A New Notch in Cville’s Brewery Scene

Posted on September 24, 2013 by


A lot of guys like to stand around and dream about opening a brewery one day so they can drink whenever they want for free. For three Charlottesville beer lovers, this pipe dream has become a reality.

Scott Roth, Derek Naughton and George Kastendike have poured their love of beer and wealth of business sense into Charlottesville’s newest brewery. Three Notch’d Brewing Company opened its doors on Grady Avenue earlier this month and is set for a grand opening Saturday.

Scott Roth, co-founder of Three Notch'd

Scott Roth, co-founder of Three Notch’d

“We just had a common love in beer, an entrepreneurial spirit and kind of went after it,” Roth said.

Roth, who is the founder and former owner of McGrady’s Irish Pub, which is next door to Three Notch’d, said it was the recent change in ABC laws that cemented the business plan.

“The biggest catalyst for it was the law change that allowed breweries to have a tasting room without having to serve food,” Roth said.

He said the idea for the brewery started in February 2012 and the law changed in the summer of 2012. Shortly after the law change, the founders of Three Notch’d recruited brewmaster Dave Warwick, who was a brewer for Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Arlington.

They broke ground on the brewery, which is housed in the old Monticello Dairy building, in April and Warwick moved to town in May.

Roth said the founders did not set out to open their business next to his former restaurant, but the size and location were the best fit.

“There are few buildings in the city limits that have the size for a brewhouse,” he said, adding the location off Preston Avenue also was hard to beat.

“It was important, in the short run, to have some good visibility,” Roth said.

While the space was “really rough” at first, according to Roth, the landlord gave the brewery’s founders some concessions on their lease during the renovation.

Tasting room

Three Notch’d has a spacious tasting room in front and room in the back to house several kegs waiting to be filled with the latest crafty concoctions, as well as vats ranging from 20 to 40 barrels for fermenting the beer and housing the finished product.

Central Virginia Distributing exclusively distributes the brewery’s beers to more than 30 local businesses, including Sedona Taphouse, Beer Run, Timberwood Grill and The Whiskey Jar.

“They are our distributors,” Roth said. “They only distribute our beer.”

Grand Opening

For anyone who wants to experience the brewery firsthand, the Grand Opening Event will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission includes a souvenir cup and 10 tasting tickets, which can be redeemed for 5-ounce samples of beer. Three tickets can be redeemed for a pint.

The event will take place in the rear parking lot and includes brewery tours, live music, food trucks and entertainment for children.

The brewery opens its doors at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Three Notch’d is closed on Mondays.

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