Chief Beer Officer
Julie developed an interest in craft beer at a very young age, when her family joined the craft beer movement in 1989. Though not able to consume for some time, she became enamored with the culture of craft beer. As can be expected, Julie’s desire to become involved and make her own contributions to the industry only became stronger when she started to experience beer herself! Fast forward a few years, too many waitressing shifts serving craft beer to count, many weekends spent doing office work for a small distributor in a freezing warehouse, and Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University and her law and MBA degrees from SUNY Buffalo. She returned to Rochester, NY and practiced law at a large firm before coming home to craft beer in 2012. She still maintains her own small law practice in Victor, NY. Where she lives with her husband, sons, and 8 fish.
First beer – a pint of Harp with her grandmother in Ireland
First craft beer – Pete’s Strawberry Blonde
Favorite Style - IPA
Store General Manager
Managing a restaurant/bar during Rochester's craft beer explosion solidified that beer was going to be a big part of Kristy's life. The passion exuded by local breweries like Three Heads and Naked Dove quickly convinced Kristy to join the ranks of event coordinator/sales for two finger lakes breweries. When AJ's Beer Warehouse opened its doors in 2013 Kristy decided she needed more beer in her life and joined their team. As AJ's grew and Rhino Distributing began, Kristy's roles grew as well.
Favorite Beer Style: India Pale Ales, Barrel Aged Stouts
First Craft Beer: Breckenridge Agave Wheat
Auburn, Oswego, Syracuse, Cortland, Ithaca Rep/ Retail Manager
Cell: (585) 721-2826
Ryan first started working in the beer industry in 2010 for a beer retailer. Joined the AJ's team in April of 2016 part-time and in January 2017 became a sales rep for Rhino. When he's not working he's either cheering for the Mets or relaxing on his porch! He loves the hoppy goodness all year round, sours in the summer and a nice sipping stout in the colder months. A jolly ginger with a huge passion for great beer!
Phone: (585) 424-2266
Kelly began her interest in craft beer when working for R’s Market in Brighton, NY and tasting samples of The Kind IPA by Three Heads Brewing and Galaxy Brewing's Andromeda IPA. Her love for craft beers expanded when she started part-time at AJ’s Beer Warehouse. Kelly is now full-time as the office manager/beer princess. When she isn’t working she loves to spend time with her family and snuggle up with her dog, Tank.