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More Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo March 25th 2015

2015 is proving to be a ridiculous year for Iron Horse Brewery. Not only are we releasing a second six-pack can called Finger Gun, we are also introducing a second seasonal bottle only track offering to the marketplace. We are calling this the Fresh-To-Death series, because 1) it is a hip phrase used by millennials 2)it has an entry in urban dictionary and 3) it most accurately reflects the beer in the bottle – freshly made, delicious and inexplicably good.

Here’s the planned release schedule.
April, May, June = GARY, Imperial IPA. Yes, GARY wants to be back in your mouth.
July, August, September = we’re still deciding.
October, November, December = Cozy Sweater – you bet your sweet arse it’s coming back to bottles.

You can read the press release here or you can kick your computer/phone and have conversations with real people. We suggest both.


Iron Horse Brewery Presents: The Fresh-To-Death Bottle Only Series
A seasonal series starting with GARY, an Imperial IPA.

ELLENSBURG, WA (March 25th, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery is introducing a brand-spankin’-new bottle only beer series entitled Fresh-To-Death. They are kicking-off the series with GARY, an Imperial IPA of insurmountable hoppiness. Gary is a busy man, but he will make his face available to you from April until June, and then he will be away on some exotic vacation. Gary in a bottle is much like prince albert in a can, except in beer form, and much better. “Gary feels really good on your lips and in your mouth, you should definitely experience this at least once in your life, or more, because it’s good. So why would you limit yourself?” said Greg Parker, Owner and GM of Iron Horse Brewery. “Gary made the cut for the Fresh-To-Death track because this beer defines what it means to be ‘fresh-to-death’ which is a term that describes something ‘that is so good it is unexplainable’, according to UrbanDictionary, which is why it is impossible to explain how good it is, obviously.” commented Parker.

Release and Availability
As the first in the Fresh-To-Death series, Iron Horse Brewery will release Gary Imperial IPA exclusively in 22oz glass bottles sometime around the first week of April and it will be available until June. The beer will be released in select markets around Washington state.
Following GARY, will be either a Fresh Hop Red or an Imperial Amber or maybe none of those. Quarter 4, however will bring back Cozy Sweater, Iron Horse Brewery’s vanilla milk stout, which had limited production in 2014.

Hoppy and you know it
Gary Imperial IPA is sure to be a charmer, the hops provide a citrus flavor with pine and grapefruit swagger. It brags a clean malt profile with a honey and grassy flavor which balances the bitterness. “This beer is warm and fuzzy just like Gary; this beer also delivers a strong aroma and a good punch–just like Gary,” said Tyson Read, Head Brewer of Iron Horse Brewery. “This is true, my nose and taste buds confirmed it,” quipped Ross Chalstrom, Interloper of Press Release Quotes.

Beer Nerd Details
Name: Gary
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.999%
IBU: Theoretical 120
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook
Package: 22 oz Bottles
Other: Bitterness balanced by Malts, full bodied, just like Gary.

The release has been in the works for at least 9 days with placement secured at several of the major chain grocery retailers as well as independent grocers and beer retailers. Consumers hoping to get their hands on the 22oz Bottles, can use Iron Horse Brewery’s Beer finder for exact locations. The Beer Finder can be found here:

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The Half K Recap That is Longer Than The Race

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo March 18th 2015

On March 14th, 2015 over 230 of you blood circulating humans descended on ellensburg, wa and walked/jogged/ran/sprinted in the first annual Iron Horse Brewery St. Paddy Day .5 K.

Ummm. What were you thinking?

Whatever it was, I like it. You are bad ass people.

When the idea came up in January we were mostly joking about putting on a race of such minuscule distance. We had such fanciful ideas where a harpist would strum chariots of fire, three marching bands would play eye of the tiger throughout the race and there would be an elephant to ride. What transpired was even better.

Somehow we lucked out and had the help and support of  the Air Force ROTC Color Guard,  The Sparrow Singers, The Rodeo City Roller Girls, CWU Football Team,  IHB Hockey Team,  IHB Softball Team, Pulse Magazine, CWU Lifeguards, Monster, Hugh – the amazing balloon man, FISH volunteers, and Taco’s Chalitos.   I’m sure I’m missing someone really important. Please ridicule me for being absent minded at

And of course the st.paddy day half k race would have been infinitely more boring without the help of these people. (companies are people)

Shirtworks did an incredible job printing the Half-K Shirts, plus they helped offset the costs. Go get 3 shirts from them to say thanks.
Pizza Colin, as usual, contributed great tasting pizzas and ran in the race. Visit often and ask for “Jessie’s Beard” you won’t regret it. Unless, you don’t eat meat. Then you will regret it.
The Daily Record kicked in on promotions. Everyone should be a subscriber to the best local newspaper in Kittitas County.
Hidden Treasures tried to hide out, but they couldn’t.  Because they were right on Main Street.  Check out their new digs, right next to the Daily Record.
Borton Fruit – provided Apples.  A plethora of delicious apples.  Go find a Borton apple at grocer near you and thank it, by eating it.
The ReCycle Shop hosted our mono a mono bike fight along the race course.  Bikes are RAD.  RAD is a great a movie.
KIND bar gave us a bunch of tasty packaged goods to refuel along the route
RoadID provided our BIBs and made us look legit.
RufusTech provided virtual tech Support for our iWatch.
The Hair Cellar made sure we were all well groomed. As Greg said. The Hair Cellar is not where you go to store hair. It’s where you go to RESTORE hair. Boom.
Sara Jean Sweet’s gave us so many cupcakes and we didn’t share with any of you. It’s not true, but were wishing it was true. In any case. They are great. Go eat their food.
The Soup Bowl – I know some of you ate there, which is awesome, because those guys can rock the food.
The CWU Foundation emailed and called us all 5 times to renew our Alumni subscription. No they didn’t. And that’s a win. Just kidding.
The Gym provided us with rock-hard abs. Check them out. (the gym, not our abs)
The Carl’s Jr. mascot was in attendance.
88.1 the ‘burg – came out and played Danny Boy 42 times and also allowed Greg and Ross to talk…a lot.
Troutwater Flyshop - handed out lucky charms and also manned the front door. Overachievers, really.
Umpqua Bank allowed us to use their parking lot as a finish line.  Go deposit and withdraw money from them like the champ you are.

ALL of this activity for a .31576 Mile Race to raise money for FISH Food Bank

If you remember the goal was to raise $1000 in 2 hours.
We did that and more.
In fact, we, err… YOU beat that goal by 280%.

$2,800 dollars raised for FISH.   The entire event lasted from 1:40pm to 3:40pm, with some stragglers just hanging out.
This works out to be $1400 an hour.
OR better yet, $8400 per mile.
If only we made this a 1.6k.  Next year maybe. Probably not.

Again, on behalf of ALF fans and buttered popcorn everywhere, thank you for making this a great event.

Oh, and I am starting a rumor that there might be a Halloween Half-K in Seattle.  We can neither confirm or deny this.

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You know us for our Irish Death, we know you for having a nice face…and a willingness to try new things.

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan March 10th 2015

We often get referred to as the brewery that sells Irish Death.  While we are proud of this, we also do other things.  These things include Greg’s secret obsession with cribbage, and employee tournaments we’re required to play in.  More importantly, it includes making a kickass beer (other than Irish Death).

We will be dropping a “Fresh to Death” second seasonal track this year, which will include Gary Imperial IPA, A Fresh Hop Red Ale, and Cozy Sweater, in bottles.   “Finger Gun” our new session IPA, will be available in 6-pack cans. Speaking of cans; Cozy Sweater will be in cans. Speaking of sweaters, here is a picture of one:

elephantsweaterAlso, we will soon be releasing a brand new, year-round IPA in 22oz bottles and draft.

Oh, yeah, and our next seasonal release is almost ready. It’s called Farmlandia. A farmhouse ale that’s bubbly, belgian inspired and delicious. Here’s a picture that we are repurposing because of laziness.


Although we may not do much, one of the things we do do (we do) is make lots of beer that your mouth appreciates.  You say you like to try new things, we say we like to make beer.  We’re a perfect match.  you’re welcome.

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Finger Gun IPA – A new beer to keep your hands busy.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo February 19th 2015

I’ll preface this once; we are going to be releasing a lot of new beer this year. So you’ll probably get tired of the “hey, here’s a press release about a new iron horse brewery beer” statements. It sounds like I’m apologizing in advance. I’m not. I’m extremely excited about the crap ton of beer we are releasing.

I’ll put a call out now: If we have any fans that are interested in helping us spread the word about Finger Gun, please email me – We have an idea that you might like. Or not. I don’t know you that well.

Anyhow, here’s a press release about one of three beers coming out very soon.

For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces the Release of Finger Gun IPA, Exclusively Available in Six-Pack 12 oz Cans.
A brand new session IPA hopped and loaded at 4.8% abv.

ELLENSBURG, WA (February 19th, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery is introducing a new year-round beer called Finger Gun IPA available in six-pack 12oz cans. “We asked ourselves, ‘what style of beer is underrepresented right now?’ Then we ignored that line of thinking entirely. Finger Gun, which is a session IPA, delivers massive flavor, but with nanny-state abv” said Greg Parker, Owner and GM of Iron Horse Brewery. “ We wanted to make a beer that tastes really friggin’ good and hoppy but doesn’t leave you in a ditch, hungover, missing your wallet, disowned by your parents and ashamed of all that you’ve done. Finger Gun IPA can do some of that, some of it is actually up to you. Plus, it reminds you that Finger Gunning is one of life’s best, and most effective, gestures. ‘Peew, Peew!’”, commented Parker.

Release and Availability
As a continuation of the “handy” series of cans, Iron Horse Brewery will release Finger Gun IPA exclusively in 12 oz aluminum six-pack cans around the first week of April and it will be available initially in Eastern Washington with plans to expand market wide, including Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska shortly thereafter.

Here’s a picture of the prototype:

Hopped and Loaded
Finger Gun IPA is dry hopped with a newly acquired Hop Rocket made by German Manufacturer BrauKon. “Rather than traditional dry hopping, where hops are put in the fermenter from the top, the Hop Rocket is self contained and is loaded with hops from top to bottom, allowing all of the beer to touch the hops for 24-48 hours, which produces amazing hop aroma and flavor that you don’t get the other way,” said Tyson Read, Head Brewer of Iron Horse Brewery. “This is true, my nose and taste buds confirmed it,” quipped Ross Chalstrom, Interloper of Press Release Quotes.

Beer Nerd Details
Name: Finger Gun IPA
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 52
Hops: Azacca, Calypso
Package: Six-Pack 12oz Cans
Other: dry hopped with a hop rocket, clarified with a centrifuge, and hugged by a giant platypus.

The release has been in the works for several months with placement secured at several of the major chain grocery retailers as well as independent grocers and beer retailers. Consumers hoping to get their hands on the six-packs, can use Iron Horse Brewery’s Beer finder for exact locations. The Beer Finder can be found here:

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 33 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produced over 18,000 bbls in 2015. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from Facebook, go to; you’ll probably be sorry you did.



On Selling Out

Greg Parker
Greg Parker January 26th 2015

When I think about the craft beer world, I think of community. When Elysian sold to Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Elysian’s community exploded. People have been spewing hate in any way they can find. I see the rebuttals from the defenders of Elysian’s actions and many of them attempt to bring the attackers rationale into question by suggesting that they are hypocrites because they have a mega-corporation cell phone, drive a mega-corporation car and fuel themselves with mega-corporation gas and coffee. I think that misses the point and it’s too cynical (which is ironic if you know how cynical I am). From what I’ve seen, the leading edge of the craft beer movement has been one of local connection with passionate people who are crafting something special for their friends and neighbors. It has been inherently anti-corporate.

Beer is not a tool of utilitarian nature. Beer is a social fuel. In 2015, beer is part of a movement of awareness about place and connection to your surroundings. I understand why people feel betrayed. I feel betrayed. There has been a death in the Washington craft beer community and it could have been avoided. If your favorite local brewery sells to a conglomerate, I don’t see how you could not be pissed. It completely undermines the revolution of investing your time and social capital in a business that brings you and your community closer; a business that if thoughtfully operated helps strengthen and define a community. Elysian was that business. Now it is a marketing tool for the largest brewer in the world. Shit!

If you think I am an idealist dipshit and your ideal future makes no differentiation between total mega-corporate control of all our markets or locally owned and operated stakeholders, then we have a very different perspective. I’m not ready to yield my world to ‘efficiencies’, ‘market share growth’, ‘standardization’ and all the other things we’ve been told are so great about the free market and consolidation. I like diversity. I like paying a cobbler to repair my shoe, even though I could get a new pair for the same money. I like getting a loaf of bread from the person who baked it, start to finish. I’m not ready for Idiocracy.

I guess what I’m saying is, Iron Horse Brewery will continue to reinvest all the social and financial capital that you all have generously invested in us over the years into really stupid stuff like local jobs, local non-profits, parties whose purpose are fun not profit, ridiculous marketing initiatives that haven’t been produced by psychologists, equipment technology that makes better beer, and countless other things that can’t be measured by shareholder dividends but rather by human happiness. We will continue to be fastidious about making locally controlled craft beer and haphazard about everything else.

Thanks for the opportunity. I might fuck it up, but I surely won’t sell out.

Hugs and Kisses

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Sarah Clark
Sarah Clark January 8th 2015

New Year’s Resolutions are good, unless they are stupid. The good ones are the ones that make you feel better about yourself.
So before you jump on board with the latest diet trends consider what makes you feel good.
I know what makes me feel good: success, winning and puppies.

I think most people are really hoping for success more than anything when it comes to New Years Resolutions; which is why making a resolution to increase success is a much more practical plan.

So, why torture yourself with cutting calories? Instead resolve to increase your success thus increasing your happiness. For example, resolve to do more of the things you already do. Make a resolution to play more games, tell more jokes and drink more beer. Or, make a resolution to try every beer on tap at your favorite bar, and then successfully call a taxi, because it is not fun losing after a night of winning. Even better, have you every thought of buying a keg throwing a party and then enjoying all of the beer and bean dip to yourself because all of your friends are on diets?

If this sounds like you, you have chosen wisely.

While drinking an extreme amount of beer can have negative effects such as poor decisions, large hospital bills and death, there are many benefits to drinking a fair to moderate amount of beer that you may not know about.

For example, here is an interesting fact from the webM.D.

“beer in moderation increases good cholesterol”

Another statistic shows us that not only is beer good for you but you are good for beer.

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Proper interpretation of graph:
You will note that while on New Years Eve the sale of craft beer dramatically increased, in the days following beer sales dramatically fall, and then steadily climb again. This statistic clearly points to one specific and annoying issue and that is poorly made New Years resolutions. The graph also indicates that people gradually give up on these resolution as beer sales steadily increase again in the months following.

If you are still unconvinced, consider the following:

George Washington loved beer. Moral of the story: not drinking beer is un-American.
Beer is delicious. Moral: Not drinking beer is un-delicious.
Beer helps tone down spicy foods. Moral: get empanadas, then get beer.
A 12oz poor of beer has about a gram of soluble fiber. Moral: fiber good, beer good. Also, more fiber = quality time, not quantity time in the bathroom.

So for the love of beer, drop your diet resolutions, focus on success, perhaps, one beer at a time.

Sarah, the trivia host and other shenanigans

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.