Rikki Welz

Reinheitsge-blog

Happy Reinheitsgebot Day! Hi Everybody! Rikki here again! Yay! This blog was also contributed to by Tyson, and Jeff. But they are doing real stuff right now… Today, while “working”, Jeff, our new and knowledgeable master of kegging (and master of beards) wished me a happy Reinheitsgebot day. What a guy! What is Reinheitsgebot you… Read more »

ironhorsebrewery

How I Have Come to Write a Beer Thesis

*Originally written by Alison Duff who quit  Almost three years ago, I was introduced to the lovely culture of craft beer. At the beginning I had a limited range of flavor profiles, did not know what hops did for beer, understood nothing about fermentation, and had no idea what was in store for my future… 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

“So what if I have no commercial brewing experience?”

Not surprisingly, my dad felt my dismissal of what every bank under the sun considers the most fundamental requirement for business lending; industry experience, as something that must not be ignored. So, we struck up a partnership with the previous owner and founder of Iron Horse Brewery, Jim Quilter. Jim was what many would envision… Read more »

Natalia Parker

Employee Engagement

“Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged or inspired at their jobs and the vast majority of U.S. workers — 70 percent — are not reaching their full potential, a Gallup study concluded.” When I read a statistic like that, I always think about how we as business owners can work to cultivate workplaces… 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 »

Greg Parker

I’ve Made a Huge Mistake

It was a nice sunday afternoon, mid 80s, and we had just gotten back from a failed family hike, which they usually are. I picked a trail that was about 15% grade, no real destination and little shade.  Grousing from a 6 and 9 year old is pretty much mandatory at that point. Since it… 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 »

Greg Parker

Why? or What Does it All Mean?

I have struggled for a few years trying to make sense of life. since, for me, the suggestion of a benevolent higher power has never given me any comfort, I had to come up with something more tangible; To enjoy the gift of life and support and encourage others to do the same. And Pure-Being… Read more »

Greg Parker

Win-Win

Most of my days are devoted to finding win-win outcomes. Everybody serves themselves, what an individual in my position must do is foster and describe situations in which someone is able to feel they have gotten what they always wanted while providing benefit to the brewery. The secret to finding a win-win, in my estimation,… Read more »

Greg Parker

Inside Baseball – Part Two

I last left you with an objective view of the two organizations that are responsible for fighting/marketing on behalf of Washington beer. Here is where I get political. While I love being able to call myself a ‘Washington Beer Commissioner’ and not have it be some made up title but a state-government recognized position, it… Read more »

Natalia Parker

Life Lessons from an Evolving Brewery

I really wanted to write about the Life Lessons we can learn from Brewer’s Yeast. Usually when Greg Parker explains the magical properties of yeast to me, I am totally inspired by this amazing organism and how it can be likened to humanity. Unfortunately, as I was trying to recollect those stories for the post… Read more »

Greg Parker

Quintessentially Craft

In times of immense change, such as the post-brewery expansion world, I like to remind people of the things that aren’t going to change. We will continue to hate tv and not have them in our establishments, ever. We will continue to not give a shit about winning awards, unless of course they are people’s… Read more »

Greg Parker

The Competitive Disadvantage

F*%!in’ Taxes. All but 10% of our total beer produced is sold in Washington. We are proud of this fact. Years ago a friend of mine at Bozeman Brewing told me “take care of your local market, if you let that go, you will likely fail”. I took that to heart and we have attempted… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

We’re Coming to Vancouver, Officially.

Here’s the press release.  hash tags and all.   ####################### For Immediate Release Iron Horse Brewery Partners with Maletis Beverage, Invites themselves to Vancouver Kickoff events scheduled March 7th. ELLENSBURG, WA  (February 27, 2013)  Iron Horse Brewery and Maletis Beverage (www.maletis.com) have formed a strategic partnership to bring Iron Horse beer into Southwest Washington. Shipments… 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 »

Greg Parker

Craft Beer Hits 5%! Is it Good, Bad or Both?

or, what to make of all this growth? i posted this question on facebook thinking to myself, it’s both; good because craft beer is growing it’s market share and more citizens are drinking good, american beer and bad because 5% is a painfully small amount. as evidenced by the comments on the post, others were… Read more »

Greg Parker

Will there be a Belgian-style golden ales in the works? You know that its kind of a tradition for Belgian golden ales to be named with either a devlish or angelic title. Perhaps a Beligian style golden ale could be called, “Irish Life.”

Not at any time in the near future. Our capacity issues have forced us to focus on our main beers. We do have an expansion in the works and if that is enough of a relief we will be getting back to playing around in the brewhouse. We like the idea and are always looking… Read more »

Greg Parker

I-1183, or why I will be voting no.

As someone who has staked his entire future on the ability to make and sell beer profitably, I am going to be voting no on I-1183. While there are many arguments stated by the “no” community (some valid and others I find inflammatory), I will be outlining issues that are lesser known and meaningful only… Read more »