Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, WA

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What makes beer, beer?

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo March 4th 2011

Good question.
Here’s an answer from Tyson, one of our great brewers.

As with all good beer, it all starts with malted barley (sorry Japan). The huge array of different malt varieties and the flavors and aromas they produce is like coloring with the big box of crayons. Bready, nutty, caramel, coffee, chocolate are just a few of the flavors/aromas that can be had and colors can vary from black to deep red to very pale yellow.

Next come the hops and they lack nothing in the sheer variety of flavor and aroma. Hops can be citrusy, piney, herbal, pungent, and many more.

Yeast is also a main determinate of flavor and aside from alcohol and carbonation, which affect perceived flavor, yeast flavors can range from banana, apple, and other fruity aromas to cloves and wet hay. All these ingredients and the characters they impart can be manipulated by the final piece of the puzzle, the process. Temperatures, mash thickness, pH, and many other small factors can make a big difference in the final product.

S,o the next time your drinking a beer try to appreciate the complexity that all started with some ancient Sumerian who screwed up making the bread.

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News? I guess this website is new.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo March 3rd 2011

Welcome to our revamped website.
We’ve turned things upside down, so if you encounter any issues please email

Now, go drink a beer.

Washington State Brewery, Iron Horse Brewery is the best local craft brewery located in Ellensburg, WA with Iron Horse Brewery beer being served in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Tacoma, Redmond, Spokane, Yakima, Richland, Moses Lake, Ephrata, and more Washington State cities.

As a local craft brewery, iron horse brewery believes that good tasting beer, such as, Quilters Irish Death, Mocha Death, 509 Style, Light Rale Ale, Cozy Sweater, High Five Hefe and IPA should be served throughout the pacific northwest. It can supplement meals too.