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Nordic Cousin Tasting Notes

A Norwegian Farmhouse Ale Better than Lutefisk This beer is like the relative you’ve heard stories about, but didn’t believe existed until she showed up on your doorstep speaking a foreign language. Built on one of Norway’s oldest yeasts, Kveik, this ale has moderate haziness with a light fruity and pine hop character. It finishes… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Karina Mohan

Time for the next former employee feature where we highlight one of our fine cousins (what we call our employees) who has left us and moved on to a new place in their working life. Name: Karina Mohan Iron Horse Brewery: Position at Iron Horse Brewery?Karina Mohan: Brewer/ Former taproom server IHB: You forgot to… Read more »

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Iron Horse Announces Artist Series

################################### For Immediate Release Iron Horse Brewery Announces Artist Series Releases 509 in 16-ounce cans with label designed by local artist Ellensburg, WA (January 25, 2019) Iron Horse Brewery is announcing its first Artist Series beer label for 16-ounce cans featuring local favorite 509 and artist Justin Gibbens. The beer will be released at [… Read more »

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Help Us Support FISH Food Bank

We need your help.  March 16th, 2019 is the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half K – A community-focused event that directly benefits FISH Food Bank. Last year nearly 1,000 people showed up to support our community.   We are continually stunned by the growth of this fundraising event and feel incredibly fortunate that people like you… Read more »

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New Cousin Alert

Catch up with the IHB fam! We have a new cousin in packaging. Name: Sean Finnerty-LudwigLeast favorite style of beer: Anything flavorless and low in alcohol. Bottles, cans or draft: Bottles or Draft. Favorite past-time: Football / Relaxing Who do you look like: Not sure. Least favorite superhero: Ant-Man Favorite Samuel L Jackson movie: Unbreakable/Afro… Read more »

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Stinking Viking Pilot Batch

Stinking Viking Vienna Lager Bastardized Batch 5953   This beer comes to us from Cousin John Patchett. John is an enthusiastic consumer of craft beer news and information, and as such noticed the emergence of a little-known yeast, Kveik (pronounced Quake with a little V in it, so QUvAKE?) that has been used since antiquity… Read more »

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Pilot Batch – Milkshake Stout

Milkshake Stout Hazy Milk Stout – Lots of Lactose Batch 5906   This beer comes from our Head Brewer, Tyson, who has a love-hate relationship with, well many things, but in this case beer trends. Trend in question: Hazy Beer. Unwilling to just plug-and-play in the IPA Haze Craze Tyson decided to apply his aptitude… Read more »

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Our Take On 8-Ounce Beer Bottles

Off Color Brewing out of Chicago is putting some of their beer in 8-ounce bottles. A recent article by the Chicago Tribune about the packaging change claims the smaller bottles are meant to appeal to consumers because the 22 oz bottle trend is dying, for ABV reasons, and to promote the idea of elegance. We… Read more »

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Sportsballing Exhibition At [ The Pub ]

################################### For Immediate Release Iron Horse Brewery Announces Sportsballing Exhibition A limited series photography exhibition showcasing the cousins of Iron Horse Brewery ELLENSBURG, WA (October 22, 2018) – Iron Horse Brewery is pleased to present a limited series local photography exhibition “Sportsballing” at [ the pub ] during the First Friday Art Walk on Nov…. Read more »

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Our Take On Electrolyte Beers

Recovery Beers? After a long workout is a beer the first thing you reach for? It might be once you learn that some breweries are now making beers with electrolytes. A recent article is suggesting electrolyte beers might be the new recovery drink. We asked our cousins for their thoughts on the growing industry trend…. Read more »

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New Cousins At [ The Pub ]

Catch up with the IHB family.   Joel Ford, line cook Least favorite style of beer: IPA Middle name: Robert What do you wish your middle name is: Roller Favorite past-time: Playing hockey Who do you look like: My dad Most underrated movie of all time: Miracle Least favorite superhero: Spider-Man Favorite Iron Horse Beer:… Read more »

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Our Take On The GABF Hazy Category

This week on Life Behind Beer our cousins discussed the Great American Beer Festival and the Hazy IPA winner. The Juicy or Hazy IPA category was added to the competition lineup for the first time this year and had 391 entries. Earlier this year the juicy or hazy styles were added to the 2018 Brewers Association… Read more »

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Our Take On Sophisticated Beer

Should wine and beer be more like each other? A recent article on VinePair suggests craft beer needs to be more sophisticated like wine and vice versa. We asked our cousins for their thoughts on the article.   What are your thoughts on the piece of the article about beer/wine? “Beer absolutely has a market… Read more »

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Hop Selection

Every year our cousins drive to Yakima to sniff hops and pick out the ones that smell the best and are most useful for what we’re trying to brew. We asked them for their thoughts on this year’s hop selection experience. Tyson: It’s awesome.  I mean hops smell wonderful, it’s interesting to smell the differences… Read more »

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Fresh Hop 2018

Fresh Hop Tasting notes from Wes Cutlip. This beer can be found at the Fresh Hop Ale Festival this Saturday, September 30th, and will be available at [ the pub ] this weekend while supplies last. Appearance: White head with moderate retention, gold, moderate haze Aroma: White peach, ripe banana, guava, lightly floral Palate: Guava, lime… Read more »

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Our Take On Beer And Politics

Beer and politics. Do the two belong together? We talked beer and politics last week on Episode 28 of the Life Behind Beer podcast so we thought we’d continue the discussion with more cousins this week. The discussion stemmed from reading this article from the Chicago Tribune. The article explored some of the more recent… Read more »

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Our Take On Craft Dropping Prices

Pricing in the craft beer industry may soon change in favor of the consumer. According to this Forbes article, Founders Brewing is now making a cheaper beer to appeal to drinkers of premium domestic brands like Budweiser, Miller Lite and Coors, retailing at $7.99 per six-pack. We asked some of our cousins what this means… Read more »

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Our Take On The Hazy Beer Trend

According to this article from the Full Pint, 706 beers were entered under the juicy or hazy category at the Great American Beer Festival this year. No, we did not accidentally hit a zero in there because we were shaky from our morning coffee. This statistically staggering number is divided up between hazy pale ales,… Read more »

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What The Hell Is A Radler?

What the hell is a radler? Our brewer Wes breaks it down. Basically a radler is a combination of beer, usually a lighter beer, traditionally Helles Lager but I’ve also seen pilsner used before mixed with some kind of juice. Traditionally lemonade is pretty common but grapefruit juice is also not unheard of. The thought… Read more »

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Our Take On PintPass and Beer Apps

We recently heard about PintPass, a new free app currently in its beta phase, which claims that people can get paid real money to drink at breweries. PintPass will also allow people to text their friends beers across the U.S. According to its website PintPass generates a unique debit card for its users that can be… Read more »

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Batch #5809

A Braggot Another new pilot batch will be hitting [ the pub ] so ask about it next time you stop by and then give us some feedback on UNTAPPD or with one of the forms at [ the pub ]. Tasting notes from WES Appearance: Light amber, low to moderate clarity, very little white head with low… Read more »

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The Pursuit Of Holacracy

Iron Horse Brewery tends to have a unique way of doing things, everything really, and that extends to how we work on a day-to-day basis. We are constantly striving to improve and make work an enjoyable place for our 45-ish cousins employed with us. We thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at… Read more »