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Iron Horse Brewery Updates via a Letter to Aunt Gertrude

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo September 30th 2014

Sometimes, I find it difficult to write updates on things, so instead I pretend I have an Aunt Gertrude and write her letters.

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Dear Aunt Gertrude,

It’s been 6 months since our last real correspondence, so I thought I’d take the time to write you a fictitious letter and update you on some things that have happened over the summer with Iron Horse Brewery, as well as let you know what I plan to do, so you can maybe come out and visit. I miss your caramel pies.

Remember how I was telling you about our High Five Hefe in 12 oz cans becoming available to the market and for the first 5 weeks upon it’s release we would collect nominations for charities and give a portion of proceeds to the top nominated charities. I lied. It took longer than 5 weeks. In fact, it’s taken until, well, now. I’m not blaming anyone, but for some reason we thought we had the ability to go from 0 to 100 in 2 seconds. We don’t have that ability Aunt Gertrude. Why? Overly optimistic perhaps. In any case, we are planning on revealing winners on October 1st and send out notifications to those organizations.

I bet your wondering what will happen with www.morehighfive.com afterwards? Probably nothing. We will keep it up indefinitely, like a bad prescription of cialis, because we believe that High Fives are important. It’s why I never hug you when I see you. Because a) high fives are better than hugging and b) you smell like musty rose pedals. I’m sorry that may sound mean, but I’m working on being more direct. Self improvement, right?

Last January, we had a brilliant idea to make 3 types of beer, not label them, and send them out to bars and restaurants. We called it Iron Horse Brewlette. The first round was pretty successful – by our standards – as you can see by the infographic here. Well, the second, and final round, is coming to a close, we will be drawing the winners on October 1st at around 4:43pm, then after that, no more guesses. I know how much you like to drink alcoholic beverages, then ignore your friends and get on your smart phone to guess what you are drinking. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do that with Iron Horse Brewlette after the 1st of October. To make it up to you, I’ve purchased 12 different flavors of Boones Farm, and scratched out the labels, so that should keep you busy for a while.

Over the summer, we had three interns at Iron Horse Brewery. They were all pretty fantastic. They made pictures of some of your favorite movies. I’m pretty sure they became dumber as a result of interning. But, we ended up hiring all three of them, which is not a sustainable business practice, I’m guessing. Anyhow, you would definitely be into #mustachepete.

Also, over the summer we had another round of fires in the area. Because the brewery is horrible at fighting fires, we decided to partner up with our brewery friends, Icicle Brewing Company, and we released a Beer vs Fire branded 22oz bottle to help raise money for wildfire victims. See, all of that standing on the street corners selling lemonade for “charity” worked. Only this time, we are really giving the money to the charity, not to your checking account. So far we have raised about $7,000 which is just over half of the goal.

The brewery celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary. That was fun. We put Gary’s face on the label. That was also fun.

What else? I tried contacting General Mills about getting Bugles for the pub. In short, they don’t have a bulk option. I hate them for that, but they were very helpful in trying to find a solution, so there is that.

Lastly, Mocha Death is about to be released again this year. I know how much you like coffee, cocoa and irish death. So now you won’t have to dump hershey’s syrup and instant coffee in your pint of irish death.

Well, that’s it for now. Also, please send money and caramel pie.

Your Niece,

Margaret

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Oh, yeah I also like to pretend I’m female and my name is Margaret. TMI?

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Infographic: Iron Horse Brewery 10 Years of Not Blowing It Royally

Jared Vallejo
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Jared Vallejo August 21st 2014

If you were able to attend our 10 year anniversary party at the pub, then you most likely saw this.
If you were not able to attend our 10 year anniversary party at the pub, then you most likely did not see this.
So, to alleviate the latter, here is the infographic that was present at the former.

Click to view full resolution.
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Interns Recreate 80’s Movies Scenes – Contest 7: End of Days Edition

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo August 20th 2014

The time has come. The interns last recreated 80’s movie scene.
We decided to make this ridiculously hard. Because, why not?

So, here’s the deal.
This photo represents 5, yes FIVE movies from the 80’s.
A word from each of the movies overlaps the next.
There is a big chance that 1.5 of you will call bullshit on one of these.

We will enter your name for every correct movie guess. You can only guess 5 movies though.
In addition, we’re adding a one 16oz stainless steel beer cup to the prize.

BONUS: If you correctly guess the movie title phrase that is in our mind. i.e. in the right order and as one long title, then you will be entered to win a separate prize consisting of a 64oz Stainless Steel Growler, plus the prize stuff below.

If asked, we will provide up to 3 hints, (through fb or twitter only)

Lastly, this might not be hard at all. There, I hedged.

Last, lastly. These interns have been great. Reward them high fives when you see them. Also, ask to get a photo with Pete’s mustache.

And…Here’s the photo.

5 Movies One Scene

To Enter the Contest
1. Know the right answer
2. Post said answer on our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/ironhorsebrewery
or post to our Twitter account – http:/twitter.com/ironhorsebeer
or leave a comment on this post.
3. Share this post somewhere (optional)

The Prize
A High Five Hefe T-Shirt
A High Five Hefe Foam Hand
A High Five Hefe Koozie
Global recognition that you know your 80’s movies.

Winner?
We will randomly select – from random.org – the winner from correct entries on Monday August 24th.

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Interns Recreate 80’s Movie Scenes Contest # 6

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo August 14th 2014

Well, this is the second to last 80’s movie scene. Next week, it will be a three movie mash up, so prepare yourself. But until the shoe drops, we’ll focus on the present.

Today’s photo features a very special guest and muppet fan Rikki. Why? 1. because she is awesome and 2. because she was walking by when we were shooting this scene and the interns needed another body. That’s why. Quit asking questions.

So, you know the drill.

internsphoto

To Enter the Contest
1. Know the right answer
2. Post said answer on our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/ironhorsebrewery
or post to our Twitter account – http:/twitter.com/ironhorsebeer
or leave a comment on this post.
3. Share this post somewhere (optional)

The Prize
A High Five Hefe T-Shirt
A High Five Hefe Foam Hand
A High Five Hefe Koozie
Global recognition that you know your 80’s movies.

Winner?
We will randomly select – from random.org – the winner from correct entries Monday August 18th.

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Beer vs Fire, A Joint Fundraising Effort for Wildfire Victims

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo August 12th 2014

Fire sucks. Especially when it’s so damn destructive and affects our communities.
So, we came up with an idea to help those directly affected by the wildfires. Fortunately for us, Icicle Brewing Company feels the same way, so we decided to make this a joint effort. Read the official press release below.

You can also just skip all this and go to http://ihor.se/beervsfire, which has more pictures n’ stuff.

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For Immediate Release

Two Eastern Washington Breweries Join Forces in Beer vs. Fire Fundraising Effort

Iron Horse Brewery and Icicle Brewing Company plan to raise $12,000 for fire victims.

ELLENSBURG, WA (August 11, 2014) Iron Horse Brewery of Ellensburg and Icicle Brewing Company of Leavenworth are kicking off a fundraising effort called Beer vs Fire to help victims affected by the Carlton Complex, Snag Canyon, Chiwaukum Complex and South Cle Elum Ridge fires. “It’s starting to seem that giant fires are a new feature of summer in our region. As breweries we are in a good position to help with the aftermath. I know I try to do the right thing at times like this, but when beer is involved, I tend to always do the right thing. We’re hoping to facilitate that for our neighbors” said Greg Parker, Owner of Iron Horse Brewery “And of course working with the great Icicle Brewing Company makes this even better”.

FUNDRAISING
“The fundraising portion is designed to be simple”, said Jared Vallejo, Marketing Director at Iron Horse Brewery. “For every purchase of specially marked ‘Beer vs Fire’ bottles the producing brewery will contribute $1.00 toward the fund.” said Vallejo. The goal for the fundraising effort is to raise $12,000. “It’s an ambitious goal”, commented Pam Brulotte, Owner of Icicle Brewing Company “but we believe with the support of our wholesale partners and retailers this can happen.” The funds will be directed to the local Red Cross, specifically designated for the fires.

THE BEER & AVAILABILITY
Icicle Brewing Company will be packaging their Crosscut Pilsner. The newest beer to be bottled by IBC, this Pils was crafted to be a beer that any and everyone can enjoy which fits the mold of this fundraiser as it’s an effort in which any and everyone can help make a difference 1 or 100 beers at a time!

Iron Horse Brewery will be packaging its popular 509 Style ale in 22oz Bottles. The ale of the eastside, as Iron Horse calls it, is currently available in draught but because 509 is the area code of Eastern Washington it only made sense to use this beer for fundraising on this side of the mountains.

Both beers are uniquely produced by their respective breweries, but will be specially marked with a red ‘Beer vs Fire’ moniker on the labels to help customers recognize the fundraising initiative. 509 Style and Crosscut Pilsner will be available from their respective breweries by the end of August and in a number of bars and grocery stores in Eastern Washington.

For more information and to track the fundraising effort, go to http://ihor.se/beervsfire

About Iron Horse Brewery
Iron Horse Brewery, centrally located in Ellensburg, WA, has been producing hand crafted ales since 2007. Iron Horse is owned by father-son team Greg and Gary Parker. With 32 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produce over 13,002 barrels this year. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from Facebook, go to www.ironhorsebrewery.com; you’ll probably be sorry you did.

Greg Parker, General Manager
greg@ironhorsebrewery.com

Media Inquiries
Jared Vallejo, Marketing Director
jared@ironhorsebrewery.com

About Icicle Brewing Company
Icicle Brewing Company, established in 2010 by Pam and Oliver Brulotte, is located at the foot of the Central Cascades in Leavenworth, Washington. Along with Head Brewer Dean Priebe, IBC has been casually crafting award winning beer one batch at a time. Proud to provide quality beer from here, they continue to strive to be a pillar of support for both Leavenworth as well as the rest of Eastern Washington. To learn more about Icicle Brewing Company, check out their website at www.iciclebrewing.com or simply swing by their tasting room in downtown Leavenworth!

Pam Brulotte, Official Taster of Beer
iciclebrewing@gmail.com

Media Inquiries
Matt Bowen, Wearer of Many Hats
iciclebrewingpr@gmail.com

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Interns Recreate 80’s Movie Scenes – Contest #5 Obscure Edition

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo August 6th 2014

Last week, you guys destroyed the contest. It might have been a bit of lay up, but oh well.

This week’s picture is a throw back to your inner fighter.

There are only two more weeks to play along. Or don’t. I completely get the impulse to not participate in these things.

Interns

To Enter the Contest
1. Know the right answer
2. Post said answer on our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/ironhorsebrewery
or post to our Twitter account – http:/twitter.com/ironhorsebeer
or leave a comment on this post.
3. Share this post somewhere (optional)

The Prize
A High Five Hefe T-Shirt
A High Five Hefe Foam Hand
A High Five Hefe Koozie
Global recognition that you know your 80’s movies.

Winner?
We will randomly select – from random.org – the winner from correct entries Monday August 11th.

IHB MENU
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.