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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.

Nic Cawley-Murphree

Namaste At The Brewery

Yoga at a brewery.  At first, this concept seemed counterintuitive and odd, but the last decade has seen an increase in yoga and breweries. With this has come a wave of brewery and yoga studio collaboration projects. Some great combinations of yoga classes, brewery tours and taproom takeovers have undoubtedly occurred. There also have been some… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Sarah Clark Edition

Time for the next former employee feature. Each month we’re highlighting 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. Once a cousin, always a cousin. Name: Sarah Clark Iron Horse Brewery: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? (We know… Read more »

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New Cousin Alert

Catch up with the IHB fam! We have a new cousin in packaging. Name: Sean Finnerty-LudwigLeast favorite style of beer: Anything flavorless and low in alcohol. Bottles, cans or draft: Bottles or Draft. Favorite past-time: Football / Relaxing Who do you look like: Not sure. Least favorite superhero: Ant-Man Favorite Samuel L Jackson movie: Unbreakable/Afro… Read more »

Paul Copenhaver

Not Down With The Sickness

I’m writing this blog post from the comfort of my wood-paneled 1950s ranch-style home, as opposed to the relative comfort of my wood-paneled construction-trailer-style office at Iron Horse Brewery. Why you ask? Because I’m sick. Nothing serious, just the common cold, but it’s the 3rd time in the past month I’ve had to stay home… Read more »

Jettrell Stetner

Holy Christmas Balls, How Did I End Up In HR?

Holy Christmas Balls, how did I end up in HR?  If you know me, you know it’s a terrible fit. If you know IHB culture then you realize it’s a GREAT fit! I was first introduced to IHB about 5 years ago, about the same time I was getting into mountain biking. The two things… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Cozy Community Fund 2018

We, the people, don’t agree on a lot. There are so many conflicting viewpoints and major issues in the world, it can be difficult to see the good in humans. The Cozy Community Fund is a chance to realize that regardless of our differences from person to person, our community can come together to support… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

Compost At [ The Pub ]

Part of being a responsible business is being an environmental steward. When Eric Welsh of River Farm Worms approached Iron Horse Brewery about collecting food waste from [ the pub ] for one month to see if it could save us money on our trash bill while also helping him get his new compost business off the… Read more »

Dane Williams

Putting Beer In 16 oz Cans

As Iron Horse Brewery looked to 2019, it was apparent that being agile in an ever-changing marketplace would need to be a priority. Couple that with a brewery that has a flagship brand (Quilter’s Irish Death) representing close to 80% of the volume mix, it’s essential to have a fluid cycle of innovation. One of… Read more »

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Stinking Viking Pilot Batch

Stinking Viking Vienna Lager Bastardized Batch 5953   This beer comes to us from Cousin John Patchett. John is an enthusiastic consumer of craft beer news and information, and as such noticed the emergence of a little-known yeast, Kveik (pronounced Quake with a little V in it, so QUvAKE?) that has been used since antiquity… Read more »

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Pilot Batch – Milkshake Stout

Milkshake Stout Hazy Milk Stout – Lots of Lactose Batch 5906   This beer comes from our Head Brewer, Tyson, who has a love-hate relationship with, well many things, but in this case beer trends. Trend in question: Hazy Beer. Unwilling to just plug-and-play in the IPA Haze Craze Tyson decided to apply his aptitude… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

New Pub Location Updates

January 23, 2019 Update So many questions, so many vague answers. The process of acquiring a building and planning for the move of our retail operations to that new building has reminded me just how much people seem to crave certainty. At least that is my interpretation of questions like: What is the open date?… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Beard Trends In The Brewing Industry

What once was just a natural hormonal effect of the human body, transformed into a lifestyle trend that helps support self identification, and is now surely at most an underrated artform. I silently judge (it’s ok, we all do) those who I think are just being lazy versus those who take pride in the manicured,… Read more »

Daniel Killeri

Takis Takeover

Takis + Beer If you haven’t discovered the awesomeness of Takis, you need to get off your phone, go to the nearest store, pick up a bag and try them right now. Takis are tortilla snacks that resembled rolled tacos and they are seasoned with a variety of different spices that create an explosion of… Read more »

Molly Glockner

How To Survive The Holidays With Your Family

Have family? Forced to spend time with them? Read on. It’s time. The time you ferociously text with your siblings on what to bring for the holiday, whose house it’s going to be at, what time and do you really have to invite Uncle Ron because no one will forget that one time when he… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

Best Beer Experiences To Gift To Your Friends

Millennials like experiences.  This article and this one say millennials are paying for experiences more than stuff. I’m a millennial and I can think of two recent occasions where that has been true because I like gifting experiences to other people too. A coworker was getting married and had a registry, and what did I… Read more »

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Our Take On 8-Ounce Beer Bottles

Off Color Brewing out of Chicago is putting some of their beer in 8-ounce bottles. A recent article by the Chicago Tribune about the packaging change claims the smaller bottles are meant to appeal to consumers because the 22 oz bottle trend is dying, for ABV reasons, and to promote the idea of elegance. We… Read more »

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60 Seconds With Jettrell Stetner

How many cats is too many? Name: Jettrell Stetner Profession: Cousin Coordinator at IHB Family: One kid, 2 dogs Hobbies: Mountain biking Residency: Ellensburg Mug Club Status: S***face Favorite Comedian: Sloptober

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Where Are They Now: Paul Von Hagen 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: Paul von Hagen Iron Horse Brewery: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? (We know this, but let’s see if we’re… Read more »

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Our Take On Craft Plus Corporate Collaboration Beers

  If you have had the opportunity to try the IPA-Nut beer that was a collaboration between Planters and Noon Whistle Brewing from Lombard, IL then you’ll have to tell us how it tasted because we haven’t gotten to try it. Planters is not the first corporate company to partner up with an independent brewery… Read more »