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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.


15 Resolutions You Can Do Besides Giving Up Beer

You don’t have to have a “dry January” or “give up beer” this year. Here are 15 perfectly viable alternatives to giving up beer. We think these resolution ideas will also help you feel like a better person, or like you’ve grown or something like that. 1. Don’t give up beer. Use a wider variety… Read more »


Where Are They Now: Tess McIntyre 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: Tess McIntyre IHB: Position at Iron Horse Brewery? TM: While at IHB… Read more »

Brooke Kvinsland

What I Have Learned The Past 2 Years

What has IHB taught me the past 2 years? Wow! Where in the whole world do I begin? I applied for a part-time coffee position, desperate to get out of the house (I was working a sales job from home). Let’s just say I found myself not getting out of my yoga pants and maybe… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

An Open Letter to Mr. or Ms. Hot Pockets®

Dear Mr. or Ms. Hot Pockets®, Your delicious, creamy melted cheese enveloping perfectly diced meat squares wrapped in buttery baked pastry dough is truly one of the best creations of all time.  And, it’s SO. EASY. TO EAT. that is, once you wait the appropriate 5.7 minutes to let it cool down after the requisite… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

A Year With Official Tours At Iron Horse Brewery

If you’re stumped for a gift idea, what’s better than a brewery tour to see where Irish Death is made? We’ve been allowing some of you into our super not-at-all secret brewing lair for a year now and here’s what happened: One hundred forty-seven people registered for our IHB tours through official channels. Some of… Read more »


Super Mega Ultimate Contest For An LED Giveaway

If you’re needing a little bit of light in your life you should probably get one of those light therapy boxes (which a handful of our cousins swear by) or drive someplace where the sun is actually shining. If you just want to win something really bright to show off how much you love Iron… Read more »

Ross Chalstrom

10 Weird Gift Ideas For All Of Your Favorite People

Tis the season for buying stuff for your loved ones.  Most people stick to the safe gifts like gift cards, tasteful clothing and items the receiver had previously hinted at wanting.  Since all of that is pretty cut and dry, I thought I would do you, the faithful reader, a service by illuminating some gifts… Read more »

Aimee Bach

Cozy Community Fund Recap Because Helping Others Is Rad

During this holiday season, Iron Horse gets the opportunity to reflect on growth, failures, relationships, and new opportunities. We have a lot to be thankful for as a company such as, living in such a compassionate and engaging community. With that being said, Iron Horse Brewery, with help from Kittitas County residents, committed to donate… Read more »

Jared Vallejo

Iron Horse Beer in 2018

Over here in the Iron Horse Brewery trailer department, we spend a ridiculous amount of time behind our computers, looking at charts, analyzing graphs, reading the reddit.com/r/beer forum, making these calendars, or just visiting this site. This time of year is particularly cumbersome because of all the “planning” and “best-guessing” that is happening for the… Read more »

Molly Glockner

Beer That Pairs Well With Holiday Shenanigans

Beer (and other alcoholic beverages) that pairs with holiday shenanigans and how I won the lottery- TWICE! Ok, this blog is definitely about Holiday Shenanigans, but first a quick note; Something that some people may or may not know about me is that I’ve won the lottery, not once but TWICE. I know crazy right?… Read more »


Choosing A Team In The Apple Cup

*Originally written by Jay Skeen who quit us. It’s rivalry week in college football, which means it’s time for the Apple Cup, a game that’s a huge deal in Washington and the definition of irrelevant everywhere else. The Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars will square off this Saturday, and once again I have… Read more »

Greg Parker

We’re Actually Still Pretty Small

An interesting thing happens as a business like ours grows, some people stop wanting to support it, simply because of that growth. I’m not sure what principle is at play, but I think it has something to do with not being cool any longer because we are too mainstream which to me implies, we are… Read more »


Where Are They Now: Elliott Schmitz Edition

Here at Iron Horse Brewery we’ve had some fine cousins (what we call our employees) over the years. And while we think that giving them free beer will make them stay with us forever, some of them end up leaving to follow their dreams or something. We have a hard time letting go so we’ve… Read more »

Taylor Castillo

“Don’t Get Stuck In Ellensburg” They Say

“Don’t Get Stuck in Ellensburg” They Say. Trust me, I’ve heard this way too often. Many of times, it is said by people who have never lived here. Other times, it’s by people who went to Central, but couldn’t wait to graduate and get out of here. The funny thing is, those are the people who… Read more »

Will Bergman

Just A Sailor Bloggin’ ‘Bout Stuff

Hey All, Want to start off this blog with a quick introduction. My name is William Bergman (Will or Wills) and this is my first blog, so I’ll do my best to put down the random thoughts of a young Navy veteran, now working for a brewery, down in the finest fashion my “professional” experience… Read more »

Alex Grosby

Worthless Clickbait About Music And Beer

If you ever get to know me, you’ll find out pretty quickly I’m passionate about music. It’s what led me to get IHB up on Spotify and try to curate some fine beer drinking tunes. It’s leading me through some other fun IHB endeavors and such.  So, excuse me when I’m flicking through the latest… Read more »

Nicole Klauss

7 Places Where Drinking A Beer Feels Really Good

Do you ever have that perfect beer experience? You crack it open, take a sip, take in your surroundings and for a moment everything is perfect and drinking that beer feels really darn good? I think a lot of times that feeling has to do with where you are and the atmosphere. This is one… Read more »