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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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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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Movie Screening-Where The Trail Ends April 15. @ [the pub]

Greg Parker
Greg Parker April 9th 2014

Let me summarize this for you.

1. Drink Beer

2. Watch a sweet ass mountain bike movie

3. Spend a little coin on raffle tickets, which could end up making you money if you end up winning some of the dopest swag available. (that may or may not have been an exaggeration)

4. Support Ellensburg Mountain Bike Alliance and thereby singletrack trails in Kittitas valley.

The only reason I can think of that you wouldn’t be there is that you are dead. See you tuesday.

P.S. This kicks off our monthly Tuesday night non-profit fundraiser series. Come check it out on behalf of your favorite non-profit so you know how it works.

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It’s Craft Beer Craft Time, with Gobs of Pictures

Rikki Welz
Rikki Welz June 26th 2013

Hey Everybody! It’s Craft Beer Craft Time!

So as you may have noticed from my last blog, I enjoy making things. It’s fun to be able to present someone with a handmade tangled pile of fabric and thread. Today, I want to share an easy and fun way to class up the joint by making your own coasters! Nothing says, “I drink my beer with my pinky-finger out” like the absence of rings on your coffee table. Also, enjoy the exclamation points, I LOVE THEM!!! Also also, please forgive me, for my lack of puns. It would be unseamly to have such jokes in my refined blog. *ba-dum ching*

Supplies needed (per coaster)

2 squares of fabric (5inches x 5inches)
1 square of batting/felt (4.25in X 4.25in)
Coordinating Thread & needle (or a sewing machine)
Sewing pins
Scissors (and/or Rotary Blade)
Cutting Mat (if using rotary blade)
*A glass of your favorite beverage

***PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND CUT THINGS OR USE ANY SHARP OBJECTS! FOR YOUR HEALTH! And parents, please do the dangerous things for the kids, no one wants a blood-stained tangle of fabric!***

1. Cut your fabric
2. Cut your batting
3. Place squares of fabric right sides together (printed sides towards each other)
4. Center batting on top of fabric squares, pin into place
5. Sew sandwich together, by placing the needle 1/8th of an inch inside the batting square, and sew as close to the edge as you feel comfortable, at all times sewing the batting to fabric. Leave about 2 inches of batting/fabric sandwich un-sewn (see where my finger points? Leave that blank.)
6. Trim corners off of fabric. Remove pins.
7. Flip the sewn piece right sides out. It will leave a small opening with the fabric already turned in. Use a capped pen or chopstick to poke corners out, so that all edges are smooth and fully turned.
8. Sew around perimeter of square, as close to the edge as possible, at all times sewing all fabric together. (This will also close the opening!)
9. Attach the top to the bottom more securely by quilting a design into your coaster. An “X” from corner to corner, a bunch of parallel lines, an ode to your favorite author, the world is yours! All you Vonnegut fans may recognize what I chose!
10. Place the glass of your favorite beverage on your coaster.
11. Enjoy the view as you utilize your new fancy piece of home décor, and #gohighfiveyourself , you accomplished something new!

Ps. We are now on Pinterest!!! @IronHorseBrew will have everything your inventive self desires, and so much more. And here’s a picture of a dish rag I am crocheting! Teaching myself to crochet has been fun!


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.