Ross Chalstrom

VP of Sales

works in the Sales department

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Ross Chalstrom

Remembering Matt Bonney

A little more than a week ago, Seattle’s craft community lost one of its more impactful personalities suddenly and unexpectedly.  Matt Bonney passed away in his sleep leaving a void that will take a long time to fill. Check out this link for some background on the man… The beer world shocked and saddened by… Read more »

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Our Take On Growth In Craft Beer

A recent article in the Washington Post asks whether the craft beer industry has peaked. The article references a report by the Brewers Association, which showed craft brewers saw a 5 percent rise in production volume in 2017, but also cited more brewery closures than in previous years. Another statement said, “The total beer market… Read more »

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Our Take On Columbia Distributing Growing Non-Alcoholic Brands

You may have heard the news, Columbia Distributing is growing its distribution of non-alcoholic beverages, according to a BevNet article posted on Monday, and we have some thoughts about it. A little backstory, Iron Horse Brewery has partnered with a different Columbia Distributing since way back when to distribute our beer in a loveable pocket… Read more »

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10 Weird Gift Ideas For All Of Your Favorite People

Tis the season for buying stuff for your loved ones.  Most people stick to the safe gifts like gift cards, tasteful clothing and items the receiver had previously hinted at wanting.  Since all of that is pretty cut and dry, I thought I would do you, the faithful reader, a service by illuminating some gifts… Read more »

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Trolls Gonna Troll

Ahh, trolling.  My favorite past time when I’ve just woken up.  I would say 98% of my time awake is spent in a good mood for a variety of reasons that we don’t need to delve into.  The other 2% is the ten minutes or so after my eyes open and I grab my phone… Read more »

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Fatherhood and Poop

My wife and I made the questionable decision to have children later on in our thirties.  After taking the requisite steps, my wife spawned a life form roughly seven months ago.  The experience has reinforced the notion that parenting is best suited to young people as they are more resilient and confident in their abilities…. Read more »

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Market Manager Wanted

Recruitment is never an easy task. Regardless of position, the process is usually a long one in order to ensure that you are filling said position with the best possible candidate available.  The obstacles that can get in the way of easily finding the perfect fit can include, but aren’t limited to, any or all… Read more »

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Pant Crapping Story

I have nothing.  Well I have other things, but I currently don’t have the ability to create any original content.  This is strange to me, mostly because I spent/wasted four years in undergrad majoring in English.  As you could imagine, a fair amount of creative writing is required to complete a BA in English, yet,… Read more »

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PADDY ON places

You may not be able to #paddyon at [ the pub ] in-person but you can #paddyon at [ the pub ] with us in spirit somewhere else. EASTERN WASHINGTON Milepost 11 Cashmere, WA Senor Frogs Chelan, WA Willie’s Sports Bar East Wenatchee, WA The Loft Leavenworth, WA Stick+Stone Richland, Wa Fast Eddie’s Spokane, WA… Read more »

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A Nigerian Prince Needs Your Help!

Connie, who controls our content and secretly wants to be a pony, has been asking me for blogs for a while now.  Unfortunately, I had little to write about that seems relevant or interesting to you, the craft reader (I so want this to become a term used to describe certain literary enthusiasts).  You’re most… Read more »

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Rooting for Awkwardness

As a Seahawks fan, I was obviously bummed they decided to take a collective dump during the first half of the Carolina contest and, as a result, didn’t make the big game.  Oh well, they used to suck, and now they’re relevant, so there’s a silver lining.  Now, unlike the last two years, I have… Read more »

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Mailing it In.

My wife and I had some personal tragedy in the family so I’m using it as my excuse as to why I didn’t have a long post for today. After reading over my last few entries, I think you can consider yourself lucky. For the 2.3 people that were visiting our site for something thought… Read more »

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Tips on Enjoying Being in the F’n Car

If you’ve been a faithful reader of the sales portion of the IHB blog, you now understand how much driving we do as brewery sales reps. I’m all for quiet introspection, but examining yourself and the world around you can only fill so much time while traversing the many highways and roads in the pacific… Read more »

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Blog #4

In my continuing attempt to become more organized (a gargantuan task to say the least), I thought it would be a good idea to write up a few extra blog posts to stay ahead. One of those blog posts would have been uploaded today, but then trafficgeddon happened this morning in Seattle. Holy shit was… Read more »

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A Post Somewhat Related to Craft Beer

Hello again. Today’s post was originally going to be authored by Regan, but we decided to postpone her work for another week as she recovers from a bachelorette party in Vegas. Apparently it was a good time and she was able to come back with her body mostly in tact and her brain power only… Read more »

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Sales. It’s your job now.

For the second installment of the sales blog I’d like to focus on how we sell craft beer to our retail partners. Before I get into that I would like to thank the two people who are not my blood relations that read last week’s post, which is two more than I expected. Our sales… Read more »

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The Sales Portion of the Blog: Part Deux

Hola. My name is Ross Chalstrom, but I’d like it if you would call me Big Cat. To this point, I have been largely unsuccessful in getting that name to stick, but its always worth another try. I’ve been with Iron Horse for eternity and plan on sticking around until one of two things happen…I… Read more »