Novel Brewing Company

Local Small Batch Brewery and Tasting Room in Oakland, CA. :: Tasting Room open Wed-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-10pm



Years ago, Brian wanted to be the next great American novelist. Instead, he got hooked on the art and science of brewing beer. He took his BA in English and Philosophy to the American Brewers Guild, and then with diploma in hand, spent every last morsel of energy building a brewery to house his passion for brewing and engineering. 




Teresa grew up south of St. Louis, but her taste buds never aligned with the local macro lager. It took her relocating to the Bay Area to discover great tasting beer. Once the light turned on, she was eager to expand her knowledge, and hosted a beer tasting club to gain a sensory understanding of the many styles of beer. Teresa moonlights as an environmental engineer, so if you don't catch her behind the bar serving you a fresh pint, you might run into her with a hard hat on trying to clean up the bay! 



Heather has lived in the bay area most of her life, and the last 17 years just in Oakland.  She has a background in Managing bars and Restaurants, including a few years of Managing Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, where she was fully immersed in the world of craft beer and its fans.  She will be more than happy to explain our beers to you and help you pick out your new favorite!



The latest addition to the Novel crew, Mark Gorney, is a native San Franciscan and avowed hophead, who has resided in the East Bay since 2009. For many years, he publicized music, and now "publicizes" the artisan beer he has come to love so much, since its explosion some years ago, by placing kegs of Novel in taprooms, bars, and restaurants throughout the East Bay. When not selling beer, he occasionally writes about it and drinks it, as he spins vintage soul and reggae 45s at local spots.


Beer Server & Brewing Apprentice

John has been a resident of the East Bay for almost a decade.  After sitting behind a desk for nine years, John decided that it was time to pursue his passion of craft beer, and start working at a brewery. When he's not behind the bar, you can sometimes find him in the back learning all he can about brewing and brewery operations.