The Horse's Mouth aka a blog about indedpendent beer

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

Paul von Hagen

The Dank Knight

“Daaaank bro!” You may or may not have heard the term “dank” before, it probably depends on what kind of circles you run in. Personally, when I had first heard the term used it was in reference to marijuana, but the word now carries multiple meanings. In the way I’d heard it used, “dank” was… Read more »

Paul von Hagen

Hopping Hands: Supporting Veterans and Your Mouth

As summer comes to an end, so does an IHB project very near and dear to me, our Hopping Hands program. For those who aren’t familiar, check out my original blog on the program here. TL;DR: the Hopping Hands Project was a program we ran from May-August where we released a new single-hop IPA each… Read more »

ironhorsebrewery

What Is The Deal With Those Mugs?

“What is the deal with those mugs on the wall?” “Can I buy one?” “Pretty please?” Questions about the mugs hanging on the wall at [the pub] are common. Almost as common as IPAs or kids with fidget spinners. But to answer your questions, no, we do not serve coffee out of them, and they… Read more »

Morgan Moran

The Hardships of a Brewery Worker

This picture speaks a thousand words about what a day in the life of a brewery worker is like. Chaos. Chaos is what we deal with day to day in a brewery. Cans flying overhead, emotions running high. To explain the picture above to the layman is a hard task in itself. The contraption you… Read more »

Alex Grosby

Iron Horse Enjoyment For The Other Holes In Your Head

Beer and music have gone together since Sumerians sang praises to Ninkasi. Since monks chanted while brewing trappist ales. Since Wesley Wilson sang about getting a pigfoot and a bottle of beer. Even late 60s favorite Schaefer beer tapped into experimental music by making a commercial reinventing their jingle on a Moog synthesizer.   Today, nearly… Read more »

Dane Williams

Beer’s Influence On Social Relevance

Recently, I was going through some old pictures from college and picked up on a funny little trend. Every time we would host a “socially” more popular group of co-eds, you would see more mainstream beer being consumed, hell I even saw few green bottles (Heineken) floating around those pictures…in the mid-90’s mind you. Now… Read more »

Austin Baucom

Country Music Is Gonna Crash

A lot of weird trends have happened in my life. But the worst one is the rise of popularity in country music and the blasphemous shit it became. I’ve never been a huge fan of country music, but it didn’t use to make me sick like it does now. If you go through Johnny Cash,… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

On Allowing Minors at [The Pub]

tl:dr Minors will be allowed in [the pub] starting just in time for Labor Day. When we introduced food to [the pub] last year, we had to make some necessary changes to our policy,  namely, unwelcoming dogs and keeping outside food, well, outside.  While some of you shared concerns, most of you indicated that you… Read more »

Molly Glockner

Bite me, Bite of Seattle

This title is definitely a joke, we at IHB love being a part of the Bite of Seattle and enjoy the event immensely. Unfortunately, it didn’t start out very enjoyable for me. You see, I am THE WORST at setting up jockey boxes, and really just anything that requires tools. I’m told I tend to glaze over… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

Beer Coaster How-To

Cost per each one: $ 3.50 + pair it with a 22oz bottle = $8.50. Pretty sweet gift, it you ask me! Time: 5-10 mins. Difficulty: SUPER duper easy. Tools Needed: Your hand. Materials: This awesome kit from Amazon that has everything you need in it. I started buying things separately and came across this… Read more »

Iron Horse Brewery Trivia Nights
Jared Vallejo

Trivia Nights and The Legal Hallows

Things were much simpler in 2008 when Greg and Ross decided they wanted to find a way to engage with customers and support the community through an entertainment vehicle they dutifully named “Iron Horse Brewery Trivia Night”. Back then, things like laws and rules didn’t exist. It was just man (all humans, not males) and… Read more »

Greg Parker

Life Behind Bars Beginnings

This one goes out to Aric Duncan, wherever you are, New Zealand being the last place that I heard. A few years ago he and I were in the mountains, driving around, riding mountain bikes and well, that’s about it and that’s also enough. During the drive, we were having some real light conversation, like… Read more »

Rikki Welz

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 »

Connie Morgan

Jack of All Ales

Being a person in the 21st century is tricky. One dimensional personas are a thing of the past. You aren’t just the “nice girl,” you’re the soft spoken lady who owns a cupcake shop until Friday rolls around, the Harley comes out of the garage and you own the roads. You’re not just the “outdoorsy… Read more »

Alex Grosby

Irish Death: The Movie

With Iron Horse hitting Hollywood in a big way on the set of Spare Me, it got us thinking about other entertainment spaces we could fill. We took to Twitter to ask what would Irish Death: The Movie look like and I (you know me as the trivia host) took the ball and ran with… Read more »

Greg Parker

Mock the Sellouts

How to Read this Blog Read about this new logo from the BA. Watch these guys react to the logo in a not-so-positive way. Watch our video reacting to their reaction. We weren’t the only ones with a reaction. Check out Reaver Beach Brewing’s response here. Because you need to kill more time, keep reading for Greg’s thoughts. As… Read more »

Morgan Moran

Hoopfest – A Brewery Workers Downfall

Working at a brewery, most in the industry will tell you, is not the easiest of work. Stress is at an all time high most of the time. Worrying about beers crashing properly, equipment running efficiently, and new brews turning out the way that you want is enough to make the Dalai Lama want a… Read more »

Taylor Castillo

You Graduated from College, Now What?

On Saturday, June 10 I walked across a stage and accepted my Bachelors Degree in Public Relations. This sounds like a major accomplishment and one of the most exciting time in one’s life, and it is. But it’s also one of the scariest transitions to make. For the last 18 of the 22 years that I have been alive, I… Read more »

Tyson Read

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 »