MEET CHARLES GRIDLEY! When Charles retired a few years ago, he had a dream of owning and operating a craft beer brewery with his son. An accomplished marathon runner, Charles was inspired by a craft beer truck waiting to pour beer for the runners after a race 15 years ago. With a chemical engineering background, Charles became fascinated with home brewing and Clay, a former fireman, followed his dad’s footsteps by experimenting with various recipes to create unique flavors of beer . Working together with a passionate staff who gives top notch customer’s service, they strive to become a local favorite in Johns Creek. Six Bridges Brewing is approaching their 1 year anniversary in Johns Creek; it is certainly a great local business you should check out. Even if you’re not a beer drinker, then you’ll definitely sample the sours and adult seltzer flavors on rotation…they’re delicious! Another uniqueness about Six Bridges Brewing is that they have a rotation of food trucks at the brewery on Friday and Saturday evenings so you can purchase food to enjoy with your craft beer! They have picnic tables outside as well as plenty of inside seating at gorgeous live edge wood slab tables. Weather permitting, challenge your friends to a game of Corn Hole. You can book private parties and bring your own food there as well.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Johns Creek?
A: I used to live in Suwanee, my daughter took swimming lessons in Johns Creek, we go to church in Johns Creek and now I’ve been working in Johns Creek for 2 years.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I was ready to retire from my previous life but not ready to put my feet up (and relax).
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Johns Creek, and what do you love there?
A: Tofu Kitchen is my favorite restaurant; I love Korean BBQ.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Johns Creek?
A: Joan Compton…she’s the president of Johns Creek Historical Society.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I would love to travel to Alaska to see the wide open beauty of nature. I’d love to see the national parks in the Western US.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: The Passion; it is a graphic description of what Jesus went through for my redemption.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Pursue your passion, both professionally or personally. And also, get your priorities straight.
Q: Aside from travel, what is something on your bucket list?
A: Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world (if you’ve seen The Bucket List movie, you will understand the answer).
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Jimmy Buffett.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Johns Creek?
A: There was a former pinestraw vendor at Shakerag.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where in Johns Creek would you have lunch?
A: Jeff Dunham, a comedian and ventriloquist. We will have lunch at Stoney River.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Johns Creek?
A: Johns Creek is a very diverse community that blends together well.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: In 5 years, I see myself still at the brewery; perhaps we will have a second location. In 10 years, I see myself retired and doing lots of traveling.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I love a good challenge. I set targets and reach my goals, often times exceeding that original goal.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Peaceful retreat. Garden. Family love (unconditional).
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Clint Eastwood, he is a very diverse actor, a great producer and director.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: I would love to have a Physical Fitness Trainer.