Rikki Welz

Director of Optimism

works in the Admin department

- Director of Optimism - Department of Hugging - Certified Cicerone® - Hufflepuff - Always looking on the bright side of life

how to contact

e: rikki@ironhorsebrewery.com | w: | ig: @rikkileebeer

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More Beer Slang

Morgan really got the ball rolling on abbreviations used in IHB Beer Slang, but here are some more specific terms and sayings that can strike love, fear, and humor into us in the IHB production circle. 1. Nut Rolls BSG (Brewer’s Supply Group) would send us a special candy bar hidden in a pallet of… 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 FDA Changes Affecting Breweries

Some FDA changes regarding menu labeling took effect May 7th. One of those changes requires chain restaurants, grocery outlets and convenience stores with more than 20 locations to post calories for beer and other drinks sold on-premise that are considered standard menu items. So your favorite chain restaurant that carries Irish Death year-round should be… Read more »

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Our Take On Tea Beers

  We put coffee in beer so why not tea? A recent article from the Brewers Association titled “Reading the Leaves: Do Tea Beers Have a Bright Future?” explores the topic. You can read the whole article here, but essentially it says: *A wave of new beers incorporating tea have been released across the U.S…. Read more »

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Iron Horse Punnery – Naming Hand Cannon IPA

The process of naming a beer has become a serious point of contention in the current craft beer landscape. With over 4000 breweries in America, pumping out new brand after new brand to satiate our ever changing market pulls, you have to be on the top of your game. Because of this, employees at IHB… Read more »

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Reusable Bag How-To

A quick and easy tutorial on making a reusable bag out of an Iron Horse Brewery t-shirt, or any old t-shirt you have around your house because crafting.    

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Co-Habitating With Your Cousins

I like to think of myself as an enthusiastic person. If I really like something, I will get it tattooed on myself, go on themed vacations, pursue certifications in the quest for knowledge, you name it. You may have seen my other blogs, where I commonly speak of my pets, my passions, or my addictions…. Read more »

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The Well-Read Beer Geek

Hello again, y’all! My goal blog has yet again evaded me. I have been trying to write basically a book report on “American Women and Repeal of Prohibition” by Kenneth D. Rose. But, yet again, summarizing such a momentous effort and cultural revolution leading up to the enactment and repeal of Prohibition evaded me. Do… Read more »

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Yer an ISTP, Harry

Tiger Beat, Cosmo, Harry Potter, Carl Jung, and Iron Horse Brewery all have something in common: our mutual love for dissecting the individual traits and drives of the personality. As some of you may be aware, Iron Horse Brewery will send personality inventories to potential hires and new employees, to see where they fall in… Read more »

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Beer People, Dear Reader

Easter 2016 in the Welz household was a momentous occasion. My brother Dave and I had been able to convince our mom, Kelly, that her fried chicken should be the main dish, instead of the traditional ham (though she can make a mean ham gravy). We both had been dreaming about her chicken for a… Read more »

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National Beer Day

April 7, 1933, something really neat happened. Let’s let Wikipedia tell you what it was. The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen–Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his… Read more »

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Big Game Beer Dip

Hey All! Here is the written version of my super secret, super difficult, super foodie dip recipes. You’re welcome.   Beer/Cheese/Chili dip Ingredients: 1 brick of “Cheese Product” (the closer related to plastic, the better!) 1 can of chili 2 cans of Double Rainbow India Red Ale Red IPA Hoppy Red Beer (24oz of 509… Read more »

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Bacon Beer Pairings

Salutations, fellow fussy drinkers who like to dissect flavors in their beers! Welcome to the Bacon-Festivus-Beer Extravaganza, with your local Certified Cicerone®. Today’s subject is a personal favorite near and dear to my heart. The true reason I could never be a vegetarian and the reason why Charlotte’s Web was my favorite book as a child…. Read more »

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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 »

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Beer Release: Gary IPA

Who doesn’t love a Family Reunion?  Perhaps you have a family like mine,  awkwardly stacked into Great Aunt Petunia’s parlor,  smells of roasted ham, wind song perfume, and moist earth from the muddy boots stacked by the door.  The kitchen bustling with activity as Magpie the ancient black lab salivates with excitement as your cousin… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Cozy Community Fund Update

Hi Everybody! Rikki here, yet again, with all the exclamation points a person could need!! The super holiday season that runs from Oct 31st to Jan 3rd is finally at an end. The tinsel fueled melee in our home (sorry husband, I’ll never volunteer us for hosting again. Well, at least for the next two months…) has… Read more »

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The Cozy Community Spectacular Extravaganza Gift-Times for All

Hey Y’all! Rikki here again!     Ellensburg is a super-rad-tastic town, as most of you already know. When someone needs a helping hand, we have proven time and again how teamwork can make a difference. In the past, Iron Horse Brewery has teamed up with other local businesses  with the intent of  making an impact… Read more »

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It’s Craft Beer Craft Time, with Gobs of Pictures

Hey Everybody! It’s Craft Beer Craft Time! So as you may have noticed from my last blog, I enjoy making things. It’s fun to be able to present someone with a handmade tangled pile of fabric and thread. Today, I want to share an easy and fun way to class up the joint by making… Read more »

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Crochet. It’s like beer, but not really, but sort of.

Hi, y’all! I’m Rikki. You may remember me from such incarnations as a bank teller, waitress, student, geriatric activities assistant, candy fiend, and muppet fanatic. Recently I joined the Iron Horse family, to begin yet another story in my journey through life. Also, I’m teaching myself to Crochet. Why should you care that I’m learning… Read more »