Meet the people behind the brews.

Tidal Brewing Co. is an ode to the Sunshine State and the people in it.
This is our family that has helped create the brewery we call home. 

 
 
 Dave taking a break at the beach with the brewery mascots. (And hiding from our photographer Allisa and her camera.)

Dave taking a break at the beach with the brewery mascots. (And hiding from our photographer Allisa and her camera.)

David Peitzman, Founder & BREWER

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Imperial Horchata Porter

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Bourbon

Favorite Beer Type: Kind of on a Belgian IPA kick right now but if it’s well made I’m down with it

Why I love Craft Beer: Making it is fun. Drinking it is fun. Gives me an outlet to be creative.
Toss in some history, chemistry, and dorkiness there, too!

Favorite Past Time: Eating

I Can’t Live Without: My wife...

Favorite Thing About Florida: Living by the biggest swimming pool on Earth

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: Crunchy Fish Sandwiches

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maxine Peitzman, Founder

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: POG Pale Ale or Belgian Wit

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Coffee

Favorite Beer Type: Saison

Why I love Craft Beer: Something about it just brings people together!

Favorite Past Time: Cooking

I Can’t Live Without: My pets

Favorite Thing About Florida: The gorgeous weather year round

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: The fucking great seafood!


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Carmine Rufa, Co-owner

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Saison

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Cranberry Vodkas with a splash of love

Favorite Beer Type: IPA

Why I love Craft Beer: It’s more than just beer.  It’s heart & soul

Favorite Past Time: Jets, Islanders, and Syracuse lacrosse

I Can’t Live Without: My family

Favorite Thing About Florida: The water

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: Tidal

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Laura Rufa, Co-owner

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: POG

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Beer

Favorite Beer Type: Light

Why I love Craft Beer: Taste testing

Favorite Past Time: Sunday morning seadoo rides

I Can’t Live Without: My Family

Favorite Thing About Florida: The sun

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: Family and friends


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Chad Dampier, ASSISTANT BREWER

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Bachelor’s Delight Imperial Porter

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Kombucha

Favorite Beer Type: Anything in-your-face and over 8% ABV

Why I love Craft Beer: Making it is my passion. Drinking it is my hobby.

Favorite Past Time: Video games

I Can’t Live Without: The love of my life

Favorite Thing About Florida: Fishing

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: Hurricane Parties

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Melissa Dampier, beertender

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Melusine Coconut Blonde

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Water

Favorite Beer Type: Sour

Why I love Craft Beer: The bond it allows me to have with my husband & friends, the diversity, and getting a good buzz

Favorite Past Time: Eating  

I Can’t Live Without: God...and Chad

Favorite Thing About Florida: The oceans, the springs, and all the nature in between.

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: The weather


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Tony Medina, Beertender

Birthday: March 1st

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: The Heretic

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Whiskey/Disaronno

Favorite Beer Type: IPA

Why I love Craft Beer: The passion behind the craft beer is what makes it good in my opinion. Do things with passion or not at all.

Favorite Past Time: Playing Guitar and Hockey or being a gamer.

I Can’t Live Without: My beautiful girlfriend and my kids aka two Boston Terriers

Favorite Thing About Florida: Capital Tacos

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: The beach

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Sue Traynham, Beertender

Birthday:  November 11th

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Brennan's Bastard

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Funky Buddha's No Crust

Favorite Beer Type: Dessert Beers

Why I love Craft Beer: Craft beer allows brewers to be creative and innovative.

Favorite Past Time: Creating beer recipes

I Can’t Live Without: My family


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Kristin Mitchell, Beertender

Birthday:  February 14

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Grown N Sexy Double IPA

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Vodka

Favorite Beer Type: Sours Or IPA

Why I love Craft Beer:  The different types of beers you can create. I love going to different breweries for the atmosphere and to meet new craft beer loving people.

Favorite Past Time: Horseback riding Or Fishing/Beach

I Can’t Live Without:  My horses, Winnie (My Fur Baby), Family and Friends

Favorite Thing About Florida: Beaches and Springs

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Leon Glowacki, Beer Tester

Birthday: March 2nd

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: Black Spot, Heretic, Natural Selection, Doppelgänger.

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink: Too many, maybe Mt Dew

Favorite Beer Type: IPAs, Stouts, Sours, DIPAs, porters, some saisons.

Why I love Craft Beer: First of all it tastes better, second they are more careful made with better ingredients.

Favorite Past Time: Spending time with people whether it’s family, friends, or coworkers. I love to be social.

I Can’t Live Without: O2, H2O, and ETOH

Favorite Thing About Florida: The beach

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without: Alcohol


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Andrew Torrey (but everyone knows me as Drew), Beertender

Birthday: September 2nd

Favorite Tidal Brewing Company Beer: 'Grown n Sexy' Love me some DIPAs and that is a great one!

Favorite Non-Tidal Brewing Company Drink:  Water is almost the only other thing I drink besides beer (which is mostly water anyways).

Favorite Beer Type: Mostly IPAs and stouts, but I love to try everything!

Why I love Craft Beer: I love the people I meet. The entire Craft Beer community are almost like one big family. You can go to any festival or brewery, meet people for the first time, and walk away with new friends. I also love the innovations with flavor profiles that the breweries are coming out with. You can never be bored with the same old stuff and you can ALWAYS find something you like.

Favorite Past Time: Reading about Craft Beer and learning all I can about the direction of the industry. I am always on message boards and reading blogs or articles about what's going on in the Craft Beer industry.

I Can’t Live Without: My son. He's my entire world!

Favorite Thing About Florida: The weather. We might have miserably hot days or boring rainy days, but some of the days are just perfect.

Florida Wouldn’t Be The Same Without:  The variety of nature we have here. It's nice to be able to drive 30 minutes one way to walk through the forest or 30 minutes the other way to chill on the beach.