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Brad, Scott, and Megan Burton are the founders and co-owners of Decipher Brewing, which opened in 20l9, in Charlottesville, VA. They are proud to be a l00% veteran-owned, independent craft brewery. It all started as a dream for Brad and Scott while homebrewing on an apartment stove. After years of learning everything they could about beer and suffering through the painstaking task of trying as many craft beers as they could, they realized their brews had something special about them and decided to open a brewery of their own.


Brad Burton is a brewer and the brain behind most of the beers brewed at Decipher. After serving nine years in the Navy, he left the military to pursue this dream. He worked in a home brew shop in Aurora, Colorado, then as a professional brewer in Lancaster, California, before finally settling in Charlottesville, Virginia. Want to learn more about brewing? In addition to his skills as a brewer, he also teaches the Commercial Craft Brewing course for Piedmont Valley Community College right here in the brewery. 

Favorite Beer: 80/- Scottish Ale


Scott Burton is a brewer and runs the front of house. He also served nine years in the Navy. He's been given the honor of brewing, running HR and the amazing team of beertenders, and also settling disputes over trivia questions. Scott brews a variety of beers, preferring classic British and American styles. If you're lucky enough to be here when he is on the grill, you'll get to try one of his soon-to-be famous Scott Dogs.

Favorite Beer: Krypto Czech Pilsner


Megan Burton is the administrative manager who deals with the bills, and the rest of the boring stuff. She retired from the Air Force in 2022 with 20 years of service. After listening to Brad and Scott's passion for beer, she decided to join the team and help make their dream a reality. As a lover of a good theme party, come visit on a holiday, or during an event to see what ridiculous costumes she has them in. 

Favorite beer: BBA Artemis Wheat wine

our story...

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