Open Sunday - Thursday (11am - 10pm) | Friday - Saturday (11 am - 11 pm)

Our Staff

Jud Watkins - Owner, Brewer and Head Oyster Shucker

A Wilmington native, Jud grew up oystering with his father and grandfather in Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro marshes.  It was in these marshes that the trio dreamed up plans for a brewery and oyster house that would be a nod to Wilmington’s rich coastal history, educate patrons about environmental preservation and give back to the community.  Jud developed a passion for the food and beverage industry through several years spent homebrewing and working in Washington DC’s restaurant scene.   When not at the brewery, Jud is best found surf kayaking, oystering or otherwise enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Amber.

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Amber Watkins - Co-Owner and Philanthropic Liaison

With a background in social work and non-profit management, Amber shares Jud’s passion for creating a small business focused on giving back to the local community.  Amber also loves nothing more than to throw a good party and has thrown her fair share through her experience working in the hospitality industry and managing non-profit fundraising events.  Playing outside is Amber’s number one hobby and she is newly obsessed with joining Jud in the marsh.  Match made in heaven?  We think so.

Kevin Zelnio - Director of Brewing Operations and Deep Sea Brewologist

After working as a deep sea marine biologist on the NC coast for over a decade, Kevin and his wife traveled to Sweden where he first dipped his toes into the brewing world by opening a small production brewery in the basement of an old prison.  After several years abroad, Kevin returned to the US to work as a production brewer at Jdub's Brewery in Sarasota, FL.  Wrightsville Beach Brewery lured Kevin back to Wilmington with the promise of brewing a wide diversity of styles with non-traditional, local ingredients.  Kevin is a lager aficionado and is proud to pair his liquid alchemy with our unique cuisine!

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Keith Sincavage- General Manager 

Hailing from the "other Wilmington", Keith attended University Of Delaware, where he studied marketing & sociology. Realizing around that time his true passion was working in restaurants, he never quite made it into the corporate world. After years of managing several craft beer oriented bars and restaurants in Delaware,he migrated south in search of warmer weather and coastal living, landing in Wilmington, NC. A love of craft beer and thirst for brewery life led him to Wrightsville Beach Brewery, and the rest as they say, is history. When he's not at work, you can probably find him wandering in the woods, watching Philly sports, or fumbling around one of the local disc golf courses.

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Katelyn Ellis - Events Curator

A coastal Carolina native, Katelyn has been with the WBB team for 3 years. Coming from a small beach town, Wilmington felt like home from the start. She started honing her party planning skills by organizing baby showers, bridal parties, and birthday events for her friends. With that knowledge and her years of work in the service industry, Katelyn brings assured and positive energy to your next event! In her spare time, she loves a good plant and spending time outdoors with her boyfriend Spencer and their three pups. She can't wait to help make your party planning dreams come true!

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John Hanna - Front of House Manager

After living in Baltimore for most of his life, John, and his soon to be wife Linzie moved to Wilmington in 2019. An industry veteran, he has experience in a number of roles throughout the restaurant. Growing up in Maryland, John has a passion for Baltimore sports, seafood and beer. He's also been a life long lover of crabs, having spent many summer nights picking them with family and friends, but says oysters are a close second! In his down time he enjoys relaxing with friends and his fiance and spending time outdoors.

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Denny Rivenbark - Chef

A self taught chef, Denny honed his chops in kitchens across North Carolina for nearly two decades before joining the team at Wrightsville Beach Brewery.Experience with a wide range of cuisine, including Greek, Italian, and French,lends to his versatility when it comes to concocting daily specials. His cool demeanor helps keep the kitchen staff calm and focused during even the busiest of dinner rushes. We asked him about his hobbies for this bio, his response?"As much time as I spend at work, I prefer to keep my leisure pursuits to myself".  A regular man of mystery, we suppose.

Rodney Peterson - Chef

Born and raised in California,Rodney started his restaurant career at the age of 17. After moving East and graduating from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, he plied his trade in the kitchens of New York and northern New Jersey. The Executive Chef for many years at Amanda's, a Zagat rated fine dining restaurant in Hoboken,Rodney also oversaw the openings of their two sister restaurants. After their son graduated college, Rodney and his wife Laura headed south, ending up in Wilmington,  with the desire to start a "new chapter" in a warmer climate on the coast. When not working, Rodney enjoys refurbishing old bicycles and going to the beach.