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.

"The best breweries make great beer and great community. What’s better than good beer and good people?”

- Collin McDonnell, 
Former Drake's Brewer

Brew Team

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

    John Gillooly

  • 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
  • “Where science goes to die.” 

    -Gandalf, Head Wizard

    Michael Burgess

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

    Emily Smith

    Lead Brewer
  • So anyways…

    Ricardo Ferrerya

  • Sour-sippin’ TEXAN

    Gwen Thompson

  • Chris Jacobs

  • No one likes a parched afro.

    Malachi Vanderpuye

  • Miguel Ceja

  • Butcher. Baker. Sour-Beer Maker.

    Zack Bassett

    Specialty Beers and Barrel Aging
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    Ashley Hockersmith

    Production Assistant
  • What, he worry?

    Chris “Vandy” Vanderpool

    Raw Materials Handler
  • Justin Carter

    Keg Washer
  • Watch out for dem crazy eyes

    Emily Wiemer

    Lab/Cellar Liaison
  • I’m wanted in multiple states, and in the witness protection program.

    Cassandra Siegfried

    Lab Assistant
  • If its broken, he will fix it

    John Wonder

    Maintenance Manager
  • Troy Hansen

    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
  • Ben White

    Packaging Associate
  • Seen here in his natural habitat.

    Gilbert Ferreyra Mata

    Packaging Associate
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    Jeremy McBrian

    Packaging Associate
  • Mike Lucero

    Packaging Associate
  • Carson O’Connor

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

    Zachary Stout

    Packaging Associate
  • James Wolfman

    Packaging Associate
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    Gerard Olson

    Packaging Associate


  • 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:
  • 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
  • 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

    District Manager:
    San Francisco
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    Bryan Wheatley

    Market Manager: North Bay
  • Mike O’Brian

    Sales Representative: Norcal/Reno/Truckee
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    Joe Frankel

    Market Manager: Contra Costa County

Marketing & Events

  • 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

    Digital Content Manager
  • Human Swiss Army Knife. Actually carries a Leatherman.

    Eric Ortega

    Tours and Education
  • “Beer Me”

    Lauren Young

    Local Events Coordinator
  • Just a girl, looking at a beer, asking to drink it.

    Danielle Click

    Merchandise Coordinator
  • Kira Gillooly

    Merchandise 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
  • 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
  • Logan Smith

    Barrel House Crew
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    Caitlin Busby

    Barrel House Crew
  • Eric Walter

    Barrel House Crew
  • Tony Viera

    Barrel House Crew
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    Aly Mac

    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
  • Daniel Mastin

    Prep Cook
  • Casey Bocock

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    Rene Medina



  • 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
  • Eduardo Estrada

  • Road Warrior

    Arnold Valerio

  • Roberto Hurtado

    Facilities Maintenance


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

    John Martin

  • Roy Kirkorian

    Wine and craft beer veteran.

    Roy Kirkorian

  • Robin Nebel

  • Dave Rowe

    Manager of all things and people.

    Dave Rowe

    Retail Operations Manager
  • The Heavy.

    Jeanne Young

    HR & Accounting Manager
  • The Accounting Bulldog

    Victoria Garza

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

    Debbie Wu

    HR Coordinator
  • Kaitlin Sak

    Office + Accounting Assistant