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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.


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 »


Where Are They Now: Ashley Stevens 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: Ashley Stevens Iron Horse Brewery: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? Ashley Stevens:… Read more »


Our Take On Trademarks

If you follow our Life Behind Beer podcast or any beer industry blog, you already know that trademark battles are a common topic in the industry. Here are some examples of recent battles in the news that we talked about on Episode 20 of Life Behind Beer: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4… Read more »

Adam Ransavage

Riding The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route

The best part about living in the PNW is having an endless supply of public land and outdoor recreation readily available.  It’s amazing to be able to go from downtown Seattle to an empty hiking trail deep in the wilderness in less than an hour’s drive… depending on traffic.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

Calories In Beer

And other health-ish stuff How many calories are in Irish Death? It’s a question people ask but don’t really want to know the answer to. I’ll admit I didn’t know the answer myself until I had to return a voicemail from a fan who posed the question. You know who is wise about stuff like… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Best Beer Pairings for Country Music

Iron Horse Brewery may not be all into cowboy boots, rodeos and guitar twang .. But it doesn’t mean our beer doesn’t pair well with good ol’ country music. From personal experience, I’ve put together a playlist of country music songs that pair well with each of our beer brands. Cheers, my friends! Light Rail… Read more »


Our Take On Indie Seal Adoption Rates

The Brewers Association introduced its independent craft brewer seal about a year ago and recently Brewbound wrote an article about adoption rates in the U.S. A bit of a recap here: The BA created the seal to help craft beer enthusiasts to easily differentiate between the independent brewers (like us) and beer produced by non-craft… Read more »


Where Are They Now: Suzi Mirchel 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: Suzi Mirchel Iron Horse Brewery: What was your position when you worked at IHB? Suzi Mirchel: I was a… Read more »


New Pilot Batch

Brew Lab Batch #5684 A Strong Amber Our pilot program has new energy behind it, kind of like when you’re out on the town and you start to get tired but then your favorite song comes on the speakers and you get a second wind and you’re ready to keep the party going because this… Read more »

Asher Brophis

Why Glamping Is Not Camping

Glamping. I feel uncomfortable just saying the word. I am a camping purest and I’m here to respond to Nicole’s blog. Glamping. Is. Not. Camping. Instead of a long winded explanation, here’s a bulleted list of 9 reasons it’s not camping. It’s simple, like camping should be. Glamping is a luxury experience, and the whole… Read more »

Justine Malland

It’s High Five Season: An Origin Story

Have you ever wondered where the high five originated? What genius came up with the idea to slap two hands together high in the air? No? Me either. But, we are about to find out. As you know, or at least, I hope you do… one of our most popular beers is the High Five… Read more »


Make A Ruckus Or Win One

Head Outside and Make a Ruckus This Summer with Life Behind Bars Now available in 12 oz. six-packs Summer is here so Head Outside and Make a Ruckus with Life Behind Bars, a beer made for dirt in your face and wind in your hair, now available in 12 oz cans. To celebrate this new… Read more »