Ours is a labor of love. GGBC’s team is passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated to sharing an extraordinary experience with you.
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 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.
A native to Richmond, Jesse is planting his roots in the brewing scene. Jesse began the journey at Ale Works in Williamsburg, Virginia. He took the move in 2014 to Garden Grove Brewing Co. Jesse has completed his Cicerone testing making him a true beer nerd.
Jesse is a graduate of Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is an avid board game enthusiast, beer nerd, and a member of the RVA Beard League. He has even appeared on MTV.
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.
Will is a native to the world. After growing up in numerous countries, he finally landed in Northern Virginia. Will made the move to Richmond twelve years ago to obtain his degree in Homeland Security at VCU. Thanks to his time spent working in restaurants, Will has grown to love the craft beer scene in Richmond and abroad. Will regularly travels to Ashville, N.C to visit some of his favorite breweries. He also has an identical twin brother Nick, who you are likely to see saddled up at the bar sipping Garden Grove brew.
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.