Tyson Read

Head Brewer

works in the Production department

(is this how this works?)

how to contact

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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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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 »

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Our Take On Hops-Free Beer

You may have seen the New York Times article last week about a scientist coming up with a process to brew beer without hops. Hops are one of the main ingredients in beer along with water, yeast and grain (mostly malted barley). At IHB we make an annual trip to Yakima, the hops capital of… Read more »

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Cans vs Bottles vs Draft

If I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard somebody say “this beer tastes better in a bottle” or “I love that beer except in a can, then it tastes like crap,” I’d have like $1.25. Still, I think this sentiment is worth addressing and a little knowledge is worth dropping. First, a ground… Read more »

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What the Hell is PCR and why should I care?

Kinda Non-boring Summary What does PCR mean? Well, literally what it means is Polymerase Chain Reaction. What it really means to you (the consumer) is a warm and cozy feeling, a blanket of protection if you will.  The knowledge that the beer you are about to enjoy is surely free of unwanted flavors that are… Read more »

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Batch #1621

There’s a new, special, fancy, unique, one-of-a-kind beer available at [ the pub ] and this is how it came to be. Three years ago, former IHB Brewer Paul Baker came to me and said, “Hey, I got this barrel that we should put some stuff in.” I said, “Okay.” Well the barrel was a… Read more »

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I Don’t Believe in…..Science?

First off the title is not a reflection of my opinion as you will see in the course of this ill-written mind diarrhea of a blog.  Cue small rant: What’s the point of this rant? To steer people into a path of reason and knowledge.  To get people to quit accepting anecdotal bullshit, and more… Read more »

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Pumpkin Spice Bulls#$%

I saw a posting the other day on one of the brewers forums where somebody was asking how much rice hulls to put in the mash to solve a slow runoff problem caused by mashing with pumpkins.  I thought to myself, “I know how to solve this problem.  Start with throwing the squash in the… Read more »

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Anton-Paar & Other Stuff

Just got this piece of equipment in. It is a small piece of the continual strive to make better beer, consistently. It was sold to me by a very nice Danish or Swedish guy who works for an Austrian company (sorry ‘merica). What it does is measure dissolved oxygen (DO) in beer as well as… Read more »

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Anton-Paar & Other Stuff

Just got this piece of equipment in. It is a small piece of the continual strive to make better beer, consistently. It was sold to me by a very nice Danish or Swedish guy who works for an Austrian company (sorry ‘merica). What it does is measure dissolved oxygen (DO) in beer as well as… Read more »

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Beer Enhancement

“Every beer is your own beer,” he said. “You don’t have to drink what some brewmaster has decided what beer should taste like.” The statement above was made by an entrepreneur that has recently created a liquid flavor enhancer for beer (think Mio). I take incredible offense to that statement. While he is correct, you… Read more »

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A Post about the Centrifuge.

Part one, the actual centrifuge. We received the first piece of our centrifuge last week and, while it is just a big hunk of painted steel, it is still pretty exciting. Some of you may have heard we are getting a centrifuge and might be wondering what the heck does it do? Well, I’m going… Read more »

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Hooray for Malt

While hops often take a center stage in beer discussions, malt is the essential backbone of beer. It provides us the color, a large amount of the flavor, and all the building blocks that we need to make sugars to feed the yeast. How does it do all this? Well, I’m glad no one asked… Read more »

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The Color of Beer and Why It Confuses People

And now…back to the rants. This week: The light beer/dark beer conundrum. Here is a statement commonly overheard by me at bars/beer festivals: “I don’t really like dark beer.” Oh, the ignorance (think overly dramatic acting). The fact is that color and flavor don’t necessarily go together hand in hand. That doesn’t necessarily mean they… Read more »

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IBU’s: I’m Better Than U

This is what they should really call them because since breweries started advertising IBU’s (International Bitterness Units for those that aren’t already obsessed), they have really been a d**k measuring stick. “Hey look at me and how many IBU’s I can put in my beer.” Or “look at how many IBU’s I can drink.” The… Read more »

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Less Rant, More Rave. Plus, More Rant.

Alright, it has come to my attention that I may have come off a bit harsh in my last rant so I must put in a disclaimer. While my rants are based on truthful opinion, I am overly dramatic in my words for entertainment purposes. I do not really care that much about a person’s… Read more »

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A Lesson on Foam

Answer Your Foam Nobody has asked me anything specific lately, so I decided to lecture everybody about beer foam. As a brewer, nothing gets me riled up like when people demand beer liquid right up to the brim of a glass, it’s only a half ounce more beer people and you are missing the best… Read more »