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.

Adam Ransavage

The 5 worst people you’ll see on St Patrick’s day

“Everything in moderation, including moderation” -Oscar Wilde St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best holidays for a reason.  The food is incredible, the beers are even better, but more so than anything, it’s the final nail in the coffin of that fad diet you started as a new year’s resolution.  It’s one of the… Read more »

Connie Morgan

The Morning After

St. Patrick’s day is approaching which means a hangover is approaching. I am lucky that for whatever reason I rarely get hangovers but St. Paddy Day gets me every time. Even though there isn’t a drop of Irish blood in me St. Paddy Day has got to be one of my favorite times a year…. Read more »

Jared Vallejo

It’s Getting Weird

I’ll admit it. I like being part of something bigger than myself, probably because I am inherently selfish and need that bigger thing to keep my feet planted and ego in check. So, when it came time to start planning the second installment of the st. paddy day .5 k, we knew we wanted to… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

PADDY ON places

You may not be able to #paddyon at [ the pub ] in-person but you can #paddyon at [ the pub ] with us in spirit somewhere else. EASTERN WASHINGTON Milepost 11 Cashmere, WA Senor Frogs Chelan, WA Willie’s Sports Bar East Wenatchee, WA The Loft Leavenworth, WA Stick+Stone Richland, Wa Fast Eddie’s Spokane, WA… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Gettin’ Handsy

Handshakes. For a working person they’re a part of daily life. Most people probably don’t think anything of them. By most people I mean most men. Handshakes get weird with women. Here are the weirdest things that happen when women try to shake hands with men. The Noodle Hand – I have watched a man… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

A Nigerian Prince Needs Your Help!

Connie, who controls our content and secretly wants to be a pony, has been asking me for blogs for a while now.  Unfortunately, I had little to write about that seems relevant or interesting to you, the craft reader (I so want this to become a term used to describe certain literary enthusiasts).  You’re most… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Academy Award Winning Beer

Oscar parties are fun because movies are fun. Beer makes the Oscars even funner-er. Movie, beer and food pairings compliments of our Certified Cicerone Rikki. The Big Short Finger Gun IPA *Pair with pineapple upside down cake We often encourage finger gunning your way out of any awkward situation or mischief you have gotten yourself… Read more »

Greg Parker

it’s nothing personal about your dog…

Let me save you the trouble. I know I am an idiot for adding food. I know I am a jerk for banning dogs from the pub. I know that it is a stupid business move to piss off our local bars and restaurants as well as our own customers and their dogs. If I… Read more »

Jake Fleming

College Dropout

Long ago I moved to Ellensburg to continue my education by acquiring a degree from a university.  Like many starving college students I needed a job and was just stupid-ass lucky enough to get one washing kegs for Iron Horse Brewery. I was pretty excited as any 20-year-old kid would be.  But, as I continued… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Drunk Presidents

We take a whole day out of the year to remember our former (and current) presidents. While it’s my belief that no one actually takes time to honor our prezzies, and instead uses the day as time to catch up on sleep, the holiday has got me askin’ some questions. Being president is a tough… Read more »

Ashley Stevens

Sh%& it’s Valentine’s Day

It’s February 11th. Then February 12th. Then February 13th. Then February 14th. It dawns on you that you haven’t bought your significant other anything for Valentine’s Day. You panic, you log on to Pinterest, you realize you cannot pull off the ultimate surprise or killer gift with so little time. So there you stand, in… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

Super Bowl Blowout

Yeah, yeah, yeah Seahawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, next year. Do you love hanging out with friends and having a good excuse to drink beer and eat food? If you’re one of these people, keep reading. If you’re not, I feel bad for you and you might want to keep reading and… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

Rooting for Awkwardness

As a Seahawks fan, I was obviously bummed they decided to take a collective dump during the first half of the Carolina contest and, as a result, didn’t make the big game.  Oh well, they used to suck, and now they’re relevant, so there’s a silver lining.  Now, unlike the last two years, I have… Read more »

Rikki Welz

Big Game Beer Dip

Hey All! Here is the written version of my super secret, super difficult, super foodie dip recipes. You’re welcome.   Beer/Cheese/Chili dip Ingredients: 1 brick of “Cheese Product” (the closer related to plastic, the better!) 1 can of chili 2 cans of Double Rainbow India Red Ale Red IPA Hoppy Red Beer (24oz of 509… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Billings: The Final Frontier.

No, not a set of actions where we send paper invoices to collect money for “unmentionable services”. The town, in Montana; That’s what we’re talking about. We’re opening up that market. Iron Horse Brewery Does Fun Things in New Market Iron Horse Beer is available in Billings, That’s a New Market we have. You’re welcome…. Read more »

Greg Parker

Failing the Iron Horse Way

“I’m a winner because I f*#%ing win” – Kenny Powers Following that logic; “We’re losers because we lost.” – Greg Parker. We lost. We failed. We swam out past the buoys, got over our tips, bit off more than we could chew. At what, you might ask? The coffee stand. We’ve sold it. We lost… Read more »

Connie Morgan

We’re Hiring Humans

Iron Horse Brewery will be hiring for a variety of positions at our pub location within the kitchen and front of the house. We are looking for reliable and motivated  candidates, 21.1 years and older, that have a strong interest and desire to work within the craft beer field. As a group we are committed… Read more »


The Art of Pickin’ up Chicks at Beer Festivals

Beer festivals are a great way to mingle with friends, meet people, and try new beers. With the craft beer world being slightly overrun with the male specimen, beer festivals tend to be a buncha dudes seeing how many 5 oz. pours they can slug down before losing their glass and starting an intimate wrestling… Read more »

Connie Morgan

I Have a Dream for Craft Beer

Someone I work with recently brought to my attention that there is a major lack of color in the brewing industry. I was already aware of this but having the cold hard facts laid in front of you can be pretty disheartening. Not only are my fellow brothers and sisters missing out, so is the… Read more »

Dane Williams

AB-InBEV’s Positive Impact on the Craft Industry

You may be one of the many who believe there’s no way ABI could have any positive impact on the Craft Beer Industry. If you’re one of these folks you might be mistaken. ABI continues to develop its Global Management Trainee Program and put less value on seasoned employees. Veteran employees with countless years of… Read more »