About Us

OUR OAKLAND ROOTS

Oakland is and always has been a beer town; a place where hard-working people would gather together to enjoy locally brewed, fresh beer.  As the local population grew during the Gold Rush and building of the Transcontinental Railway, Oakland was affectionately referred to as the “Milwaukee of the West” for its numerous neighborhood-based breweries. After World War II, the resident population moved from downtown to the suburbs and production brewing in Oakland stopped.

Founded in 2009 as Linden Street Brewery, we became the first community-based production brewery in Oakland since Golden West Brewery closed in the 1950s. We are proud to have been the first of many craft brewers who have since restored production brewing in Oakland.

In 2017, following the sale of our building on Linden Street to a new developer, we moved our operations to the waterfront Jack London District and rebranded as Oakland United Beerworks. We substantially expanded our brewing capacity, added a team of hardworking employees, and opened a spacious new taproom.

With the support of a small team of dedicated Oakland craft beer enthusiasts, Oakland United is proud to continue the great beer brewing tradition in Oakland.

MEET OUR CREW

Oakland United Beerworks is a small, tightly knit crew of talented, hardworking people dedicated to producing and serving brewery-fresh craft beer to our hometown of Oakland and neighboring communities.

Mike Vinson

HEAD BREWER
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Stephen Ruddy

ASSISTANT BREWER
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Chelsea Young

TAPROOM MANAGER
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TRACY JUNG

EAST BAY SALES
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lisa wells

SAN MATEO / SANTA CLARA SALES
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MAUREEN BENTON

ALAMEDA / CONTRA COSTA SALES
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RIPARIAN THURMAN

SAN FRANCISCO / ALAMEDA SALES
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GRACIE HAMMERSTROM

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
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NATHANIEL HOWARD

ASSISTANT BREWER / CELLAR SUPPORT
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KRISTEN KARNAY

OPERATIONS LEAD
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JOHN KARNAY

MANAGING PARTNER, CO-OWNER
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CHRIS RITTER

CO-OWNER, LEAD SCHMOOZER
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