We Are Hydra Beer Company
The brain child of two metal rockers
Founded in 2015
Nick Name: Wally
Favorite Hydra Beer: The one that’s in front of me! I don’t really have a favorite… it depends what I’m in the mood for and whether or not I’m pairing it with food. Pale Horse is a beer I can drink any day.
When I converted to craft beer: My first taste of craft beer was in the early 90’s when Jeff Lebesch of New Belgium was still brewing & bottling in his basement. I tasted a Fat Tire and loved the Belgian flavors that I’d never tasted before in a beer.
Favorite part of my job at Hydra: Meeting people and developing friendships over a beer!
Other talents: Brewer, Teacher, Web developer, photographer & repurposer.
Guilty pleasure/s: BelVita Crackers every morning with coffee & hazelnut creamer. Old country (Johnny, Willie, Merle), single malt scotch & a good cigar.
What’s in my fridge: Lagunitas Waldos, Bent Paddle Pils, Funkwerks Tropic King & home brew. Down in the cellar… a collection of aging sours & bourbon stouts.
If I was a beer: Arrogant Bastard… haha, maybe! I don’t know, maybe a pils or a hefe. They’re two great summer-time styles that are enjoyable on a hot day… and I do enjoy warm summer days!
If you could hug a brewer… who & why?: John Palmer… thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge! I’ve read your book, “How to Brew” cover-to-cover.
Nick Name: (open to suggestions)
Favorite Hydra Beer: Always the one I get to try next. But on a standing basis? Brewmortal. It’s a combination of both my downfalls.
When I converted to craft beer: After art beer. (But seriously, as soon as I was old enough to procure it for myself. I’ve always loved trying new stuff.)
Favorite part of my job at Hydra: I get to work with beer, and talk about beer, and be a part of an amazing group of people. So..all of it. (Except, obviously, cleaning the bathrooms.)
Other talents: I’m a linguist. I speak English, French and Spanish and I can read Cyrillic and Arabic, but my mother-tongue is sarcasm. Also I play the violin.
Guilty pleasure/s: Drinking a lot of beer and watching baseball. And coffee. And cheese.
What’s in my fridge: Surly Furious, Hydra Death Breath Mango growler, Ommegang Shadow Brewer Russian imperial stout, Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose and a lot of hot sauces. Maybe some milk and an egg?
If I was a beer: Which one? Why? I’m a Belgian quad. Small and nice-looking like the chalice I’m served in, a lot of bold favors without too much bite, but not to be underestimated.. I pack a punch!!!
If you could hug a brewer… who & why?: Hands down, Arthur Guiness. I love his beer. Plus, that dude signed a 9,000 year lease on his brewery! He couldn’t even imagine what the world might become in that time frame, but he was that certain there would still be a place for his beer in it. That’s the kind of confidence I want us to embody!
William “Bud” Molyneux
Title: Head Brewer
Nick Name: Bud
Favorite Hydra Beer: Morning Star Berliner Wiesse
When I converted to craft beer: When I started home brewing about 13 years ago. I wanted to drink different beers so I started brewing them.
Favorite part of my job at Hydra: Brewing the beer.
Other talents: Drinking the beer.
Guilty pleasure/s: Watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel at Christmas time.
What’s in my fridge: Various beers and left overs.
If I was a beer: Map of the Sun (Rare Barrel) is a golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots. This sour beer is fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and soured with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus bacteria. With 42 lbs. of apricots added to each oak barrel, this sour beer is overflowing with notes of juicy apricots and apricot jam. Tart and complex, this beer has a bright acidity that enhances its fruity aromatics. It is bright, just like my personality!
If you could hug a brewer… who & why?: Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave or Jay Goodwin of the Rare Barrel. Both of these brewers make absolutely great sour and funky beers. And the Sour Hour podcast has really helped my sour beer brewing.
Hydra proudly offers a selection of Roskens pizza!
Complimentary pretzels and popcorn are also provided to our guests.