ABOUT US 2017-11-07T16:26:50+00:00

Founded in 2009 as Linden Street Brewery, we became the first production brewery in Oakland in over 50 years. Although we are very small, brewing only around 1,100 barrels per year and growing, we are dedicated to providing Brewery Fresh Beer to our hometown of Oakland and neighboring communities.

WE ARE OAKLAND UNITED

Shane Aldrich
Shane AldrichHEAD BREWER

Head Brewer Shane Aldrich has honed his craft over 15 years of professional brewing experience attained at renowned craft breweries in the Western US. Since joining Linden Street Brewing in October of 2015, he has created a delectable array of unique and food-friendly German-style beers, including our diverse lines of Core and Seasonal Beers, as well as Specialty Beers produced in collaborations forged with other brewers in the local craft brewing community.

Shane began his brewing career at Rio Salado Brewing Company in Tempe Arizona, where he trained in brewing German-style beer under the tutelage of the head brewer who was a graduate of the renowned Siebel Institute in Chicago. Shane joined Lagunitas, Moylans and Marin Brewing Companies as Brewer, and in May 2012 became Head Brewer at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company and later at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. His lagers, ales and Belgian-style beers have won numerous awards.

Shane’s talent and expertise allow us to consistently provide tasty brews and are the engine that drives us toward further sudsy innovation. If you have any questions about how our beers were conceived and created, just ask Shane! He’ll be happy to tell you!

Q. What’s your roll at OUB?
A. Head Brewer/General Manager

Q. What is your favorite accomplishment in your career?
A. Winning 4 Gold Medals at the 2007 GABF

Q. What drove you to the beer industry?
A. It really just fell into my lap in 2002. I was out of work and volunteered my time at Rio Salado Brewing Company with Tony Lawrence (now owner and Brewmaster of Boneyard) and Tim Gossack (now at Bell’s Brewery). After helping them brew a couple of times, they offered me the Assistant Brewer position.

Q. Who’s your biggest influence?
A. Tony Lawrence, Tim Gossack, and Arne Johnson.

Q. What is your favorite beer moment?
A. Also the 4 Gold Medals at GABF

Q. What is your favorite spot in Oakland and why?
A. Wherever my future home will be. So I can be closer to the brewery.

Q. If you could have a beer with anyone in history of the world who would it be? and what would you be drinking?
A. G.I. Gurdjieff with a Schwarzbier

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one brew for the rest of your life what would it be?
A. For me it would have to be a style, and that would be Pilsner.

Q. What was the first beer you ever tasted?
A. Lowenbrau, Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz? I can’t remember.

Q. What is your favorite thing about OUB?
A. The staff and their dedication to our success.

Q. What is your favorite sound?
A. A can of beer being opened.

Q. If you weren’t in the beer industry where would you be?
A. Hopefully retired and happy travelling the world.

Q. Tell us a joke. How about a quote?
A. “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day. ” ― Frank Sinatra

John Karnay
John KarnayMANAGING PARTNER
John has been a resident and champion of Oakland since 1976. With nearly 30 years of experience as a Residential Real Estate Agent, John has helped families find their home here and hopes, in a small way, to have contributed to our amazing community here in Oakland. “You don’t really sell homes. As an agent, you sell your time and expertise in helping your clients reach their goals.”

John grew up in Gary, Indiana; a steel mill town. His father and most of his family worked in the steel mills. John even worked in mills before moving to California. He left that life to come to the Bay Area for school and did his undergraduate and graduate work at Cal. “Needless to say, growing up in Indiana is very different than California and the life I have now. The only way to describe coming from a pretty poor, blue collar area like Gary to the Bay Area is that I consider myself to be a cultural immigrant of sorts.” John embraces that same traditional, old-fashioned, common sense philosophy in everything he does.

Q. What’s your roll at OUB?
A. Managing Partner, and Chief Recipe Tester. What that really means is that I have to pay the bills and am only allowed to consume and not create our product. I guess you gotta do what you do best.

Q. What is your favorite accomplishment in your career?
A.Giving direction and advice to young people and watching them run with it to make themselves successful in business.

Q. What drove you to the beer industry?
A. I have always had an interest in the beer and wine industry. My first tour of Anchor Steam in 1980 was an eye opener. I remember telling my friends in Grad School at Cal that we should open a small craft brewpub in Berkeley and serve authentic Chicago style deep-dish pizza! They all thought it was a stupid idea.   I guess you should never listen to your friends. I tried making beer on my own and never did very well… so glad to have Shane Aldrich onboard. Things would be a hot mess if I had to brew.

Q. Who’s your biggest influence?
A. Patrick Lencioni. No, he is not in the beer business.  He owns a management consulting company in Marin and is a prolific writer. His books are inspired works on Team Work, Business Management and customer service. If we can master 1/10th of his ideas, we will be able to make all of our customers wildly successful, which will be a measure of our own success. In the beer business, it would have to be Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head. I can think of no greater honor than to meet him someday. His unselfish devotion to the industry is truly inspiring.

Q. What is your favorite beer moment?
A. Aside from the first taste of Hamm’s that my grandfather gave me when I was 8 years old?… Probably the time I “made” my first beer in a 10-gallon batch in Palo Alto. My daughters bought it for me for father’s day. I tried to make Sierra Nevada pale ale by throwing in a ton of cascade hops. Not quite, but it was drinkable. Big surprise. I’m told I can drink anything.  I gave it a pretty weird name though… I labeled the bottles “You Bet Your Butt I’m Bitter Ale”. Stole the idea from a friend that always ended his thank you cards with “you bet your butt I’m bitter.” Somehow he always managed to insult you and we loved him for it. Go figure.

Q. What is your favorite spot in Oakland and why?
A. The spot no other city in the U.S. can claim… Lake Merritt. It is the largest urban lake in America. I love running around the lake on weekends and seeing the rest of Oakland relaxing on the shores.

Q. If you could have a beer with anyone in history of the world who would it be? and what would you be drinking?
A. Robert F. Kennedy. He was one of my four heroes as a kid. It would be interesting to hear from his own mouth how he evolved from being an attack dog for Senator McCarthy to becoming an amazing and thoughtful human being.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one brew for the rest of your life what would it be?
A. Anything made by Shane.

Q. What was the first beer you ever tasted?
A. Hamm’s. I come from the Midwest and grew up with the Hamm’s Bear commercials… From the Land of Sky Blue Waters…

Q. What is your favorite thing about OUB?
A. The people I work with and the potential that Oakland United will play some small part in furthering Oakland’s future.

Q. What is your favorite sound?
A. Two sounds: the muffled silence of hiking or skiing in a snowstorm. The other would be the sound of a bald eagle screech while you are fly fishing a river in Alaska with not one else around…except for a couple of bears that are also intent on fishing.

Q. If you weren’t in the beer industry where would you be?
A. That’s easy… probably drinking a beer or a glass of wine and smoking a cigar, all the while wondering “what should I do next?”

Ralph Long
Ralph LongASSISTANT BREWER
Q. What’s your roll at OUB?
A. Assistant Brewer

Q. What drove you to the beer industry?
A. I started home brewing while in college and thought if I could make a career making beer I’d be a happy man.

Q. Who’s your biggest influence?
A. Definitely my parents. They have been so supportive of me throughout my life and I wouldn’t be anywhere today if it weren’t for them.

Q. What is your favorite beer moment?
A. Probably the first time Shane let me tag along on brew day all day and really absorbing everything that goes into making beer on that scale.

Q. What is your favorite spot in Oakland and why?
A. Anywhere that serves fresh, local beer.

Q. If you could have a beer with anyone in history of the world who would it be? and what would you be drinking?
A. I don’t know. Maybe Al Capone. Seems like that would be a wild time. We’d be drinking some local German lager and whatever Canadian whiskey he’d smuggled across the lake.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one brew for the rest of your life what would it be?
A. I’d have to say a black lager (Schwarzbier). A lot of different flavors but still crisp and refreshing.

Q. What was the first beer you ever tasted?
A. It must have been a Coors Light but the first craft beer I had was Ninkasi’s Total Domination. That was a game changer.

Q. What is your favorite thing about OUB?
A. The smell. To me nothing beats the smell of mashing in early in the morning.

Q. What is your favorite sound?
A. Music. I’m into everything.

Q. If you weren’t in the beer industry where would you be?
A. Probably an astronaut. Maybe a pirate. I don’t know. Something fun.

Maxine Teichman
Maxine TeichmanSOCIAL MEDIA & EVENT MANAGER
Q. What’s your roll at OUB?
A. Sales & Events Manager, also Beer Hustler & Jockey Box Wrangler

Q. What drove you to the beer industry?
A. The brewing community; everyone’s got each other’s backs!

Q. Who’s your biggest influence?
A. The St. Pauli Girl

Q. What is your favorite beer moment?
A. Drinking Chang beer in Chang Mai with some changs (chang means “elephant” in Thai).

Q. What is your favorite spot in Oakland and why?
A. Heinhold’s First and Last Chance. Watch your step, and don’t forget to look up!

Q. If you could have a beer with anyone in history of the world who would it be? and what would you be drinking?
A. Mary Queen of Scots, and we’d be drinking an English Bitter. Oh, the irony.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one brew for the rest of your life what would it be?
A. Something hardy, but refreshing. Probably an Amber Ale…mmmmm.

Q. What was the first beer you ever tasted?
A. Good ol’ Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Q. What is your favorite thing about OUB?
A. The OUB crew! Doing our part to bring good beer to good people.

Q. What is your favorite sound?
A. Dial-up modems

Q. If you weren’t in the beer industry where would you be?
A. Poking strangers with needles, AKA a tattooist!

Q. Tell us a joke.
A. A man walks into a bar, and goes “OUCH!”

John Olson
John OlsonLogistics Manager
Q. What’s your roll at Oakland United?
A. Sales Support, but I’m also frequently called on to reach things in high places.

Q. What drove you to the beer industry?
A. My love of both working for a small local business and making people happy.

Q. Who’s your biggest influence?
A. My dog, Pebbles, who never takes anything seriously.

Q. What is your favorite spot in Oakland?
A. Redwood Regional Park. Although you can’t bring beer there, there’s nothing like surrounding yourself with Sequoias to unwind after a long week.

Q. If you could have a beer with anyone in history of the world who would it be? and what would you be drinking?
A. Teddy Roosevelt with a glass of whiskey.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one brew for the rest of your life what would it be?
A. Chimay Première.

Q. What was the first beer you ever tasted?
A. Bud Light… lukewarm. Never again.

Q. What is your favorite thing about OUB?
A. The Shane Aldrich beer-stache. Majestic.

Q. What is your favorite sound?
A. Hearing the words “Can I get you another?”

Q. If you weren’t in the beer industry where would you be?
A. Surrounding myself with happy dogs and good food.

Jessicka Weist
Jessicka WeistCentral Valley Sales

Jessicka was born and raised in Northern California and has called a number of cities from San Francisco to the Central Valley home. Reflecting her passions for food, fashion and hospitality, her background includes education at the Fashion Institute of Design & Manufacturing in San Francisco and an administrative position at Polo Ralph Lauren. Jessicka’s 9 years as successful personal banker and financial services consultant in the banking industry attest to her belief in small businesses and commitment to building and retaining customer relationships. She draws on her talent, enthusiasm and wealth of experience, as well as advice from her miniature schnauzer, Ms. Sexy Lexy, to fully embrace her position as Sales Manager in the Central Valley.  As a dyed-in-the-wool NorCal product, Jessicka will be vital in realizing our vision of bringing Oakland United’s creations to discerning beer lovers everywhere!

Bryan Hamann
Bryan HamannSan Francisco Sales

Bryan’s extensive background in the food and beverage industry has garnered him impressive positions as General Manager and Bar Manager at elite restaurants in San Francisco, as well as Eater SF’s “Eater Awards” Bartender of the Year Award in 2015! Demonstrating proficiency in both the disciplined arena of restaurant operations and creative area of cocktail mixology, Bryan has a unique skill set well suited to navigating the San Francisco bar and restaurant scene. His Court of Master Sommelier, Level 1, also attests to his mastery of beverage knowledge and the highest standards of customer service. His discerning palate has brought him to Oakland United where he will be a valued team member as we open our new taproom and the perfect point person to introduce our brews to thirsty beer drinkers across the Bay!

Tracy Jung
Tracy JungEast Bay Sales

Tracy’s 15 years of experience in sales and marketing are eye-popping, having directed custom, client-specific sales programs at GameStop Media, What They Like, Inc., MTV Networks and IGN Entertainment, among others. While at GameStop, her customer-centric approach was key to her success as Sales Director of the West Coast and her accounts included Microsoft, Sony Pictures and PlayStation. Tracy was also National Sales Director at What They Like, Inc. where she was responsible for establishing and maintaining a client base and her core accounts included E.A., Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo. Her talent, personality, and extensive skill set would make her a success in any company but Tracy brings her undeniable sales cred to Oakland United! Be on the lookout for Tracy as she introduces our brews to more restaurants and pubs in your neighborhood! You’ll recognize her for her great smile so come on by and say HI!