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aka The Horse's Mouth

Making our thoughts known via letters, words and pictures, rife with typos and references to tacos.

Send It Pale Ale by Iron Horse Brewery
Jared Vallejo

Surprisingly, we received a cease and desist.

UPDATE: We have resolved the issue with the other PNW brewery; they will continue with their product until the end of the year – allowing them to recoup expenses, and perhaps, more importantly not throw away perfectly good, independent beer. +++++++++ But first, let’s flashback to October 9, 2017. I was sitting in the trailer… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Best Beer Pairings for Country Music

Iron Horse Brewery may not be all into cowboy boots, rodeos and guitar twang .. But it doesn’t mean our beer doesn’t pair well with good ol’ country music. From personal experience, I’ve put together a playlist of country music songs that pair well with each of our beer brands. Cheers, my friends! Light Rail… Read more »

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Our Take On Indie Seal Adoption Rates

The Brewers Association introduced its independent craft brewer seal about a year ago and recently Brewbound wrote an article about adoption rates in the U.S. A bit of a recap here: The BA created the seal to help craft beer enthusiasts to easily differentiate between the independent brewers (like us) and beer produced by non-craft… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Suzi Mirchel Edition

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: Suzi Mirchel Iron Horse Brewery: What was your position when you worked at IHB? Suzi Mirchel: I was a… Read more »

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New Pilot Batch

Brew Lab Batch #5684 A Strong Amber Our pilot program has new energy behind it, kind of like when you’re out on the town and you start to get tired but then your favorite song comes on the speakers and you get a second wind and you’re ready to keep the party going because this… Read more »

Asher Brophis

Why Glamping Is Not Camping

Glamping. I feel uncomfortable just saying the word. I am a camping purest and I’m here to respond to Nicole’s blog. Glamping. Is. Not. Camping. Instead of a long winded explanation, here’s a bulleted list of 9 reasons it’s not camping. It’s simple, like camping should be. Glamping is a luxury experience, and the whole… Read more »

Justine Malland

It’s High Five Season: An Origin Story

Have you ever wondered where the high five originated? What genius came up with the idea to slap two hands together high in the air? No? Me either. But, we are about to find out. As you know, or at least, I hope you do… one of our most popular beers is the High Five… Read more »

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Make A Ruckus Or Win One

Head Outside and Make a Ruckus This Summer with Life Behind Bars Now available in 12 oz. six-packs Summer is here so Head Outside and Make a Ruckus with Life Behind Bars, a beer made for dirt in your face and wind in your hair, now available in 12 oz cans. To celebrate this new… Read more »

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New Cousins

Catch up with the family. Cole Ridley, line cook Least favorite style of beer: Stouts Middle Name: Thomas What do you wish your middle name is: The Riddler Favorite past-time: Conversations with complete strangers. Especially when beer is involved. Who do you look like: I USED to have hair like Justin Bieber. But before Justin Bieber was Justin Bieber, so… Read more »

Morgan Moran

Best by dates for beer

When talking about why we date our packaged beer you get yourself into a very deep hole of brewing science to explain something that seems so simple. I will try my best to bring a little bit of light into that brewing science hole. When you look at a date on a can, bottle, or… Read more »

Duncan Pratt

Tips For Enjoying A Beerfest

It’s that time of year again. The weather is transitioning out of cold and wet, to hot and sunny. It’s the time of year when everyone wants to just get out and enjoy anything that isn’t restrained to being cooped up in a house, playing Monopoly for the ump-teenth time. With springtime weather comes fun… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

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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Where Are They Now: Megan Truax Edition

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: Megan Truax Role: Market Manager, Central Washington   Iron Horse Brewery: What years did you work at IHB?… 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 »

Sabrina Enders

Elevate Your Music Festival Experience

I had the amazing opportunity to attend Burning Man last summer. This had been a #goals festival of mine for a while; I had actually been offered a low-income ticket the year before that I had to turn down for personal reasons, so I was thrilled to be in a position to accept it when… Read more »

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Can I Order Irish Death Online?

One of the most frequent questions we get asked from our fans is, “Can I order Irish Death online?” It’s sometimes phrased as “How can I get some shipped to (insert state here)?” We want to help reunite you with your favorite beer so here are some possible options for ordering Irish Death online. We… Read more »

Greg Parker

In Defense of Nikos Ridge

What an obnoxious title. Yeah, that’s how Iron Horse does it. Or maybe that’s how I do it and I am trying to cover. More importantly, Nikos Ridge doesn’t need defense. He’s an articulate individual who runs a great business. And chances are you haven’t read his recent article and possibly don’t even know who… Read more »

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Hopping Hands: Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA An Ales for ALS creation benefiting Team Gleason  Helping others is rewarding. You can’t argue with that. Indie beer is great. That’s another irrefutable fact. Because the two seem to go hand in hand we joined the Ales for ALS program, and we are releasing a limited… Read more »

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Our Take On The Future Of Multi-Packs

A recentish Brewbound article talks about Anheuser-Busch growing its high end brands by creating 15- and 18-packs. The article also suggests independent craft brewers will struggle to compete with Big Beer on price for multi-packs. Iron Horse Brewery produces a 24-pack of Irish Death and six-packs of Send It, Life Behind Bars, Hand Cannon, Irish… Read more »

Wes Cutlip

Malt: The Spirit Animal of Beer

Do you like beer? I’m going to go ahead and assume so since you’re reading this blog. Guess what? That means you like malt. I hear you; you protest saying that you’re not even completely sure what malt is so how on earth could you have such feelings for it! I must present only one… Read more »