Friday, February 13, 2015

Peekskill Brewery Announces New Head Brewer As Jeff O'Neil Departs

Peekskill, NY- Peekskill Brewery is pleased to officially announce Matthew Levy will be taking the helm at Peekskill Brewery as the new Head Brewer in March 2015. Levy has been a part of the PB Brewing Team since the summer of 2014 where he immediately began brewing PB favorites such as NYPA,  which recently took silver medal in the Pale Ale category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.  
Levy grew up in Briarcliff Manor and began his career as a summer intern at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. “I couldn’t be prouder of Matt for getting the job. I still remember him as an intern before he could even legally drink! He is a great guy and makes great beer,” says Captain Lawrence Owner Scott Vaccarro. 
Levy apprenticed in each phase of the brewery, packaging draft and 750 ml bottles, cellar work, and brewing. Through his experience at Captain Lawrence and Vaccarro’s recommendation he got a job at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in packaging that he held until graduating from the University of Michigan. Still in close contact with Scott, he was offered a job initially for the bottling line at Captain Lawrence’s new facility and then moved up to a brewer. He then joined the Peekskill team and has been producing exceptional product. 
The future holds excitement at Peekskill Brewery and it’s Riverfront location “....I’m really looking forward to seeing (and tasting!) what Matt does at PB. His resume speaks for itself, he’s a great young brewer who has really risen to the occasion so far. He even grew up locally. Peekskill is lucky to have him, and their customers will be in good hands,” says Brewer Jeff O’Neil.  
Peekskill Brewery will continue its commitment to quality and freshness. They are currently transitioning from Brewer Jeff O’Neil who will finish his 3-year stay at Peekskill Brewrey in March. “Matt is the next generation of our industry. He is very talented and is going to be a large part of writing the next chapter in Peekskill Brewery’s book,” says Peekskill Brewery owner Keith Berardi.

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