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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.

Crystal Hall

Big Beer Vs. Regional Beer: Similarities and Differences

Previously, I worked for Anheuser-Busch in Seattle as an On-Premise Sales Rep. I worked for AB for just a little over a year before I decided to make the switch to Iron Horse Brewery. I wanted to make the switch to gain more experience in the industry. I didn’t see the potential for growth that… Read more »


Where Are They Now: Alex Grosby 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: Alex Grosby Iron Horse Brewery: What was your position at Iron Horse Brewery? Alex Grosby: Marketing Coordinator? Trivia… Read more »


Our Take On Craft Dropping Prices

Pricing in the craft beer industry may soon change in favor of the consumer. According to this Forbes article, Founders Brewing is now making a cheaper beer to appeal to drinkers of premium domestic brands like Budweiser, Miller Lite and Coors, retailing at $7.99 per six-pack. We asked some of our cousins what this means… Read more »

mocha death

Press Release About Mocha Death in Cans

For Immediate Release Iron Horse Brewery Announces Mocha Death in Cans Irish Death + Espresso + Cocoa + Cans = Your Pacific Northwest Toolkit   ELLENSBURG, WA  (September 3, 2018)  – Mocha Death is your Pacific Northwest toolkit that now comes in 6-pack 12 oz cans so it’s even easier to take with you on… Read more »

iron horse brewery the pub

Our Take On What Makes A Brewery Great

What makes a brewery great? What creates popularity or what it is it about the experience that makes it so good? Is it buzz or small volume or atmosphere? Or something else? We asked our cousins for their opinions. Wes: I think the obvious first answer is craft and quality beer. Along with that I’d… Read more »


Our Take On The Hazy Beer Trend

According to this article from the Full Pint, 706 beers were entered under the juicy or hazy category at the Great American Beer Festival this year. No, we did not accidentally hit a zero in there because we were shaky from our morning coffee. This statistically staggering number is divided up between hazy pale ales,… Read more »

Wes Cutlip

What The Hell Is A Radler?

What the hell is a radler? Our brewer Wes breaks it down. Basically a radler is a combination of beer, usually a lighter beer, traditionally Helles Lager but I’ve also seen pilsner used before mixed with some kind of juice. Traditionally lemonade is pretty common but grapefruit juice is also not unheard of. The thought… Read more »

we should all be more like larry david
Jared Vallejo

We should all be like Larry David

We should all be like Larry David. First, I’m talking more about his Curb Your Enthusiasm tv personality than his real life personality, since I have never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I suspect there is a great overlap between the two. Second, let me back up for moment. At Iron Horse Brewery… Read more »


Our Take On PintPass and Beer Apps

We recently heard about PintPass, a new free app currently in its beta phase, which claims that people can get paid real money to drink at breweries. PintPass will also allow people to text their friends beers across the U.S. According to its website PintPass generates a unique debit card for its users that can be… Read more »

The 7 Best Craft Beer Podcasts To Download

The 7 Best Craft Beer Podcasts To Download

Podcasts are a great way to pass the time while you’re on the road, doing yard work or cracking open a cold one. They can elevate a mundane task into something bearable simply by engaging your brain about your favorite topic and ours – beer. Here is a list of 7 beer podcasts that we… Read more »


Batch #5809

A Braggot Another new pilot batch will be hitting [ the pub ] so ask about it next time you stop by and then give us some feedback on UNTAPPD or with one of the forms at [ the pub ]. Tasting notes from WES Appearance: Light amber, low to moderate clarity, very little white head with low… Read more »

Taylor the pub
Taylor Castillo

Guess Who’s Back

Hello again. Did you miss me? Because I missed you! If you haven’t heard by now, I am coming back to [ the pub ], baby!! It may not be as often as it was before, and that’s because I still have my full time job with the Ellensburg Downtown Association. So you can probably… Read more »


Our Take On Industry Growth In 2018

  A recent article on Brewbound reported 5 percent growth for independent brewers in the U.S. during the first half of 2018, based on data from the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association reported there were 6,655 active breweries as of June 30, up from 5,562 a year ago. We asked our team for their opinions… Read more »


The Pursuit Of Holacracy

Iron Horse Brewery tends to have a unique way of doing things, everything really, and that extends to how we work on a day-to-day basis. We are constantly striving to improve and make work an enjoyable place for our 45-ish cousins employed with us. We thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

7 Tips To Make Wedding Season Rad

It’s August so by now we are full into wedding season. I have already attended my first one this summer and have a couple more on the horizon moving into the fall. For the most part I enjoy attending weddings because You get to see all of your favorite people. It’s like being back in… Read more »

Beer gifts for everyone
Nicole Klauss

Beer Gifts For Everyone In Your Life

Beer Gifts For Anyone Who Likes Beer You like beer. We know beer. Let us help you find the best beer gift for the special people in your life. Whether you’re shopping to celebrate a birthday, a promotion or the fact that your brother finally beat that one level of the video game he’s been… Read more »


New Cousins Selling Our Beer

We have added three new cousins to the sales side of the family. If you are buying your beer on the West Side or in Central Washington you will have one of these three to thank. Likewise, if you can’t find our beer in your city, you know who to track down. So here are… Read more »


Batch #5707

An Imperial IPA Another new pilot batch will be hitting [ the pub ] so ask about it next time you stop by and then give us some feedback on Untappd or with one of the forms at [ the pub ]. Batch 5707 Tasting notes from Wes Appearance: Amber with orange hue. Off-white head,… Read more »

Kelsi Breen

Humans Vs Nonhumans

Hi my name is Kelsi and I am a server at the Iron Horse Brewery Pub! I often get asked at [ the pub ] – “Are you in school?” “What other work do you want to do later in life?” etc. Well, obviously I love sharing the wealth and knowledge of indie beer! However,… Read more »