The Horse's Mouth aka a blog about indedpendent beer

Making our thoughts known via letters, words and pictures, rife with typos and references to tacos.

paul von hagen

Sometimes Shower Dreams Do Come True

Have you ever heard the concept that the best ideas you have come when you’re in the shower? Woody Allen once said, “In the shower, with the hot water coming down, you’ve left the real world behind, and very frequently things open up for you.” I constantly find myself coming up with what I feel… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

Trolls Gonna Troll

Ahh, trolling.  My favorite past time when I’ve just woken up.  I would say 98% of my time awake is spent in a good mood for a variety of reasons that we don’t need to delve into.  The other 2% is the ten minutes or so after my eyes open and I grab my phone… Read more »

Terreal Brown

Dear Iron Horse Brewery Blog-O-Sphere

I am “your friendly, neighborhood beer(ded) man.” *A triple combination: Spiderman, beer and beard pun that doubles as a blasphemy to grammar. In hindsight, I should have done some market research on that one before getting it printed on a thousand business cards. Too late now! Good thing I have some other job titles with… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

A Rant About Thievery

We have been running out of glassware non-stop for the last couple of weeks and I clearly wasn’t thinking it could be anyone stealing it, until a customer asked me “ is it ok if I take this glass with me?” My response was sure it’s $4.00 or 4 for $12! I informed the guy… Read more »

alex grosby

I’ve Got Questions, You (May or May Not) Have Answers

Forgive me if this blog feels like brain spew. I’m finishing up my Masters, so my head’s going a little crazy. I’ve been hosting IHB trivia for a about a year now.  There’s a lot to deal with. People showing up too late for a table. Trying to squeeze more people into space than the… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Social Fuel

It is just about that time where love is imminent: wedding season. For most, this stimulating time of the year is welcomed with champagne bottle pops and floral wines. For others, the thought of being committed to one person forever is grieved with copious amounts of the most liver-poisoning hard alcohol. Point being, the type… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Beer Farts

DISCLAIMER: It’s common knowledge that women don’t fart, poop or God forbid, shart. So the following is based off research I have done, NOT my own experience. A couple weeks ago we received the following message: I’ll state the fact outright, I love your beer “Irish death,” and this email is no way complaining about… Read more »

sabrina enders

Women Returning to Beer

There are a small handful of topics I speak passionately about whenever I can. Fortunately for me, the powers that be at IHB copped onto them, and assigned me a blog topic that I would happily write a full-blown thesis on, given the time: Women in the Beer Industry. This topic is actually one that… Read more »

nicole klauss

That Time Steel Panther Made Me a Funsucker

For someone whose role is to create fun, I often feel like I am the one pushing the turn-off-the-fun button. I’m the reality check in a trailer full of dreamers and creative minds. My job is to make their crazy ideas — and my own, on occasion — come to life, but sometimes they are… Read more »

mckenzie knowlden

11 FAQs at IHB Because 10 Just Doesn’t Cut It

As I am approaching my one year anniversary with IHB, I thought it would only be appropriate to use my  year-long expertise to answer some of the most asked questions around [ the pub ]. #yourewelcome Q: Do you fill other breweries growlers? A: Absolutely! $10 for a 64oz, $8 on Thursdays because we like… Read more »

Molly Glockner

Beer v Wine

I’ve delved into the wine world a bit, I used to sell wine, drink wine, buy wine and drink wine. I love it, it’s delicious, fun and interesting. What I didn’t like about wine? The pretentiousness, oh so much. When I was selling wine I had to dress up every day. Seriously nice clothes I… Read more »

Tyson Read

What the Hell is PCR and why should I care?

Kinda Non-boring Summary What does PCR mean? Well, literally what it means is Polymerase Chain Reaction. What it really means to you (the consumer) is a warm and cozy feeling, a blanket of protection if you will.  The knowledge that the beer you are about to enjoy is surely free of unwanted flavors that are… Read more »

Greg Parker

Faster Branding

Faster, it’s an impulse that subconsciously drives a lot of my decisions even when it shouldn’t. It’s not always a good thing, but more often than not it is. Faster represents living a life with fewer limits and concerns. Faster is the devil on your shoulder that encourages you to risk more and fear less…. Read more »

Adam Ransavage

Iron Horse Brewery Announces: We are Now Iron Horse Vapery

####################### For Immediate Release Iron Horse Brewery Announces Complete Shift in Business As of today Iron Horse Brewery will cease to exist in the form you all know and love.  We are done with beer.   ELLENSBURG, WA  (April 1, 2017)  Some will say market trends caused craft/indie beer to not be profitable, others will… Read more »

Morgan Moran

It not only seams important, it is important

*Warning to all breweries big and small, keep your seams tight* Here at Iron horse Brewery we have been canning on our own system since Fall of 2015, starting with the Cask ACS canning system then we eventually upgraded to the Cask ACSX2, fancy right? We and our consumers were not only excited by the… Read more »

Dane Williams

Pickled Ginger

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, let’s just go ahead and get this out of our system. Ginge, Ginger, Stepchild, Whitewalker, Freckle-face, Soul-less freak, Mailman’s kid…just a few examples of how one would reference the 1%. Go for it, I’ve heard em all…yay, we wear 75 SPF, we have a bad temper, certainly quirky,… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

Paddy On Places

You may not be able to #paddyon at [ the pub ] in-person but you can #paddyon with us in spirit somewhere else. Below is a list of places with IHB specials on St. Paddy’s Day. Eastern Washington| Club Crow Cashmere, WA Hitching Post Tavern Cashmere, WA Milepost 111 Brewing Company Cashmere, WA Der Hinterhof… Read more »