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Chrons of the Summer Stache Pt. Something

Peter Heinen
POSTED BY
Peter Heinen July 17th 2014

Hello again, Mustache Pete here and proudly reporting on the progress of the summer stache. Okay, proudly might be poorly worded but the stache is coming along. Once again I will state if I was a brunette then the stache would be way more impressive…. but if you get PRETTY close you can see what is a nice base for my “upper LIPholstery” and from a distance you can see a shadow on my lip… I’ll take it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful, “beer” filled Fourth of July; I spent the day hiking in Leavenworth. If anyone is looking for a ridiculously gorgeous day hike in the Central Washington area I highly recommend hiking to 8-mile lake in the Wenatchee National Forrest. ATTENTION ALERT: Lazy bums there is some early vertical during the hike and it is labeled “difficult” on the trail guides online, but ….I have the upmost confidence in “beer lovers” that most conditioned humans could do this hike with no problem. Surprise surprise the “8-mile lake” hike finishes with a nice sloping terrain leading to…a lake. It is an alpine lake so lets just say the water is…not warm and I experienced this the hard way. I may or may not have thrown my GoPro very, very poorly and watched it clank off the rock face I was attempting to climb, splash into the water, and slowly trickle down towards the bottom of the lake. There was only one thing to do, tighten up my big boy pants, channel my inner Michael Phelps, and spread my wings because I wasn’t going home empty handed.

Long story short on about the fifth dive (45 minutes later) I snagged my GoPro off the sandy bottom of the lake and pushed up towards the surface screaming in excitement. My only regret is not pressing the record button before I made the ill advised throw. My GoPro is alive and well and with a couple quick jumping jacks and “high-fives” (Promotion plug: just a reminder to all beer lovers to post pictures to our #H5project Facebook page and of course don’t forget the #hashtag #H5project. Get outside be crazy… and post pictures!) my purple and pink hands returned to their pasty white color. All was well and this was easily the prettiest hike I have ever been on.

Cheers,

2014-07-17 16.34.19 Mustache Pete  <— (Brooklyn accent)

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Embracing the 80′s has finally paid off

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre July 14th 2014

I just got back from a 10 day vacation. That is not just a fact and a brag. Or a Frag. Bract. I needed to tell you this so that I could then say this: The highlight of my vacation, besides drinking 21 bottles of wine (responsibly. sorry, beer.), was opening up my Facebook to see the awesome picture our interns posted of their 80′s recreation. You are all correct. It was Flashdance but what you all don’t know is how attractive #MustachePete looked in his pink leotard, in color, how good with a broom #UnicornConnie and #NoNicknameRobyn are, and how great High Five Hefe cans are at photobombing. So we thought that we’d give you a glimpse behind the scenes.

Our winner for last week has been notified via Facebook. So all you have left to do is dream of this pink leotard and hold your breath until Wednesday when a new photo will be posted.

 

Radical.

 

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Cool Things in Beer History

Paul Baker
POSTED BY
Paul Baker July 14th 2014

Hey Everyone

I’m back from my self imposed exile from blog writing. Beer is a fickle and demanding mistress and she has been demanding a lot more time recently.

In any case. I’m back with some history that I thought you might enjoy.

So we know that beer was probably first “invented” as a drink in Ancient Sumeria and was probably the reason why we have agriculture, or towns, or civilization in the first place. Beer is mentioned in the first story ever written The Epic of Gilgamesh and so on. Beer is awesome, has always been awesome and will continue to be awesome. Fact.

Beer is also mentioned three times in the first set of laws ever written: The Code of Hammurabi in 1772 BCE. Lets think about that for a bit.

The FIRST time that someone (Hammurabi, a brutal autocrat) wrote down all the laws for a society where everyone could see them and said, “these are THE RULES and here is what happens when you don’t follow them.” Of course most of the punishments are harsh but its the first time anyone said, “look man, you broke rule #109. You knew the punishment when you decided to break the rules. So here is the punishment. ”

So in this first set of laws beer is mentioned three separate times. I think thats incredible.

Two of them which I think are amazing are rules 108 and 109.

Rule 108 deals with tavern keepers selling people “short pints.” If you sell a person a drink and give them less than they pay for? That’s a drowning.

How many times do you think people got shorted after the first few times?

Rule 109 concerns people getting together in taverns to conspire against the government. Not only do the conspirators get death, but so does the tavern keeper. People getting together to drink beer and bitch about the government is as old as civilization itself.

Pretty crazy stuff.

Tune in next time.

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#H5Project

Connie Morgan
POSTED BY
Connie Morgan July 1st 2014

Hugging has got to be one of the worst communication devices ever invented. The intention is good and all, letting someone know you care enough about them to touch their torso to yours; but the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

What heartwarming form of human contact doesn’t suck you ask? The high five. Up high, down low, air five, double high five (high ten) and secret handshakes. These can’t be translated into hugging. Okay, they could; but we’re pretty sure a hug down low equals sexual harassment charges and air hugs just look ridiculous.

A high five is always welcome; a high five is never taking it too far.

Hugs on the other hand, when is it even okay to hug someone else? Is here an amount of time one must know another in order to hug them? What do you do if someone goes in for the hug and you’re too sweaty or smelly or out of shape to have them touching you like that. A simple wipe on the trousers fixes the problem for a handshake, they haven’t yet invented something that can quickly wipe a whole body clean, pre-hug.

Hugging has become immensely popular as a form of hello and goodbye; and quite honestly, it’s disgusting.

When did it become acceptable to hug someone you literally just met? Do hugs even mean anything anymore? Wikipedia sites a hug as “a near universal form of physical intimacy,” soooo, essentially we have all been intimate with thousands of people. That explains the rash.

The High Five Project is our mission to end the abomination that is hugging, and we need your help.

#H5Project is our quest to obtain 5,555 high fives by August 5th at 5:55pm. Send us pictures of yourself high fiving your grandma, your boss, or a bear. Post pictures to Twitter or Facebook with #H5project or simply post to our High Five Project event page on Facebook. Visit morehighfive.com to buy canned High Five Hefe, nominate a charity to high five or read the complete High Five manifesto.

Warning, your high fives will be featured on our social media daily and will be a part of the high five compilation video that will be sent to Tom Brady himself, because let’s face it; he needs those high fives more than

So please, stop hugging and go high five yourself, because you deserve it.

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High Five A Charity Update for your Faces

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre June 26th 2014

Yes. Yes. We here at Iron Horse Brewery tend to conduct ourselves with a melange of sass, irreverence, and sarcasm and that’s how we like to present ourselves to the world. And triple Yes, we have indeed launched a campaign to end the hug. Replacing full body contact with the ultra-cool, super fun, way better than hugging high five, which you can learn all about at morehighfive.com. But all of these together doesn’t equal that we don’t care about things. Because actually. we do. things are awesome.

With the launch of our Less Hugging, More High Fiving campaign we have asked you to High Five A Charity. We want to highlight the awesome work of your favorite charity and post it here on the internet to bring more awareness to these organizations and introduce these organizations to a new audience.

Not all of us can say we devote time, energy, or our whole lives to causes close to our hearts or to serve others but we sure as hell want to make sure those that do are recognized and given as many real, in person, air or virtual high fives as possible. We mean that. So do that. High Five the eff out of them.

The top five charities with the most high five nominations will receive a monetary high five from IHB when all is said and done. Which is neat. But here is our chance to highlight and to let you know more about those that have already been nominated. Check out their websites, learn about what they do, go to morehighfive.com and high five them yourself, or go to morehighfive.com and nominate a new charity. We will highlight charities each week!

So without further ado here are our nominated Charities of the week:

THRIVE

Young adults—categorized as ages 18 through 40—face cancer in an entirely different way than children and older adults. Because young adult cancer diagnoses are less common than pediatric or geriatric, the experience can be particularly isolating.
Thrive Through Cancer aims to bring young adults together, provide them with age-appropriate resources and give them a place to share their story.
Diagnoses may disrupt life, but we are here to help young adults Thrive Through Cancer.
http://www.thrivethroughcancer.org/

HOPESOURCE

HopeSource moves people to self-sufficiency by providing access to education, employment, economic development and vital services. To live and serve with these values:
CASTLE—Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truth, Love and Effectiveness
http://www.hopesource.us/

GALLERY ONE

Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition and appreciation of visual arts in Central Washington. To that end, the facilities, board of directors, and staff of Gallery One provide: High-quality, innovative, and diverse visual arts exhibits, educational programs for the appreciation and skills of the arts, studios for a diverse group of resident artists, networking opportunities with business organizations and educational institutions in support of the arts, and meeting place to foster community cohesion and arts appreciation.
http://www.gallery-one.org/

EVERGREEN MOUNTAIN BIKE ALLIANCE

Evergreen creates and protects sustainable mountain biking opportunities in Washington. Evergreen is Washington State’s largest mountain bike advocacy and trail building group. Created in 1989 as a grassroots solution to local trail networks closing to riders, Evergreen (formerly BBTC) became a viable force in the trail building and advocacy community. Due to the progression and growth of the sport, the past decade has lent itself to the expansion of the organization. http://evergreenmtb.org/

DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We provide free services to people with disabilities. http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/

Let the internet world know about High Five A Charity. Use hashtags #morehighfive #forcharity #highfiveacharity

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Chronicles of the Summer Stache Pt. 1

Peter Heinen
POSTED BY
Peter Heinen June 23rd 2014

Hello Iron Horse lovers and beer connoisseurs, I am one of the three new interns at Iron Horse Brewery. I would love to tell you all about myself but honestly, who really cares about the interns anyway? Right? My names Peter, I’m the tall blonde with the Farrah Fawcett haircut.

When Tess told me I “get to” write a blog for my internship I initially was a little worried about what my material would be. But then a light bulb went off in my head and ‘The Chronicles of the Summer Stache’ was born. Why don’t I shave my nonexistent mustache and let it grow…for the next 12 weeks while I’m at Iron Horse? That would be fun. I’ll blog about the slow…. but hopefully steady progress. Post some pictures and maybe,just maybe will have a nice little product by the end of the summer.

Now I would like to start out with an apology to every Iron Horse employee if I embarrass the brewery because I’ve never grown what people call a “successful mustache” or any facial hair for that matter. So what I’m trying to say is: don’t expect to see Tom Selleck or Ron Burgundy trotting around the brewery. Realistically with my long blonde hair I’ll probably resemble more of 80’s adult star…either way it should be fun.

Finally I’ll fill everyone in on the awesome adventures my bountiful mustache and I get into this summer. I like to believe I live a pretty entertaining life. I love the outdoors so my weekends are full of hiking, cycling, kayaking, camping, and drinking all over the Central Washington area…of course not all at the same time… or maybe all at the same time.
So here it is. Week one. In all it’s glory
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Cheers,
Intern 1,2, or 3
Peter Heinen

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This is what I sound Like and We’ve Got Interns

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre June 20th 2014

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Show Us Our Cans

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre June 16th 2014

We’ve spent about 1,000 hours over the past six months obsessing over the release of our Iron Horse six-pack cans of High Five Hefe. Finally after 47 temper tantrums, 21 presentations, and a lot of fanagaling [is this even a word?], last week we canned that -ish up. Woot. Kapow. Kapooya. Neat.

It was a glorious day. The whole brewery smelled like ginger honey nirvana, cans were consumed at the rate of 5 seconds per can, and I tried to spend the night in the canner. I was not allowed to spend the night in the canner.

Two days later those beautiful six packs were packaged up and shipped out. and now we have no idea where our little aluminum children could be. This is like empty nest syndrome. Or something. But unlike your parents, we have all the people of the internet to help us keep an eye on them.

So here is what we need you to do.  See a six pack at the grocery, bottle shop, or liquor store? Take a picture. Post it to our Facebook wall, or Twitter it to us at @ironhorsebeer and let us know where you found it. In return for your services, we will send you a  free High Five Hefe Foam Hand. And you know you really want one, bad. 

also to do more virtual high fiving visit morehighfive.com to high five a charity, your friend, or to look at with your eye holes.

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Hey Tess, Why are you Crying?

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre June 3rd 2014

I’m feeling so many emotions. Like a lot. Like real ones.

Usually this “feeling the emotions” would get me shunned and/or kicked out of Iron Horse World Wide Headquarters but today, they’ve made an exception. High Five Hefe Cans exist. exclamation point.

Yes, they are empty, but we’re off to a good start and I want to throw up from happiness. I understand that this is not a normal reaction to happiness, the barfing, but it is what it is people.

Also I’m feeling that I use too many commas. Maybe even over use. I, frankly, use commas so that you dear reader, can understand my inflection and that sometimes I just need you to slow down and think about High Five Hefe in a can and read about it in my voice. This is really irrelevant and probably a control thing but it’s my blog and no one said focused blogs are better than ones that are all over the place. Maybe someone did say that.

These cans are pretty beautiful and we will be swimming in them, Scrooge McDuck-style once they hit the brewery. I can not wait for that. Next week beer will be in them, so at that time I may really lose it.Then some time soonish after that you get to enjoy them on your boat, after your hike, in your underwear, or wherever you choose to give yourself a high five. I have goosebumps. This is magical. Maybe I need a hobby.

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High Five Hefe in 6 – 12 oz Cans

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo May 15th 2014

Hello.

I want to High Five you. But first I want to tell you about High Five Hefe.
Below is the press release.
Please read it, or don’t. Or do.
Either way, now, I high five you.

Extra bonus: Here’s a picture of the pilot cans, which are not the real cans, but the pretend cans with sharp edges that make your mouth bleed when you drink out of it. ET can’t fix that ouch.

High Five Hefe - Pilot Cans

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For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Six Pack Cans of High Five Hefe
Go High Five Yourself, You Deserve it. Do it on June 12th.

ELLENSBURG, WA (May 15, 2014) Iron Horse Brewery is announcing that “yes, another brewery is going to put craft beer in a can, but do it, you know, differently.” June will mark the release of High Five Hefe as a six pack of 12oz cans, also known as a “sixer.” Brewed with ginger and locally sourced honey, High Five Hefe is a unique take on an American Wheat ale and will be one of the few craft wheat beers currently available in six-packs. “We know that the wheat segment is strong and continues to grow at a pretty steady pace, despite what IPA has to say about it. Even with the strength of the category, when it comes to being able to choose a quality craft wheat beer in a can from a small producer out of central Washington, in Kittitas county, on Vantage Hwy, the choices are really limited,” commented Iron Horse General Manager, Greg Parker. “People want wheat beer and we happen to have a wheat beer that’s unique & will satisfy their mouth parts,” added Parker.

Release and Availability
Iron horse will release the High Five Hefe six-packs the second week of June and will be available throughout Washington, Montana, some of Oregon, a lil’ bit of Idaho and Alaska. With the slogan “Go High Five Yourself, You Deserve it,” 12 oz cans of High Five Hefe is meant for the active, outdoor adventurist, the enthusiastic praiser or the personal space observer; all of which are deserving of a high five, and a beer.

Five Weeks of High Fiving for Goodness-es Sake
In conjunction with the launch of the High Five Hefe 6 packs, consumers will have the opportunity to support their favorite charity through the newly created website www.morehighfive.com In each 6 pack, there will be a sticker, token-thing that will direct consumers online where they can nominate (kinda like a virtual high five) their charity. At the end of 5 weeks, Iron Horse Brewery will give 5% of net proceeds to the top 5 nominated charities. “The high five is a way to engage with other people that immediately puts you in a good place,” said Director of Marketing Jared Vallejo. “We want to extend that feeling to High Five Hefe, the beer, and make it a way in which people can pass on the high five,” commented Vallejo. “Also less hugging, more high fiving,” Vallejo declared, very randomly.

The release has been in the works for several months with placement secured at several of the major chain grocery retailers as well as independent grocers and beer retailers. Consumers hoping to get their hands on the six-packs, can use Iron Horse Brewery’s Beer finder for exact locations. The Beer Finder can be found here: http://ihor.se/beerfinder

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Not Shitting My Pants

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre May 12th 2014

<—- This is not Jade. But this round two of Jade’s guest blogs for IHB. Visit her in the beer garden at Bares and Broncs in Eburg 5/17.  Alright, Jade. Go for it.

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I’ve been a vegetarian for 19 years. 19 YEARS. I was 10 when I sat down to dinner and put together the fact that the lamb-chop my grandma had cooked actually came from a lamb. A LAMB! Oh God did I lose it. I can remember sobbing, my poor mother watching in shock as I declared I would never eat meat again. She tried to get me to eat fish for about a week, enticing me with my favorite, tuna noodle casserole. But I left all the tuna in the bowl and only ate the noodles and condensed mushroom soup. I was a full-fledged vegetarian.

It was only in my early 20’s that I started to feel the affect of low iron and anemia. I couldn’t stay awake in school, I got sick easily and I had a general feeling of ugh. My doctor suggested I eat fish and it helped immediately. I’ve eaten it on and off for the last 8 years, sometimes more than others, but have definitely developed an affinity for sushi.

So now I find myself headed to Mongolia in 3 months where the cuisine is mutton with goat, or goat with mutton stew. As in, actually, I’ve been told that there are almost no fresh vegetables on the steppe. Not this vegetarian’s dream…  actually, my worst nightmare. So other than the fact that the animals I’ll be eating have lived on the open plain, free to roam without cages, and being fed grass only, there is very little comfort in this dietary dilemma.

The Mongol Derby is not a place for people who are afraid to be tough, and it’s not a place for people whose stomachs can’t handle what’s thrown at them. So that paired with the fact that we’re only allowed an extra 5kgs of weight, I’m not ready to give up necessary items like extra batteries or a pair of socks for vegan friendly protein powder.

PRESENT DAY

I realized immediately after I was told I’d be competing that I could have to retrain my body to process and digest meat. I’ve heard horror stories of long time vegetarians eating meat and becoming violently ill, but I’ve also heard that sometimes it’s fine if you introduce it slowly.

Either way, I’m not leaving it up to chance and I’m not waiting till I’m out on the steppe to realize I have a violent reaction to the only food out there.

In other words; I refuse to fail to finish this race because I can’t stop shitting my pants. I’ve been putting this experiment off since October when I found out I had received a spot, but today I realized the race was a mere 3 months away and that now was as good a time as ever.

So today my loving semi-carnivore boyfriend and I wandered into Whole Foods. A place I generally dislike, but know that if anyone is going to have meat I’m going to feel ok about eating, it’s them. After a little bit of panic at the raw meat counter, and lots of guilt about what I’m going to do, I decided on some turkey bacon. A nice stepping-stone, I think.

I wandered up to the counter with 2 packages and asked, “Which turkeys lived a better life, and did they have toys?”

 

Thank God we live in Portland because the guy didn’t blink an eye, pointed to the package in my left hand, and stated that both of the companies raise pasture centered turkeys with toys and vegetarian feed, but he personally knew the farm in my left hand had very happy turkeys.

Sorted. Well, sort of. As if this decision wasn’t hard enough, I had to take into consideration whether the meat was kosher or not. I am Jewish and I was raised keeping kosher but was able to largely dismiss the laws as I never ate anything other than cheese that would be in question, given my vegetarian ways. This turkey bacon as it turns out, was not kosher. And according to the turkey happiness expert, the kosher organic farms simply are not big enough to meet the demand of the Whole Foods giant.

Great. So now I have to choose between religion and animal happiness.

For the love of God I choose my SOAP based on animal happiness, how could I not make that my main concern with what I eat? I chose turkeys with toys. Mom, please forgive me. This is not a life decision.

While there, Chris, who generally eats vegetarian with me, started eying the grass fed, pasture raised, buffalo steaks and lamb stew meat. No! No lamb stew for me, not on the first try. Not ever, in fact. But buffalo, I’ve heard good things about buffalo. Back to the meat expert, “Excuse me, where does buffalo fall on your animal welfare scale?”

I was assured that the farm the buffalo were raised on had room for them to wander, that they were given great care, and that they were not forced to travel more than 25 miles to be slaughtered (to reduce stress put on the animals). Chris had stars in his eyes about a nice piece of buffalo, and I turned away as the guy cut it in half and packaged it for us.

Fast-forward 6 hours later, a couple of Sunday beer tasting flights, and a leisurely bike ride, and we’re ready to cook up a buffalo steak. I’m sorry, not we, Chris. Chris did the cooking and I started taking pictures of raw meat and writing my feelings down.

He made stir fried veggies on corn tortillas and cooked the meat well done. But not before we both try it relatively rare (with lots of garlic for me). And I realize that I prefer to just eat it plain, and that hiding it in other food freaks me out. I guess I like being conscious of the fact that I’m eating something else. It made me appreciate it more. Or maybe it’s just the beast in me coming out. All in all I ate about 2oz of buffalo. Not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but more than what I’ve eaten in 19 years.

UPDATE I ate turkey bacon for breakfast and I still haven’t shit my pants. Maybe I’ll do all right in Mongolia after all.

 

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Meet Jade

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre April 30th 2014

Hello people of the digital world. Meet Jade.

Jade, meet all these people. Oh good, you now you know each other.

Jade will be guest blogger here over the course of the next little while. or something. We’ll let her introduce herself and let you know the crazy bad assery (that’s a word, right?) that she participates in. If you are in Ellensburg the weekend of May16th-18th, be sure to go to the Eastern Washington Brewfest because it will be awesome. And then hit up Bares and Broncs find out a little about Jade and visit her while she slings beer for a good cause in the beer garden. The beers she serves you will make you feel like the ruler of an empire. really.

Go for it, Jade

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What do you get when you cross a beer geek with an obsessive horse lover? You get a woman who is determined to race 600 (self-supported) miles across the Mongolian Steppe, on semi-wild horses, in order to crack open an Iron Horse beer at the end. Ok, well, maybe you don’t always get this combination but in my case, I was lucky enough to.

At this point you’re probably asking yourself, “What the hell is she talking about?”

Let me introduce myself. My name is Jade Sevelow Lee, I’m 29 years old, and this year with the help of Iron Horse Brewery I will be competing in the world’s longest horse race. This is no ordinary horse race: this is the longest, toughest, horse race in the world; a recreation on Genghis Khan’s empire busting postal system.

Yea you know, that Genghis Khan, whose empire stretched across Asia in the 1200’s. His empire. I will be riding against 40 top-level international riders. My competitors range from an 8-time Grand National rider to professional jockeys, and we will all be on level playing field of Mongolian steppe. To stand a chance of finishing each rider must balance survival skills and horsemanship and to stand a chance of winning an extra level of determination and no small amount of luck is required. Enduring the elements, semi-wild horses as well as unfamiliar food and terrain, completing the derby is an achievement few can boast.

And while we’re at it, we get to save the world.

As a rider on the Mongol Derby the Adventurists ask you to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity, at least £500 of which goes to the official charity: Cool Earth. Along with the teams on the other adventures, we’ll be saving the world one rainforest at a time. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them.

Below is a delightful youtube link that always makes me cry at 1:07 and again at 1:53. Watch it and see for yourself. On that note, it’s time for me to head to bed as I have a long week ahead of me of riding, cross training and working (working?!).

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK3SpdIXvD4

 

-Jade

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Want to work at IHB? Of course you do.

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre April 28th 2014

 Iron Horse Brewery and Coffee Co will be hiring for 7 positions in the near future. Positions are within the fields of retail, marketing, and production.  We are looking for motivated 21+ candidates that have a strong interest and desire to work within the craft field.

There will be representatives from each department at the pub on Thursday May 1st  between 1 and 3pm and Tuesday May 6th between 4 and 5:30. If you are interested in a job at Iron Horse, please come visit us. You just need to pick which department interests you (retail, marketing, or production) and come prepared with a resume, cover letter, and a detailed schedule of availability through December 2014. 

Also, kablam. Kapow. Kapooya.

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Adventures in Brewfesting

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre April 24th 2014

Today I’m going to tell you about me. 1. because its one of my favorite subject and 2. because we foster narcissism here at IHB.  Maybe that’s not true and maybe those are both the same reason and maybe, maybe, it’s my parent’s fault. I don’t know.  I’m confused.

Brewfests. Right. I want to tell you about my adventures in brewfesting because whether I’m attending or working them, they are my 4th favorite thing. It goes: me, buffet, mashed potatoes, and then brewfests. Buffet is sometimes first but I imagine that’s a struggle everyone goes through. I love you Buffet. You are my favorite food [don't tell nachos].

Brewfests are my 4th favorite thing because they are awesome. Here now is a list of  6 and 3/4 things which make brewfests the best. according to me. which matters most.

1. someone is always dancing by themselves. and its amazing. and there is a 74% chance they are wearing socks and sandals.

2.Once I met someone names Stryker at a brewfest. enough said.

3. hugs are attempted more times than they are successfully executed. I get it. Sometimes tasting an amazing beer makes you want to hold onto someone real tight, but strangers dont always want your grimy paws around them. Just stick to the high five.

4. Someone gets cheered on by the entire crowd and that is neat. It is most likely because they broke their glass and it shattered and that sucks but I like to feel like i’m part of a group so I cheer too. and I like it. I’m a sheep, so what.

5. someone is still dancing alone. but now its me and my moves can best be described as a cross between fairy twinkle toes and Kung Fu.

5 3/4.  Beer

6. more beer.

The Eastern Washington Brewfest in at [the pub] in Ellensburg is on May 16th. you should come so that I don’t have to dance alone. but i will  challenge you to a dance off because, again, narcissist.

Tickets are here: http://www.showclix.com/event/EasternWABREWFEST

 

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Reinheitsge-blog

Rikki Welz
POSTED BY
Rikki Welz April 23rd 2014

Happy Reinheitsgebot Day!

Hi Everybody!

Rikki here again! Yay! This blog was also contributed to by Tyson, and Jeff. But they are doing real stuff right now…

Today, while “working”, Jeff, our new and knowledgeable master of kegging (and master of beards) wished me a happy Reinheitsgebot day. What a guy! What is Reinheitsgebot you may ask? Why sit down kids, for a tale of mystery, magic, and a bit of taxation & regulation.

Way back when, in early beer times, folks were putting all sorts of crap into their brews. They would collect various herbs, fungi, and whatever to put into their beers, in hopes of raising the alcohol content, avoiding the taxes on some ingredients, and making a more potent brew to profit from. Avoiding taxation alone is a primary driver for many “innovative ideas,” just ask your local accountant.

While innovation can be wonderful for the sake of progress, it can also provide minor set backs. Like killing innocent beer drinkers for example. Thats right, some of the bounty of the forest placed ever so lovingly into the beer, could kill a dude. Thanks alot, cheapskates.

To save the people, many beer purity laws had been proposed and even passed before the Reinheitsgebot, however, this one stuck. In the year 1516, on the 23rd of April, Duke Wilhelm the IV of Bavaria declared “…the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities’ confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail.” That declaration was on top of pricing regulation for beer and beer ingredients, to avoid price gouging, and to ensure the taxes are going to be paid by the brewers.

Death, Taxes, and Beer, the only three things constant in history.

This law was originally referred to as the Surrogatverbot (surrogate or adjunct prohibition, in rough translation). The name Reinheitsgebot came up in the 1900’s and stuck ever since. And its fun to say. Reinheitsgebot!

Note that the word yeast wasn’t used. That is because until Louis Pasteur discovered the alcoholic fermentation process by yeast in 1857, everyone thought the fermentation itself was based on other factors, like divine intervention, the fermentation vessel itself, or the time of year. Though these all can be key components of a healthy fermentation, yeast is the essential factor in beer fermentation. So the Reinheitsgebot was updated to include that. Since yeast, it has also been updated to include certain sugars to aid in fermentation, and malted rye and malted wheat. Isn’t beer interesting?

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Now we have a contest to make your Wednesday more enjoyable or horrible because you have to make it four more hours and all you want is a beer. now. neat. Respond to the appropriate Facebook Post with your answer.

Two winners of and IHB Shirt-Hat-Pint Glass combo will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants with the correct answer. Winners announced this afternoon at 5pm. ka. effing. pow.

so:

How many of our beers actually follows the Reinheitsgebot today?

If you want a hint you don’t get one. or maybe you do. or maybe this is a trick.

we don’t know anymore.

…The answer shares the same amount of beers, as awards we have so far taken away from the Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, Co. …

 

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Iron Horse Brewlette is Ready-Ish.

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo February 19th 2014

So here’s the official press release, which is infinitely easier than making a separate blog post. And go.

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For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Iron Horse Brewlette Round 1 is About to Hit the Market

This limited release contains three different beers and you have to guess what they are. Boom.

ELLENSBURG, WA (February, 19, 2013) As previously mentioned in December, Iron Horse Brewery is bringing to market their very limited release beer series, called Iron Horse Brewlette, where beer retailers, consumers and even its own employees will have no idea what beer they are drinking until they tap it, pour it, and drink it.

“The first release (three different beers, one label) is on the trucks and should be arriving at all 130 participating retailers within the next two weeks,” said Owner and General Manager, Greg Parker. “And when we say ‘should’ we mean we really hope that’s how it works out. I’m not going to lie, the logistics have been a real beast. Credit is due to our wholesalers and participating retailers for being willing to try something that, at first blush, seems really stupid and impractical. Oh and I have to publicly thank the production crew, for making this happen. Thanks, and please don’t quit.” commented Parker.

The Interactive Brewlette WebApp – v1 is Ready
The Iron Horse Brewlette WebApp developed specifically for this beer series is now live. “The IHB WebAPP will allow series participants to locate participating retailers by using their phone’s gps or- to avoid the NSA – by nearby address. Participants can check in, guess what’s in the beer, judge the beer, share their findings and enter to win Iron Horse Brewery swag and prizes, including the quarterly grand prize worth over $352,” cited Director of Marketing, Jared Vallejo. “The application should work with most modern smartphones, but if doesn’t, it’s probably time to upgrade your phone,” added Vallejo.

To ridicule the WebApp, point your phone’s browser to http://ihor.se/brewlette All entries and submissions will be reset on February 24th, which marks the official start date.

The complete list of participating retailers can be found on their website at www.ironhorsebrewery.com (or here)

For more information about Iron Horse Brewlette go to http://www.ironhorsebrewlette.com

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Washington Beer Lovers Open House and IHB Make a Baby Named Rikki

Rikki Welz
POSTED BY
Rikki Welz February 18th 2014

Greetings Fellow Beer Lovers!

We are proud to join the Washington Beer Open House, happening this very soon to be weekend! We don’t procrastinate on advertising or anything….

Iron Horse Brewery is proud to open it’s doors and welcome you to tour the brewery this Saturday Feb 22nd. Our handsomest bravest brewers have gotten together to help plan a beer-tacular almost hour-ish of time just for you and those other people who want to come too. Bring Grandma!
We will be hosting 3 guided tours, at 12ish, 1ish, and 2ish. These will happen at our production facility, located at 1621 Vantage Hwy**
**this is very important. you can tell because there are two asterisks and not just one. your livelihood depends on this. If you are using the google or your GPS to find us you need to enter 1619 Vantage Hwy. This should take you to our facility that is behind the Iron Horse Coffee Company stand, and also behind the Phoenix Truss company. If you put in our true address it will take you to an abandoned shed in the middle of a field. If you hear faint banjos in the distance, run. your in a zone affiliated with danger. 1619 Vantage Hwy will get you to us. so just do that.**
Our 12ish tour will be geared to home brewers, the 1ish to everyone who loves beer, and 2ish will be for those who want to become more beer savy.
Each tour will include chances to win prizes, learn more about the brewery, the beginners guide to beer pairing, and free highfives for everyone. Maybe there will be beer, maybe not….cough cough… And this is all FREE!
This is open to all ages, but please bring a valid ID if you plan to have a beverage. The brewery will be in full operation, so wear closed toed shoes, and dress like its winter… since it is. Protective eye wear will be provided, and dangerous hijinx will be prohibited. Please, no pets. Space will be limited so please email me at rikki@ironhorsebrewery.com how many people are in your group and when you would like to attend, by Friday afternoon, so that we may best serve you.
Cheers!
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Iron Horse Coffee Company: It’s a thing

Alison Duff
POSTED BY
Alison Duff February 7th 2014

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Last November Greg called me into his office for a meeting with Suzanne. I usually hang out upstairs at my broken and over crowded table, so to be in the bosses office was a little intimidating. He revealed to us that, feeling nostalgic for his pre- brewery days, he had acquired (by mostly legal means) the empty coffee shack that sits in front of the brewery on Vantage Hwy. Greg had heard that I had some barista experience under my belt (seven years to be exact) and asked if I would be interested in helping start-up Iron Horse Coffee Company. Would I ever!

Suzanne, who is lovely and generous, took the lead on this project and started brainstorming, organizing, interviewing, pricing etc. Jared hit the Mac. Really slammed into that F*$%er. Face first. Jared loves coffee. We still don’t know why that was his reaction, but we’re going with it.  And I created training material. Ka. Poo. Ya.

Fast forward to now and well, the time is…now!  Iron Horse Coffee Company opens for business at 6am on Monday Feb. 10th. Thats three-ish days from now people. IHCC will keep it simple. We intend to keep the amount of syrup restrained in each beverage to ensure enjoyment of the actual coffee. If you want more syrup, I guess that’s ok. or its not. Or its not, not ok. Probably that one.

The menu is simple: milk based drinks, drip coffee and americanos. The milk based drinks are up for you to create.  You can get a mocha, plain latte, vanilla steamer, or something we may never have heard of. It’s up to you. To further simplify your life, we will only be offering five flavors: vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel syrups, and white and dark chocolate sauces. Simple, accomplished.

Oh, here’s the best part: Monday -Thursday you can pay whatever the hell you want. But just this next week. Greedy humans. So we’ll see you Monday, bright and early, with your penny in hand because when you can’t drink beer, there’s coffee.

Iron Horse Coffee Company

Open:

M-F 6am-12pm

Sat-Sun 7am-12pm

 

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Drive Through Growler Fills-What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Greg Parker
POSTED BY
Greg Parker January 24th 2014

It has long been a dream of mine, and by long i mean about a year, to be able to provide legally aged consumers of craft beer with a half gallon of Iron Horse’s finest and freshest delivered through the window of a building, into the window of their car. I don’t even care if they open their window.

What stands in the way? W.A.C. 314-11-015 section f. I am not trying to kick dust in the face of the liquor control board or Washington state, so let’s get that clear right away. Iron Horse has had a great relationship with the LCB and the state, with the exception of the Department of Ecology. They can kiss my ass. The LCB has always been attentive and reasonable with us. I dare say, I like them, based on the people I’ve met from there. Unfortunately for them, they must dutifully enforce the rules that have been handed down.

As part of my less-than-thorough campaign to have this rule changed I have repeatedly hassled our fine brewers guild president, Heather Mcclung, of Schooner Exact Brewing. Well, she finally said ‘put your money where your mouth is’. Actually she said ‘if you are serious you should write a convincing paper as to why the restriction should be lifted’. Damn it, that is actual work.

Why am I telling you? I’m trying to crowd-source good arguments and science for allowing drive-thru growler fills.

Here are the sections of the paper as I imagine them:

-Introduction

-Why do we need this?

-Examples of success in other states.

-How many trillions of dollars will be contributed to the Washington economy when dads that cook can obtain the beer they need to complete their planned dinner recipe, without having to hassle with shopping carts, baby bjorns, strollers, and tabloid displays. [you’re welcome] Washingtonians.

-Provisions to ensure sealed container and the stupidity of assuming people would be more likely to swig off a growler while driving than cracking open a bottle. Seriously, have you ever tried to handle a full growler one-handed? Yeah, it is really difficult cuz it weighs about 4 pounds and has a dinky little handle, or in the case of stainless steel growlers; no handles and an opening so big only Mick Jagger could fully lip-lock it, hence, beer all over your frontal.

Did I miss anything? I didn’t think so.

Next steps: jump in there people of the internets, I need your help filling this thing out with fact-like information. I’m too busy writing pointless blogs.

Hugs and Kisses

Greg

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How I Have Come to Write a Beer Thesis

Alison Duff
POSTED BY
Alison Duff January 22nd 2014

     Almost three years ago, I was introduced to the lovely culture of craft beer. At the beginning I had a limited range of flavor profiles, did not know what hops did for beer, understood nothing about fermentation, and had no idea what was in store for my future in the brewery community. That first year, I fell in love with beer. The chemistry of brewing and wide range of ingredients intrigued my interests so greatly that I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to taste every craft beer I could, and discover the complex flavors created by a brewer who is passionate for their trade. A year after my discovery of microbrews, dreams of a college degree brought me to Ellensburg to attend Central. On New Year’s Day 2012, I drove up Main Street in Ellensburg, with my car packed to the brim, and saw something exciting: a micropub! Guess who’s beer it houses…(hint: it’s Iron Horse). Over the next two years I enjoyed Iron Horse beer, first as a customer and then as an intern.

     As some of you know, I am old and graduating this March. But they won’t give me my degree if I don’t write a senior thesis. Gross. It has to be 25 pages, include a study, and a communication theory. Like I said: Gross. What to write about…hmmm…I want to enjoy writing about it for the next three months so…How ‘bout beer?!

     Thus, begins my journey into beer research and theoretic application. I feel so grown up. I met up with my intern-boss (Jared Vah-Lay-Ho), told him about it, and he thought it was neat. I started to research and discovered a treasure trove of resources. The Brewer’s Association website has up-to-date stories and statistics of goings-on in the brewery community. In addition, the Beer Institute collaborates data into spreadsheets and does not spare a single detail. My favorite resource I found is Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer (www.ambitiousbrew.com). This book details all of the early innovators who created the beer-climate we enjoy today, Philip Best, Adolphus Busch, Frederick Pabst and more.

Fun fact! Did you know that individuals were not “allowed” to brew beer at home until 1979? Good ol’ Jimmy Carter deregulated home brewing which allows each individual to brew 100 gallons of beer and wine per year. Yowza. Little did he know that that small change in a law would help the growth of a, now, ginormous industry. Today, there are 2,538 breweries including brewpubs, microbreweries and regional breweries across the United States (Brewer’s Association, 2013).

With that being said, I went on to study the diffusion of microbreweries across the U.S. Why are they so popular? Why are they a good start-up business for entrepreneurs? What attributes of the brewing industry make it so attractive to home brewers and consumers?

As of now, I have six pages written and a stack of research articles read. More to come.

Love, Al

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Cozy Community Fund Update

Rikki Welz
POSTED BY
Rikki Welz January 20th 2014

Hi Everybody!

Rikki here, yet again, with all the exclamation points a person could need!!

The super holiday season that runs from Oct 31st to Jan 3rd is finally at an end. The tinsel fueled melee in our home (sorry husband, I’ll never volunteer us for hosting again. Well, at least for the next two months…) has reverted back to its usual, lovable, chaos. This crazy time of year for some can also be a hard time of year to get through, for others. How do we address that problem? With our Cozy Community Fund, of course!

This year, the brewery, along with our friends at Armtstrong’s Stove and Spa, Besel and Williams, Knudson Lumber , Yarn Folk , and with our wonderful customers, managed to bring attention to and help raise funds for two area families. These funds hopefully helped mitigate the crazy stress this time of year has to offer. Our Cozy Sweater Release party helped raised $549 of the nearly $2000 dispersed (more reasons to have more parties, right?!).  We paid utility bills, bought presents, filled gas tanks, helped to lessen the grocery bill, and hopefully, brought some light and fun into their homes. We are in a great community, and are lucky to have your support and friendship. Thank you also to the kind folks who nominated the families, without you, this wouldn’t have been able to happen. High Fives all around!

Now that you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy, don’t forget we have area organizations that work year-round to bring the same services to those deserving, and could also use our help. Here’s a few quick links to keep the spirit going. Love you all!

Kittitas County Habitat For HumanityHope SourceFISH Food Bank Red Cross Spirit TRC

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Because its 4 on a Friday and You are Over Work: Cool Things in Beer History

Paul Baker
POSTED BY
Paul Baker January 10th 2014

Ok. Cool thing about beer and history time. Everyone think about a witch in your head.

Did it look something like this:

Something like my incredibly crude MS Paint version of a Halloween witch? [Sorry Wiccans and Pagans. I’ll get to the point soon.] Ok, so we have pointy hat, cauldron, broom looking job and a cat. Right? Still with me? Good.

So through some very basic research and some pretty basic putting 2 and 2 together I discovered something pretty cool, at least to me. The conception of a witch we have today, with the hat and all, seems to be derived from early European brewers who were, predominantly, women.

So lets go through the main cliche elements of the witch and compare that to brewing:

1) Big Pointy Hat: So overall, with few exceptions, during medieval times and through the Renaissance in Europe, towns were pretty few and far between; with infrequent opportunities to buy and sell goods from other areas. So market days in Europe were a huge deal, like giant festival kind of deals. Buy wheat and sell your turnips, see the juggler, throw something at the guy in the stocks, maybe you’d see a hanging. All kinds of entertainment for the whole family. And brewers, in this case known as ale-wives, would be out to sell ale to the masses. And since there were so many people at a market, the ale-wives would wear large, often colorful, hats that would stick up above the crowd so you could see where beer was being sold. Like that weird guy at a rock concert with a huge hat. You can always see that guy no matter where you are. So there we go. Pointy hat.

2) Cat: Beer is made from Grain. Rats eat grain. Cats eat rats. Medieval breweries ie. houses, didn’t have fancy things like traps or doors or glass in the windows. Therefore. Probably didn’t hurt to have a few cats around to cut down on the rat crap going into your beer. I’ve said it many a time and I’ll say it again, what a fantastic age we live in, with our sanitation and doors and lack of rats in beer.

3)Broom Looking Thing: Before the days of advertising and when most ale was sold from private homes, brewers used an “ale-stake” to announce to the public, and to the taxman, that ale was available for drinking. This was a bunch of barley stalks tied to a tall stick and put outside the door. Looked like a lot like a broom. Still with me guys and gals?

4) Cauldron: My favorite part. Hops in beer is a relatively recent addition to beer. In England for example hops were not imported until 1400CE and not used in beer there until 1519CE; being considered a “wicked and pernicious weed” enjoyed by foreigners who didn’t enjoy wholesome British Ale. Prior to the addition of hops, a mix of herbs was used to flavor ale. These herbs were known as “gruit” and included things like heather, mugwort, sweet gale, etc. Really whatever grew on the ground that wasn’t immediately poisonous. Most of these things sound like something that you’d hear a witch in a fairy tale putting into her brew.[ Authors Note: Some of those herbs can cause hallucinations, sweating and can “put the fight in ya.” Therefore I will not be making “authentic” ale anytime soon at Iron Horse Brewery. Sorry.]

So there you go. Laying a bit of history down on you. Hope you enjoyed.

Cheers.

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#ThankASidekick

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre December 18th 2013

The following is a summary of a word for word account of a day in the life of Iron Horse Brewery’s Marketing Department. Or we made it up. But we mean it.

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Tuesday 12.17.2013 9:42am

T: Hey, Jared?

J: Yes, Tess?

T: You in the middle of something?

J: Of course not. When do I ever do work?

T: Well, I was just thinking about Kimmy Gibbler .

J: Fo realz!? I was just thinking about her the other day.

T: Of course you were. Does a week go by that anyone isn’t thinking about Kimmy Gibbler of Tv’s Full House?

J: Tyson told me he used to rock spandex like Kimmy’s.

T: Man, I learned so much about  life from The Gibbler.

J: Don’t I know it.

Tuesday 12.17.2013 9:44 am

J: Hey Tess?

T: Yes?

J: You busy?

T: Of course I am, you have me doing all your work.

J: But I have Paul Pfeiffer on the mind and I just need to dish about it.

T: Dish away.

J: I was just spending my  work day on Wikipedia, like usual, and discovered that Paul was the only Wonder Years character without his own wiki page.

T: That’s a crime!

J: Don’t worry. I’m working on one.

Tuesday 12.17.2013 9:45am

T: Jared, do you like this hat I’m wearing?

J: For sure. The sunflower in the middle of your forehead is really tasteful. And what is that? Denim?

T: Oh yes. I’ve decided that I deserve a really classy makeover, ya know? I’m going for the Blossom  look. Six Lemeure really had  excellent taste.

J: You know when I was not a waiter in LA, I used to impersonate Joey Lawrence.

T: Really?

J: woah!

T: Spot. On.

J: Is it five o’clock yet?

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And that concludes our fictitious, but rooted-in-truth, dialogue.

Why did we bore you with this?  Because we want to say thank you. Not to you, but to all of those actors who played our favorite sidekicks…..and there’s only one way we  know how to say it.  beer. Oh. and twitter.

We have a list of 18.35 of the best tv sidekicks of the 80’s and 90’s who we want to personally, via the internet, thank the Iron Horse way because A) they deserve it. Sidekicks are better than main characters. Duh. And 2) because the thought of Kimmy Gibbler tweeting a picture consuming an Irish Death gives us goosebumps. That might be weird. We hope that’s not weird. Or maybe we hope it is weird.

So that’s where we decided to start the thanking: Kimmy, Paul, and Six.

With a little twitter persistence, the hashtag #ThankASidekick, and your help we think that maybe these most famous of sidekicks will hear our ‘thank yous.’

We need you to retweet our pleas to be heard and to tag our sidekicks in your own posts using #ThankASidekick.  If we reminisce about our favorite episodes, show how much we really do love these characters, and pester them enough they may, so graciously, allow us to give them beer. This seems like a no-brainer. Be showered with twitter admiration. Say yes to the gift of beer.

All we want this holiday season is to be able to thank a sidekick.

Follow us @ironhorsebeer

Follow Kimmy Gibbler/Andrea Barber @andreabarber

Follow Paul/Josh Saviano @joshsaviano

Follow Six/Jenna Von Oy @jennavonoy

And for your viewing pleasure.. our sidekicks:

kimmypaulblossom and six

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Adios River. Hello New Person.

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre December 11th 2013

It’s the end of an era. Our man Daniel ‘River’ Rios has decided to hang up his trivia microphone and pass the torch to someone a little less handsome and a little more excited by the idea of finding interesting and relevant pieces of trivia. We will mourn this loss. Except we will still see Daniel everyday. So really, we won’t mourn. But you all will. Hopefully you catch one more glance at those bambi-like eyelashes before it’s too late.

So here we are sounding the call for the new, sort of improved, local trivia host. If you or someone you know is marginally cool, loud, clever, blunt, smart, interesting, hard working, has a sense of irreverence, really likes this list, enjoys large crowds, doesn’t mind that this list hasn’t ended yet, and knows how to make an entrance, well, neat. If you are all of these things AND have an interest in hosting the most above average weekly trivia night in all of Washington, come show us that you are better than us on January 14th, 6pm, at [the pub] in Ellensburg. Yes, we are making you audition so be prepared. Auditions will be 10 minutes in length and each host must lead trivia for that period of time. easy.

Here is what you do:

1. Let us know you are interested  and want to sign up for the audition by emailing tess@ironhorsebrewery.com to reserve one of the 10 minute time slots.

2.Prepare 5-7.5 questions to test the audience’s knowledge. These questions can be in regular question and answer format (Q: How much time does Greg spend on his hair each morning? A: 37.38 minutes),  true or false, or multiple choice. Topics should include general trivia, popular culture, beer, and current events.

3. Be ready to answers some questions from our judges

4. and prepare to demonstrate your most amazing talent.

That’s right, there is a talent portion. This is serious

There will be a secret panel of judges to assess your abilities and skills in order to become the next Daniel Seacrest Out’ Rios.

The New Host’s responsibilities and requirements  will include:

Committing to around 10 hours of work per week as the the IHB Trivia Host. This includes preparation, promotion, and hosting. Trivia is every Wednesday and the Trivia Host prepares all trivia material each week. On trivia days, you must deliver to [the pub] one hint for each round of trivia to be given to all trivia players who show up early and purchases a pint of Iron Horse beer between 6:08 and 7:00 pm. You will be there as well to guard the hints and, probably, drink a beer. Lucky. Following the fifty-two minutes of blissful beer drinking and hint sequestering, you shall relocate to the trivia-venue-of-the-week (location varies throughout Ellensburg). Here, you will be required to set-up, collect team names and money, do an interpretive dance, and proceed with trivia-ness. Also, we will train you on protocol, categories, and stuff. All trivia hosts must have the ability  to mix audio to be used weekly during Trivia.

Email tess@ironhorsebrewery.com if you have questions or want to audition.

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Press Release: Iron Horse Brewlette

Jared Vallejo
POSTED BY
Jared Vallejo December 5th 2013

I could modify our press release for the purpose of this blog, or we could just copy and paste, because that’s faster.
Yes, I’m lazy.
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For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces New Brewlette Beer Series Where They Have no Idea What Type of Beer You Will be Drinking
A limited release beer series for beer geeks, beer freaks, and tap houses interested in experimental and hard to find ales.

ELLENSBURG, WA (December 2, 2013) As part of their 2014 product offering, Iron Horse Brewery is titillated to announce their new, limited release beer series called Iron Horse Brewlette, where beer retailers, consumers and even its own employees will have no idea what beer they are drinking until they tap it, pour it, drink it, then guess what it is.

“We wanted to reinvigorate the ‘new beer’ drinking experience,” said Owner and General Manager, Greg Parker. “Finding and trying interesting, new beers is what drives the craft beer drinker. We see this type of beer exploration all the time in our pub. People come in, try something new, and then ‘check in’ to brag about what that experience was like. We thought we could take that concept and turn it into an entire beer series. There is a 67% chance that this is a bad idea, which is why it is appealing to us.”

Iron Horse Brewlette is a year long series with releases scheduled quarterly for mid-February, mid-May, mid/late-September, and mid-November. For each release Iron Horse Brewery plans to produce three beer styles (Big and Hoppy, Big and Malty, Big and Balanced) at a time and then ship them, unlabeled, out into the market. The beer retailer will not know what style of beer they have received until they tap it and taste it. It will be up to the consumer to find each of the beers, taste, and identify the flavors.

The Power of Social Media
In conjunction with the release, Iron Horse Brewery is developing a mobile web app to ensure that the Brewlette experience is fulfilling both on and off-line. “The web app will allow series participants to identify and share within their social media networks, where and what beer was found. Participants can check in, guess what’s in the beer, share their findings and enter to win Iron Horse Brewery swag and prizes, including a private brewery tour.” cited Director of Marketing, Jared Vallejo. “Also, does anyone know how to do what I just said, because that seems hard.” he added.

“This is a great opportunity for tap houses to attract new customers. The availability of the beer is limited so that Iron Horse Brewlette fans will have to look outside of their local watering holes in order to find the Brewlette beers each quarter,” commented Vice President of Sales, Ross Chalstrom. “Not only do craft beer lovers get to try new and interesting beers, they get to try new and interesting tap houses as well; most likely becoming repeat customers or regulars.”

For more information about Iron Horse Brewlette go to http://www.ironhorsebrewlette.com

About Iron Horse Brewery
Iron Horse Brewery, centrally located in Ellensburg, WA, has been producing hand crafted ales since 2007. Iron Horse is owned by father-son team Greg and Gary Parker. With 20 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produce over 15,000 barrels of beer in 2014. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from Facebook, go to www.ironhorsebrewery.com; you’ll probably be sorry you did.

Contact:
Greg Parker, General Manager
greg@ironhorsebrewery.com
509.834.7838 x102

Media Inquiries
Jared Vallejo, Marketing Director
jared@ironhorsebrewery.com
509.834.7838 x101

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The Truth About Greg…On Road Trips…to Montana

Tess McIntyre
POSTED BY
Tess McIntyre November 14th 2013

In four days I will be forced to spend far too many hours in a car with Greg. There will be other people there too, but it is Greg I am most worried about. Greg may seem like a heartless, stoic asshat. But this, IHB Friends, is where you are wrong.

Greg loves to sing.

Camp.

Fire.

Songs.

Sometimes when you walk by his office you hear him mumbling ghost stories to himself and hear words like “marshmallow,” and “I like mine crispy.”

It’s worse in the car.

If he’s not  pulling out his best solo Kumbaya then he is leading us all in rounds of She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain, while describing how to perform the corresponding hand gestures which really, in his own words “brings the song to life and touches my soul.”  I just threw-up in my mouth.

Six + hours of Greg singing at the top of his lungs, Jared deliberately trying to draw the attention to himself with one of the four jokes he has used for years, Suzanne quietly and efficiently doing work to keep this brewery afloat (thanks, Suzanne) and Gary….Gary will probably be asleep. Me? Well, here’s the worst part: I’ll most likely be singing along. 1. so that I don’t get fired and 1.25 because we will be headed to Montana and I’m so effing excited I won’t know what to do to myself.

The most painful car ride ever ends with the roll out  of Iron Horse Beer in Western Montana. Our beer is there now, and we would prefer that people knew about it so we are paying Montana a visit. Also Montana is pretty neat. Greg, Gary, Jared, Suzanne, and myself are hitting up the Flathead Valley Monday 11/18 through Wednesday 11/20. So you should probably find us, high five us, and drink some beer with us. We will be the ones with the tall blonde man trying to get Bloody Mary to appear in the bathroom mirror. you’re welcome.

 

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The Cozy Community Spectacular Extravaganza Gift-Times for All

Rikki Welz
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Rikki Welz November 7th 2013

Hey Y’all! Rikki here again!

    Ellensburg is a super-rad-tastic town, as most of you already know. When someone needs a helping hand, we have proven time and again how teamwork can make a difference. In the past, Iron Horse Brewery has teamed up with other local businesses  with the intent of  making an impact on our community, by finding one or two or three families who need extra help during the holiday season…and then aiming big to try to make a difference. We have paid utilities, fixed cars, and helped to furnish a home. The biggest year we have had raised $4500 in goods and services for the families. As a slightly competitive person (go #teamhighfive!), I think we can beat that! And we have already begun. Remember getting squished into the new pub on Saturday the 2nd? That day alone, we raised $549 for the Cozy Community Fund. Boom. And we auctioned the Cozy Sweater Cozy Koozies. You can see the making of the Koozies here on YouTube!

  We think we can make this year bigger and better, with your help. If you’re a business owner, contact me (Rikki@ironhorsebrewery.com) so we can get you on board. If you want to help, donate at [ the pub ] to have funds go directly to the families selected. If you know someone who needs a hand, nominate them here, or in person at the pub. If you have items you would like to donate to the families, contact me! Want some cozy koozies for your beer? Contact me, we can work something out!  If you have a theory about 6 foot tall lizard men ruling the world, contact Big Cat (Ross@ironhorsebrewery.com), he loves that stuff.

So far we have had businesses donate cash, gift cards for groceries, volunteer efforts, and advertising for our cause. And its only the 6th! The deadline for donations and nominations is December 16th, when we sit down and figure out who can benefit the most from our efforts. The following week, we will disperse those items, and have a big cozy celebration in our hearts (maybe the pub too), and collectively high five each other. Want a free high five? Please join us, and we’ll make it happen.

Rikki

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Iron Horse Brewery at Mustache Dache!

Alison Duff
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Alison Duff October 24th 2013

Have an impressive mustache you would like to show off? Want to drink some Iron Horse beer in a cool city? All the while supporting a good cause? In case you were wondering, the answer to the question is yes.

Iron Horse is blessing the cities of Seattle, Portland, and Corvallis with a beer garden at each of the Mustache Dache 5k races being held this November. Need one more reason to go? It’s a good cause. If you like people, and if you are nice, you would want to support Movember in their quest to raise funds for men’s health including prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health.

To put the cherry on top, you can enter your mustache in a competition. Costumes are encouraged. If you don’t have one, there will be face-painters waiting to hook you up with a faux ‘stache. However, I know your main concern is: What beer do I get to drink? Well Ross and Jared will make sure that The Decision Maker, 509, and Irish Death will be there, waiting for you.

Ready to register?! I thought so.

November 9th,Corvallis http://mustachedache.com/corvallis/

November 16th, Seattle http://mustachedache.com/seattle/

November 16th, Portland http://mustachedache.com/portland/

Bye.

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The Iron Horse IPA Horse.

Jared Vallejo
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Jared Vallejo May 13th 2013

One day, several weeks ago, Natalia and I were having one of our impromptu note taking sessions in the beer room. (we talk to each other about marketing related stuff, take notes, then dare each other to be in charge of that thing we just noted)

One of our discussions led to Iron Horse IPA and rebranding it.

The iron horse brewery cousins are usually pretty unified regarding beer labels, beer names and overall branding, however when it comes to the Iron Horse IPA label, there is a rogue group among us that doesn’t really like the label at all. I confess to being one of that group.

However, given the fact that rebranding an existing product that is presently in the market requires a good deal of effort as well as the potential to lead to brand confusion, we decided to not touch the label.

We did come to a pretty strong conclusion that we needed to do “something” with the IPA brand. The beer is delicious and amazing – everyone should go buy 42 bottles right now – that’s not the issue.
We had already done some work on the descriptions: dry-hopped, tongue-friendly, danktastic. These will be making their way on to the beer bottle labels shortly. (note to self, change IPA labels)

But, something was still missing.

What to do with the damn horse?

Then, we had a revelation. I’m not sure if it was Natalia or I, but we asked the question:

What do you do when you can’t change something you don’t like?
You embrace it.
Lenny style. You hug it out, squeeze it so much until you love it.

So that’s what we decided.
We’d love the horse, with it’s upright stature and prissy hooves.

But if we were going to love the horse, the horse had to have a name and personality.

The personality was a no brainer. Sarcastic Asshole. Boom. Done.

The name took a few seconds longer, but ultimately we only ever came up with one name, because it was so perfect and amazing and wrong.

Chauncy.

Yep, Chauncy the sarcastic asshole of a horse.

That’s his name.

Chauncy the IPA Horse

You are going to be seeing a lot more of Chauncy very soon.

New Iron Horse IPA Glassware

For the first time ever, you will soon be able to drink out of an Iron Horse IPA pint glass
chauncyipa

New Interactive Iron Horse IPA Coasters
We thought we’d have a little fun with these.
Coasters are generally so boring. So we thought we’d make them interactive. And by interactive we mean, you can write on them.
We left a space for you to “make Chauncy talk”. You can even email Chauncy, and you’ll probably get a (delayed) snarky reply back. Because, more email isn’t boring right?

ipa-coaster

This post is too long, so I’m cutting it off now.

If you have any strong or indifferent feelings on this non-change-change I’d love to hear them.

Next week: high five.

Oh, and here’s a bonus clip of Tess talking about Chauncy.

- Jared

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The Case of the Broken Bottler: A Lesson on Telling the Truth.

Jared Vallejo
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Jared Vallejo February 11th 2013

As you are most likely aware, we recently discovered an issue with our bottler, which deposited one 3 inch stainless steel off-gas compression tube into one of our 22oz bottles.

Upon discovering the sanitary piece of stainless was missing, we immediately analyzed the potential impact of having said artifact the size of Andre the Giant’s finger in one of our bottles.

Among the options were: do and say nothing, recall everything that we have had shipped, or be forthright and communicate to our fans and frenemies that there is a foreign object in one of our beers.

Because we had no way of truly knowing when that piece went missing, we went with option three.

Here’s how the conversation went:

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9:05 am.
Tyson: Umm, so it looks like we’re missing a piece from our bottler.
Greg: Shit balls.  Where is it?
Tyson: Most likely in a bottle of Irish Death, IPA, or Hefe.
Greg: Shit balls.
Jared: When do you think it went missing?
Tyson: Hard to say, but most likely this last session.
Jared: I’m going to ask three questions which will dictate our next course of action.
Is the object harmful? Will it compromise the sanitary nature of the beer? Is it possible to recover it without pouring and/or recalling?
Greg:  Whoa, whoa hold up.  Jared, somehow you are making it look like you are the responsible one in this dialogue, but we know that’s not the case.
Jared: Yes, well…damn it you’re right.
Greg: Here’s how it really went down.

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8:21 am
Greg: (inner voice) Man, it’s 8:21 and I’m the only one working right now, because I’m a committed person who likes bunnies and pancakes.  The pleasure of sitting at my desk gratifies me.  I better have some coffee and then work on my reprimand worksheets.

9:08 am

Tyson: Hello Boss.
Greg: Hello Head Brewer.
Tyson: We might have a wee problem.
Greg: Do tell.
Tyson: One of the off-gas compression tubes from the bottler is missing.
Greg: Well that is certainly not good. Where do you think it is?
Tyson: Most likely in a bottle of Irish Death, IPA or High Five Hefe.
Greg: Why did you link to those beers?
Tyson: Because this is a digital conversation and I figured our readers would appreciate quick links to learn more about the beer we make.
Greg: Smart and I appreciate you. Now, back to the matter at hand.
Jared: We need to call everyone and tell them immediately and we need to recall all the beer we’ve ever made ever. EVER! Wah, Wah!
Tyson: Um..hold on Greg.  I’m fairly certain this is nothing like the conversation that took place.
Greg: Oh..really, bro?
Tyson: First of all. I’m not a bro. Second of all, this post is really off topic, so I’m just going to summarize what happened.

I told Greg that the bottler piece was missing. Then we examined where it might be.  We concluded the most likely place was in a bottle of beer.  We then walked through quite a few scenarios as to what we should do. Potential harm, options to address etc.
We determined that the object was so large that no one would actually be able to swallow it, let alone not notice it was clanking around in the bottle.  We agreed that it was sanitary because the stainless steel tube actually goes in the bottle during bottling.  After a few more conversations and figuring things out, we concluded that we should just leave it in the bottle and tell everyone that our bottler broke.  That’s when Jared chimed in from across the hall…’let’s make it a contest, so at least it’s fun’.  I thought he was joking.  He apparently wasn’t.  Does that summarize things so far?

Greg: Yes….bro.
Ross: Hi guys.
Greg: Oh, sorry were you on speaker this whole time?
Ross: Ye…
Greg: <click>

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As you can see by the fictitious, but rooted-in-truth dialogue, we asked all the questions we felt were important to make a proper decision.

We did blow it by not notifying our distributors that we were having a first-of-its kind contest at the same time that we started to contest, but we still feel pretty good about how we handled it. We promptly brought our distributors in to the loop when we realized that they were affected parties.

As you now know, after we posted the picture and details, one of our Facebook fans quickly revealed that he had the missing piece. The original Post is here

We were surprised by this, given the fact that we believed the beer bottle in question was in a distributor’s warehouse, or not quite on the shelves yet.

This had us scratching our heads.  Time to do more digging.

Upon further investigation with the bottler manufacturer, information from the person who found the piece, and our own review of service documentation we now believe with that the stainless steel off-gas tube that was found, may have been missing for a little bit longer than originally believed, but was in fact found and the situation had been resolved.

Preventative Measures.
As a growing and maturing brewery, we have learned a couple of things and have immediately implemented additional procedures to prevent an issue like this coming up again.

-Audits are now being performed on an hourly basis to ensure that all bits and pieces of the bottler are intact and not in a bottle. This allows us to get through no more than 100 cases of beer before we check. While it is no excuse to have not done hourly audits before, the item in question is press-fit from the manufacturer leading us to believe it was not an area of concern. Mmmm, humble pie.

-We are planning the installation of a bottle sensor mechanism which prevents the circumstances that would lead to the loosening of the off-gas tube.

Great, so where’s the lesson?

As we outline in our company vision, telling the truth, even when it might hurt is paramount to our core business values. As such, we do not regret being forthright as soon as we became aware of the issue, but perhaps the method of execution could have been handled a little differently.     We continue to believe that the risk presented was below the threshold of warranting a recall. We stand by our actions, but we acknowledge our communication should have been all inclusive, rather than Facebook exclusive. In our defense, it was revealed within about an hour or so that the piece had been found, which pushed us down a different path.

We appreciate your understanding and support and would like to further impress upon you that we are committed to doing the right thing, telling the truth, and constantly improving our processes so that we can continually provide quality beer in a timely fashion.

Any questions, please let us know.

Washington State Brewery, Iron Horse Brewery is the best local craft brewery located in Ellensburg, WA with Iron Horse Brewery beer being served in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Tacoma, Redmond, Spokane, Yakima, Richland, Moses Lake, Ephrata, and more Washington State cities.

As a local craft brewery, iron horse brewery believes that good tasting beer, such as, Quilters Irish Death, Mocha Death, Malt Bomb, 509 Style, Loco Imperial Red, Light Rale Ale, Cozy Sweater, High Five Hefe and our latest Black IPA should be served throughout the pacific northwest. It can supplement meals too.