We Are Hydra Beer Company

The brain child of two metal rockers

Founded in 2015

Our Beers

Our Team

Derek Soukup

Derek Soukup

/ Brewer /

Title: Brewer

Nick Name: D_Rack

Favorite Hydra Beer: Succubus

When I converted to craft beer: I credit Old Chicago and their mini tours. They forced me to drink beer I wouldn’t otherwise have bought on my own. Before that my Dad would buy Fat Tire and Amber Bock for Christmas and I would choke them down but it was a tradition I learned to look forward to every year.

Favorite part of my job at Hydra: Making great beer for people. I only have 3 goals in life. 1. Be happy. 2. Make great beer. 3. Make others happy. If something doesn’t align with those three goals, I ignore it and block it out.

Other talents: Construction. I’ve got good skills. Chicks only like guys who have good skills.

Guilty pleasure/s: Eating breakfast at Taco Johns or Taco Bell.

What’s in my fridge: Bank Brewing’s Hop Lab (pick a color), Todd the Axeman, PseudoSue (see a pattern?), Founders Breakfast Stout and a cellar full of stouts and sours aging. Plus I have many containers full of harvested yeast and homegrown hops.

If I was a beer: Sosus from Toppling Goliath because it’s loaded with a delicious dank hop called Mosaic. It represents all I love about hop forward beer.

If you could hug a brewer… who & why?: I like all beer but love local beer so bring me a bearded man of the local variety and I’ll give them a hug and then a high five.

Krista Juhlin

Krista Juhlin

/ Beertender /

Title: Beertender

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!

Rick Warkenthien

Rick Warkenthien

/ Senior Beertender /

Title: Beertender

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.

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The Brew House

The Brew House

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Hydra Hype

Hydra Hype

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Our Taproom

Our Taproom

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Events

Sunday Growler Fills
30 June 2015

20% off growler fills all day Sunday!
Hydra Beers only • Hydra Taproom only • Hydra Growlers only

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Pizza & Pint Night
13 January 2017

All day Tuesdays… get a pizza and a pint of Hydra draft beer for just $12. (more…)

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Donut & Beer Pairing
18 January 2017

Join us for this very special donut and beer pairing at the Hydra Taproom where we will be pairing 4 Flyboy Donuts with 4 Hydra Beers for $20. (more…)

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Taproom Hours

Mon – Thurs: 3pm – 10pm

Fri: 1pm – midnight

Sat: 11am – midnight

Sun: 1pm – 7pm

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Food Options

Hydra proudly offers a selection of Roskens pizza!

Complimentary pretzels and popcorn are also provided to our guests.