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.

Taylor Castillo

You Graduated from College, Now What?

On Saturday, June 10 I walked across a stage and accepted my Bachelors Degree in Public Relations. This sounds like a major accomplishment and one of the most exciting time in one’s life, and it is. But it’s also one of the scariest transitions to make. For the last 18 of the 22 years that I have been alive, I… Read more »

Tyson Read

Cans vs Bottles vs Draft

If I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard somebody say “this beer tastes better in a bottle” or “I love that beer except in a can, then it tastes like crap,” I’d have like $1.25. Still, I think this sentiment is worth addressing and a little knowledge is worth dropping. First, a ground… Read more »

Iron Horse Brewery in Hollywood
Jared Vallejo

Hollywood or Bust

or something else entirely. About two weeks ago, I ventured down to SoCal ( that’s Southern California, not Sol Caliente, Florida, – I had to look that up to make the joke work ) because Iron Horse Brewery decided to go into show business. We’re going to be famous. Okay, not really, but sort of…. Read more »

Josh Kratzer

Yeast Mode

I’m going to talk to you about the one worker at the brewery that never complains. It works for meals and a comfortable place to stay and happens to work for every brewery in the world. I’m talking about the unsung hero of the brewery. Without it we would not be able to make beer… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Here’s to the Working Man

Iron Horse Brewery is unique in the craft beer space. According to the Brewers Association, millennials are the majority of weekly craft beer drinkers. Think hipster types who like listening to bands like The Black Keys and watching movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The average craft beer drinker is likely to be… Read more »

nicole klauss

Fifty Shades of Outrage

Having a bad day? Beer can help. Here are some personal recommendations of Iron Horse Brewery beer styles best suited for outrage according to someone who is easily outraged. For the record I think I am generally an OK person who enjoys sharing my beer benefits with others (proof here), but when someone I know… Read more »

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 »

BriAnne Pauley

Grad Student by Day, Beer Pourer by Night

Hello and welcome to the experience of reading one of my somewhat entertaining blog posts. I’m here to tell you all a little something about my personal life. Now, I understand that most of you don’t care but I’m going to tell you anyway because…well….talking about myself is probably on my top ten favorite things… 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 »