About Us

CONTINUING THE RICH BREWING TRADITION IN OAKLAND

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, Oakland was affectionately referred to as the “Milwaukee of the West” for its numerous neighborhood-based breweries.

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.

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

COMMUNITY-FOCUSED

Emphasis on highlighting local chartiies and organizations that are central to our core ethos.

HISTORICALLY-ALIGNED

Alignment with the rich cultural, blue-collar tradition and history of brewing in Oakland.

OAKLAND CENTRIC

Branding is used to share historical facts about Oakland or highlight Oakland landmarks or figures and tell their unique stories.

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.

Stephen Ruddy

BREWER

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Nathaniel Howard

ASSISTANT BREWER / CELLAR SUPPORT

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Chelsea Young

TAPROOM MANAGER
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LISA WELLS

SALES DIRECTOR 

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tracy jung

EAST BAY SALES

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MAUREEN BENTON

ALAMEDA / CONTRA COSTA SALES
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Gracie Hammerstrom

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

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KRISTEN KARNAY

OPERATIONS LEAD

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CHRIS RITTER

CO-OWNER, LEAD SCHMOOZER
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JOHN KARNAY

MANAGING PARTNER, CO-OWNER

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