Three Notch'd Brewing Company | Breweries, Taprooms Rooms & Restaurants featuring Craft Beer & Food | Our Team
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Our Team

Leadership

George Kastendike, CEO & Founder

George discovered his love for craft beer while in Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After spending 15 years in various corporate and entrepreneurial roles, George conceived and founded Three Notch’d Brewing Company in 2012 and serves as Chairman and CEO. From 2008-2014, George served in several roles at Encell Technology – a Silicon Valley backed energy storage and management company. Kastendike supported executive leadership, business development, product development and fund raising efforts as Encell secured its Series A, B and C financing rounds. George served as VP of Business Development and Sales of Encell and President of the Company’s Battery Management Business Division where he built a full-scale advanced battery management business and eventually sold the unit to a private venture group. Prior to Encell, Kastendike served in various roles with AT&T and IBM from 2000-2010. Outside of work, George enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindy, and his twin children – George and Olivier. Kastendike has a BBA in Finance and is a graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with an MBA and concentration in Finance and Banking.

Scott Roth, President & Founder

Scott got his start in the beer world over 15 years ago when he began bartending at the age of 18 at a local country club in his hometown of Fleetwood, PA. While completing his Engineering degree at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, Scott worked in just about every part of the restaurant industry, and during his final year he landed a management position at an Irish Pub that had 46 draft lines. It was at that pub that his love of craft beer and the restaurant industry were solidified. After graduating and meeting his now wife, Kristin, the Roth’s began their search to open up a pub of their own. One year later McGrady’s Irish Pub was born, and it was in one of the booths at that very pub that the concept for Three Notch’d evolved, along with many product testing sessions of course.
Scott lives in Charlottesville with his wife Kristin and their two sons, Evan and Tyler.

Derek Naughton, Founder

Derek comes to us from Ireland with a wealth of experience as a traveled beer drinker and also an excellent business operator. Derek is a director with Silverchair Information Systems and prior to this he was working as a senior I.T. Consultant with Dominion Digital. Derek’s background (way back) was in the Service Industry, bar tending, waiting tables and managing restaurants and always wanted to return to these roots. His love of beer and interacting with people, (and having such good friends with the know how) helping to open a brewery with great local craft beer in mind was a no brainer. Derek lives in Charlottesville his wife Jayme and three boys, Finton, Driscoll, and Senan. When not working at Silverchair or Three Notch’d, or spending time with his family, Derek loves to play soccer or can be caught having pints around town in any of the great bars and restaurants.

Brad Backof, CFO

Brad oversees all financial, administrative and human resource matters for Three Notch’d. Brad is an active CPA and has 15 years of accounting and financial related experience. Most of his experience was spent in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ private companies market auditing and advising manufacturing and distribution companies on growth and preparation for IPOs. Prior to joining Three Notch’d, Brad was Senior Vice President of Finance at Natural Retreats, a global luxury vacation company. Brad holds a BS in Accounting from Bucknell University.

Dave Warwick, Founding Brewmaster

Dave Warwick has worked in the beer industry since 1997 with jobs in almost every aspect of the business. In 2006 he gained acceptance to the highly competitive craft brewing apprentice program at Rock Bottom Breweries and rapidly climbed the ranks of the successful brewpub chain. After only two years of being an assistant, Dave was given his own brewery in Westminster, CO. After many successes in Colorado, Dave relocated to the east coast and was the Brewmaster for the Rock Bottom Brewery in Arlington, VA for three years. After training under four diverse brewmasters, and then after operating four highly successful breweries, Dave has become a versatile, well-rounded brewer with a library of market proven recipes. At the 2012 World Beer Cup, Dave collected his first medal when he was awarded a bronze medal for his “Dude! Where’s My Vespa?” Espresso Stout. He won a gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for his “Nikki’s Gluten Free Honey Pale Ale.” Since brewing at Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Dave has won a bronze medal at the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup for his “Oats McGoats Oatmeal Stout” and a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for his “Hydraulion” Irish Red Ale.

Rob Mullin, Production Manager

Born in Munich, Germany and the descent of a long line of moonshiners, bootleggers, and speakeasy owners, Rob Mullin was a political campaign manager in a former life. D.C. burn out and a chance encounter with a home-brew starter kit changed that forever. A true Renaissance man, Rob got his start in the beer industry driving trucks for Old Dominion Brewing Company right here in Virginia. Under the tutelage of John Mallet (of Bell’s Brewing) and Ron Barchet (of Victory Brewing), Rob began his new life as a craft brewer bouncing from Virginia to Manhattan to the Tap Rock Restaurant and Brewery in New Jersey. In 2002, he escaped the East Coast to become the head brewer at Grand Teton Brewing  Co., immediately shifting the company’s focus from traditional English-style ales to more hop-forward styles associated with the region.

Throughout his career at Grand Teton, Rob has risen to C.O.O, become the Vice President of the state brewer’s guild, and increased brewing capacity from 2,000 to 10,000 barrels a year.  He also won 4 World Beer Cup medals, 13 Great American Beer Festival Medals, and 26 North American Beer Awards Medals. Rob will be joining the team as Production Manager, working closely with me and the rest of the brew team in overseeing and streamlining brewery operations.

Shana Clarke, Brand Director

Shana has 20+ years of marketing, advertising and business development experience. As VP, Group Account Director at Cliff Freeman and Partners in New York, Shana supervised the communications strategies for a myriad of brands including the U.S. launch of Mike’s Hard Lemonade (won a Gold Effie in the beer category against Budweiser). More recently, Shana worked on a collaboration between Ann Taylor and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and was a SVP of Marketing at Natural Retreats, a global luxury travel company. BA, Hollins University.

Brew Team

Mary Morgan, Head Brewer - Valley Collab House

Mary Morgan is the Blonde behind the brews! Three Notch’d is proud to have Mary on board as one of Virginia’s Elite Female Brewers. Mary was the Vice President of Harrisonburg Homebrewers Club for a full year before stepping down to focus efforts on Three Notch’d, she has integrated her relationships into the brewery through collaborations with homebrewers and local restaurants. She’s been delivering creative, clean, and balanced brews since taking the position in May.  Mary’s passion for brewing developed from her scientific roots as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. She prides herself in using unique local ingredients whenever possible. Come by the Harrisonburg taproom every Friday for a pint of Mary’s latest creation!

Brian Martin, Head Brewer - Sour House

Brian Martin was a pilot brewer before heading out to Colorado for an apprenticeship on Sours and Barrel Aging at Avery Brewing Co. – one of the best in the craft beer world at these styles. He brought that knowledge back and is now the head brewer at the Three Notch’d Sour House, located at the original brewery location on Grady Ave. in Charlottesville, VA.

Willey Broaddus, Head Brewer - RVA Collab House

Willey started with Three Notch’d working in the cellar and has steadily risen to Pilot Brewer, creating and brewing new and experimental beers on our pilot system. Many of the new and exciting beers coming out of the brewery were first conceived on the pilot system.

Levi Erickson, Facilities Engineer

Levi is the jack of all trades at Three Notch’d and the man behind many of our unique and innovative engineering and design solutions in the brewery. From welding, to configuring bottling lines, to electrical engineering, if it needs to be fixed, adjusted or made better, Levi is the man for the job. Levi came to us from our friends at Starr Hill Brewing and has a background in engineering and mechanics.

Christian Leatherman, Quality Control Manager

Christian comes to Three Notch’d with an extensive scientific research and quality control background. After graduating from the College of William & Mary he attended graduate school for forensic biology. Following a brief stint at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, his love of beer convinced him to transition to brewery science. Christian is in charge of our quality control program ensuring we release an amazing and consistent product.

Chris Stagner, Brewer

Chris is the latest member of our brew team and handles brewing and brewing operations at our production facility.

James Harrison, Packaging Manager

James manages all our packaging at the production facility, including cans, bottles, bombers, boxes, and kegs.

Kris Hough, Head Cellarman

Kris joined Three Notch’d in 2017 and manages the cellar team, the guys behind the scenes who make the brewery hum by handling everything that isn’t brewing.

Chase Kurtz, Brewer's Assistant

Chase joined the Three Notch’d team late in 2017 as a Brewer’s Assistant, greasing the wheels of brewery operations.

Brian Clayton, Brewer

Brian handles brewing responsibilities at the production facility.

Jack Murray, Brewer

A native of Charlottesville, Jack comes to Three Notch’d with a wealth of branding and marketing experience in industries directly and tangentially tied to craft beer. Following graduation from Washington & Lee University, Jack spent another four years ski bumming in Jackson, WY, finding both himself as well as a love of craft beer. Upon returning to Virginia, he worked in media, producing for NBC-29 and writing/editing at Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. At BRO, Jack helped launch a focus of the magazine on two areas that it lacked previously – fly fishing and craft beer. He then went to work at the Roanoke Regional Partnership, where he helped promote the emerging craft beer scene in the region as well as recruit both Ballast Point and Deschutes to open production facilities in the area. He returned to Charlottesville to become Marketing Manager at Natural Retreats, a global vacation rental and property management company before finally landing at Three Notch’d. His favorite Three Notch’d brew is the Ghost of the 43rd and he lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two sons.

Ryan Whitcomb, Brewer's Assistant

Ryan joined the Three Notch’d team to assist with the brewery move, and moved into a brewer’s assistant roll, filling the gaps at our production facility. He brings a unique perspective to the industry.

Craft Kitchen & Taprooms

Patrick Carroll, Executive Chef

Patrick developed a passion for the culinary arts at an early age in his grandma’s kitchen before attending culinary school at Johnson & Wales North Miami. After interning in France and Ireland, and graduating Magna Cum Laude, Patrick worked full time in kitchens from Miami to La Jolla, CA. Patrick then landed a sous chef position for Clyde’s Restaurant Group, working his way up to Executive Chef at their Reston location, before joining the Three Notch’d team at the Craft Kitchen & Brewery. Patrick and his wife Melissa have a son Asher who loves ketchup.

John Burnette, GM - Craft Kitchen & Brewery

John Burnette joins the team with over 20 years of management experience. He started his career on Martha’s Vineyard where he ran a full-service catering operation that specialized in clambakes, weddings, and high end cocktail parties as well as opening a retail outlet for the same operation. He then received the opportunity to take on a civilian position for Navy MWR to run the largest nightclub in southern Japan featuring four restaurant concepts as well as running all special events programming for the base. He decided to move back to Charlottesville and began working for UVa Dining with Aramark. Over 10 years, he worked in every aspect of the business including catering, retail operations, dining halls, special events programming, and alcohol compliance at John Paul Jones Arena before joining the Three Notch’d team. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Alice, and their two children Evy and Jack.

Aaron Coffey, Executive Sous Chef - Craft Kitchen & Brewery

Aaron Coffey joined the team in late 2017 as Executive Sous Chef and brings a wealth of food knowledge and experience to the Craft Kitchen.

Aaron Thackery, Taproom Manager - RVA Collab House

Aaron grew up in Alexandria, VA and then moved to Richmond to attend and graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. After college Aaron worked his way up in the craft beer industry from bartending to working for a local beer distribution company and then helped operate two other brewery taprooms in RVA. His passion for beer grew from trying Double IPA’s, to homebrewing, to acquiring a palette for Sours and he continues to enjoy a variety of styles. His favorite Three Notch’d beer is the No Veto English Brown Ale “It’s got a lot of bready, biscuity and toasted malts accented by a balanced hop profile.” He currently resides in Richmond and enjoys spending time with his fiancé Sarah.

Marketing

Collean Laney, Events Director

Collean Laney comes to us with over a dozen years of experience in the entertainment, hospitality and events management industries. She began her career at the New York Times working on the hugely popular  “TimesTalks” series while also collaborating with beloved Broadway producers on shows like Wicked and The Lion King. She was quickly picked up by Live Nation where she worked for years as the National Director of Group Sales for the United States and Canada managing Customer Service and Sales Teams in 19 major US markets. When she returned to her home state of Virginia in 2014, she was brought into Red Light Management as the General Manager of the Jefferson Theater and then later added the Southern Cafe & Music Hall to the RLM portfolio. Most recently, she’s worked with Oskar Blues Brewery in producing their events across the country including their Burning Can Beer Festival series and the opening of their newest Brewery in Austin, Texas. In her free time, Collean is also a member of the marketing team for LOCKN’ Music Festival and Board Member for Common Ground Healing Arts.

Jamie Frieling, Off Site Events Manager

Jamie Frieling is from Seattle, Washington and attended Washington State University where she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, Social Studies and History. She made the long trek from Seattle to Charlottesville embarking on an epic five-day road trip exploring the many tourist traps throughout the United States to attend the University of Virginia. Jamie earned her M.A. in Architectural History and it was during grad school that she was introduced to craft beer.  

Jamie has been drinking at Three Notch’d Brewing Company since day one and is stoked that she now gets paid to serve, drink and share her passion for this brand during the many off-site events that she attends and plans. She started working for Three Notch’d in October 2016 and we have been able to participate in over 90 off-site events since then. Jamie enjoys driving all over the state and discovering new beers, chatting with people about their favorite brews, and sharing her passion for history and our brand’s connection to Virginia’s roots with anyone that will listen. With the opening of the Craft Kitchen & Brewery she continues to coordinate Three Notch’d Brewing Company pouring our brews at beer festivals as well as organizing beer events at our new space, charity nights with community partners, coordinating private events and serving on the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest team.