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
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

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 TeichmanSALES & 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 OlsonSALES SUPPORT
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.