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Pat Korn

Brewmaster

Hailing from San Diego, Pat Korn gained a passion for the beverage industry after witnessing his great uncle make beautiful wine at home in California’s Sonoma County. As a California native, Korn has an equal appreciation for fine wines and an affinity for barrel aging in freshly-emptied barrels sourced directly from winemakers.

Pat brings his 25 years of craft brewing experience, including five years as Barrel Master of Cellar 3, Green Flash’s barrel-aging facility. At Cellar 3, Pat filled hundreds of barrels, puncheons, and foudres and will lead Vista’s brewing program in the same direction.

When he is not drinking, breathing and living beer, he loves to hike, golf, soak in a hot spring, and enjoy good conversation with his friends over good wine and a home-cooked meal. He is also a proud Army veteran.

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Kent & Karen Killough

Founders

Karen and Kent Killough set their sights on building a destination where both locals and visitors can experience all the Texas Hill Country has to offer after falling in love with its rolling hills, beautiful trees & wildflowers and out-of-this-world sunsets. They created the Vista destination out of their mutual love for local craft culture, obsession with high quality and sustainably-produced food and drink, and passion for the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  Kent and Karen strive to connect and collaborate with talented partners, and hope that Vista will connect guests in a deep and meaningful way to the world around them.

As a founding member of the Vista team, Karen oversees Vista Brewing’s brand, social media and design, including the curated retail shop. She is also the resident beekeeper. Karen is also a member of the Austin Chapter of the Pink Boots Society, where she was a scholarship  and sits on the Board of the Texas Craft Brewer’s Guild.

Kent Killough is a fourth generation Texan who grew up in the Austin area. Kent’s responsibilities at Vista generally include thinking big thoughts and shoveling all of the stuff that no one else wants to shovel.  He’s also the number one taste tester.  Problem-solving is an everyday thing for the co-founder, and so is protecting Vista’s 641 beautiful trees!  Kent sits on the Tourism Advisory Board for the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau.

When the Killoughs are not at Vista, the couple can be found spending time with their seven-year-old son and four-year-old twins, including Sunday afternoons in the Vista beer garden listening to live music.

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Amanda Hawkes

General Manager

Amanda grew up in New England and landed in Boston for college, where she earned her BFA in fine arts. Amanda’s love of food, wine and beer led her to a career in hospitality, including a jazz club, oyster bar, managing a Spanish tapas restaurant/record shop and as GM & beverage director for a fine dining French restaurant.

Warmer weather called, and Amanda made her way to Texas, where she worked as GM for one of our favorite restaurants, Contigo. Amanda led the opening team here at Vista, and has grown Vista’s hospitality experience to include pairing dinners and large private events. If you need a beverage pairing suggestion, just ask!

Amanda lives in South Austin with her husband Zach, Chef/Owner of Kimchi Jon’s, and their dogs Waka and Brisket. When they aren’t making kimchi or exploring Austin’s restaurant scene, you can find these newlyweds traveling the world and exploring cultures through food and beverage.