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.

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 »

Rikki Welz

The Well-Read Beer Geek

Hello again, y’all! My goal blog has yet again evaded me. I have been trying to write basically a book report on “American Women and Repeal of Prohibition” by Kenneth D. Rose. But, yet again, summarizing such a momentous effort and cultural revolution leading up to the enactment and repeal of Prohibition evaded me. Do… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

Wall Mount Bottle Opener How-To

Cost: $4.25 (each) Time: 30 mins or an hour if you paint on the wood. You may want to add additional dry time. Difficulty: SUPER easy. Tools Needed: Drill, screwdriver Materials: 1 foot pine wood pieces (one for each wall mount you want to make), stain, brushes, sand paper, paper towel, bottle openers (best deal… Read more »

kevin camarillo

Foodie Holidays

Christmas gifts for the foodie you love as recommended by Cheffery. Books: Thug Kitchen Prison Ramen Movies: Chef Jiro Dreams of Sushi El Bulli Tortilla Soup

Carson McDonald

A Tale of Two Seamers

Have you ever visited Iron Horse Brewery’s production facility? Have you ever contemplated the intricacies of how exactly the beer you know and love is brewed, packaged, and distributed? Do you care? Well, you are reading this, so maybe you are at least interested. Production brewing is a combination of science and efficiency, consisting of… Read more »

Dane Williams

Craft Beer Crystal Ball

As part of the sales and marketing team, I spend a considerable amount of time researching and trying to predict the next big “thang”. With over 4,500 craft breweries, it’s an absolute dumpster fire of category noise. IPA continues to be roughly 36% of the Craft Beer category, with fruit and vegetable based hops driving… Read more »

Greg Parker

The Story of Mocha Death

Ever wonder where we came up with Mocha Death? You either? Yeah well, who asked you anyway. Whatever year it was I can’t remember but a long time ago we used to make an anniversary beer that was not only for Iron Horse but also for the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, found here and here…. Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Gaming the System because Jared is Sloppy

I love collegers. I really do. They are generally enthusiastic, resourceful, and dedicated to living for ideals, rather than the sometimes cruel reality that life tends to hand you. But I made a mistake confusing resourcefulness with exploitive opportunism. In June of 2014, (2.5 years ago) we decided to run a print advertisement in CWU’s… Read more »

Billy Meagor

Beer Knowledge vs Branding

Selling is not always easy, but if the person is knowledgeable, driven and knows what they must achieve for success, it can be a little easier.  For beer sales, there will always be challenges that a rep will face, whether it’s a pain-in-the-ass customer, competitors, lack of communication, or just not having the tools you… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Beer Guessing for 2017

If you know me, which you probably don’t, because I’m anti-social, but if you did, you would know that Scheduling Things is not one of my, er, best attributes. There is something so damn appealing about winging it and using gut instinct for, like, almost everything; the idea of planning more than 10 days in… Read more »

Emily Palmer

Skiing vs Snowboarding

Skiing versus Snowboarding- a debate almost as important as Cozy Sweater versus Mocha Death. Growing up in the eastern part of the PNW meant for long cold snowy winters. As the Idaho and Montana IHB Sales Rep, I live in an area riddled with mountains and ski resorts to help pass the time. I started… Read more »

Ashley Stevens

Boyfriend Won’t Buy My Beer

Three months ago I gave up my personal space, my humble abode, sleeping in the middle of the bed, having a closet to myself, and pooping in peace when I invited another human to have a permanent toothbrush next to mine. It can be a scary and stressful decision to combine your space and personal… Read more »

Taylor Castillo

Hiking…With Beer?

Ahh, the Pacific Northwest. The place with great views and even greater brews. Hiking not only brings you closer to nature, but it gives you an opportunity to get away from all the stress and the noise of everyday life. And what better way to escape the craziness, then with an ice-cold beer atop a… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

Growler Tote How-To

I will be trying different crafts I find on Pinterest and seeing if there are as easy as they say. All crafts will relate to beer in some way and hopefully you can learn from my success and failures. This one in particular is inspired by this. Cost: $30.00 Time: 5 hours, this includes glue… Read more »

Connie Morgan

How to Spot a Basic Bro

Recently I wrote about basic bitches and their slow takeover of the indie beer scene. But their counterpart “basic bros,” are also taking over what was once a “hipster” hobby. Now indie beer is something the frat dudes take part in too. Like the term “basic bitch,” basic bro refers to men who predominantly like mainstream… Read more »