Greg Parker

Owner & GM

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Greg Parker

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

  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… Read more »

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Top 4 Reasons to Support the Small Brew Act.

Every so often, a bit of esoteric legislation comes along that would be a major benefit to a particular industry and people in that industry try to present the information in a way that will motivate their consumers to care. This is what I’m attempting to do right now. If you haven’t already given up… Read more »

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On Selling Out

When I think about the craft beer world, I think of community. When Elysian sold to Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Elysian’s community exploded. People have been spewing hate in any way they can find. I see the rebuttals from the defenders of Elysian’s actions and many of them attempt to bring the attackers rationale into question by… Read more »

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

http://www.wherethetrailends.com/ 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… Read more »

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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 »

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“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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Part 2; This Beer Tastes Like Shit

In the initial installment, I , Greg, talked about differences in tastes and perception and other things that really have no defined correct position and therefore saved myself from having to defend my position. I left the part where we discuss the technical side of beer to Tyson. Good luck, buddy. So Tyson, as difficult… Read more »

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PART 1: ‘This beer tastes like shit!’

Response; “Lady, there are two things I know, one with certainty, one with near certainty. My beer does not taste like shit (certainty), and you don’t really know what shit tastes like (can’t be certain of that). This was an actual exchange I had with a person at a brewers night at one of our… Read more »

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my attempt at becoming the holiday cheermeister

This time of year I always feel like Scrooge, and often get accused of being a Scrooge. I don’t buy anything for anyone other than my wife and my kids (although last year, my kids got nothing from me). The usual question “are you ready for christmas?!” that passes for conversation causes my skin to… Read more »

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Good Beer Citizen

Good Beer Citizen: Why do so many beer line ups look largely the same? Or, doing your part for craft beer. If you are like me… never mind, by this time in my life I have realized that, thankfully, there are not many people like me.  Thankfully for society I mean.  But, if we do… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Not Enough Beer, WTF?! Signed, an Angry Loyal Customer

I see, not surprisingly, little, from my dumpy off-site office. Sometimes I open the blinds and see the backside of an old brick building and power lines, but often enough the sun is blaring through the window turning it into an oven so I tend to leave the blinds closed. More importantly is my lack… Read more »