Oakshire Brewing announces leadership transition in production and sales

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[Press Release:]

(Eugene, OR) – The Oakshire Brewing team is excited to announce two major changes to its Leadership Team. Dan Russo, Lead Brewer, steps into the leadership role responsible for managing Oakshire’s production team, and Jamie Walker, former Pacific Northwest Sales Director at Pabst Brewing Company, joins the Oakshire team as Sales Director.

Beginning January 30, 2017, Dan Russo formally took over management responsibilities for Oakshire’s collaborative production team of seven. Together, the brewing team is responsible for producing a wide array of exceptional, award-winning beers from our Core Year Round and Core Seasonal brewing programs, as well as the extremely popular limited release beers from our Vintage and Pilot programs. Under Dan’s leadership in 2017, Oakshire will continue its expansion of the Pilot, Vintage and Core Seasonal programs, including the development of a series of fruited Open-fermented American Farmhouse Ales and four different offerings from our ‘kettle-soured’ Sun Made Berliner Weisse line up.

Dan started with Oakshire in 2013 as Manager of the Public House in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood, and Dan’s passion for beer and the brewing process had an immediate impact on the company. Within a year of joining Oakshire, Dan was awarded the Glen Hay Falconer Scholarship to the American Brewers Guild, where he completed the Intensive Brewing Sciences and Engineering Program, and, in January, 2014, Dan joined Oakshire’s production team. Dan was promoted to Lead Brewer in January, 2015, and is now stepping into the leadership position following the departure of long-time Oakshire brewer, leader and friend, Tyler West, whose last day was January 27. Throughout his time with Oakshire, beginning in 2012, Tyler exemplified Oakshire’s core values through his steadfast work ethic and dedication to safety, quality and constant improvement.

Additionally, Oakshire’s developing Sales Team will be led by newly hired Sales Director Jamie Walker. With over 20 years of beverage industry sales and management experience, and with a passion for building long-term relationships between suppliers, wholesalers and retailers, Jamie will manage the distribution of Oakshire’s beers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jamie’s past nine years of experience representing the Pabst portfolio, including the iconic Pabst Blue Ribbon brand, is the ideal preparation for this role. He will support Oakshire’s network of Wholesale Partners to deliver the freshest beer possible to retailers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jamie was introduced to Oakshire through individual connections to Crafting a Strategy (craftingastrategy.com), a brewing industry resource connecting industry professionals through an online knowledge sharing platform. Jamie’s first day with Oakshire was Monday, February 13.

About Oakshire Brewing: Oakshire Brewing of Eugene, Oregon, is a community inspired small batch brewing company founded in 2006. Oakshire is locally owned, employs 23 people, and produces a wide variety of beers through its three distinct brewing programs. These beers are available throughout the Pacific Northwest in 6-Pack cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Oakshire also operates a Public House, located at 207 Madison Street in Eugene and open daily from 11am to 10pm. The brewery is located nearby at 1055 Madera Street and open for tours on the first and third Saturday of each month – reservations can be made by calling the Oakshire Public House at (541) 654-5520. For more information about Oakshire, please contact Nina Richie via email [email protected]


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