Crux Fermentation Project Hires Away Deschutes Brewmaster Cam O’ Connor

Cam O' Connor (left) and Larry Sidor

Cam O’ Connor (left) and Larry Sidor

Crux Fermentation Project has hired away Deschutes Brewery’s Brewmaster Cam O’Connor to join its team in Bend as head brewer. This makes a lot of sense, considering that Cam O’Connor was sort of (Crux Founder and Brewmaster) Larry Sidor’s protege at Deschutes before Larry left to open Crux, handing Cam the reins to the brewhouse. Cam has more than a decade of high-end craft brewing experience and the move will allow Crux to focus more time, imagination, and energy on high-quality experimental brews such as their [BANISHED] Series of barrel-aged beers.

Cam will work closely with Crux Founder and Brewmaster, Larry Sidor, with whom he also worked with at Deschutes Brewery for eight years. “Cam is extremely creative and entrepreneurial,” according to Larry, “and has the vision and the talent to help take Crux to the next level.”

Cam began his brewing career at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California, after completing the Master Brewer Program at University of California–Davis. He then spent the next ten years brewing for Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, where one of his most notable accomplishments was developing their Fresh Squeezed IPA, Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale and opening their PDX Pub.

“I really enjoy all the beers Crux is making—their mainline beers, their barrel-aged beers, their Brewdeck Release beers,” Cam said, adding that [BANISHED] Better Off Red Flanders Red Ale is his current favorite Crux beer. “Crux is already pushing boundaries and I can’t wait to push them further with stuff like wild yeast and bacteria.”

Cam began work at the brewery on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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