; California; cultural differences; family life; family traditions; Hispanic culture; Hispanic family; large family; Southern California; Ventura; Ventura, California; Veronica Vega

Subjects: 4-H avocado orchards beer California cultural differences family life family traditions Hispanic culture Hispanic family large family Southern California Ventura Ventura, California Veronica Vega

10:14 - Academic interests/ Choosing to attend Humboldt State University

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Partial Transcript: So, what were you interested in when you were in high school?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about high school interests and the reason for going to Humboldt State.

Keywords: backpacking; botany; California; camping; college; English; Humboldt State; Humboldt State University; Ventura; Ventura, CA; Venture, California

Subjects: backpacking botany California camping college English Humboldt State Humboldt State University Ventura Ventura, CA Venture, California

12:26 - Differences in food culture in Humboldt, California/Introduction to craft beer

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Partial Transcript: What was, what was the food like there?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about food culture in Humboldt, learning to cook for herself, what the beer scene in Humboldt was like, and how her academic interests lead her to switch majors.

Keywords: california; college; craft beer; craft beer culture; craft beer humboldt; food culture; food in humboldt; sierra nevada porter

Subjects: california college craft beer craft beer culture craft beer humboldt food culture food in humboldt sierra nevada porter

16:28 - Work experiences with conservation/Settling in Bend, OR

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Partial Transcript: Was there an interest--did you have an interest in brewing at all?

Segment Synopsis: Talks about working for Eco Ascension doing conservation work and deciding to settle in Bend, OR.

Keywords: bend; bend oregon; Bend, OR; carter lake; conservation; eco ascension; environmental conservation; graduation; moving to bend; national park service; national park service consultant; oregon; red tree voles; spotted owls; work

Subjects: bend bend oregon Bend, OR carter lake conservation eco ascension environmental conservation graduation moving to bend national park service national park service consultant oregon red tree voles spotted owls work

19:10 - Early memories of Bend, OR/Food and beer culture differences

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Partial Transcript: So what year did you come to--So you started as a tour guide at Deschutes in 2006?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about settling in Bend and what the town was like back then.

Keywords: beer culture; beer in bend; Bend; bend beer; bend food culture; bend, bend oregon; Bend, OR; biking; food culture

Subjects: beer culture beer in bend Bend bend beer bend food culture bend, bend oregon Bend, OR biking food culture

22:33 - Joining the Deschutes brewery staff/ Introduction to brewing

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Partial Transcript: So as you were piecing together jobs and you got your job as a tour guide for Deschutes, were you thinking about being a brewer at that point?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about getting her first job at Deschutes, transitioning to the cellar, and departmental changes that happened while she was working there.

Keywords: beer; brewing lab; cellar; company culture; craft beer; department changes; Deschutes brewery; mircrobrewery; tour guide

Subjects: beer brewing lab cellar company culture craft beer department changes Deschutes brewery microbrewery tour guide

30:33 - Expectations and experiences in brewing/ Interest in recipe development

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Partial Transcript: What was the difference between what you thought it would be like and what it was like?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about her expectations for working at the brewery and how she got involved in recipe development.

Keywords: beer; beer recipes; brew house; brewing lab; company culture; craft beer; craft brewing; Deschutes brewery; management; microbrewery; pub; pub rotation; recipes

Subjects: beer beer recipes brew house brewing lab company culture craft beer craft brewing Deschutes brewery management microbrewery pub pub rotation recipes

33:33 - Transition to being head brewer

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Partial Transcript: So at what point did you become head brewer?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about becoming the head brewer, her role in management, starting a family, and how the brewery expanding impacted that.

Keywords: beer; beer recipes; brew house; company culture; craft beer; craft brewing; Deschutes brewery; head brewer; management; microbrewery; pub; pub rotation; recipes

Subjects: beer beer recipes brew house company culture craft beer craft brewing Deschutes brewery head brewer management microbrewery pub pub rotation recipes

39:19 - Becoming a mentor for women in brewing

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Partial Transcript: So you were inspired, or you've felt the impact of having women in brewing to look to. Was there a point where people started asking you, women brewers started asking you how do you do this, looking to you as a role model or inspiration?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about what it's like to be singled out as a woman in brewing and how she feels about it.

Keywords: beer; beer recipes; brew house; company culture; craft beer; craft brewing; Deschutes brewery; head brewer; management; microbrewery; pub; pub rotation; recipes; women in brewing

Subjects: beer beer recipes brew house company culture craft beer craft brewing Deschutes brewery head brewer management microbrewery pub pub rotation recipes women in brewing

41:29 - Rewards of working in brewing in Bend, OR/ Concluding thoughts

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Partial Transcript: What do you love about what you do every day?

Segment Synopsis: Vega talks about continuing to learn about brewing and beer, how much she values being a part of the Deschutes family, and how the beer scene in Bend has changed since she started working at the brewery.

Keywords: beer podcast; Bend; Bend, OR; brewing; brewing podcast; Deschutes; Deschutes Brewery; microbrewery; Oregon

Subjects: beer podcast Bend Bend, OR brewing brewing podcast Deschutes Deschutes Brewery microbrewery Oregon