Morgan Moran

A Big Package

As a consumer cracking open a 12oz can of Irish Death and enjoying the dark elixir with each sip you may ponder how exactly the beer got into it’s package. I am here to tell you the untold story of your loyal packager and just what one goes through to get these wonderfully delicious brews… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Earth Beer

It’s Earth Day which means today everyone celebrates how beautiful the earth is, discusses the many ways humans are destroying the Earth, some children plant a few trees, you recycle a can and feel good about yourself and then tomorrow everything goes back to normal. The brewing industry uses a lot of stuff. Water, crops… Read more »

Connie Morgan

Vegan Beer?

At first the term “vegan beer” may seem unnecessary. Afterall, beer is made with four main ingredients, water, malts, hops and yeast. Those four ingredients are all vegan friendly but there is some debate or rather confusion as to what the definition of vegan is or what beers are considered vegan. A lot of the… Read more »

Jake Fleming

The Perks of Being Tall

There are very few downsides to being tall. Indeed, cars are horrible contraptions made by the jealous vertically challenged, planes are a tall person’s worst nightmare, and hobbit holes are just out of the question, but the perks of extreme height far outweigh the downsides.   Fact: when you are tall you are 62% more… Read more »

ironhorsebrewery

Revenge Brew

*Originally written by Hannah Hanson who quit Because we recently acquired a new German Brewhouse, Head Brewer Tyson and Brewhouse Supervisor Jake traveled to Deutschland earlier this month to “learn about it”…leaving the rest of the production staff behind. Iron Horse Brewer Hannah Hanson documented the creation of a revenge brew on Twitter. Made with… Read more »

Rikki Welz

Guten Nachmittag, y’all!

I own a for-realzies-German dirndl. This fabulous piece of clothing encouraged me (though does not legitimize my knowledge) to lecture you, dear reader, on the fabulous event and beer style called Oktoberfest. It all started back in 1553, when Duke Albrecht the V of Bavaria decreed that no brewing shall occur between the Feast of… Read more »

ironhorsebrewery

Chrons of the Summer Stache Pt. Something

*Originally written by Peter Heinen 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… Read more »

ironhorsebrewery

Cool Things in Beer History

*Originally written by Paul Baker who quit 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… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Iron Horse Brewlette is Ready-Ish.

So here’s the official press release, which is infinitely easier than making a separate blog post. And go. ####################### For Immediate Release Iron Horse Brewery Announces Iron Horse Brewlette Round 1 is About to Hit the Market This limited release contains three different beers and you have to guess what they are. Boom. ELLENSBURG, WA… Read more »

Rikki Welz

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

Greetings Fellow Beer Lovers! We are proud to join the Washington Beer Open House, happening this very soon to be weekend! We don’t procrastinate on advertising or anything…. Iron Horse Brewery is proud to open it’s doors and welcome you to tour the brewery this Saturday Feb 22nd. Our handsomest bravest brewers have gotten together to… Read more »

Greg Parker

We all get a medal, congratulations

Many wonder why IHB doesn’t enter beer in competitions, here’s why: It probably started with BeerAdvocate. I appreciate that their motto is respect beer. Which makes sense. Kind of like when I want to respect women, I gather a bunch of them up and have them stand there while me and a bunch of my… Read more »

Greg Parker

The Beer is First

While you may have noticed that we at Iron Horse Brewery take a pretty irreverent approach and put emphasis on many things that seemingly have nothing to do with beer, like the platypus, we’ve always been beer first. It isn’t for the purpose of the sales pitch, but it sure makes a good one, that… Read more »

ironhorsebrewery

Cool Things in Beer History

*Originally written by Paul Baker who quit Hey everyone. I’m Paul, one of the brewers here. Once I was a historian, then I found out that A) Nobody wants  a Russian historian and B) Beer is awesome. So I’m going to combine them. There are a lot of things in the history that are beer… Read more »

Tyson Read

Anton-Paar & Other Stuff

Just got this piece of equipment in. It is a small piece of the continual strive to make better beer, consistently. It was sold to me by a very nice Danish or Swedish guy who works for an Austrian company (sorry ‘merica). What it does is measure dissolved oxygen (DO) in beer as well as… Read more »

Tyson Read

Anton-Paar & Other Stuff

Just got this piece of equipment in. It is a small piece of the continual strive to make better beer, consistently. It was sold to me by a very nice Danish or Swedish guy who works for an Austrian company (sorry ‘merica). What it does is measure dissolved oxygen (DO) in beer as well as… Read more »

Tyson Read

Beer Enhancement

“Every beer is your own beer,” he said. “You don’t have to drink what some brewmaster has decided what beer should taste like.” The statement above was made by an entrepreneur that has recently created a liquid flavor enhancer for beer (think Mio). I take incredible offense to that statement. While he is correct, you… Read more »

Tyson Read

A Post about the Centrifuge.

Part one, the actual centrifuge. We received the first piece of our centrifuge last week and, while it is just a big hunk of painted steel, it is still pretty exciting. Some of you may have heard we are getting a centrifuge and might be wondering what the heck does it do? Well, I’m going… Read more »

Tyson Read

Hooray for Malt

While hops often take a center stage in beer discussions, malt is the essential backbone of beer. It provides us the color, a large amount of the flavor, and all the building blocks that we need to make sugars to feed the yeast. How does it do all this? Well, I’m glad no one asked… Read more »

Tyson Read

The Color of Beer and Why It Confuses People

And now…back to the rants. This week: The light beer/dark beer conundrum. Here is a statement commonly overheard by me at bars/beer festivals: “I don’t really like dark beer.” Oh, the ignorance (think overly dramatic acting). The fact is that color and flavor don’t necessarily go together hand in hand. That doesn’t necessarily mean they… Read more »

Tyson Read

IBU’s: I’m Better Than U

This is what they should really call them because since breweries started advertising IBU’s (International Bitterness Units for those that aren’t already obsessed), they have really been a d**k measuring stick. “Hey look at me and how many IBU’s I can put in my beer.” Or “look at how many IBU’s I can drink.” The… Read more »

Tyson Read

Less Rant, More Rave. Plus, More Rant.

Alright, it has come to my attention that I may have come off a bit harsh in my last rant so I must put in a disclaimer. While my rants are based on truthful opinion, I am overly dramatic in my words for entertainment purposes. I do not really care that much about a person’s… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

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

As you are most likely aware, we recently discovered an issue with our bottler, which deposited one 3 inch stainless steel off-gas compression tube into one of our 22oz bottles. Upon discovering the sanitary piece of stainless was missing, we immediately analyzed the potential impact of having said artifact the size of Andre the Giant’s… Read more »

Tyson Read

A Lesson on Foam

Answer Your Foam Nobody has asked me anything specific lately, so I decided to lecture everybody about beer foam. As a brewer, nothing gets me riled up like when people demand beer liquid right up to the brim of a glass, it’s only a half ounce more beer people and you are missing the best… Read more »