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.

Jake Fleming

Top 3 Fu#$-Ups At The Brewery

So I’ve worked at Iron Horse for right around six years and I have seen some shit happen that makes you want to walk away and cry in a corner.  There is a lot that can happen when working with beer.  Spills, wrong mash-in’s, valves being left open, the wrong tank being packaged… the list… Read more »

sabrina enders

Lessons in Beer

So I’m still sort of new to IHB, (hi, nice to meet you!) but I’m certainly not new to beer. I’ve traveled quite a bit and it seems beer has been the only consistently present factor throughout my travels. My experience of becoming acquainted with beer parallel a lot of important lessons I’ve had to… Read more »

Dane Williams

Fantasy Football: The Best At-Work Distraction

It’s that time of the year again. Where the casual football fan transforms into the second coming of Vince Lombardi. Countless hours of research and analysis are later outplayed by the sheer luck of the auto pick strategy. For someone that enjoys Fantasy Football simply because of office interaction and company moral, it’s amazing what… Read more »

Connie Morgan

How to Spot A Basic Bitch

Everyone is at least a little bit basic, yes even men. It’s impossible not to be, humans have been on Earth for about 200,000 years, there’s nothing new under the sun, you’re just like everybody else, you’re a basic bitch. If you’re not familiar with the term basic bitch (or simply “basic”) it can be… Read more »

kevin camarillo

Secret Menu Item

Watch for the secret password to access the secret item on the secret menu. Available the entire month of August.

Taylor Castillo

Started From the Bottom now it’s BEER

Freshman year in college is an interesting time to say the least. You’re no longer under the scrutiny of your parents, you create your own class schedule (which means no classes before 10 a.m.), and you get to experience your first traumatic hangover. Before turning 21, I absolutely hated beer and couldn’t fathom the way… Read more »

Billy Meagor

Beer Buyers Who Don’t Drink Beer…

Billy is an IHB market manager. He is in charge of selling our beer on the Washington west coast. He sells beer, to beer buyers which are bar managers, restaurant owners etc. The following is a conversation he has far too often when he’s out in the field. Billy: Hello [buyer], my name is Billy… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

Pant Crapping Story

I have nothing.  Well I have other things, but I currently don’t have the ability to create any original content.  This is strange to me, mostly because I spent/wasted four years in undergrad majoring in English.  As you could imagine, a fair amount of creative writing is required to complete a BA in English, yet,… Read more »

Ashley Stevens

A Server Turned Sales is Thankful for You

In the time that I have been apart of the Iron Horse cousin-hood, I have met people that have left impressions on my heart for life. Starting out as a server at [ the pub ] I was forced to listen to other people’s stories, problems and dreams… This wasn’t what I signed up for… Read more »

Greg Parker

Why Selling out is still Bad for Indie Brewers

Distribution is going to be central to my rant today. Even in the most mature craft markets, AB, MillerCoors and the rest of the global megaconglomerate corporate breweries make up at least 60% of wholesalers revenue stream. Good job, because I know you just assumed that in most markets those suppliers make up more than… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Where are you Dirtbag Carnival Picture Taker?

I have a weird memory. I can remember my phone number from 5th grade 509.555.5701, but I can’t remember someone’s name from a year ago. Last year on August 15th, we held our first ever Dirtbag Carnival at the production facility. I remember there was a hot dog eating contest, carnival games (like blow-dart balloon… Read more »

nicole klauss

Iron Horse Brewser

Drinking while playing sports is generally discouraged, but if you’re creative enough you can find ways to incorporate beer into your athletic training without getting smashed. Check out this roller derby video for inspiration. Then get out there and show us how you incorporate Iron Horse beer into your training or everyday life. Please note, only… Read more »

Nic Cawley-Murphree

The Ultimate Craft Beer Experience

“What beer would you most like to try and why?”  When this question was posed to me for the assignment of writing this blog I thought it would be a relatively straightforward and easy question to answer.  As I thought about the question more however, the task proved more challenging than I originally presumed.  Without… Read more »

Greg Parker

Gar-Bear

My Father. Also known as Gar(prounced gare)-Bear I kind of work with him. He foolishly put a substantial chunk of his life’s earnings on the line by investing in Iron Horse at my suggestion so naturally, he gets a say. I can only imagine two reasons why he would do that and they both boil… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Barista to Beerista

It was a normal morning at the IHB Coffee Stand (please take a moment of silence to remember the beloved stand). I arrived to work at around 5:30 a.m. in the middle of winter after an night’s snow dump. It was my job to open up the coffee stand and part of that routine was… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Shut Up and Drink

We like making beer. We experiment with ingredients, styles and wacky names. Some of our stuff has been well received, some of it hasn’t. When a beer seems to be popular we keep making it, when it’s not as popular we stop. That’s generally the way a business works in a free market. Untappd and… Read more »

Connie Morgan

60 Seconds With…Episode II

You weren’t wondering what IHB fans are like but we’re going to show you anyway. Rene Hough really likes Irish Death. She really like spaghetti too.

Greg Parker

Drying out after CBC

The Craft Brewers Conference is a lot of fun. This year it was in Philadelphia to which I had never been to before. I like that city. Much like other cities it offers lots of opportunities for bad choices. My bad choices started Monday night. In case you hadn’t inferred, that means I spent an… Read more »

holly kolb

The ins and outs of any customer/server friendship

How to get under your server’s skin: Snapping for our attention As adorable as dogs are, I’m not one. Just wait a minute, I promise that all of us as servers are anticipating your needs. Putting your mug on its side when you need another Mugs are hard, we can’t see in them when you… Read more »