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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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Spending Halloween with Marty

Marissa October 27th 2015

Halloween is a great time for people to express their inner weirdo. As for myself, it’s definitely my favorite holiday.

I personally like to channel my inner Marty. Halloween weekend is when he is most accepted throughout the community.

Marty likes three things– beer, partyin’, and his best friend, Steve. Although Marty may seem tough, he is notorious for losing street fights, unsuccessfully tries to pick up chicks at the classic Halloween house party every year, and is always kicked off the countertops while trying to get his groove on. Word to the wise, do not ask a dude, “i’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.” That statement right there, will get ya in trouble.



Now, you may say to yourself, Marty sounds like a real jackass. Well, you’re right, he is. But he is also seriously misunderstood. All he wants is to go trick or treating without being told to go home. He wants to make new friends and have a nice relaxing evening every once in awhile. He likes to carve pumpkins, but everyone keeps sharp objects away from him. It’s a little hard to carve a pumpkin with a butter knife. But, he tries his best anyways.

When Marty tries to stay home and pass out candy to the children, they run in fear. All the parents throw out the candy he gives. He doesn’t understand why, all he does is package the candy in larger quantities using plastic baggies.

This Halloween, when you see Marty out and about give him a high five and maybe you’ll get something special in return.

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New Cousins

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan October 16th 2015

Catch up with the family.


Drew Grannemann, Seattle Area Sales Rep
Least favorite style of beer: Gluten Free Vegan Friendly Pumpkin Ale infused with Cinnamon.
Middle Name: Michael
What you wish your middle name is: Lazer
Favorite past-time: Swiping right on Tinder.
First Kiss: Eyes. Wide. Open.
Who do you look like: If Emma Watson had a beard and a beer belly.
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: Mocha!

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Emily Palmer, Idaho & Montana Sales Rep
Least favorite style of beer: Sours
Middle Name: Watkins
What you wish your middle name is: Maybe something more common like Anne.
Favorite past-time: Skiing, preferably with a few good beer breaks.
First Kiss: Unexpected and meh…
Most underrated movie of all time: Almost Famous
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: Mocha Death, but I may be biased since I haven’t had the chance to try Cozy Sweater yet!


Lindsay Montgomery, Beerista
Least favorite style of beer: Anything with pumpkin in it.
Middle Name: Patricia.
What you wish your middle name is: Literally anything else.
Favorite past-time: Honestly, I like fishing and reading pediatric research articles.
First Kiss: Unexpectedly awful-ish
Who do you look like: People at the pub tell me all the time that I look like Chrissy Tiegen, John Legend’s wife.
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: My coffee addiction forces me to go with Mocha Death <3




Korie Barnes, Beerista
Least favorite style of beer: Pilsner
Middle Name: Ann
What you wish it is: Ginger Snap
Favorite past-time: Visiting the Oregon coast with my family every November
Who do you look like: Maci from the T.V. show Teen Mom
Most underrated movie of all time: That Awkward Moment
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: Cozy Sweater

BriAnne Pauley, Beerista
Least favorite style of beer: IPA
Middle name: Sharee
What you wish it is: Artemis (Greek for independent spirit)
First kiss: Sloppy & Uncomfortable
Who do you look like:  As a little girl, Matilda. Now, I have no idea.
Most underrated movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: MOCHA DEATH (coffee fanatic)



Adam Highfill, Packaging Technician
Least favorite beer style: Session IPA
Middle name: Joseph
What you wish it is: NoLow
Past-time: Fishing and hanging out with my family and then hunting.
First kiss: Overrated
Who you look like:  I’ve been told Ryan Gosling
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: Cozy Sweater



Derek Hartman, Packaging Technician
Least favorite style of beer: Hefe
Middle Name: Lee
What you wish your middle name is: Mitiku
First kiss: Wasn’t too bad
Who do you look like: Snoop Dogg
Most underrated movie of all time: Happy Gilmore
Mocha Death or Cozy Sweater: Cozy Sweater

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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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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.