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Our Team

We are a group of unique individuals who have come together to create a team of hard workin’, yeast lovin’, fermentation fanatics dedicated to helping brewers make great beer.

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Nicole Matson

Human Resources

People are my bread and butter; I love helping folks and providing them with the tools they need to be successful and thrive. Being at Imperial has given me a great opportunity to make a positive impact and I am super thankful to be part of an amazing team. Hobbies: When I'm not at work, I am likely spending time with my pup Hazel [I'm also a proud plant parent and prolific baker though!]. Beverage of Choice: Each beer has its time and place, but I prefer an IPA any day of the week."

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Eben Waggoner


I have always enjoyed great beer and love that I now work in the industry. I also love living in the pacific NW, whether it is kayaking, camping, floating down a river or having a beer in the sun (or in the rain), I just enjoy being outdoors, especially if the experience can be shared with friends. It has been an adventure, this life thing, and I am always excited to see what’s around the next bend.

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Joshua ‘Badger’ Bitter


I have worked in the beer industry for over 10 years. On the weekends I trade my brewing boots for hiking boots or golf shoes.

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Elan Walsky

Production Manager, Production Department

Originally hailing from Santa Fe, NM, I have lived in Portland for 15 years and worked in the beer industry for 10 years. A passion for craft beer led me into a hobby of homebrewing, and eventually to formal brewing education at the Siebel Institute. In 2010, I became a founding member and head brewer of Coalition Brewing, a brewery and pub which operated in SE Portland for 9 years. After moving on from Coalition, I joined the production department at Imperial.

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Ryan Moore

Lab/R&D – Portland

My love for beer really took off when I moved to Santa Monica, had my first Pliny the Elder at Father's Office, and soon thereafter discovered homebrewing. From the very beginning, I've loved playing around with different yeast strains and seeing what they contributed to the finished beer. I'm lucky enough to do that professionally now, although my employment at Imperial is a testament to serendipity; while waiting in line for a burrito outside a brewery I struck up a conversation that eventually led me here! If I'm not doing beer things, I'm probably cooking, reading, or trying to remember to be more mindful of the present moment.

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Jessica Tørresdal


Beer. Mmmm. I love a crispy Kolsch, a classic Cascade/ Chinook West Coast IPA, or a spicy aromatic Belgian. I began working at a homebrew shop when I moved to Portland in 2015, teaching folks how to make quality homebrew. I continued my path deeper into the beer industry by starting in the Imperial Yeast sales dept. in January of 2018, slingin' and singin' the praises of high quality yeast. I found my skills were most needed in accounting, which surprised the heck out of this beer loving poet and artist. Now I spend my days making sure the bills get paid, and raising up my two wee kiddos. Cheers!

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Casey Helwig

Sales Manager

I’ve been with Imperial since 2016. It’s been a wild ride over the years! I count myself extremely fortunate to have been able to help build this company, from sales to culture. When I’m not working you’ll find me wrangling my 2 kiddos and dog on adventures in the beautiful PNW.

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Rory Schellinger

Customer service/inside sales

When not selling yeast, I enjoy homebrewing, reading, tackling house projects, and going on adventures with my wife, Stefanie.

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Danielle Redman

Project Manager

I'm a born and bred Oregonian, who found a love for beer because of its breadth and approachability. After getting a degree in Fermentation Science from OSU and working in PNW breweries for over 6 years, I joined the awesome team at Imperial to help propel the industry forward, so we can all keep making great beer even better. When I'm not geeking out over new beers or production spaces, I might be cooking up new food recipes, building legos, or cheering on my Timbers. RCTID.

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Adam McClure

Tech Support Guru

A good friend told me I should move up to the Columbia River Gorge and brew with him. That was 14 years ago and we still haven’t brewed a batch together! Even though we ended up at separate breweries, the comradery never changed. I love this craft and am so proud to be a part of the community. When I’m not plugged in, you can generally find me out in the Gifford, down on the beach, or sipping suds at one of our local pubs. Cheers.

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