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.

alex grosby

Trivia Makeover 2017

Hey there. I’m Alex. Most of you reading this probably don’t know me. Hopefully some of you do. I’ve been hosting Iron Horse Trivia in Ellensburg for about half a year now. I’ve done, at least, a fair enough job to not get fired. Seeing the ebb and flow of the different sessions, one thing’s… Read more »

tyler hansen

Arnold Schwarzenegger Drinks Beer

Workouts and beer pairings. Why? Because I love beer and I love lifting. And who doesn’t enjoy a cold beer after a hard workout? So here are my personal favorites to pair after lifting some heavy weight or sprinting down a mountain side. After a heavy leg day? Heavy lower body workouts that leave you… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Beer Wolf IPA

IPA, IPA, IPA, IPA According to  the Craft Brewers Association and just about everyone else, IPAs are going to continue to dominate the craft beer segment for the next 324 years.  This might not be true. Or maybe it’s completely true. I don’t know, only time will tell.  Regardless, I love IPAs and 30% of… Read more »

nicole klauss

On Having a Forgettable Face

I have a forgettable face. Scratch that. I’ve got a forgettable face and name. At least that’s what I convinced myself of after a public official forgot my name and forgot he ever met me previously though we’ve met in professional settings multiple times. This blog is not about that public official who forgot me… Read more »

jay skeen

What’s Wrong with the NFL

This season, the number of people tuning in to watch NFL games has dropped by over a million. There doesn’t seem to be any other indicators of it dropping in popularity yet. Merch is still selling well, and Bud Light’s ad campaign struck a vein of gold by putting the team logos on NFL cans… Read more »

Adam Ransavage

live by the sword…

If you have paid any attention to the craft beer industry recently, you’ve probably seen articles about how the four horsemen of the craft-apocalypse are coming: hop (and ingredient) shortages, brewery buyouts, distributor challenges, market saturation, etc.  Everyone with a blog and a thirst for clicks seems to have some special insight to an impending… Read more »

Greg Parker

What Happened Last Year

Food. We added it to [ the pub ]. Thankfully we have a much larger enterprise to float massive losses because that’s what we did at the pub. I knew it was going to be humbling and by god it was. I have always appreciated the hard work that restauranteurs have to put in, but… Read more »

Greg Parker

Van Life

As you may have figured, chronicling our misadventures is one of my favorite past times.  Did the string cheese bandit strike again? As you may or may not have heard, our less-than-pristine 2006 GMC Savana van went missing. It was stolen right off the lot of the brewery while we brewed away. It took us… Read more »

Adam Ransavage

Easy Gameday Brats From a Guy Who Can’t Cook

Getting started Nearly my entire family is from Wisconsin- a place where football was invented as an excuse to miss church and personally explore gluttony.  I remember visiting Wisconsin as a kid and seeing the potluck my grandparents put on for a Packers game, thinking “Are we having another Thanksgiving?”  No, we weren’t.  We were… Read more »

BriAnne Pauley

Shout out to the Homies

Here at the pub we get plenty of customers that come in for various reasons, number one being our fairly decent beer. As a server, I hate giving bad news to customers. I never want to be the bad guy. However, if you walk in here with your baby and try to sit down for… Read more »

nicole klauss

Tour Time

Iron Horse Brewery is going to be offering public tours in 2017. Yes, you read that right. Over the years we’ve had lots of informal and public tours here or there, but never have we had a full year of tour dates set so people could actually plan (what does that word mean?) in advance…. Read more »

Connie Morgan

Holy Shit That’s a Lot of Impressions

Despite the memes circulating around promising us all that 2016 was the worst year ever I have had a lot of fun reflecting on it. Specifically in regards to my job at Iron Horse. My position involves managing our social media and keeping track of the interactions, impressions, likes (and unlikes) that we receive. If… Read more »

Greg Parker

Give It 85%

It will come as no surprise that this blog looks to upend some conventional wisdom, it’s kind of what we do. Although, I’m not certain that what I am about to question is either conventional or wisdom. I would probably describe it more as idiotic business cheerleading. Although that’s probably not a fair assessment either…. Read more »

sabrina enders

Good People at [ the pub ]

There are good people. Everywhere. I have found that [ the pub ] tends to draw in some of the kindest, most generous, most understanding people I have ever met. I have seen our regulars and staff pull together to support each other when hardship strikes more than a couple times in the six months… Read more »

nicole klauss

Cozy Community Recap

Many of you in Kittitas County have consumed Cozy Sweater beer this winter. (Many of you have consumed one too many a time or two.) And some of you got real festive and attended the Cozy Sweater vs. Mocha Death Party. Because of you and a handful of generous businesses in the community, Iron Horse… Read more »

Nic Cawley-Murphree

What is he doing back there?

What in the heck does Nic even do? He sure seems to be here a lot and looks like he is always driving around in circles on the forklift so what the heck is he doing??  Well as the Warehouse Manager/Shipping Coordinator I serve several important functions for Iron Horse Brewery.   The first thing… Read more »

Tyson Read

Batch #1621

There’s a new, special, fancy, unique, one-of-a-kind beer available at [ the pub ] and this is how it came to be. Three years ago, former IHB Brewer Paul Baker came to me and said, “Hey, I got this barrel that we should put some stuff in.” I said, “Okay.” Well the barrel was a… Read more »