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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.

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 »

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 »

BriAnne Pauley

My Beer Journey

“Sampler Saturday” is a pretty common phrase among the Pub staff at Iron Horse. This is referring to the obnoxious amount of samplers (flights) that get ordered from the customers on Saturdays. Although I say obnoxious, I actually am quite proud of those who are brave enough to go with a sampler as their drink… Read more »

Aimee Bach

How Not To Offend People in 2018

When (willingly) tasked with this blog topic, I knew going into it I was going to offend some people. It’s just the norm, now. Sorry not sorry because there will always be people that disagree, “what if situations” and extreme outliers. That is one identifiable issue. There is not one right way to live or… Read more »

Jake Fleming

What is an IPA?

I am sure most people have now heard or googled and seen the history behind the India Pale Ale and how it came about from shipping beer from England to India. But what constitutes a beer being called an IPA in this day and age? Well, from doing some research if you feel like calling… Read more »

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Our Take On Growth In Craft Beer

A recent article in the Washington Post asks whether the craft beer industry has peaked. The article references a report by the Brewers Association, which showed craft brewers saw a 5 percent rise in production volume in 2017, but also cited more brewery closures than in previous years. Another statement said, “The total beer market… Read more »

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Where Are They Now: Lindsay Montgomery 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. This month we’re highlighting Lindsay Montgomery.   Iron Horse Brewery: What was your… Read more »

Alex Grosby

The Culture Of Waiting

When we figured out the tagline of Send It was going to be “waiting can wait”, it made me think a fair amount about waiting. Waiting takes a lot of patience, discipline, and determination. I’m not great at waiting for Christmas. My wife often says I’m very difficult to shop for because if there’s an… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

Send It

Going for it. Slam through it. All in. Balls to the wall. F#%k It. Send it. They’re not just words. They’re a lifestyle. And it’s calling you. You want to hit the slopes with your friends and take that big jump you’ve been eyeing? Sure, it’s three times anything you’ve ever done before and your… 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 »