OUR STORY

Hydraulic Ale Works has been over 5 years in the making, a dream that cousins Shane and Ryan shared with each other over beers during a family gathering. After partnering with trusted, longtime friends and considering dozens of locations, they found themselves right in the epicenter of renewed development on the Elkhart River, only 200 ft. from the hydraulic canals that once powered the entire city.

OUR STORY

Hydraulic Ale Works has been over 5 years in the making, a dream that cousins Shane and Ryan shared with each other over beers during a family gathering. After partnering with trusted, longtime friends and considering dozens of locations, they found themselves right in the epicenter of renewed development on the Elkhart River, only 200 ft. from the hydraulic canals that once powered the entire city.

A CENTER OF INDUSTRY

OUR NAMESAKE

Raceways along the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers powered a series of early mills and factories in the 1800’s through the use of hydroelectric dams and hydraulic canals. Gates were opened to allow water to flow through penstocks where turbines produced power for the factories before the water returned to the Elkhart River. With so much of Elkhart’s history and culture dependant on these hydraulic canals back in the day, choosing the name of our brewpub, which also heavily relies on the power and purity of water, was a no-brainer.

A CENTER OF INDUSTRY

OUR NAMESAKE

Raceways along the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers powered a series of early mills and factories in the 1800’s through the use of hydroelectric dams and hydraulic canals. Gates were opened to allow water to flow through penstocks where turbines produced power for the factories before the water returned to the Elkhart River. With so much of Elkhart’s history and culture dependant on these hydraulic canals back in the day, choosing the name of our brewpub, which also heavily relies on the power and purity of water, was a no-brainer.

AND NOW TODAY

OUR MISSION

Because we are so close to the hydraulic canals, we feel a connection with the power of water. The quality of brewing water is extremely important because it is a major part of what beer is. Water is what powers beer, in the same way it powered Elkhart back in the 1800’s. That’s why we treat the water, along with our other ingredients for both our beer and our food, with such respect.

Understanding the brewing process this intimately allows us to extract powerful flavors from the malts we use, all the way to the yeasts and hops. Our mission is to take those flavors and compliment them with a phenomenal food experience.

STRIVING FOR DIFFERENT

OUR BREWERY

Brewmaster and Co-Owner Ryan has been brewing for over 22 years. He attended Siebel Institute of Technology (the oldest brewing school located in the United States) where he learned brewing science. After living in Colorado, Ryan decided to come home to Elkhart to follow his dream of opening up Hydraulic Ale Works. He believes that the quality of beer is dependant on its main ingredients: the malts, hops, yeasts, and water. He strives to create a varied beer menu that pairs with what’s on the food menu.

WHAT’S ON TAP

THE PERFECT PAIRING

OUR KITCHEN

Our menu is filled with phenomenal dishes that not only pair perfectly with our beers, but also combine their flavor profiles into something exciting and new.

SEE OUR MENUS

THE PERFECT PAIRING

OUR KITCHEN

Our menu is filled with phenomenal dishes that not only pair perfectly with our beers, but also combine their flavor profiles into something exciting and new.

SEE OUR MENUS