Bay Area Brewing

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Why we are Crowdfunding our Brewery

Crowdfunding Brewery

Will has a passion for sharing his wealth of knowledge in craft beer. Whether it be a
conversation about flavors and history or a full brewing engagement, he hopes to stir our
communities interest in great beer. Will has been home brewing since 2015 and after retiring from
the US Navy, he has attended several schools, apprenticed under reputable brewers, and we have
been active members with the Texas Craft Brewing Association for several years. After I
retired from the US Navy, we relocated our family back where we met stationed in Ingleside, and
close to all Will’s family in Kingsville. In 2017, Will Amaya, born in Kingsville Texas,
began a journey into the unknown beer scene of Virginia.Retiring from the US Navy after 20 years
of active duty service, he enrolled in University of Vermont’s Business of Craft Beer Certification
Course to follow his passion in the craft beer business.


Will’s experiences in the US Navy as a hull technician, welding, damage controlman, pipefitting, and emergency management led to his employment with Virginia Department of Transportation and then OSHA. Will continued to follow his passion in brewing craft beer by studying with the University of Richmond’s Craft Brewer Certification Course and then certifying with The Brewing Distilling Center of Knoxville Tennessee’s Professional Brewing and Distilling Technology. He apprenticed with some
of the most popular breweries in the VA region such as Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek, Three Notch’d Craft Brewery Richmond, and locally assisting with owner and head brewer Hector Cavasos of Rebel Toad Brewing Co. to say he just stirred the pot would be an understatement. From assisting with merchandise, nailingwood to the walls,ripping insulation out of the ceilings, and learning all of ABC requirements,Will quickly became an expert in running a successful brewery–even though his title never quite matched his actual duties.


Diedra also retired from the US Navy after 20 years of active duty service in 2019, after meeting Will while both stationed at Naval Station Ingleside Texas, they knew they were destined to return to the Coastal Bend. She has a passion for community involvement and engagement as recent as assisting Rockport City Council with Charter initiatives. Her experience in project management, operations planning, maintenance management, elected treasurer positions, and career development as the senior enlisted advisor shows a proven commitment to team building and personnel management, preparing venues, creating and
maintaining a wide range of budgets, and all while maintaining a positive active work family life balance.

Together Will and Diedra have combined their knowledge and experiences to upgrade rental property and landscape in Portland Texas, completely renovate their colonial home in Newport News Virginia, build a new construction home in Chesterfield County Virginia, and created high scale landscape retreats.

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