As a passionate brewer, Ed has been serving his friends and family with incredible, award-winning brews for many years and is thrilled to be bringing that talent and passion to the community of New Freedom. Ed is also currently pursuing his Cicerone Certification and Beer Judge Certification Program.
Ed has won numerous awards in local and regional home-brewing competitions, especially for his barrel aged Belgian-style sour beers. Most recently, he has brewed for a local farm brewery to hone his craft specifically in the commercial craft brewing industry.
Following a 30 plus year career in business and construction, Rich was excited by the opportunity to combine his professional skill set with his longtime passion for craft beer. Leaning on his construction and business expertise, Rich led the brewery and tap room design project from concept to creation.
Rich was not only eager to help bring award winning, home-brewed beer to the thirsty masses, but also motivated by the chance to become an integral part of New Freedom. Inspired by the area’s deep history of manufacturing and production, in collaboration with Burkentine Builders, Rich set out to provide the new Franklin Square Community with a unique combination of the old industrial feel with a modern brewery aesthetic. His expertise and dedication led to the effort that transformed what was once an abstract thought into what is now the Vortex Brewing Company.