Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. is inspired by the unique heritage, landscape and people of the American Southwest. Our logo, "the Hoparrow" with its simple yet strong geometric design embodies the spirit of Native American design and also references a hop cone, an arrowhead and water.  We share a love of learning, curiosity and appreciation of the impact of culture and landscape on craft beer.  Our motto “We brew wild, sour, and barrel-aged beers in the heart of the American Southwest” makes clear our goals and sense of place and pride we impart in our brews. These values inspire our beers, our brand, and our company.



After nearly a decade of investing in and supporting other entrepreneur's dreams, Shyla left her position with the social impact investing firm in late 2013 to pursue filling her own niche in the craft beer industry. With a love for craft beer, brewing, entertaining and design, along with the support of her partner, family and friends, she took on the challenge of developing Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. from the ground up. As Founder and CEO, Shyla has been responsible for setting the vision for Bow & Arrow and for the nitty gritty details of development and execution of a business plan, financing strategy, securing capital, building a team, contract negotiations, site selection, and design/development of the brewery and onsite Brew Hall.

Shyla was born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, where she is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. She earned her economics degree from Stanford University and professional background includes nearly a decade of investing and business experience as well as corporate and non-profit board directorships. Shyla looks forward to bringing a diverse perspective to the Southwest brewing industry. 

Ted O'Hanlan

Head Brewer

Ted began his brewing career at Durham, North Carolina’s renowned Fullsteam Brewery where he helped craft the unique “Plow to Pint” beers the brewery is known for.  After hearing the call of the west, Ted moved to Sheridan, Wyoming to join the award winning Black Tooth Brewing company.  There he continued to hone his brewing skills before moving to Albuquerque to take on the Head Brewer position at Bow & Arrow Brewing.  Ted loves the Southwest and is thrilled to brew in one of the greatest beer cities in the U.S.

Missy begay

Co-Founder/Branding & Design

Missy leads branding efforts, design development and social media/marketing. A granddaughter of Navajo silversmiths & weavers, Missy strives for artistic balance within her medicine profession and is an avid seeker of dirt road photographic projects. She enjoys researching botanical properties of hops, storytelling and American Southwest literature.

Missy was born in Albuquerque and raised on the Diné Nation (Vanderwagon, NM and Black Rock, AZ). She holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MD from the University of New Mexico.

 Head Brewer Ted O'Hanlan and CEO/Owner Shyla Sheppard

Head Brewer Ted O'Hanlan and CEO/Owner Shyla Sheppard

 Co-Founder, Missy Begay

Co-Founder, Missy Begay