In 2012, Matt Delvecchio, at the time, a financial planner living in New York, was diagnosed with Celaic Disease, a gluten-intolerant disease. Instead of letting this get him down in the dumps, he researched ways to make beer with virtually no gluten, and thus, duckfoot was born upon Matt’s arrival in Encinitas, CA. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, and two children, and working on ways to give more gluten free beer to the people!
Originally a homebrewer, Brett Goldstock met Matt Delvecchio in 2014, and promptly the duo came up with the idea for Duck Foot Brewing. Brett loves the team they’ve cultivated over the last five years since then, and is proud of the team’s hard work paying off in the form of award winning and delicious beers. In the free time that he’s able to find outside of owning a brewery, he enjoys playing the guitar and speeding around as quickly as possible on a motorcycle or in a fast car built.
Matt Akin is a true lover of beer and has been studying the process of making beer since he was 16 years old by reading everything possible, eventually getting his degree from UCSD, and beginning his career at AleSmith Brewing Company. He started from the bottom, cleaning kegs and bottling beer, and working his way up to eventually owning his own operation for 6 years, winning countless awards along the way. Matt is most proud of his mentees, who go on to win awards or running their own breweries, and tasting their accomplished beers.
Having spent 10 years in the beer industry, Adam is an accomplished and talented brewer who love crafting quality beer that is more accessible to those with gluten intolerances. After moving to San Diego from Utah, he spent 3 years at Ballast Point before coming to Duck Foot. Adam is passionate about rescuing animals, cleaning up beaches, and helping his community as much as possible.
Since entering the beer industry 3 years ago, Lexi has devoted her time making more space for women when possible and being an active member (now co-leader for the San Diego chapter) of the Pink Boots Society. Lexi started as a bartender and moved over into production and, most recently, brewing, and loves learning more each day. She hopes to continue her beer eduction through the Cicerone program, and to become a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge in 2021.
Katey’s journey with Duck Foot started long before she became an employee, with her sister being the taproom manager for nearly four years. She started out on the canning line and quickly decided that she wanted to learn more, most especially from head brewer, Matt Akin. She is passionate about beer and is constantly trying new beers and styles and enjoys combining her science education with beer.
MJ has been packing beverages for three years, starting out with coffee and making the shift over to beer, and has loved how much she has learned since coming to work for Duck Foot. She is currently working obtaining a Master’s Degree in History and often focuses her studies on women’s contributions to beer. She is also a Pink Boots Society member and loves making new friends with other women who work in the beer industry.
Logan’s passion for craft beer drew him to work in the beer industry, and upon moving to San Diego in 2019, he was excited to land at Duck Foot brewing for his first industry job. He loves the customers at Duck Foot, and especially the smiles he sees when a customer learns that everything on the menu is gluten free and celiac safe. Logan loves surfing, baking, and opening his favorite, hard-to-find beers from around the country.
Amber moved to San Diego from Virginia 5 years ago with a love of the beach and beer. She was recently named Southern California’s Best Beer Pouring Blonde Chick, and loves being a bartender at Duck Foot. When she’s not at Duck Foot, she is on the hunt for vintage pieces at estate, yard, or garage sales.
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