Ours is a labor of love. The GG 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 great beer. He is fanatical about Garden Grove's ingredients. Many of Garden Grove's ingredients are grown at Brandt's Urban Garden.
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 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and as an agricultural research scientist at Virginia State University (VSU).
His research has focused on organic viticulture of wine grape varietals and malting of sorghum varieties for 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.
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.
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.
Chris is currently soul searching. Looking for the right words to describe who he really is.
Yoga, bikes, and puppies. Is there really anymore to life?
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.