The Evolution of Three Notch’d Brewing Company: From 3 Dudes At McGrady’s Irish Pub To A Charlottesville, Va Craft Beer Icon!


Editor’s Note: This is part one in a three part Dave Warwick series.

Please Picture This: Brewmaster Dave Warwick is reppin’ Rock Bottom Brewing Company as a brewmaster at the first ever Virginia Craft Brewers Fest in Devils Backbone. Dave’s pouring beers. He’s chatting with people. Two Charlottesville, Va entrepreneurs named Scott Roth and Derek Naughton beelined to Dave. Scott and Derek have an idea. They want to open a brewery in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s 2012. Dave is engaged to Michelle, his soon-to-be wife, and they live in Arlington, Virginia.

“I was a little short with [Scott and Derek when we met]. We exchanged information, and I didn’t think anything of it until a couple days later,” remembered Warwick, the founding brewmaster at Three Notch’d Brewing Company. “Then, I talked to Scott Roth on the phone for about an hour, and I was like, ‘Oh, these guys aren’t messing around.'”

After speaking with Scott, Dave walked into his bedroom to think. It’s August, 2012. When he was done thinking, he headed straight for Michelle.

“[Michelle], what do you think about moving to Charlottesville?” he immediately asked her.

Before Dave joined the Three Notch’d team in the summer of 2012, three dudes were chilling at McGrady’s Irish Pub. They were drinking beers. They were spit-ballin, brainstormin, banterin back-and-forth. Basically, bull-shittin, until something stuck.

“The next thing you know, the idea went from a tiny little system in someone’s basement to taking over almost all the Monticello Dairy Building,” Warwick said.

Those three dudes were Scott Roth (President & Founder), Derek Naughton (Founder) and George Kastendike (CEO & Founder).

“This is really at the very beginning of the craft beer explosion in 2012,” Warwick said, “and [Scott, Derek and George] knew they really wanted to be a part of it and jump in big.”

Get to know the evolution of Three Notch’d Brewing Company through the eyes of founding brewmaster Dave Warwick on The I Love CVille Show.

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