Meet Our Team

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Brian Ballard
Owner/General Manager 

After growing up in the Midwest, Brian Ballard moved around a bit, from Arizona to Florida to New England to Greensboro, North Carolina. His former corporate career ultimately led him to Wilmington seven years ago. When he decided to leave the corporate world to start a business, he wanted to stop moving so much and lay down some roots. Ballard is now the owner of Ironclad Brewery 

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Greg Westberg
Assistant General Manager 
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Annette Jenkins
Director Of Event Operations 

Annette started her career with Ironclad in 2019 as a bartender. She has been in the service industry for years while going to school for Business. After two years of hard work and dedication she was promoted to bar manager. With great success in that roll, she then earned a promotion as the Director Of Events in 2022.

Laren Avery
Head Brewer

Laren has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Food Service Administration and a minor in Hospitality from Central Michigan University. Before deciding to come to the beach, Laren brewed for Mountain Town Brewing Company and Boylan Bridge Brewpub.