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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.

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 »

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Our Take On Beer Foam Art

To print or not to print? That may soon be the question breweries and bars find themselves asking when this printer that puts text and images onto beer foam becomes available for purchase. According to this article we found online while we were being unproductive, Beer Ripples prints edible ink onto beer foam so your pint… Read more »

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Paddy On Places

If you can’t #paddyon with us in person at [ the pub ] this Saturday here’s a list of places where specific #paddyon themed events are taking place. More are being added as they come in. IDAHO Capones Pub & Grill – Coeur d’Alene, ID Capones Pub & Grill – Hayden, ID Capones Pub & Grill – Post… Read more »

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Our Take On Tea Beers

  We put coffee in beer so why not tea? A recent article from the Brewers Association titled “Reading the Leaves: Do Tea Beers Have a Bright Future?” explores the topic. You can read the whole article here, but essentially it says: *A wave of new beers incorporating tea have been released across the U.S…. Read more »

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Training for the .5k

Alex gives us a sneak peak into how he’s been training for the Iron Horse Brewery St. Paddy Day .5K. Are you ready? St. Paddy Day .5K Boise on March 10th St. Paddy Day .5K Ellensburg on March 17th Tickets at www.stpaddydayhalfk.com.

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Where Are They Now: Carson McDonald 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: Carson McDonald   Iron Horse Brewery: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? Carson… Read more »

Justine Malland

Get to Know A Market Manager

Get to Know Our Spokane Market Manager Name: Justine Malland Job: Market Manager, Eastern WA & Northern ID (aka Brew Magic Merchant aka Brewnicorn) Contact: justine@ironhorsebrewery.com IHB Start Date: 09/26/2017 Family: Sales Describe your job in one sentence: Just one step closer to helping the public engage with their inner ale desires through Iron Horse brew magic. Favorite… Read more »

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Our Take On Columbia Distributing Growing Non-Alcoholic Brands

You may have heard the news, Columbia Distributing is growing its distribution of non-alcoholic beverages, according to a BevNet article posted on Monday, and we have some thoughts about it. A little backstory, Iron Horse Brewery has partnered with a different Columbia Distributing since way back when to distribute our beer in a loveable pocket… Read more »