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.

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 »

Dane Williams

Alcohol and Government

With the presidential election right around the corner, I was curious to see what kind of a role the Alcohol Industry plays in an election year. In an article written by Monica Vendituoli, she talks about how the industry is made up of wine, beer and liquor producers, distributors, and wholesalers as well as liquor… Read more »

Connie Morgan

60 Seconds With…Episode III

We like Pat Kelly. He likes us so it works out. Name: Patrick Kelly Family:  A couple of kids and a couple of grandkids Profession: Owner of Tim’s Chips Cascade distribution Residency: Ellensburg, WA Mug Club Status: First year member, “Bulldog” Favorite Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail Prefers his Eggs: Scrambled

Rikki Welz

Beer People, Dear Reader

Easter 2016 in the Welz household was a momentous occasion. My brother Dave and I had been able to convince our mom, Kelly, that her fried chicken should be the main dish, instead of the traditional ham (though she can make a mean ham gravy). We both had been dreaming about her chicken for a… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Love Mug Club

The greatest feature of [ the pub ] is not having televisions. This is our way of forcing awkward yet satisfying social situations between strangers. As a server, I observe many dynamics of people. My favorite interactions are the ones that lead to a freshly brewed relationship (pun intended). These relationships, whether romantic, friendly, or… Read more »

Karina Mohan

11 Brews for Summer

Memorial day is a day for us to celebrate those who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. So while you are honoring those who have died, go outside, crack open a beer and appreciate what they fought to protect….But don’t crack a beer in public because that’s illegal and we don’t want you to get… Read more »

Adam Ransavage

Camping Tips From a Real Dirt Bag

I love what I do, but I love not doing what I do even more. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job (and I’m not saying that just cause my boss is going to skim over this).  Work can be crazy at times but it’s something I enjoy.  The people here are direct, authentic,… Read more »

Morgan Moran

A Big Package

As a consumer cracking open a 12oz can of Irish Death and enjoying the dark elixir with each sip you may ponder how exactly the beer got into it’s package. I am here to tell you the untold story of your loyal packager and just what one goes through to get these wonderfully delicious brews… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

SUPPORT AMERICAN BEER and YOUR MOUTH

The fourth annual, 3rd consecutive Eastern Washington Brewfest is just around the corner…  It’s weird that it’s Eastern Washington Brewfest, event though it’s held in Central Washington.  You can get your tickets here if you don’t care about any of this banter.  We’re okay with weird, but we’re not okay with only 12% of beer… Read more »

Greg Parker

America. The beer by AB-Inbev.

America. Bahahahahaha!  Are you serious AB-Inbev, the Brazilian managed Belgian brewer? America. Please tell me in what way your product is worthy of being labeled America? Please tell me how in any way you embody what is great about America or even what is unique about America. I doubt that you can or more likely… Read more »

Connie Morgan

60 Seconds With…Episode I

You weren’t wondering what IHB fans are like but we’re going to show you anyway. Devin Miller really likes Iron Horse Brewery. We didn’t ask him why but we did as him if he prefers Star Wars or Star Trek.

Ashley Stevens

Pay Beer Forward

When you work for a brewery you have access to a copious amount of beer. Over the 5 years I have been at Iron Horse I have acquired a glorious collection of brews. I very well could have built a separate house to store my collection, but I didn’t. That’s stupid. Instead I have decided… Read more »

Greg Parker

Craft Is Dead, Drink Indie Beer

Indie: cool short-hand for independent, right? Yes, and more. Indie implies a bit of a could-give-a-shit view of what is practical, popular and wise. Indie is a freedom of choice. The early punk rockers didn’t consult with their producer and record labels to determine what kind of music they should be making, they didn’t have… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Earth Beer

It’s Earth Day which means today everyone celebrates how beautiful the earth is, discusses the many ways humans are destroying the Earth, some children plant a few trees, you recycle a can and feel good about yourself and then tomorrow everything goes back to normal. The brewing industry uses a lot of stuff. Water, crops… Read more »

Billy Meagor

The Best Bars I’ve Ever Been To

Bars are the ultimate escape.  People go to hang out with friends, go on dates, watch sporting events, or get away from their wife….um wait….  Whatever the reason, bars are the best.  From sports bars to wine bars, pubs, taverns, theme bars, there’s a bar to suit every interest.   In my previous job I… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Vegan Beer?

At first the term “vegan beer” may seem unnecessary. Afterall, beer is made with four main ingredients, water, malts, hops and yeast. Those four ingredients are all vegan friendly but there is some debate or rather confusion as to what the definition of vegan is or what beers are considered vegan. A lot of the… Read more »

Rikki Welz

National Beer Day

April 7, 1933, something really neat happened. Let’s let Wikipedia tell you what it was. The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen–Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his… Read more »

Dane Williams

16 Ounces of Irish Death

Last month we announced that Quilter’s Irish Death would be available on draft at Century Link Field (Washington Craft House – Section 109). As a Craft Brewer in the Pacific Northwest, we feel very lucky that we have local sport teams (concessionaires) that understand the value in offering what the consumer demands while at either… Read more »