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Ownership Team:

Craig Wensell
Craig Wensell
Chief Executive Officer and Master Brewer

Craig Wensell, Sanitizer in Chief, Brewing Operations Manager, CEO, and Janitor. Craig has degrees from Oklahoma State University and The Florida State University. Early in his career, he taught orchestra K-12 before moving on to teaching at different universities to include The Florida State University. Craig is an amateur Double Bassist and has played across the country with many different groups such as The Columbus Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and The Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for Barney Kessel and has performed music in Weil Hall in New York City. Craig also served in Afghanistan as a Blackhawk (UH-60 A/L) Crew Chief. During his service he reach the rank of E-5 and earned numerous commendation for outstanding performance including 1000 accident free flight hours. His family has a long rich history of home-brewing that goes back to the 1980s. Craig enjoys endless hours at the brew kettle, reading technical papers, and watching yeast make beer!

Keith Hughes
Keith Hughes
CFO and Chief Operating Officer

Keith Hughes, CFO and Chief Operating Officer, individual grain counter and IT/website help desk. Keith has a degree in Accounting from The State University of New York. Early in his career, Keith employed his talents to the cosmetics industry, working for Estee Lauder companies. Having conquered lipstick costing, Keith embraced the complicated world of software revenue recognition. By day, Keith serves as the Director of Finance for the Digital Science group of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Keith's heart and soul will forever be of the lemmings in their eternal quest for a new hops combination. "NEIPA'S forever," will likely be a headstone epitaph.

John Fusco
John Fusco
VP Creative & Brand Marketing

John is a Marine Engineer by trade, with a degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy. In his day job he’s a navy civilian, and has been a Navy Reserve Officer since 2001. In 2004 he started a T-shirt company in Wilmington with some friends that eventually became WhizBang Concepts. He has drawn logos and artwork, and produced apparel, for a number of local businesses, charities and breweries, which is how he met Craig. John and his wife Lisa, have also chaired the Philadelphia Walk for Williams Syndrome thrice. He plays drums and guitar in a band called Double Down that rarely plays outside a basement in Glen Mills. He’s a New Yorker by birth, but has now lived in Delaware almost as long as he has in NY, he, has three young girls, and will try any beer twice. Most more.

Dan Yopp
Dan 'Beerman' Yopp
Partner

Dan “Beerman” Yopp is the Master of the Custodial Arts at Wilmington Brew Works. As a Delaware native who has spent his entire life in the state, he graduated from Wilmington University with a B.A. in Business Management, then went on to be a Lab Technician at Delstar Technologies. Dan became interested in homebrewing from a neighbor and quickly realized he enjoyed it very much. As an avid gardener who enjoyed growing everything from sweet garlic to habanero peppers, he found the “Do it Yourself” method in homebrewing very rewarding. He joined the First State Brewers to enhance his skills, and along the way he met the esteemed gentlemen which would go on to being his business partners. Favorite beers styles are Stout, Porter, & Barleywine, especially if they are barrel aged.

Derek Berkeley
Derek Berkeley
Facilities and Maintenance Manager

Derek Berkeley, Beer Hunter, and Janitor In Training. Derek hails from Canada which helps explain his love for beer and hockey. Nomadic by nature, his travels have taken him from the snowy tundras of Montreal to the badlands of Boston, deserts of Charlotte, wilderness of Virginia and most recently the ‘burbs of Delaware. Having realized at an early age that earning a college degree would allow him to buy more beer, he embarked on his “Decade of Learning” at the University of Lowell where he almost became the first undergrad in history to get tenure. When not honing his Beer Hunting techniques, Derek enjoys spending time with his Girlfriend and her 2 children, racing tricycles, and refereeing Women’s Roller Derby.


Staff:

Jennifer Hughes
Jennifer Hughes
Director of Administration

Jennifer was born and raised in New Castle County and was a member of the last graduating class of Claymont High School. She is a registered nurse practicing in Delaware for 22 years with a specialty certification in Medical Surgical Nursing. She received her Associates Degree from Delaware Technical Community College and her Bachelors Degree from Drexel University. She has an empty nest with two sons and two daughters having flown the coop. Prior to the opening of Wilmington Brew Works, her love of beer revolved mainly around sours. Her palate has expanded however and she will sample just about everything on the menu, with her most recent favorite being Undelivered Mail. Jen is the wife of Keith, head bean counter at Wilmington Brew Works. Although she holds the title of Director of Administration, she can be found doing just about anything and everything, from pouring beer behind the bar, washing dishes, doing the staff schedule, ordering supplies, and most importantly, keeping everyone in check!

Ryan Rice
Ryan Rice
Production Assistant and Draught Technician

Ryan, a Wilmington native, learned to make cider while working as an instructor at the North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville, WV. When not cleaning taplines in the brewery, Ryan can be found skating and coaching for Diamond State Roller Derby under the alias, John E. Applespeed. His current favorite WBW brew is Ü and he has been begging Craig to make a lactose free sour. Instagram: @ciderryan

Ben Kaminski
Ben Kaminski
WordPress Development

Ben was born in Pennsylvania and spent most of his childhood there. It wasn't until 2000 that Ben landed in Delaware and, unbeknownst to him at the time, he would decide to stay in the first state permanently. Ben has been in the web development field for over 25 years and has worked on projects of all sizes. Web development for Ben Kaminski spawned out of a passion for music. He spent many years playing in heavy metal bands and knew the importance of having a website before the era of social media networks. Ben's love for craft beer came the first time he tried a New England IPA. He couldn't believe that a beer could taste so good and be so fulfilling. Having tried only corporate beer previously, the taste of the NEIPA was so dramatically different and better; he discovered a whole new world of beer that would lead him on a road of discovery that continues to this day. Ben enjoys playing guitar, writing music, playing golf, and taking road trips to breweries.

Jeff Kempista
Jeff Kempista
App Development

Jeff is a man of mystery who makes awesome apps. His app is awesome and makes it so you can see what's on tap and we can change it on the fly.

Laura McDonald
Laura McDonald
Photographer

Laura, aka Paparazzi, loves taking photos. You may see her around the brewery laying on the floor or climbing on a table to get the perfect photo of beer. Never before a “beer person” before discovering the brewery, she is now a full-on sour beer lover. Visit her website www.lauramcdonaldphoto.com for both family and commercial photography work.

Lisa Fusco
Lisa Fusco
Designer

Lisa is a Mechanical Engineer by degree, but these days is more interested in the design aspect of spaces and how best to intersect modern and vintage styles. Her hope was to spend a lot more time making the taproom look beautiful this year, but instead of having three kids at school, she's a Covid Homeschooler Extraordinaire to her and John's three daughters. She also tells John whenever his artworks doesn't look good, which is a crucial role!



Employees

Emma

Team Member Since: August, 2018

Favorite WBW Beer: Luau Punch or Caliente Roja!

I Daylight as a: Full-Time Student

My Family/Pets: Bean, Summit, Neipa & Chelsea.

My Favorite WBW Moment: When a whole tray of drinks was dropped on the floor – serving is hard!

Sara

Team Member Since: October 2018

Favorite WBW Beer: Lupulin Enlightnement

I Daylight as a: Legal Secretary

My Favorite WBW Moment: 1st Year Anniversary late night dance party!

Sheila

Team Member Since: March, 2019 (?)

Favorite WBW Beer: Tangerine Dream

I Daylight as a: Hairstylist

My Cool Hobby: Roller Derby

My Family/Pets: 2 Dogs

My Favorite WBW Moment: Wishing “some of you were here”

Sam

Team Member Since: May, 2019

Favorite WBW Beer: Pineapple Cream

I Daylight as a: Speech Language Pathologist

My Family/Pets: Eric, Simon and Theodore.

My Favorite WBW Moment: Doing Staff Tarot Card readings.

Jason

Bartender Emeritus

Brandon

Team Member Since: June, 2018

Favorite WBW Beer: Golden Hopsmelt

I Daylight as a: Mail Carrier

My Cool Hobby: Vinyl and Sticker Collecting Enthusiast

My Family/Pets: Dino, a Staffordshire, and Pit, a Leo-Cat

My Favorite WBW Moment: Sitting and enjoying a Blue Rocks game drinking some WBW Beer….and watching Keith lose at anything.

David

Team Member Since: September, 2019

Favorite WBW Beer: Sour Pranks

I Daylight as a: Production Manager/Purchaser for a textile printing company

My Cool Hobby: Punk/Harcore Vocalist, Avid Disc Golfers, Record Collector &  Comic Book Nerd

My Family/Pets: Wife Jessica and Doggos Shortcake, Bella and Roxy

My Favorite WBW Moment: The Flight Deck Massacre of 2019

Megan

Team Member Since: February, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Subtle Pulchritude or Umlaut

I Daylight as a: Mom and Ultrasound Student

My Family/Pets: Son, Boyfriend and his son, 2 Dogs Petey and Zoey, 2 Turtles and a bearded dragon.

Erin

Team Member Since: March, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Lupulin Enlightement

I Daylight as a: IT Implementation Coordinator

My Cool Hobby: I collect Bottle Caps

My Family/Pets: 5 year old Boxer Jackson.

My Favorite WBW Moment: When we reopened for Phase 1 after Covid, because that was the first time I worked with customers.

Carrie

Team Member Since: April, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Return to Sender, Caliente Roja

I Daylight as a: Salon Coach

My Cool Hobby: Crossfit

My Family/Pets: Boyfriend-Brian, Daughters-Alie & Sarah, Son- Tom, Black Lab Koal

My Favorite WBW Moment: Corn Hole nights!

Dwayne

Team Member Since: June, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Superfluous Nomenclature

I Daylight as a: Hopeful Cafe owner one day!

My Cool Hobby: Gardening, Woodworking and House Projects!

My Family/Pets: My Hubby Aaron, my one-eyed Shih tzu mix Hans, and my Schnoodle Skeeter

My Favorite WBW Moment: I wasn’t here, but the dropping of the flight racks would have been mine.

Brie

Team Member Since: June, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Luau Punch

I Daylight as a: Student-Teacher

My Cool Hobby: I Paint!

My Pets: My Family lives in Southern DE.

My Favorite WBW Moment: Getting told by a customer that I was her Fave!

Sam P.

Team Member Since: July, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Duvette Blackberry Vanilla

I Daylight as a: Special Ed Teacher

My Cool Hobby: Roller Derby

My Family/Pets: Nico & Lily

Colin

Team Member Since: September, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Luau Punch

I Daylight as a: Figure Skating Coach

My Cool Hobby: Former International Figure Skater

My Family/Pets: Bella (Wife), Gibbs & Gretchen (Cats)

My Favorite WBW Moment: Got a love note on the receipt from my first ever table.

Ashley

Team Member Since: October, 2020

Favorite WBW Beer: Flaxen Fascination

I Daylight as a: Singer/Actress

My Cool Hobby: Hiking

My Family/Pets: Zach (Husband)

My Favorite WBW Moment: My First Staff Meeting!

Bryce

Adam

Ian

Christina

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