Nicole Klauss

Content Coordinator

works in the Marketing department

Obsessed with roller skating.

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Nicole Klauss

How To Say Goodbye At Work

Here at Iron Horse Brewery we’ve had our fair share of goodbyes. We live in a college town so naturally a lot of the turnover we see is cyclical. Since I started working here 3 years ago at least 39 people have left the brewery leaving room for new people to join the team. (It’s… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

Beers With TV Characters

Which TV character would you have a beer with and why? Beer is great. TV shows are also great. The only thing that would be better is if we could have a beer at [ the pub ] with our favorite TV characters. We asked our cousins who they would choose to enjoy a cold… Read more »

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The Case of the Leaky Seams

Our mom always told us, don’t cry over spilled beer. Or dried beer. Or flat beer. Do something about it. We’re pretty sure that was the message. As you might guess, a brewery that produces roughly 25,000 barrels of beer annually is going to receive a fair amount of (e)mail – mostly positive, which is always… Read more »

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Game of Thrones Characters Drinking Iron Horse Beers

SPOILERS. If you have not watched Game of Thrones but want to, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. We don’t have an Iron Throne at Iron Horse Brewery, but we have a number of tasty beers that you should consider picking up for your Game of Thrones viewing party on April 14th. Like everyone else… Read more »

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Compost At [ The Pub ]

Part of being a responsible business is being an environmental steward. When Eric Welsh of River Farm Worms approached Iron Horse Brewery about collecting food waste from [ the pub ] for one month to see if it could save us money on our trash bill while also helping him get his new compost business off the… Read more »

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Best Beer Experiences To Gift To Your Friends

Millennials like experiences.  This article and this one say millennials are paying for experiences more than stuff. I’m a millennial and I can think of two recent occasions where that has been true because I like gifting experiences to other people too. A coworker was getting married and had a registry, and what did I… 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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Our Take On Craft Plus Corporate Collaboration Beers

  If you have had the opportunity to try the IPA-Nut beer that was a collaboration between Planters and Noon Whistle Brewing from Lombard, IL then you’ll have to tell us how it tasted because we haven’t gotten to try it. Planters is not the first corporate company to partner up with an independent brewery… Read more »

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9 Non-Basic Fall Activities

Fall is here. Your friends have been drinking pumpkin spice lattes since August 28th.Your instagram feed is filling up with pictures of couples going apple picking, boots in the leaves, and pumpkins stacked just so. Everyone’s inner basic bitch is coming out this time of year. Being basic is totally acceptable. I’m pretty sure I’m… Read more »

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The Art of Packaging

Packaging = the most valuable, yet under appreciated tasks at a production company Grab a handful of bottles, put them in a box, continue until the box is full, close the box, tape the box, date stamp it and repeat. A bunch more times. Working in the beer industry might sound like a glamorous job, but… 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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Our Take On Wine and Liquor Affecting Beer Growth

Wine and spirits are cutting into craft beer growth. That’s what was revealed in a recent Power Hour hosted by the Brewers Association and then explored in this Brewbound article. The Power Hour speaker, who worked for a market research firm, said that consumers are shifting away from beer purchases toward wine and spirits. He… Read more »

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Mocha Munch Madness

Baking with Mocha Death Is cooking with beer still a thing? That’s a question some of our cousins tackled on Episode 28 of the Life Behind Beer podcast recently. And it was great that they talked about it because I had been planning to try cooking with beer or specifically baking with beer, so it… 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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7 Tips To Make Wedding Season Rad

It’s August so by now we are full into wedding season. I have already attended my first one this summer and have a couple more on the horizon moving into the fall. For the most part I enjoy attending weddings because You get to see all of your favorite people. It’s like being back in… Read more »

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Beer Gifts For Everyone In Your Life

Beer Gifts For Anyone Who Likes Beer You like beer. We know beer. Let us help you find the best beer gift for the special people in your life. Whether you’re shopping to celebrate a birthday, a promotion or the fact that your brother finally beat that one level of the video game he’s been… Read more »

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Our Take On Trademarks

If you follow our Life Behind Beer podcast or any beer industry blog, you already know that trademark battles are a common topic in the industry. Here are some examples of recent battles in the news that we talked about on Episode 20 of Life Behind Beer: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4… Read more »

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Calories In Beer

And other health-ish stuff How many calories are in Irish Death? It’s a question people ask but don’t really want to know the answer to. I’ll admit I didn’t know the answer myself until I had to return a voicemail from a fan who posed the question. You know who is wise about stuff like… Read more »

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It’s Glamping Season

Why Glamping Is Still Camping The way people travel has changed so naturally the way people camp has changed too. In today’s world there is no one-size-fits-all definition of camping. Some people like the traditional night on the ground in a tent, and others throw a mattress in the bed of their truck and sleep… Read more »

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Send It

Going for it. Slam through it. All in. Balls to the wall. F#%k It. Send it. They’re not just words. They’re a lifestyle. And it’s calling you. You want to hit the slopes with your friends and take that big jump you’ve been eyeing? Sure, it’s three times anything you’ve ever done before and your… Read more »

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Double Dates With Coworkers

I’m 28. I’ve been dating since I was 16, which means I’ve been dating for 12 years. That’s a lot of bad dates, a lot of good dates and a lot of going out to the movies. But in 12 years of dating I’d never been on a double date with another couple until 2… Read more »

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A Year With Official Tours At Iron Horse Brewery

If you’re stumped for a gift idea, what’s better than a brewery tour to see where Irish Death is made? We’ve been allowing some of you into our super not-at-all secret brewing lair for a year now and here’s what happened: One hundred forty-seven people registered for our IHB tours through official channels. Some of… Read more »

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7 Places Where Drinking A Beer Feels Really Good

Do you ever have that perfect beer experience? You crack it open, take a sip, take in your surroundings and for a moment everything is perfect and drinking that beer feels really darn good? I think a lot of times that feeling has to do with where you are and the atmosphere. This is one… Read more »

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Fifty Shades of Outrage

Having a bad day? Beer can help. Here are some personal recommendations of Iron Horse Brewery beer styles best suited for outrage according to someone who is easily outraged. For the record I think I am generally an OK person who enjoys sharing my beer benefits with others (proof here), but when someone I know… Read more »

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That Time Steel Panther Made Me a Funsucker

For someone whose role is to create fun, I often feel like I am the one pushing the turn-off-the-fun button. I’m the reality check in a trailer full of dreamers and creative minds. My job is to make their crazy ideas — and my own, on occasion — come to life, but sometimes they are… Read more »

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On Having a Forgettable Face

I have a forgettable face. Scratch that. I’ve got a forgettable face and name. At least that’s what I convinced myself of after a public official forgot my name and forgot he ever met me previously though we’ve met in professional settings multiple times. This blog is not about that public official who forgot me… Read more »

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Tour Time

Iron Horse Brewery is going to be offering public tours in 2017. Yes, you read that right. Over the years we’ve had lots of informal and public tours here or there, but never have we had a full year of tour dates set so people could actually plan (what does that word mean?) in advance…. Read more »

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Cozy Community Recap

Many of you in Kittitas County have consumed Cozy Sweater beer this winter. (Many of you have consumed one too many a time or two.) And some of you got real festive and attended the Cozy Sweater vs. Mocha Death Party. Because of you and a handful of generous businesses in the community, Iron Horse… Read more »

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Iron Horse Brewser

Drinking while playing sports is generally discouraged, but if you’re creative enough you can find ways to incorporate beer into your athletic training without getting smashed. Check out this roller derby video for inspiration. Then get out there and show us how you incorporate Iron Horse beer into your training or everyday life. Please note, only… Read more »