Innovation Brewmaster for 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Tonya Cornett first discovered beer in the mid 1990’s in Colorado. After home brewing for a short time, she started her first brewery job at H.C. Berger Brewing in Fort Collins in packaging while simultaneously interning at Dimmer’s Brew Pub where she actually acquired hands on brewing experience. Next Tonya took a job in her home state of Indiana at Oaken Barrel Brewing Company where after two years she decided if she was going to be taken seriously as a brewer she needed an education. She attended the World Brewing Academy, a partnership between Siebel Institute of technology in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich.
Tonya assumed the Brewmaster position at Bend Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon in 2002. Her first of many accolades came in 2006 when she won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for HopHead In the American IPA category (typically the largest category every year). During her 10 years at Bend Brewing Co. she consistently brought home medals. Highlights include 8 Great American Beer Festival and 4 gold medals at the World Beer Cup. In 2008 Tonya was honored as the first woman to win the title of World Beer Cup Small Brewpub Brewer of the year. She guest brewed in England 4 times for the JD Wetherspoon Pub chain at Marston’s, Everards, Shepherd Neame and Wadworth Breweries.
In January of 2012 Tonya joined the 10 Barrel Team. Her favorite part of brewing had always been recipe design so when offered a position that centered on research and development it was hard to refuse. During this time she participated in a 3-way collaboration with Stone and Bluejacket Brewing Company where they brewed Suede, an Imperial Porter, based on one of her recipes. In 2015 Anheuser-Busch acquired 10 Barrel. Intrigued by the possibilities associated with a large company she decided to stay and in her words “learn from people way smarter than me.” Later that year she traveled to China for a collaboration with Jing A Brewery which possibly created the first intentional sour ever brewed in China. Currently the release of Belle Fraise, a collaboration with one of her co-workers and Brasserie Belle-Vue in Belguim is scheduled to soon be released in the states.
Continuing her medal winning momentum for 10 Barrel, she is personally responsible for 5 Great American Beer Festival medals and 3 World Beer Cup Medals bringing her career total to 20 medals combined in these competitions.
Several years ago, Tonya and her husband Mark decided to take advantage of years of Craft Beer experience by opening The Mountain Jug, a Beer Shop in Sunriver, Oregon specializing in Central Oregon Beers.