Drew Wiles, or “Wiley," graduated in 2008 from Tulane University with a B.S. in cell and molecular biology, and worked as a genetic medicine research scientist for over 5 years. During this time, he and his family founded Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Virginia. In 2014, he established the lab and quality control program at Beltway Brewing Company in Sterling, Virginia, where he went on to serve as production manager and establish the sour beer program. He is a graduate of the MBAA ‘Brewery Engineering and Utilities Course’ as well as the Alltech Brewing & Distilling Academy ‘Brewhouse Operations Course’.
After graduating with a BSBA in Management from Shippensburg University in 2008, Jon began his career working for a home healthcare company. At this company he would eventually go on to manage company-wide operations as well as develop and manage new business units. As a home-brewer and craft beer enthusiast, he decided to take his background and knowledge in operations to the craft beer industry. He began working for Beltway Brewing Company in late 2013 and took on the much broader role of Director of Operations soon after. After successfully managing the day-to-day operations of a growing production brewery, he decided to take that experience and apply it to his own production brewery.
Mike is a James Madison University graduate and Virginia CPA. After graduating from JMU he began his career in public accounting with a focus in corporate taxation. In 2013 he left the public sector to take a position as Controller for an IT company in Alexandria. Mike managed all financial aspects of the business as a member of the company's executive leadership team. In early 2016 Mike played an integral role in his company's acquisition. Following the sale he decided to explore his passion for beer and homebrewing.
Bridgette was born and raised in Northern Virginia and went to East Carolina University. In college, she learned the fine art of bartending and spent six years working at a craft beer bar in Fairfax, VA. After some soul searching, she decided to expand her love and knowledge for beer and went to brew school in England. Bridgette graduated with honors and received a diploma in British Brewing Technology. She met Wiley and Jon when they all worked at Beltway Brewing Company and then she went off to become a brewer at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Florida. It wasn't long before she was called back home to join the team at Solace as their lead brewer and she loves every second of it.