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16 Ounces of Irish Death

Dane Williams
Dane Williams March 29th 2016

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 Safeco Field or the Clink. This might sound like a shameless sales technique, promoting new distribution for the upcoming Sounders and Mariners season and well, it is…but I hope to provide a little context.

Making sure that we properly educate you on your beverage options while rooting on your favorite Seattle team is important. We would hate for you to be caught up in the hype of the game and spend your hard earned money on a macro beer when you could spend about half a buck more on a craft brew. Broken down in simple economics: a 16 oz Macro Domestic Light Beer = $9.50ish or 16 oz (yup 16 oz) Quilter’s Irish Death $10.00ish? For a handful of pennies and dimes, you can support a local indie craft brand, broaden your flavor profile and increase ABV by 3.6%. Let’s be honest, Major League Baseball is “America’s Pastime,” the correlation is pretty simple…It’s not called “Purchased By A Global Bank Pastime” for a reason. So drink accordingly. 

In addition to Quilter’s Irish Death being offered in a variety different draft locations (please reference the list below), 16 oz cans of Irish Death will be sold by the beer hawkers. Yes, you heard that right…you won’t even have to leave your seat to enjoy your favorite beer from Ellensburg, WA. So…on the eve of the Major League baseball season, we raise our 16 oz can to you, the sports enthusiast that understands the beer-conomics of the Northwest. Go Sounders and M’s.

Safeco Field Irish Death Locations

  • The Pen – at the Caught Lookin’ Jack Daniels Bar
  • Hit it Here Café – both inside and outside
  • 185 Northwest Beer station – overlooking the bullpen
  • 121 beer cart on the 1st baseline
  • 319 Good Hops
  • 330 Good Hops


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You won’t be getting the beer you want

Greg Parker
Greg Parker March 18th 2016

Perhaps you don’t care about why not. Maybe you shouldn’t. However, I am going to attempt to convince you that you should. Iron Horse is running out of beer right now and it will be felt all over, but it will be felt in the worst way by our own pub. I won’t digress into the volume vs. variety discussion here because it’s Friday and I’ve got an event to get to but trust me that it’s kind of complicated and the issue boils down to you people drink too much. Just kidding. We are running out because demand is higher than we are able to supply with our old brewhouse. That’s the good/bad news. The other good/bad news is our new brewhouse should be operational in about a month and it has more than enough capacity to brew to our wildest dreams and the wildest demands of the market.

Iron Horse sells beer in 5 western states. In those 5 western states there is probably about 500 breweries; competition is heating up. For better or for worse our business model is dependent on exporting our tasty Kittitas county liquids to markets beyond our back yard. We need to maintain the market share we have in those 5 states and the way to accomplish that is to not run our customers out of beer.

As a local, you might think that is idiotic. You might think we should put the priority on our own backyard. Well, we are, just not in the way you were thinking. My hope is that you too will take the long view and see that spreading the suffering around equally is good for Ellensburg. The revenues from all those other markets find a home in Ellensburg in the form of wages, payments to contractors, commerce with local business and of course my ample salary which I routinely piss away on bike parts at the Recycle shop. Does it hurt to walk into the pub and have only 2 or 3 iron horse beers on tap at our own location? My answer is yes, it hurts so bad, but my hope is that the future includes even more iron horse beers on tap at the pub made in weird ways with expensive equipment by people getting paid fair wages being treated kindly who rent, shop, dine and recreate in Ellensburg all financed by dollars from far and away. I hope that you agree that our short term loss is worth the long term gains for Iron Horse and the community we call home by ensuring more of those imported dollars land here in Ellensburg.

Please email your concerns to

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It’s Getting Weird

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo March 15th 2016

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 go bigger. We thought “more people, more dollars raised, more pizza and less rain” in that order. The other thing I should admit is I hate routine, so the question I asked was how can we do what we did, but different and better (or worse), just not the same? The answer revealed itself pretty quickly. you.

yes, yes this a sappy post about you, the human.

You guys are crazy. 350 of you people showed up… For. A. .31 mile race. 68% of you came from out of town. what were you thinking?
That was the difference between last year and this year. We nearly doubled the participation. Your energy, your costumes, your showing up made the difference and better. Last year was great; this year was spectacular.

We had some pretty incredible businesses help out in various ways, specifically ShirtWorks – who donated almost all of the shirts by the way – so you should thank them by buying stuff.

I’m seriously mystified and an jealous of your willingness to participate in this weird idea. Because you did, this year we…eh you, raised
$5019 for FISH food bank. Feeding people just got a touch easier.

The other piece that makes this whole thing work is the spirit of trying something new.

At the end of the day, the time, effort and costs we incur pales in comparison to the cause because people need to eat and FISH helps fulfill that need. I fundamentally believe that businesses have a degree of responsibility over the well being of the community it lives in. Fortunately, there are a lot of others that feel the same way.

I, we, have a vision for this race, where for 2.5 hours, main street is shut down entirely, children are jumping on mattresses in the center of town, all of the businesses lining the street are engaged and participating in the race, music is blaring in the street, there is a 600 gallon pool filled with bugles, elephants and giraffes take people around the course, I’m pretty sure a marching band, a harpist and mimes are involved and when the event is complete, 800 of you runners just helped raise $10,000 dollars in that short time span. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Can we make that happen next year? I don’t know; We have a little work to do get all of downtown on board; but because of your turnout this year, the likelihood of realizing that vision gets that much closer. Oh, and if anyone has connection with general mills to lock down the bugles, let me know at

Thanks for being rad and making it weird.


Oh and here’s an infographic for you, which you probably just skipped to, because, f%#k reading words.

The Half K

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PADDY ON places

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan March 11th 2016

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.


Milepost 11
Cashmere, WA

Senor Frogs
Chelan, WA

Willie’s Sports Bar
East Wenatchee, WA

The Loft
Leavenworth, WA

Richland, Wa

Fast Eddie’s
Spokane, WA

Post Street Ale House
Spokane, WA

Bob’s Burgers
Tri-Cities, WA

Columbia Valley Brewing
Wenatchee, WA

Bob’s Burgers and Brew
Yakima, WA

2nd Street Grill
Yakima, WA

Yakima Sports Center
Yakima, WA



Oddfellas Pub and Eatery
Auburn, WA

Bogey’s Public House
Auburn, WA

Mckay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria
Bellingham, WA

The Copper Hog
Bellingham, WA

Cloverleaf Bar & Grill
Bremerton, WA

Arena Sports Bar and Grille
Bremerton, WA

19th Hole Bar and Grill
Bremerton, WA

Centralia, WA

Evelyn’s Tavern
Clearlake, WA

Louie G’s Pizza
Fife, WA

Ace of Clubs Tavern
Hoquiam, WA

Draft Pics Sports Bar and Grill
Mt. Vernon, WA

Olympia, WA

Twisted Kilt

JJ Mahoney’s
Redmond, WA

The Three Lion’s Pub
Redmond, WA

The Corner Pocket
Seattle, WA

Tacoma, WA

Johnny’s Dock Restaurant
Tacoma, WA

Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern
Tacoma, WA



McCleary’s Pub
Boise, ID (Both Locations)

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
Boise, ID

Bier:Thirty Bottle and Bistro
Boise, ID

Tilted Kilt
Boise, ID

The Refuge Restaurant
Boise, ID

Eastside Tavern
Boise, ID

Double Tap Pub
Boise, ID

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
Meridian, ID



Hooligans Sports Bar
Billings, MT

Bert and Ernie’s
Great Falls, MT

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 
Great Falls, MT

Staggering Ox
Helena, MT

Brannigan’s Irish Pub
Kalispell, MT



it’s nothing personal about your dog…

Greg Parker
Greg Parker February 25th 2016

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 haven’t covered all of your anger in those statements, then I’m sorry for not saving you the trouble but I would be more than happy for you to pile on additional anger, rage, sadness, regret, vitriol, irritation, judgment, or whatever strong emotion you want me to be an outlet for. I can handle it; I may cry a little, but I can handle it.

Let’s start with why. Why did we choose to add food? Why did we choose to oust our four legged friends from their comfortable positions aside our beloved patrons of the Iron Horse tasting room for mere gustatory satisfaction? Our vision at Iron Horse is to spread the knowledge that indie craft beer is in good taste, not an acquired taste, to everyone. It’s an ambitious goal, no doubt, but I’m comfortable with going to my deathbed having fallen short (see blog on failing). Good food supports this goal. Iron Horse beer is many things: social glue, tasty ale, accompaniment to good times, provider of jobs that people really love and mate to delicious food to name a few. When we add food, we get to be part of the perpetuation of the good beer and good food mating.

Iron Horse is also a business. In this business, we have 40 or so people that have decided this is a good place to make a living. I would guess about 10 to 15 have decided this is a good place to make a career. I owe it to them to make good business decisions and pursue opportunities to better our situation. I believe this to be one of those opportunities. Aside from “you know what you should name your next beer?” I would say “when are you going to add food?” is the most popular question I get. Every town has a brewpub. At some point Ellensburg will too, why not have it be Iron Horse? We work hard to give back to the community, the ownership lives here, we sell beer to bars and restaurants so we care that they are doing well. Do you think an investor group from out of town or out of state is going to give a shit about those things?

Also, the space we moved into already had a kitchen, which ironically had nothing to do with why we moved there.

Do I like your dog? There is a good chance I do, especially if it is really badly behaved. Do I or anyone else want your dog’s hair in our food? Unlikely. Even if I or they did, the health department doesn’t care, it’s not legal to have pets in a restaurant. Sorry.

I think I understand your concerns and frustrations. There are always casualties in change. I only ask you this; do you come to the Iron Horse pub because of the atmosphere, beer or the staff? If so, continue doing so. If those things don’t change for the worse, then keep coming. If the atmosphere no longer suits you, I would fully expect you to try out new places. If the new staff doesn’t make you happy, find people that do. If the beer no longer suits you, expand your horizons. If however, you are frustrated by the change because it is change, yell at me, and come on down to the pub to drink your favorite beers served by your favorite servers in our relaxed, social and community focused atmosphere.


Failing the Iron Horse Way

Greg Parker
Greg Parker February 3rd 2016

“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 untold fortunes trying to bring delicious espresso to the citizens of Ellensburg and the IHB brewing team. Is it because we suck? I don’t know. I’m hoping it was because it was a doomed location but I’m guessing it’s more complicated than that. If you are at all inclined to feel sad or sympathetic, do not, I like to fail. Crashing brings clarity. Whenever I fall there is the moment before impact where I analyze the steps that brought me to where I am. Here is a list of my common mistakes, in no particular order

-not consulting with people who know what they are doing
-not consulting with the people who will be responsible for carrying out the mission
-lack of thorough planning
-lack of execution on plan
-inability to focus and see projects through to completion
-trying to keep up with people that are more skilled than I

Why am I telling you all this? Probably because that’s the Iron Horse way. We’re not so special and precious that we need to pretend to be perfect. We don’t feel that we are better than anybody and talking about our failures is a good way to remind ourselves of that.  I also figure there are enough people out there that think I’m a pompous jerk and this will give them a little dose of the schadenfreude they so desire. Yeah, well blow it out your ass haters.

“Anger is an acid that does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured” – Mark Twain

If you have been a supporter of the Iron Horse Coffee Co., thank you. We have selected new owners that we think are worthy of your continued support.

Does anyone know anything about hair salons? That seems like a promising next venture for Iron Horse.



note: the iron horse coffee stand will stop being the iron horse coffee stand on february 15th. fact.

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We’re Hiring Humans

Suzanne Vargas
Suzanne Vargas January 28th 2016

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 to bringing beers and experiences to the market that are not standard, not corporate, and above all exceptional.   It is of utmost importance that everyone who works for Iron Horse has, or is pursuing, a comprehensive understanding of craft beer and especially Iron Horse beer.

As a company, we care about our employees. We expect the employees to care about the company as well. Employees are offered health benefits, IRA, Beer (obviously), discounts,  and competitive pay.

Do you like beer? Do you like food? Are you a reliable? Are you a warrior princess? Do you have an interest in joining us? Are you a caring human being? Are you interested in joining us? If you answered yes to most of the previous questions then plan to join us for a job fair at [ the pub ] Wednesday 2/10  between 2:00pm and 5:00pm or Thursday 2/11 between 11:00am and 2:00pm. There will be representatives from the front of the house looking for servers to add to their team. The kitchen representatives will be looking for experienced cooks and other back of the house help. Pick which department interests you and come prepared with a resume, toothbrush, cover letter, and detailed schedule of availability through July 2016.

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Because Food.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo January 7th 2016

Sometimes all you want is a sandwich.
And other times you want specifically made food for that delicious craft beer you are drinking.
We’re going for the latter.

read on or don’t.

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Food at The Pub, Making [ the pub ] an Actual Pub.
Because the beer is looking for a friend.

ELLENSBURG, WA (January 7, 2016)- After 11 years of operating as tasting room, Iron Horse Brewery is announcing that food service will soon be available at [ the pub ]. The time is now, according to a bunch of customers who have been asking for in house food to be available. Chef Kevin “KC” Camarillo has joined the Iron Horse Brewery cousinhood to ensure the new food options parallel the high quality they expect from their brews. In his 25.5 years of foodservice experience KC has helped start over 15 restaurants and was the executive chef at two separate universities. His culinary expertise is the perfect match up to Iron Horse’s raw enthusiasm for great tasting food.

“If there is one thing to understand about our food, it is that we see a gap between diversity of options and focused beer and food pairing. Our goal is to close that gap”, said Greg Parker owner and general manager of Iron Horse Brewery. “Food that is specifically made with our beer in mind ensures that we better get it right, like, all of the time”, commented Parker.

Why Now?
The decision to put food on the menu came after several years of deliberation, but they chose 2016 because of demand, a desire to create distinct food & beer pairing options, and in part, because of the recent survey conducted by Arnett Muldrow, commissioned by the EDA and Chamber of Commerce which identified food service as driver for greater tourism numbers. “Our focus has been and continues to be one that helps drive new and repeat customers to Ellensburg”, said Jared Vallejo, director of marketing. “We want to do our part in making Ellensburg a real tourist destination, where all businesses and community members benefit from a prosperous core”, added Vallejo. “Also, we know that quaffing and masticating go hand in hand, so there’s that” commented Vallejo.

The kitchen start date is tentatively set for the first week of March. [the pub] will add to the culinary cultural richness of Ellensburg by integrating styles, ingredients, and concepts from all regions and mindspaces.
“We have waited to take this big step into food until we were sure that we were capable of doing it right. We are ready and excited to share it.” Retail manager Suzanne Vargas managed to say.
“Much like our beer, food at [ the pub ] will include risks and break rules in ingredients as well as pairings.” Retail Manager, Vargas added. Operating Hours and age restrictions (21 and over) will remain unchanged. The menu will feature vague, unique-to-Ellensburg options that they have yet to fully realize.

Name: Kevin “KC” Camarillo
DOB: Disco Era
Birthplace: Bellflower, Ca
Experience: Sweating in the kitchen since the early 90’s
Education: Survivor of 12 years of Catholic school and Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Favorite Artists: Tim McGraw, Foo Fighters, Sinatra, AC/DC, Elvis, and Tool
Favorite Movie: “Tortilla Soup”
Favorite Book: “Life, on the Line” by Grant Achatz
Favorite Beer: Mountain Avenue Wheat by CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing
Hobbies: Outdoorsy shit
Guilty Pleasure: Britney Spears and Dr. Pepper on ice
Bucket List: Mountain bike the Pacific Crest Trail

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New Press Release About a Beer You May have Heard of in Cans

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo December 9th 2015


For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Irish Death in 12 oz Cans.

ELLENSBURG, WA  (December 09, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery produces a beer you may have heard of that will be available in six pack 12oz cans spring of 2016. Quilter’s Irish Death is already available in 22oz bottles and draught but this will mark the first time the flagship beer will be produced in cans.

“If you know about Irish Death and you are reading this, you’re reaction to the news is probably, what the hell have you been waiting for Iron Horse?” said Owner and General  manager Greg Parker. “If you don’t know about Irish Death, you are probably trying to figure out why putting a beer in a can is news. To both of those ponderings, I don’t have a good answer. To change the subject back to what I was talking about; Irish Death is going into 12 oz cans.”

Release and Availability
Irish Death is available wherever IHB beer is sold. This includes Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and parts of Oregon. Once released, Irish Death cans will be available year round, in conjunction with Irish Death 22oz bottles and draught. The spring release means Irish Death cans will be available for that special time of the year when you are finally giving up on your resolution to “get healthy.”

“When I found out we were releasing Irish Death in cans I threw up with excitement,” said Ross Chalstrom, interloper of press release quotes. “My hands are petite and my grip isn’t the strongest so the cans make getting Irish Death to my mouth easier.”

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Beer Nerd Details
Name: Quilter’s Irish Death
Style: Strong dark ale
ABV: 7.8%
IBU: 12
Hops: Doesn’t matter
Malts: Crystal, caramel pilsen, munich, and chocolate
Package: NEW 12oz cans, 22oz bottles





In the name of Craft Beer, sabotage the sell-outs

Greg Parker
Greg Parker November 16th 2015


Why consolidation is bad for Craft Beer and why you should actively sabotage brands that have sold out.

It undermines the craft movement

Craft beer, in the mind of the consumer, is made by small, independent brewers in small batches. And no, this is not my opinion, this is the opinion of 1,000 craft beer drinkers who told Nielsen exactly the exact same thing (Craft Brewers Insight Poll July 2015). As more breweries succumb to acquisition it becomes harder for craft drinkers to determine which “craft brands” are truly small and independent. Many say the craft movement is about flavor rather than the producer. I say flavor goes beyond the palate. The craft movement is about the flavor of the beer, the flavor of the town it comes from, and the flavor of the people making it.

Through my trolling of the Facebook feeds belonging to recently acquired breweries (yes, I’m guilty of schadenfreude and I’m not even ashamed to admit it) I have seen comments that follow this basic logic, “Megabrewer subsidiary X made great beer before they sold out and I’m now just excited to have more of it available because of this new strategic partnership”.

First off, allow me a moment to change my underwear because I peed a little while laughing hysterically at the phrase ‘strategic partnership.’ The argument that the world is a better place because a recently acquired regional brewer can now ship their liquid farther and wider with more availability is not valid. I don’t doubt that these former craft brewers had amazing beer to offer craft drinkers, but so what. There are thousands of amazing beers coming out of the craft movement and the warm fuzzy you get from drinking them is more than the sensation on your tongue and the alcohol streaming through your blood. It’s a feeling of upholding some kind of social contract; supporting groups of people who care about each other and care about providing you with something to make your day. That warm fuzzy doesn’t come from supporting a group of people whose aim is to maximize share price and shareholder dividends.

All these sellouts make it that much harder for the craft movement to continue on the clear path of building a better community. Are the big pay-days craft brewers are cashing in on the ‘American dream’ as some will claim? If the American dream is to cash-in while turning your back on the very movement that allowed your success, then yes.  


It distorts the marketplace

Here’s an interesting and at times, shitty feature of the beer distribution marketplace: if you want to get your beer to customers, you generally have two choices. Up until recently, those two (occasionally three) choices were all independent beer distributors. We are now in an era where one of the major brewers (think shit beer marketed with scantily clad women) is buying up these distributors in major markets.

The new reality is a market with one independently owned distributor, one brewery owned distributor and one distributor so much smaller that there is an immediate handicap for brewers by the size of their market presence. The brewery owned distributor is now vertically integrated with acquisitions in a way that allows it to put downward pressure on pricing that could quickly put small brewers out of the distribution business or out of business in general. This brewery owned distributor now has enough faux craft brands that they don’t need to sell any true craft product and as a result, craft brewers are down to either one good choice or two bad ones. This is the kind of ammunition that we as craft brewers need to stop giving the competitors who have been on the losing end of the market shift to craft, aka big brewery conglomerates.


It’s selfish and creates instability

I think I have portrayed why I think these sellouts are selfish. Don’t get me wrong, I’m selfish too, just ask anyone who knows me, but there is a limit. I feel an obligation to consider my actions when the costs to society may be higher than the benefit to me. For example, I hate recycling. I don’t have the luxury of curbside recycling. I have to amass all the stupid cartons and containers in my garage in sorted bins and once every two or three weeks haul the stinky heap to the transfer station. I often imagine how glorious it would be to toss all that shit in the garbage can and never care about it again. But I can’t. I refuse to put my luxury and comfort over something that will be a genuine cost to society, so I grin and bear it.

But what happens when I look around and see that a bunch of jerks are just tossing their recyclables in the garbage? Well, I start to wonder what the point is. What difference does it make if no one else gives a shit? In the case of selling out I wonder, when does it end? Will the only breweries left be the giant crafts, the megabrewer subsidiaries and brewpubs? Should I get while the getting is good or lose it all? The answer for me is spoken best by David Sarnoff when he said “We cannot banish dangers but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death”.  

I doubt that I am the only brewery operator who considers this issue and the more that fall to acquisition the greater the sense of insecurity is likely to be.  



I hate that the industry is going down this path. It does scare me. I don’t mind mergers and acquisitions, I just think we owe it to each other as brewery operators to consider what we leave in our wake when we choose to sow the seeds that could end the craft movement. We owe it to our consumers to keep the promise that we made when we began selling them beer; that we know you, you know us and together we’ll share a good beer that improves the lives of many.


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Cozy Community Fund

Marissa November 9th 2015

The holiday season calls for helping people in the community. Every year we facilitate the Cozy Community Fund. This fund benefits deserving families/individuals within Kittitas County. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to make a lasting impact on three families this year.

Kittitas County has demonstrated time and again that as a community we work best as a single team. In order to reach our goals, we also need the help of local businesses to donate their services to the fund.

Our team efforts in the past have helped create significant impacts on families in the Kittitas area. The fund helped pay for car repairs for a family with some shakey wheels, provided furniture to a family who recently lost everything, paid utilities for a family who needed time to get back on their feet, as well as other goods and services that have helped ease burdens and provide luxuries that couldn’t otherwise be afforded.

If you know of a deserving family who can benefit from the Cozy Community Fund you may fill out an anonymous form at

If you would like to donate your services please email

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Boise is Rad

Emily Palmer
Emily Palmer October 15th 2015

Idaho?! No, U-da—O.K. we won’t go there. Being an Idahoan (Idahoer? Idahoian?) there is nothing I enjoy more than bragging about what an amazing and beautiful place this is while simultaneously making bad jokes about it. I’m sure other Idaho natives have the same feelings.. To get to the real point of this blog post, Iron Horse Brewery is excited that our delicious beers can now enter the mouths of Boiseans.

This is a very influential time for the craft beer industry in Boise; it is also a very influential time for Kanye West’s presidential candidacy. One of these things is very good and one is very bad, but I’ll let you be the judge. Have you made up your mind yet? I hope that wasn’t too hard. Idaho has an extensive history of brewing and is the birthplace to so many great breweries, hop and barley farms (not to be confused with our many, many potato fields). With that being said, we at Iron Horse Brewery realize that Boise must know good beer! So we are putting that theory to the test.

We will enter the Boise market on October 19th and to celebrate we have a week full of beer tasting, growler filling, keg emptying and charity fundraising awesomeness coming your way, Boise. If there is anything I know about the good people of Idaho, it is that they know how to enjoy a good beer. At Iron Horse Brewery, we also like good beer. Good beer that you can drink and enjoy with your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and even your grandma, especially your grandma.

Boise truly does have something for everyone and for every season. With fall right around the corner (I say that because even though it is already October it has been 80 degrees here so I don’t really believe it) there are a whole new list of fun things to do! I’m a big hockey fan so one of my favorite past times is to attend as many Idaho Steelheads games as possible.The minor league hockey team never disappoints. Action packed games…and beers are a buck on ladies nights!

To add to that, Idaho has some of the most amazing mountains to ski and snowboard on. In Boise we are lucky enough to have our own private ski hill just minutes from town. Bogus Basin is the best mountain to head up after work for a little night skiing.

I have lived all over the Gem State and I can tell you that there is nowhere quite like Boise. Community is number one in this place. The value that people in Boise put into getting out into the community, putting on events and being a part of nature is what makes this such an awesome place to be.  Being able to live here and introduce a new brand of great beers to all my Idahomies makes it that much better!

Here are some events we have planned to help you avoid your real responsibilities:

Monday, October 19th:

  • Whole Foods – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Draft tasting. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday October 20th:

  • Albertson’s Food Center (16th & State) – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Mocha Death and Light Rail growler station. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Taphouse – Tap takeover. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Wednesday October 21st:

  • Albertson’s Food Center (Columbia Village) – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Mocha Death and Light Rail growler station. 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Bier Thirty – Tape takeover. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Thursday October 22nd:

  • Albertson’s Food Center (Veterans Curtis) – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Growler station. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Bittercreek Alehouse – Tap takeover. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


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This is a Press Release About IHB in Boise

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo October 15th 2015

For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Entry into New Market

Iron Horse Beer is available in Boise, That’s the New Market the headline was referring to. You’re welcome.

ELLENSBURG, WA  (October 5, 2015) Due to four people requesting an Iron Horse Brewery presence in Boise, ID, they’ve decided to go ahead and do that. Boise is booming with much fun to be had. IHB likes to have fun, it’s a good match. Stein Beverage is doing the distributing stuff because of their vast expertise in servicing craft beer in the area.

“I sort of most definitely have enjoyed basically all of the time I have spent in Boise.” said Owner and General Manager, Greg Parker. “Entering this new market will mean more fun for us so I am for it,” Parker added.

Iron Horse Brewery Blitz

A crew of seven humans from IHB will be in Boise Oct. 19 through Oct. 23 to kickoff a series of events ranging from brew nights to fundraisers to naked gravy fights.



Monday, October 19th:

  • Whole Foods – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Draft tasting.
    4:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday October 20th:

  • Albertson’s Food Center (16th & State) – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Mocha Death and Light Rail growler station. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Taphouse – Tap takeover. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Wednesday October 21st:

  • Albertson’s Food Center (Columbia Village) – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Mocha Death and Light Rail growler station. 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Bier Thirty – Tap takeover. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Thursday October 22nd:

  • Albertson’s Food Center (Veterans Curtis) – Cozy Sweater and Finger Gun can tasting. Growler station. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Bittercreek Alehouse – Tap takeover. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Help the Children

Starting Oct.19 through the end of November, for every IHB keg blown in Boise, $25 will be donated to St. Luke’s Children’s hospital. Although having fun in the craft industry is important, it’s also about giving back to the community. Boise is now a part of the IHB community. More details on how you can support this cause will follow. Iron Horse Brewery is not very good at planning.


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New Press Release about the New Release of Cozy Sweater in Cans Released

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo October 13th 2015


For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Cozy Sweater Cans

Drinking beer helps other people. It also helps your mouth parts.

ELLENSBURG, WA  (October 13, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery is announcing that Cozy Sweater is back. The stout is now available in 22oz bottles and, for the first time, six pack 12oz cans. Dark and chocolatey, Cozy Sweater is smooth, sweet and includes just a touch of vanilla. This beer compliments the winter season just like the sweaters you’ve been collecting from Aunt Milly all these years.

Drinking Cozy Sweater while running through leaf piles with cinnamon sticks hanging from your nostrils is the meaning of life. Or it’s just a good fall tradition.” said Owner and General Manager Greg Parker. “This also, happens to be my favorite vanilla milk stout we make in a can,” Parker stated.

Win Cozy Swag ‘n Stuff

Those who put Cozy Sweater in their mouths will have the opportunity to win a custom knit cozy sweater. Entrants will use advanced, state of the art mobile messaging technology that IHB did not invent but wish they did. This text messaging will run in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington at participating grocery stores. Details available at participating outlets.

Release and Availability

Cozy Sweater is available wherever IHB beer is sold. This includes Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and parts of Oregon. The beer is available through the end of the calendar year at major grocery chains and independent stores. Whether canned or bottled, Cozy Sweater will take you back to a time when you wore your onesie and Nana fed you milk and cookies without judging your life choices.

Cozy Community Fund

In conjunction with the launch of the Cozy Sweater six packs, consumers will have the opportunity to support the Cozy Community Fund. For the last five years, IHB along with other Kittitas County businesses have collected money and services to help families in need. This year their goal is to raise $5,000 in goods and services. For every case of Cozy Sweater six packs sold in Kittitas County, a portion of the proceeds will go toward the fund. To learn more about the fund or to nominate Kittitas County families in need go to

“Cozy Sweater feels good on my tongue and it feels good in my heart,” said Ross Chalstrom, interloper of press release quotes. “I have a big heart so that’s important to me,” Chalstrom muttered again after this press release was written.

Beer Nerd Details

Name: Cozy Sweater
Style: Vanilla Milk Stout
ABV: 4.3%
IBU: 18
Hops: Not too important, but there is some fuggle and stuff
Malts: Deep roasted chocolate malts, cara vienna, a bit of oats, and lots of two row pale
Package: 22oz bottles and 12oz cans
Other: Vanilla! and lactose sugar

About Iron Horse Brewery

Centrally located in Ellensburg, WA, Iron Horse Brewery is owned by father-son team Gary and Greg Parker. The brewery has been producing hand crafted ales since 2007 and is growing at a pace they probably cannot handle. If for some reason you’re still still reading this and you’d like to learn more about the brewery, visit


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Press Release: We’re Growing….In Debt, But For Good Reason.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo July 7th 2015

Things are getting a little crazy around Iron Horse Brewery. Our staff count is growing. (not infection staff, human staff)
Finger Gun is taking off faster than we anticipated. Apparently, you all like to “pew, pew” more than we thought. This is great. But it also means the production staff is up to their eyeballs in beer. Sales is up to their elbows in notes and phone calls and marketing, well, we’re more irreverent than ever. Yes, watching cat shark riding the roomba counts as market research. So what does all of this activity mean? Good question. I’ll have our press release tell you, because I have to go read


Iron Horse Brewery Plans to Expand Production Facility, Reinforcing The Theory- Operating a Brewery is an Expensive Endeavor.

ELLENSBURG, WA (July 15, 2015)- Iron Horse Brewery announced today that it plans to expand its production facility on Vantage Hwy in Ellensburg, WA to better accommodate their insurmountable, and probably too aggressive 2016 beer production goals. “We realized that bankers were an underclass that needs help from anyone that can provide it. We decided it was a good time to jump in, take on a pile of debt and make sure bankers don’t have to dismantle their golden parachutes”, said Greg Parker, owner and gm of Iron Horse Brewery. “We also realized there is one badass group of consumers out there that like our beer and want more of it. So, that’s what we’re going do. Produce more beer”, commented Parker.

The 2015 expansion project involves site improvements and new brewing equipment. The Iron Horse Brewery production facility will add a new 2,300 sf refrigeration space and 1,600 sf warehouse space off of the east wing. On the west side of the building, a new 1,200 sf mill room and dedicated hop cooler will be added, making the total footprint of the production facility over 17,603 square feet.

New Brewhouse
Inside the production facility, Iron Horse Brewery will be installing a new 30 bbl BrauKon automated brewhouse. “Currently, we are brewing twenty-eight to thirty brews per week on a 15 barrel system, which doesn’t give a whole lot of flexibility,” said Tyson Read, head brewer of Iron Horse Brewery. “While I enjoy pushing equipment to a high efficiency level, moving to the fully automated, 30 barrel, BrauKon system will improve our material and labor efficiencies. The new system will give us a high level of consistency through the process, along with the ability to grow into the future,” commented Read, who likes butterflies and rainbows.

Even More Equipment
In addition to the new brew house, Iron Horse is adding a 90 barrel fermenter, a 120 barrel fermenter, a 60 barrel brite tank, and a 120 barrel brite tank. A new canning line has been added to their packaging station, which will allow Iron Horse to can up to 100 cases per hour.

Ideally, all of this is complete by December 30, 2015. But Iron Horse Brewery doesn’t operate on conventional terms, so chances are the project complete date will be sometime in mid January.

To learn more about project, go to their unresponsive website:


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New Beer Release, Press Release is Released.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo June 26th 2015

For Immediate Release


Iron Horse Brewery Announces the Release of Two New Beers, Coincidentally, Just In Time for the 3rd Quarter.

The seasonal offerings are new formulations of water, malt and hops.


ELLENSBURG, WA  (June 24, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery is introducing two new handcrafted, locally made craft brews to the marketplace,  Koytus, a dutch-style koyt and Disruptor, a brand new beer style, they are calling IPA.  “Both of these beer styles are very rare, in fact, we believe we might have invented a new style,” said Greg Parker, owner and gm of Iron Horse Brewery.  “You won’t believe what happens when you put a boat load of hops in the boil, after the boil, and during fermentation.  You get this rich bitterness and floral aroma the world has never known until now.  This will disrupt your mind and senses; convenient pun intended,” commented Parker.

The Anniversary Ale – Disruptor IPA
As Iron Horse Brewery’s 9th anniversary ale, they wanted to do something completely different.

“We want to alter the taste buds of craft beer drinkers everywhere. We want to reimagine the craft beer market place, which is why we are pleased to introduce to the world, a one of a kind beer style, called IPA,” said Jared Vallejo, marketing director of Iron Horse Brewery. “Based upon a relatively unknown process called dry hopping, Disruptor IPA is an intricately produced, deliciously amazing beer with just the right bitterness,  staggering aroma and is built on a solid malt backbone, giving it balance throughout the beer drinking session,” commented Vallejo.

“I agree,” commented Ross Chalstrom,  Interloper of Press Release Quotes.


What’s a Dutch-style Kuit?
According to the Brewer’s Association guidelines, “Dutch-style Kuits (Kuyt, Koyt) are gold to copper colored ale. Chill haze and other haze is allowable. The overall aroma character of this beer is grain emphasized with a grainy-bready accent. The distinctive character comes from the use of minimum 45% oat malt, minimum 20% wheat malt and the remainder pale malt.”  According to Tyson Read, head brewer at Iron Horse Brewery, “Koyt – it’s a flavorfulass beer made with oat malt.  We increase hopping over traditional standards to bitter it up a tad.  That’s what it is.”



Beer Nerd Details

Name: Koytus
Style: Dutch Kuit/Koyt
ABV: 5.8%
IBU: 22
Hops: Bravo, Centennial, Delta
Package: 22oz Bottles
Other: made with 45% oat malt, hopped up a touch, clarified with a centrifuge, and hugged by a giant platypus.

Beer Nerd Details
Name: Disruptor IPA
Style: A brand new style called IPA
ABV: 6.99%
IBU: 55
Hops: Apollo, Bravo, CTZ
Package: Draught & 22oz Bottles
Other: 5 pounds of hops per bbl of beer, this thing is loaded.  It will disrupt your senses.

Release and Availability
Both Koytus and Disruptor will hit the market in the beginning of July and will be available in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Oregon.The release has been in the works for at least 9 days 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 either beer can use Iron Horse Brewery’s Beer finder for exact locations. The Beer Finder can be found here:

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 33 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produced over 18,000 bbls in 2015. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from really talkative co-worker go to



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Eastern Washington Brewfest 2015

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo April 14th 2015

May. A wonderful time of year.
Beer. A wonderful kind of cheer.
Fest. Better than the rest.

That’s it. That’s all I got for rhyming.

Read the press release then proceed.
Or skip it and head on over to…


For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces 3rd Annual, Second Consecutive Eastern Washington Brewfest in Central Washington on May 15th from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Giving a Chest Bump to Washington Craft Breweries in the 509.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (April 14, ,2015) – Iron Horse Brewery is announcing, almost the same exact thing as last year except different, which is that they plan to host the Eastern Washington Brewfest in Central Washington which most Westsiders refer to as Eastern Washington on Friday, May 15th from 5:00pm to 10pm. That’s 5.15.15 5:00pm to (5:00pm + 5 hours) The brewfest will take place in and around Iron Horse’s downtown location, [the pub] with tastings offered from 9.5 different breweries located within the 509 area code.

“Eastern Washington has mostly small craft brewers and finding their products in your home market can be hard at times. Unless you live in Ellensburg on May 15th, because then you will be able to find those rare beers, and in case you were wondering, it’s not just a coincidence, they will be found at our E WA Brewfest,” said Greg Parker, general manager of Iron Horse Brewery.

The Brewfest, Itself.
This brewfest is targeted towards craft beer enthusiasts as well as those who believe that being lame is never an option. The 4-5 o’clock hour will host area restaurant and bar reps allowing for participating craft breweries to showcase their product. “Our goal is to help connect Eastern Washington craft brewers with local bars and restaurants so that, hopefully, there is even more craft beer flowing from the taps. Kind of like Tinder, but without the awkwardness and rejection”, said Jared Vallejo, director of marketing for Iron Horse Brewery. ‘I have been to a lot of festivals, and I can tell you this is my favorite one,“ said Ross Chalstrom, Interloper of Press Release Quotes.

The event opens to the public at 5:00pm. Advanced tickets can be purchased at [The Pub] 412 N Main Street, Iron Horse Coffee, 1617 Vantage Hwy or online at : for $15 and include 6 tastings and a keepsake glass. After May 1st, single ticket prices are $20.00. Additional tastings can be purchased onsite. There will be food available for purchase from Tacos Chalitos, Earthquake Empanada, and Pizza Colin. Or you can bring a bag of Funyuns in.

About Iron Horse Brewery
Iron Horse Brewery, centrally located in Ellensburg, Wash., has been producing hand crafted ales since 2007. Iron Horse is owned by father-son team Greg and Gary Parker. With 34 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produced over 19,000 barrels of beer in 2015. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from SnapChat, go to; you’ll probably be sorry you did.

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Beer Release: Gary IPA

Rikki Welz
Rikki Welz April 2nd 2015

Who doesn’t love a Family Reunion?  Perhaps you have a family like mine,  awkwardly stacked into Great Aunt Petunia’s parlor,  smells of roasted ham, wind song perfume, and moist earth from the muddy boots stacked by the door.  The kitchen bustling with activity as Magpie the ancient black lab salivates with excitement as your cousin lunges towards the counter filled with every imaginable flavor of Jello Salad.   Old Uncle Bart, beer in hand, coveting the recliner chair and blasting the T.V.  has forgot to turn his hearing aids on so everyone shouts at each other in the most loving way, and laughter shakes the whole house.  After the traditional meet and greet, activity simmers down and the T.V. turned to a dull hum while Uncle Bart enjoys a deep sleep.   Card games start, the young folk trot off to terrorize Petunia’s cats in the vegetable garden and dig for treasure while a few of us gather in the kitchen enjoying a beer and each others company.

Everyone has that one family member they gravitate to during these events.  Gary Parker is the best thing about a family reunion.  Everyone has a Gary in their life.  Gary is the guy who can spin a true story into something truly out-of-this-world.  He blows your mind with the way he can make you laugh, think, and learn from his strange and mind boggling adventures.  Gary can dispense the fatherly-est wisdom on the same breath as a joke that would make even a sailor blush.  He brings flowers to the ladies of the family and fireworks for the kids.  Gary makes everyone’s day just a little bit fuller.  Gary Parker, Iron Horse Brewery’s patriarch is like Bill Brasky, the man who sold a ladder to Paul Bunyan.  Gary Parker is like the Majestic Jakelope, everyone has a story with him in it, he will be there for just a moment too short, then with a flash he is off into the wind onto his next adventure, perhaps on a snowmobile.

Because Gary is so gosh darn awesome, we are bringing back the Imperial IPA that was named for him!  For a limited time, in only the 22oz bottle, you will find Gary near you, ready to help you start your next story, entertain your senses and advise you with great wisdom on your way to greatness.

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The Half K Recap That is Longer Than The Race

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo March 18th 2015

On March 14th, 2015 over 230 of you blood circulating humans descended on ellensburg, wa and walked/jogged/ran/sprinted in the first annual Iron Horse Brewery St. Paddy Day .5 K.

Ummm. What were you thinking?

Whatever it was, I like it. You are bad ass people.

When the idea came up in January we were mostly joking about putting on a race of such minuscule distance. We had such fanciful ideas where a harpist would strum chariots of fire, three marching bands would play eye of the tiger throughout the race and there would be an elephant to ride. What transpired was even better.

Somehow we lucked out and had the help and support of  the Air Force ROTC Color Guard,  The Sparrow Singers, The Rodeo City Roller Girls, CWU Football Team,  IHB Hockey Team,  IHB Softball Team, Pulse Magazine, CWU Lifeguards, Monster, Hugh – the amazing balloon man, FISH volunteers, and Taco’s Chalitos.   I’m sure I’m missing someone really important. Please ridicule me for being absent minded at

And of course the st.paddy day half k race would have been infinitely more boring without the help of these people. (companies are people)

Shirtworks did an incredible job printing the Half-K Shirts, plus they helped offset the costs. Go get 3 shirts from them to say thanks.
Pizza Colin, as usual, contributed great tasting pizzas and ran in the race. Visit often and ask for “Jessie’s Beard” you won’t regret it. Unless, you don’t eat meat. Then you will regret it.
The Daily Record kicked in on promotions. Everyone should be a subscriber to the best local newspaper in Kittitas County.
Hidden Treasures tried to hide out, but they couldn’t.  Because they were right on Main Street.  Check out their new digs, right next to the Daily Record.
Borton Fruit – provided Apples.  A plethora of delicious apples.  Go find a Borton apple at grocer near you and thank it, by eating it.
The ReCycle Shop hosted our mono a mono bike fight along the race course.  Bikes are RAD.  RAD is a great a movie.
KIND bar gave us a bunch of tasty packaged goods to refuel along the route
RoadID provided our BIBs and made us look legit.
RufusTech provided virtual tech Support for our iWatch.
The Hair Cellar made sure we were all well groomed. As Greg said. The Hair Cellar is not where you go to store hair. It’s where you go to RESTORE hair. Boom.
Sara Jean Sweet’s gave us so many cupcakes and we didn’t share with any of you. It’s not true, but were wishing it was true. In any case. They are great. Go eat their food.
The Soup Bowl – I know some of you ate there, which is awesome, because those guys can rock the food.
The CWU Foundation emailed and called us all 5 times to renew our Alumni subscription. No they didn’t. And that’s a win. Just kidding.
The Gym provided us with rock-hard abs. Check them out. (the gym, not our abs)
The Carl’s Jr. mascot was in attendance.
88.1 the ‘burg – came out and played Danny Boy 42 times and also allowed Greg and Ross to talk…a lot.
Troutwater Flyshop – handed out lucky charms and also manned the front door. Overachievers, really.
Umpqua Bank allowed us to use their parking lot as a finish line.  Go deposit and withdraw money from them like the champ you are.

ALL of this activity for a .31576 Mile Race to raise money for FISH Food Bank

If you remember the goal was to raise $1000 in 2 hours.
We did that and more.
In fact, we, err… YOU beat that goal by 280%.

$2,800 dollars raised for FISH.   The entire event lasted from 1:40pm to 3:40pm, with some stragglers just hanging out.
This works out to be $1400 an hour.
OR better yet, $8400 per mile.
If only we made this a 1.6k.  Next year maybe. Probably not.

Again, on behalf of ALF fans and buttered popcorn everywhere, thank you for making this a great event.

Oh, and I am starting a rumor that there might be a Halloween Half-K in Seattle.  We can neither confirm or deny this.

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You know us for our Irish Death, we know you for having a nice face…and a willingness to try new things.

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan March 10th 2015

We often get referred to as the brewery that sells Irish Death.  While we are proud of this, we also do other things.  These things include Greg’s secret obsession with cribbage, and employee tournaments we’re required to play in.  More importantly, it includes making a kickass beer (other than Irish Death).

We will be dropping a “Fresh to Death” second seasonal track this year, which will include Gary Imperial IPA, A Fresh Hop Red Ale, and Cozy Sweater, in bottles.   “Finger Gun” our new session IPA, will be available in 6-pack cans. Speaking of cans; Cozy Sweater will be in cans. Speaking of sweaters, here is a picture of one:

elephantsweaterAlso, we will soon be releasing a brand new, year-round IPA in 22oz bottles and draft.

Oh, yeah, and our next seasonal release is almost ready. It’s called Farmlandia. A farmhouse ale that’s bubbly, belgian inspired and delicious. Here’s a picture that we are repurposing because of laziness.


Although we may not do much, one of the things we do do (we do) is make lots of beer that your mouth appreciates.  You say you like to try new things, we say we like to make beer.  We’re a perfect match.  you’re welcome.

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Finger Gun IPA – A new beer to keep your hands busy.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo February 19th 2015

I’ll preface this once; we are going to be releasing a lot of new beer this year. So you’ll probably get tired of the “hey, here’s a press release about a new iron horse brewery beer” statements. It sounds like I’m apologizing in advance. I’m not. I’m extremely excited about the crap ton of beer we are releasing.

I’ll put a call out now: If we have any fans that are interested in helping us spread the word about Finger Gun, please email me – We have an idea that you might like. Or not. I don’t know you that well.

Anyhow, here’s a press release about one of three beers coming out very soon.

For Immediate Release

Iron Horse Brewery Announces the Release of Finger Gun IPA, Exclusively Available in Six-Pack 12 oz Cans.
A brand new session IPA hopped and loaded at 4.8% abv.

ELLENSBURG, WA (February 19th, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery is introducing a new year-round beer called Finger Gun IPA available in six-pack 12oz cans. “We asked ourselves, ‘what style of beer is underrepresented right now?’ Then we ignored that line of thinking entirely. Finger Gun, which is a session IPA, delivers massive flavor, but with nanny-state abv” said Greg Parker, Owner and GM of Iron Horse Brewery. “ We wanted to make a beer that tastes really friggin’ good and hoppy but doesn’t leave you in a ditch, hungover, missing your wallet, disowned by your parents and ashamed of all that you’ve done. Finger Gun IPA can do some of that, some of it is actually up to you. Plus, it reminds you that Finger Gunning is one of life’s best, and most effective, gestures. ‘Peew, Peew!’”, commented Parker.

Release and Availability
As a continuation of the “handy” series of cans, Iron Horse Brewery will release Finger Gun IPA exclusively in 12 oz aluminum six-pack cans around the first week of April and it will be available initially in Eastern Washington with plans to expand market wide, including Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska shortly thereafter.

Here’s a picture of the prototype:

Hopped and Loaded
Finger Gun IPA is dry hopped with a newly acquired Hop Rocket made by German Manufacturer BrauKon. “Rather than traditional dry hopping, where hops are put in the fermenter from the top, the Hop Rocket is self contained and is loaded with hops from top to bottom, allowing all of the beer to touch the hops for 24-48 hours, which produces amazing hop aroma and flavor that you don’t get the other way,” said Tyson Read, Head Brewer of Iron Horse Brewery. “This is true, my nose and taste buds confirmed it,” quipped Ross Chalstrom, Interloper of Press Release Quotes.

Beer Nerd Details
Name: Finger Gun IPA
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 52
Hops: Azacca, Calypso
Package: Six-Pack 12oz Cans
Other: dry hopped with a hop rocket, clarified with a centrifuge, and hugged by a giant platypus.

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:

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 33 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produced over 18,000 bbls in 2015. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from Facebook, go to; you’ll probably be sorry you did.


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Cozy Community Fund Update and The Giving Virus

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo December 29th 2014

Generosity is a curious thing. It inspires or in my case, makes me feel substandard for not living up to the expectations I created in my mind space. What’s incredible though is how giving, without expectation of return, can be infectious, like a virus, but the good kind of virus. As Greg likes to put things, we are simply the facilitators of this virus. This program could not exist without you, human that is reading this post.

We were going through the dozen or so nominations for this year’s fund, and while all had compelling stories, we had the difficult task of narrowing it down to two recipients. Every year it gets harder to do this. So we added a third recipient. Oh, that darned giving virus.

Because of your nominations and contributions – bidding on the hats and blanket that Rikki made, attending the cozy sweater release party, buying our beer throughout the year and any other contributions you made at [ the pub ] you were able to do a lot this year.

The fund covered the following:

one month rent payment
one month car payment
$100 in gas cards
one winter jacket
three hooded sweatshirts
four seahawks beanies
three family themed game for three kids
a group game
gobs of socks for one whole family
wrapping items so the families could wrap up the items
$100 in Pizza Colin bucks (thanks

This all adds up to about $2000, which is great if that’s where it stopped. But there is more.

Our bff neighbors, Phoenix Truss, in hearing about this offered up their services.
We told them about another family’s need to get a front porch fixed.
So, they went out to take a look at it. They made a decision. They are going to completely rebuild this families front porch and back deck. Free. Gratis. Nada. Because as a Ken Beedle, owner of Phoenix Truss so gracefully put it. “I’m all about this kind of stuff. It’s the unknown national stuff that causes me to pause, but this local stuff. I’m all about it” Well said Ken. Also, I may have misquoted him a little bit.

We’re going to have to start earlier next year so we can get more people/services/businesses involved, but you all should feel pretty good about how your contributions helped. This means you’ve probably done your good deed for the next few weeks. So, go high five someone and have a beer or two.

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Humans are good at fundraising. Here’s the proof.

Jared Vallejo
Jared Vallejo November 10th 2014

As you may or may not recall, Iron Horse Brewery had two fundraising initiatives going on during the summer. High Five a Charity and Beer vs Fire.

Well, these are both done now and I’m finally get around to talking about it, because my snapchat feed is empty. Thank goodness.

High Five a Charity: This was a tricky one to gain momentum as an effective fundraising tool. Unfortunately, our rollout of High Five Hefe cans was slower than we anticipated. (we’re in good shape now) I can pick up most of the responsibility as the execution and awareness portion was not optimal. However, for the 5 week period we, and be we I mean, you, our beer drinking bff’s, managed to raise about $1000. This will be divided equally among the top 5 nominated charities. That was a lot of commas for you grammar hounds out there. Anyhow, sifting through the 20 nominated charities made me realize, there are a lot of great organizations out there doing important work. However, we had to take only the top 5.

The recipients are:
Thrive through Cancer – Seattle
Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity – Ellensburg
Disability Rights of Washington Seattle
Gallery One Ellensburg
Seattle Cancer Care Center – Seattle

It was a good effort and one we’ll probably try something new at some other vague point in time. Feel free to donate to any of these, without the beer incentive, as I’m sure they would appreciate it.

Beer vs Fire:

There is a press a release below, but in short $10,200 was raised. F*&$ Ya!.

As Greg points out, you beer drinkers made this happen. Give yourself a high five. Or Irish Death. or Crosscut Pilsner. Or 509. Or… I could keep going and going. In an effort to reduce waste, I’ll let the press release finish the details below.

I’d just like to add, so I will, you humans are amazing. This is vital, because I am generally a horrible person, which I find necessary to offset all this goodness. So keep on doing your thing.


For Immediate Release

Beer vs. Fire Fundraising Effort Concludes Because It’s Almost Winter Now.

Iron Horse Brewery and Icicle Brewing Company raise over $10,200.00

ELLENSBURG, WA (November 6, 2014)
Iron Horse Brewery of Ellensburg and Icicle Brewing Company of Leavenworth announced the conclusion of their 3 month long joint fundraising initiative called Beer vs Fire designed to help victims affected by Carlton Complex, Snag Canyon, Chiwaukum Complex and South Cle Elum Ridge fires. The goal was to raise $12,000 through beer sales of Iron Horse’s 509 Style and Icicle’s Crosscut Pilsner. The total amount raised to date is $10,200.00.

“Our wholesale and retail partners really made all of this possible” said Greg Parker, Owner of Iron Horse Brewery. “And, of course, without the beer drinkers, we would be bringing back a bunch of beer. Thanks are in order to you, beer drinker, you really helped the fire victims”, Parker added.

DONATIONS and BEER on the Shelf
The $10,200 will be split with direct donations going to Red Cross of Kittitas County and Red Cross Apple Valley, ideally in a the form of giant check.

The dollar amount raised reflects all of the beer shipped for the fundraiser. “There may be a few remaining bottles of 509 Style or Crosscut Pilsner on the shelf marked with Beer vs Fire “ commented Pamela Brulotte, Owner of Icicle Brewing Company “We anticipated that might happen so our donation reflects those bottles. We’re asking our customers to help those retailers out and get the last few bottles off the shelves if you see them” Brulotte said.


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80s Movie Intern Update

Tess McIntyre
Tess McIntyre July 28th 2014

We don’t have any good behind the scenes pictures from last weeks photo shoot. Well, either that or we are just trying give #mustachepete a break. Whichever one it is, week three proved to be the most difficult yet. So here it is, the big reveal.

Our poster:


And the Original:

johnny Be good

RDJ, AMH, and Uma. It’s a good time. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t watched it but its the thought that counts.

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High Five a Charity part dos

Tess McIntyre
Tess McIntyre July 22nd 2014

Hello people of the internet. This quick blog is to let you know we are creeping up on part two of our High Five a Charity initiative. What is that you say, young marsupial? You don’t know about this ‘High Five a Charity’ thingy? Well that’s crazy that you don’t but I will tell you about it anyways.

We love high fiving and we want to be sure that we can extend a high five to everyone who is near us and  virtually, as well, to deserving organizations of your choosing. For the past month-ish we’ve asked that you nominate a charity of your choice for Iron Horse Brewery to send a money-filled-High Five. So you should go to and do that now. and then come back and read some more.

Be sure to get all your nominations in by August 5th at 5:55pm because as of 5:56 pm open nominations will close. From there we take the top ten most nominated organizations, link to their website and social media and ask that the public get to know these non profits, and then vote for where they think this money high five should go. Anyone who happens upon will be able to choose which organization get’s their vote.

So really this post is to tell you to get nominating in hopes that your organization makes its way to the top ten list.

More details to follow on Part two. We promise. Ish.

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Chrons of the Summer Stache Pt. Something

Peter Heinen
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.


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

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Embracing the 80’s has finally paid off

Tess McIntyre
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.




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Cool Things in Beer History

Paul Baker
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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Connie Morgan
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 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
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 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 and high five them yourself, or go to and nominate a new charity. We will highlight charities each week!

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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

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, 509 Style, Light Rale Ale, Cozy Sweater, High Five Hefe and IPA should be served throughout the pacific northwest. It can supplement meals too.