DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Saltwater Brewery, a Florida-based microbrewery known for the Edible Six Pack Rings, announced an extension to their brewing team with the hiring of Justin Rick, previous Senior Brewer at Brooklyn Brewery.
Justin graduated from the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis in 2008, and over the past eight years has held top brewing positions at Stone Brewing, Leinenkugel and Brooklyn Brewery. Following the success of the Edible Can Ring viral video, Justin will continue the momentum as Saltwater’s new Head of Brewing. Since the beginning of June, he has helped to standardize procedures, improve safety, streamline operations, grow the Beer Lab, and just brewed the brewery’s 250th batch of beer. Dustin Jeffers will continue to manage recipe formulation and serves as Saltwater’s Director of Operations.
“We’re excited to have such a seasoned and talented Brewer,” said Jeffers. “His hands-on, senior-level experience with large breweries is unmatched and will be instrumental to helping Saltwater grow and improve.”
Justin’s hiring ushers in a third canned beer for the company, LocAle. A crisp, refreshing, golden ale with 3.7 percent ALC/VOL, LocAle is the ideal all-day drinking beer to enjoy at your favorite local event or activity. Cans have been available in the Tasting Room since the beginning of September, and are now available throughout Saltwater’s Florida-only distribution territory. The brewery’s canned beer offerings now include Screamin’ Reels IPA, Sea Cow Milk Stout, and LocAle Golden Ale.
About Saltwater Brewery
Founded in December 2013 by a team of local Floridians, Saltwater Brewery is Delray Beach’s first local production microbrewery, with tasting room and beer garden. Using only pure and natural ingredients, each style of handcrafted beer and corresponding name is inspired by the ocean to reflect the lifestyle and passion of the Founders. Saltwater’s goal is to maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back through ocean based charities (CCA, Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE) and the Edible Six Pack Rings. Over 12 styles are typically available in the tasting room, while Screamin’ Reels IPA, Sea Cow Milk Stout, and LocAle, are distributed in cans and on tap throughout Florida. Packaging is done on-site with the brewery’s in-house canning line, and the team will soon install an in-line labeler for seasonal and special releases.