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.

Contact Jud at info@wbbeer.com
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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.
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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.

Contact Keith at gm@wbbeer.com
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Katelyn Tayloe
Events Curator

A coastal Carolina native, coming from a small beach town. Wilmington always 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 husband Spencer and their three pups. She can't wait to help make your party planning dreams come true!

Contact Katelyn at events@wbbeer.com to inquire about booking.
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Rodney Peterson

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.

Mike Allen
Kitchen Manager

Mike was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He attended East Carolina University where he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management in 2010. Mike has been in the hospitality industry since his first job at 15 as a dishwasher and later took a 4 year break from restaurants to build boats. After COVID hit, he saw its impact on the restaurant industry and knew it was time to jump back in. He's worked all over NC but settled in Wilmington to be closer to family and enjoy the beach life year round. When he's not in the kitchen, you can find him on a golf course, soccer pitch, spending time with family, enjoying live music or watching Chelsea FC or the Washington Commanders attempt to win.

Mellisa Reynolds

Mellisa grew up in Murrieta, California. Upon searching for a change of scenery, she found herself leaping from one coast to another, bringing her and her fiancé here to Wilmington. Mellisa has been in the service industry since her first job at 15 as a server. She has always had a passion for working in a restaurant and building connections with people every day. Throughout her years of working at different restaurants and breweries she has gained a love for craft beer, leading her to Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Her dream is to one day open a cat café with rescued and adoptable cats. When she’s not at work you can find her anywhere there are animals. Mellisa enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelters, trips to the zoo, or enjoying the company of her dog and two cats.