Our Team

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. 

Meet the people behind the brews.

 
 David taking a break at the beach with the brewery mascots. 

David taking a break at the beach with the brewery mascots. 

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

 Maxine brewing her own concoction named sexual chocolate...the beer not her. Chocolate Porter we are going to treat with hazelnut and local strawberries!

Maxine brewing her own concoction named sexual chocolate...the beer not her. Chocolate Porter we are going to treat with hazelnut and local strawberries!

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!


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

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


Melissa Dampier, Semi-professional Beerslinger

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

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