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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.

Hannah Blake

What it’s Like to be the Newest Cousin

Being the newest member of Iron Horse Brewery team I feel I should explain a little bit about myself. I am 22 years old and I grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula before moving to the windy city of Ellensburg. Before I started up at Iron Horse I had never worked in the food industry,… Read more »

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Cats Suck

*Originally written by Jay Skeen who quit us. Cats suck, and they’re a girl animal. For being the finer sex, women seem to have picked the rudest god damn animal in the world as a companion. And my justification for this point of view is this; when a dog sits where he’s not supposed to,… Read more »

Greg Parker

LaDonna

1996 Dodge Stratus 4 door in Gold. What an awful vehicle. I’m not exactly certain why it’s awful but it probably is mostly due to the fact that it was gold and the styling was completely uninspired. However, LaDonna, the Stratus which is the focus of this story was pretty dear to the brewery. LaDonna… Read more »

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Six Things Beer Servers Will Understand

*Originally written by Hailey Roe Okay, fair warning here guys, this gets slightly mushy. Yuck, I know. Bear with me! As I was searching the web, researching for this blog, all I could find were lists of how annoying this kind of customer was and the shitty things that happen when we’re on shift and… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Growin’ Nonstop

By Hood Aimee Critics can’t break us, we’re growing nonstop growing nonstop IHB we’re climbing to the top Critics can’t hold us, we’re growing let me first say yes, you’re welcome no we’re not pretentious, our goals are just endless we make indie beer, what the fuck is craft beer guidelines they get the shaft… Read more »

Greg Parker

How to please your partner and go to the bar

Up to this point, grocery shopping has been more or less an irritating necessity. It will always be a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be irritating. But it usually is and here is why; I don’t make the list and it is freaking chaos. Let’s start with dispensing a possible argument you (the reader)… Read more »

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Benefits of Beer

*Originally written by Billy Meagor who quit us. No, it’s not what you’re thinking.  Yes, to the consumer, the benefit is that beer feels good on your mouth parts!  I’m talking about the benefit of our buyer purchasing our awesome beer.  Let me explain.  In my last blog, I talked about the difference between a… Read more »

Dane Williams

Go Deeper

In economics, market saturation is a situation in which a product has become diffused (distributed) within a market; the actual level of saturation can depend on consumer purchasing power; as well as competition, prices, and technology. In earlier blogs, I’ve talked about brand differentiation, creating relevance in the marketplace and penetration. With over 5,000 craft… Read more »

Alex Grosby

Trivia Makeover 2017

Hey there. I’m Alex. Most of you reading this probably don’t know me. Hopefully some of you do. I’ve been hosting Iron Horse Trivia in Ellensburg for about half a year now. I’ve done, at least, a fair enough job to not get fired. Seeing the ebb and flow of the different sessions, one thing’s… Read more »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Drinks Beer

*Originally written by Tyler Hansen who quit Workouts and beer pairings. Why? Because I love beer and I love lifting. And who doesn’t enjoy a cold beer after a hard workout? So here are my personal favorites to pair after lifting some heavy weight or sprinting down a mountain side. After a heavy leg day?… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Beer Wolf IPA

IPA, IPA, IPA, IPA According to  the Craft Brewers Association and just about everyone else, IPAs are going to continue to dominate the craft beer segment for the next 324 years.  This might not be true. Or maybe it’s completely true. I don’t know, only time will tell.  Regardless, I love IPAs and 30% of… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

On Having a Forgettable Face

I have a forgettable face. Scratch that. I’ve got a forgettable face and name. At least that’s what I convinced myself of after a public official forgot my name and forgot he ever met me previously though we’ve met in professional settings multiple times. This blog is not about that public official who forgot me… Read more »

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What’s Wrong with the NFL

*Originally written by Jay Skeen who quit us. This season, the number of people tuning in to watch NFL games has dropped by over a million. There doesn’t seem to be any other indicators of it dropping in popularity yet. Merch is still selling well, and Bud Light’s ad campaign struck a vein of gold… Read more »

Adam Ransavage

live by the sword…

If you have paid any attention to the craft beer industry recently, you’ve probably seen articles about how the four horsemen of the craft-apocalypse are coming: hop (and ingredient) shortages, brewery buyouts, distributor challenges, market saturation, etc.  Everyone with a blog and a thirst for clicks seems to have some special insight to an impending… Read more »

Greg Parker

What Happened Last Year

Food. We added it to [ the pub ]. Thankfully we have a much larger enterprise to float massive losses because that’s what we did at the pub. I knew it was going to be humbling and by god it was. I have always appreciated the hard work that restauranteurs have to put in, but… Read more »

Greg Parker

Van Life

As you may have figured, chronicling our misadventures is one of my favorite past times.  Did the string cheese bandit strike again? As you may or may not have heard, our less-than-pristine 2006 GMC Savana van went missing. It was stolen right off the lot of the brewery while we brewed away. It took us… Read more »