We Are Hydra Beer Company

The brain child of two metal rockers

Founded in 2015

Our Beers

Our Team

Sheldon Swan

Sheldon Swan

/ Beertender /

Title: Beertender

Nick Name: Sheldon

Favorite Hydra Beer: Immortal

When I converted to craft beer: Probably Sam Adams Boston Lager

Favorite part of my job at Hydra: Learning more about beer while listening to Metal!!

Other talents: Mediocre guitar player, I can clap really loud.

Guilty pleasure/s: I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures

What’s in my fridge: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Alaskan Summer and severed heads….of lettuce.

If I was a beer: I’d be Pale Horse because it’s always a good choice.

If you could hug a brewer… who & why?: I’ll hug any brewer that needs a hug.

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.

Ryan Below

Ryan Below

/ Beertender /

Title: Beertender

Nick Name: Ryno

Favorite Hydra Beer: Brewmortal

When I converted to craft beer: I was given a 1-year subscription to a “Beer of the Month Club” as a birthday present back in 2006. Twelve craft beers from all over the country were delivered to my door one a month. Each package came with detailed descriptions of every beer including hop varieties, malt types & flavor notes. Some beers even came with food pairing suggestions. Since then, all I drink is craft beer.

Favorite part of my job at Hydra: I learn a lot, I taste new beers, & the people I work with & meet on a regular basis are great! What’s not to like?

Other talents: Master of the oil rig.

Guilty pleasure/s: Peanut butter filled pretzels, The Cranberries, shower beers & Jameson.

What’s in my fridge: Dogfish 90 minute, Pliny the Elder, Bell’s Hopsolution & Oberon, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Grain Belt Lock & Dam, old sandwich meat, ring bologna, coconut oil, leftover baked beans & a couple expired romaine heads.

If I was a beer: A dirty, cloudy, sticky dank Double IPA. Why? I’m unfiltered. I don’t care what people think of me. I prefer to share company with those who possess a well-rounded palate. Too much of me will give you a headache.

If you could hug a brewer… who & why?: I don’t hub people other than in consolation situations. Sorry. I prefer my space.


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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Another Brew Day at Hydra


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 March 18th & 19th 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.