Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery

This fall Virginia's Capital is getting its first brewery & winery in its history. Garden Grove Brewing Company & Urban Winery will be Richmond's first production facility to serve its customers both beer and wine in one location. October 21, 2017

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Ours is a labor of love.  GGBC’s team is passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated to sharing an extraordinary experience with you.

Mike Brandt

Owner, Brewmaster, Winemaker

Award winning brewer and winemaker Mike Brandt has an obsession with brewing and fermentation sciences. He has fanatically researched the art and science of making wine, cider, mead, and most importantly, great beer.

Mike began his professional career as an Assistant Brewer at Calhoun’s Brewery in Harrisonburg, VA. After his time there he moved through the ranks of the Virginia wine industry to emerge as Head Winemaker and Viticulturist at Naked Mountain Winery and Assistant Winemaker at Linden Vineyards. He continued to dig deeper into the sciences earning an M.S. Environmental Studies from VCU and studying fermentation and plant sciences as an agricultural research scientist at Virginia State University (VSU).

His research has focused on organic vineyards for wine production and sorghum varieties grown for malting and beer production. He has traveled across the United States, Belgium, England, and France to delve into the methods and beverages of the world’s great brewers. Since 1998 Mike has been brewing, always integrating his broad tastes and skill sets into his methods and recipes.

Ryan Mitchell

Owner, Business Manager

Ryan Mitchell is a native to Mechanicsville, VA. Ryan has always had a passion for craft beer and knack for starting a business. Ryan obtained a Psychology Degree from VCU and worked in Corporate America before setting his sights on the craft beer industry. He did research in Europe, the UK, and in the United States to hone in on some of the best crafted beers on the market. In March of 2013 Ryan stepped out of his Corporate America job to focus on creating a unique brewery in Richmond. After many months of searching for the perfect brewer he turned to Probrewer.com to post the job. After a hundred submissions Ryan found Mike. Mike invited Ryan to his home to meet his family and try a plethora of well crafted beers. After trying Mike’s Saison the rest would become History.

Ryan is married with two children and two dogs. You can always catch Ryan at a Flying Squirrels Game in the summer. He is an avid traveler of the world, dedicated fan of his daughter’s dance competitions, and always on the search for delicious craft beer.

Andrew Brasington

Beer Server, Brand Ambassador, Trivia MC

Born at a very young age and an especially gifted napper and googler, Andrew also enjoys completely useless trivia and other things that are also things. Known to pour a beer here and there. Pro Tip: How to Survive a Wolf Attack: Throw a stick or something. Or tell it to sit. Never seen a wolf actually.

John Tyndall

Beer Server, Brand Ambassador

As native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, John is happy to be a part of a local business finding it’s firm roots in the Greater Richmond area.  He discovered and developed his passion for beer, wine, and spirits while working as a waiter in Manhattan for two years.  John attended the VCU School of Music and performs regularly at churches and events in and around Richmond, as well as working as a personal banker during the week.  In his spare time, you can find him cycling, cooking, wrenching on cars, and of course, discovering new beers.

Gavin Edmunds

Beer Server, Brand Ambassador

Grown up off Bourbons, Gavin has fallen in love with the RVA craft beer scene and all the delicious libations it brings with it. Self-proclaimed professional sandwich maker and critic of condiments. Fire spinning, festival going tree hugging dirt loving hippy, reformed to a presentable, bearded, folk music jamming, flip flop wearing… hippy. Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, he moved to Richmond in 2010 and never looked back. When he’s not cooking or pouring beer, you can likely find him in his hammock, if not on Belle Isle, then probably just hanging out on his porch.

Karla Stoll

Beer Server, Brand Ambassador

Yoga, bikes, and puppies. Is there really anymore to life?

Aidan Henn

Beer Server, Brand Ambassador

Aidan Henn comes to us from various former residences in far flung foreign lands and regrettably also Northern Virginia, as the newest and tallest member of our staff.

Often seen twirling his robber baron moustache before washing his hands and returning to work, he will share with you a staggering body of knowledge concerning craft beers and spirits, cocktails, food, board games, Dad jokes, science fiction, comic books, and cycling. He can often be found designing rockets and exploring the galaxy, plying his skills at spell-craft, and battling neon paint strewn insurgencies all from the comfort of his computer chair while pursuing a degree from VCU in Business Information Systems.

Jesse Mobley

Marketing & Events

Jesse is a man of simple tastes. He sports shorts to work, makes spreadsheets for fun, and is a card carrying member of the Ron Swanson Society. A Richmond native and entrepreneur to the bone. Deathly afraid of sharks yet brave enough to battle with the mysterious depths of the Chesapeake during his days as an oyster farmer. Jesse has a real passion for helping the community and spends much of his free time mentoring at his local universities and high schools as well as his childhood athletics program.

Chris Sarnoski

Marketing & Events

Chris is currently soul searching. Looking for the right words to describe who he really is.

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