People

THE DRAKE’S CREW As our former brewer Collin McDonnell said once, “the best breweries make great beer and great community. What’s better than good beer and good people?”

Drake’s community starts with the passion of the folks here at the brewery. The staff is made up of experienced craft brewers, a sales team, a marketing crew, and tap room staff all with a central love for brewing and sharing amazing craft beer.

Brew Team

  • Extracurricular fermentationalist and all round bad-ass brewer. Industry Treasure.

    John Gillooly

    Brewmaster
  • Kicks ass in the brewhouse, figuratively and literally.

    DeVonne Buckingham

    Production Manager
  • Keeps things running from the silo to the brite tank… and manages to snag second breakfast too.

    Chris Dunstan

    Head Brewer
  • Barrel keeper. Filter master. Firkin maestro. Brewhouse denizen.

    Travis Camacho

    Barrel Program Manager
  • He is cooler than you.

    Hal McConnellogue

    Cellar Manager
  • Our Cleveland Connection. Proud Cavaliers fan and begrudging Browns fan.

    Emily Smith

    Lead Brewer
  • Will cut you if you mispronounce “Robusto.”

    Roxanne Fernandez

    Cellarperson/Brewer
  • So anyways…

    Ricardo Ferrerya

    Brewer/Cellarperson
  • Sour-sippin’ TEXAN

    Gwen Thompson

    Brewer
  • Chris Jacobs

    Brewer
  • No one likes a parched afro.

    Malachi Vanderpuye

    Brewer
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    Miguel Ceja

    Brewer/Cellarperson
  • Butcher. Baker. Sour-Beer Maker.

    Zack Bassett

    Specialty Beers and Barrel Aging
  • What, he worry?

    Chris “Vandy” Vanderpool

    Raw Materials Handler
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    Justin Carter

    Keg Washer
  • Ruining beer with science, one test at a time.

    Michael Burgess

    Lab Manager
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    Emily Wiemer

    Lab/Cellar Liaison
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    Cassandra Siegfried

    Lab Assistant
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    If its broken, he will fix it

    John Wonder

    Maintenance Technician
  • Sings lullabies to the bottling line. Makes packaging miracles into realities.

    Dwight Peterson

    Packaging Manager
  • Enoch Bailey

    Packaging Supervisor
  • Austin Rasby

    Packaging Supervisor
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    Ben White

    Packaging Supervisor
  • Seen here in his natural habitat.

    Gilbert Ferreyra Mata

    Packaging Associate
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    Jeremy McBrian

    Packaging Associate
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    James Licon

    Packaging Associate
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    Mike Lucero

    Packaging Associate
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    Carson O’Connor

    Packaging Associate
  • If lost, please return to the brewery.

    Zachary Stout

    Packaging Assistant
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    James Wolfman

    Packaging Associate

Sales

  • Gittins’ it done.

    John Gittins

    Vice President of Sales & Marketing
  • Jim Crudo

    Sales Director
  • Movin’ us up the beer chain.

    Scott Nelson

    National Accounts Manager
  • Hopped down from the Northwest

    Adam Kirkorian

    Sales Operations Manager
  • Englishman in L.A.

    Chris Elmes

    Market Manager:
    SoCal
  • Drink Drake’s, Fear Drake’s

    Brittany Devencenzi

    Market Manager: San Jose
  • Flies from Tahoe to Sac to Chico and back. Doesn’t break a sweat.

    Eben Weisberg

    Market Manager:
    NorCal and Reno
  • Enjoys spending his spare time working on and riding motorcycles. We’re waiting on our kegercycle (patent pending).

    Dustin Franklin

    Market Manager:
    Central Valley
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    Julian Orozco

    Market Manager: South East Bay
  • If you want to talk, see a therapist. If you want to talk beer, see Max.

    Max Pachuta

    Market Manager:
    San Francisco
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    Bryan Wheatley

    Market Manager: North Bay
  • Don’t even try to tell me beer is a man’s world, I’ll out drink you any day.

    Teresa Whisenhunt

    Market Manager: North East Bay
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    Mike O’Brian

    Sales Representative: Norcal/Reno/Truckee

Marketing & Events

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    Brian Stechschulte

    Marketing Director
  • Goddess of Power Tools

    Amanda Cowles

    Brand Experience Manager
  • They call her “Burp-skens,” go ahead and ask her why…

    Carrie Beurskens

    Project Manager
  • Chelsea Holifield

    Social Media & Digital Content Coordinator
  • Human Swiss Army Knife. Actually carries a Leatherman.

    Eric Ortega

    Tours and Education
  • “Beer Me”

    Lauren Young

    Local Events Coordinator

Barrel House

  • “I’m from Iowa, I just work in outer space.”

     

    [Note: not actually a dog]

    Kurt Caudle

    Barrel House General Manager
  • Thought the Jurassic Park ride was better than the movie. 

    Matt Fox

    Tap Room Manager
  • Ask him about the two bananas sitting on the river bank.

    Antonio Sullivan-Sariñana

    Tap Room Manager
  • Seasoned UK and US beer drinker.

    Steve Brand

    Barrel House Crew
  • Just a girl, looking at a beer, asking to drink it.

    Danielle Click

    Barrel House Crew
  • I came here to pet doggies and lift heavy objects…

    And I’m all out of doggies.

    Jason Doyle

    Barrel House Crew
  • Backin’ the bar.

    Bryan Madeira

    Barrel House Crew
  • Last seen eating in the office.

    John McDonald

    Barrel House Crew
  • Still doesn’t understand why “the Dro” wasn’t checked at the end of California Love.

    Josh Montero

    Barrel House Crew
  • All he needs is a pint of IPA.

    Jeff Siegfried

    Barrel House Crew
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    Logan Smith

    Barrel House Crew
  • Tony Viera

    Barrel House Crew
  • No longer allowed back to Flavortown

    Nat McGowan

    Executive Chef
  • Same soup, just reheated.

    Sebastian Maciel

    Sous Chef
  • “I’m afraid that if I stop all at once, the cumulative hangover will kill me.”

    Aaron Garcia

    Line Cook
  • Veronica Gonzalez

    Line Cook
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    Teresa Medina

    Line Cook
  • Marcos Ramos

    Cook

Operations

  • Beer Distribution Czar.

    “I do more than that.”

    ::Stares sternly::

    Anthony Raggio

    Operations Manager
  • Assists Operations.

    Anne Abrahamson

    Operations Associate
  • Flannels, kittens, and forklifts.

    Brendan Gesley

    Warehouse Operator
  • Jonah Mendoza

    Warehouse Operator
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    Eduardo Estrada

    Delivery
  • Road Warrior

    Arnold Valerio

    Delivery

Administration

  • Co-founder of Triple Rock Brewing Co. and owner of Jupiter in Berkeley. Lover of Craft Beer.

    John Martin

    Owner
  • Roy Kirkorian

    Wine and craft beer veteran.

    Roy Kirkorian

    Owner
  • Dow Tunis

    Vice President of Business Development
  • Robin Nebel

    CFO
  • Dave Rowe

    Manager of all things and people.

    Dave Rowe

    Retail Operations Manager
  • The Heavy.

    Jeanne Young

    HR/Accounting Supervisor
  • The Accounting Bulldog

    Victoria Garza

    Office Manager & Accounts Payable
  • If you have a question, she probably has the answer.

    Debbie Wu

    HR Coordinator