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.

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 »

Connie Morgan

The Burden of Beer

My views on pretty much anything can be boiled down to one philosophy; I don’t care what another person does as long as it doesn’t directly effect me. I really don’t care if you like to drink Drano or you marry your bearded dragon and I certainly don’t waste time worrying about what you think… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

Fatherhood and Poop

My wife and I made the questionable decision to have children later on in our thirties.  After taking the requisite steps, my wife spawned a life form roughly seven months ago.  The experience has reinforced the notion that parenting is best suited to young people as they are more resilient and confident in their abilities…. Read more »

Hannah Blake

What it’s Like to be the Newest Cousin

Being the newest member of Iron Horse Brewery team I feel I should explain a little bit about myself. I am 22 years old and I grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula before moving to the windy city of Ellensburg. Before I started up at Iron Horse I had never worked in the food industry,… Read more »

jay skeen

Cats Suck

Cats suck, and they’re a girl animal. For being the finer sex, women seem to have picked the rudest god damn animal in the world as a companion. And my justification for this point of view is this; when a dog sits where he’s not supposed to, or breaks something, or misbehaves in some other… Read more »

Greg Parker

LaDonna

1996 Dodge Stratus 4 door in Gold. What an awful vehicle. I’m not exactly certain why it’s awful but it probably is mostly due to the fact that it was gold and the styling was completely uninspired. However, LaDonna, the Stratus which is the focus of this story was pretty dear to the brewery. LaDonna… Read more »

Hailey Roe

Six Things Beer Servers Will Understand

Okay, fair warning here guys, this gets slightly mushy. Yuck, I know. Bear with me! As I was searching the web, researching for this blog, all I could find were lists of how annoying this kind of customer was and the shitty things that happen when we’re on shift and I didn’t want to write… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Growin’ Nonstop

By Hood Aimee Critics can’t break us, we’re growing nonstop growing nonstop IHB we’re climbing to the top Critics can’t hold us, we’re growing let me first say yes, you’re welcome no we’re not pretentious, our goals are just endless we make indie beer, what the fuck is craft beer guidelines they get the shaft… Read more »

Greg Parker

How to please your partner and go to the bar

Up to this point, grocery shopping has been more or less an irritating necessity. It will always be a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be irritating. But it usually is and here is why; I don’t make the list and it is freaking chaos. Let’s start with dispensing a possible argument you (the reader)… Read more »

Billy Meagor

Benefits of Beer

No, it’s not what you’re thinking.  Yes, to the consumer, the benefit is that beer feels good on your mouth parts!  I’m talking about the benefit of our buyer purchasing our awesome beer.  Let me explain.  In my last blog, I talked about the difference between a buyer purchasing our beer based on taste vs… Read more »

Dane Williams

Go Deeper

In economics, market saturation is a situation in which a product has become diffused (distributed) within a market; the actual level of saturation can depend on consumer purchasing power; as well as competition, prices, and technology. In earlier blogs, I’ve talked about brand differentiation, creating relevance in the marketplace and penetration. With over 5,000 craft… Read more »