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IRON HORSE BREWERY


MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 4PM TO 9-ISH PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM TO 9-ISH PM
SUNDAY 11 AM TO 7-ISH PM

Location: 412 N. Main Street Ellensburg, WA


 

Facility: 1621 Vantage Hwy Ellensburg, WA 98926

Chances are you've seen Iron Horse Brewery's beer on tap at your local bar. But did you know that this brewery calls Ellensburg home?


You can get the full Iron Horse experience when you visit their official tasting room, located on Main Street. It's the perfect place to kick it with friends after a long day, short day, or any day really. The pub has events going on most nights, check out their events calendar for more details.

That's not all. While tasting Iron Horse Brewery's beer in their official tasting room is cool, touring their production facility might just be better. Iron Horse Brewery hosts monthly tours; $10 gets guests a custom tour glass, sampler coupon, and a newfound appreciation for all the hard work that goes into making your favorite brews.

We highly recommend stopping by the Iron Horse Brewery pub in Ellensburg, but, if you're a must-try-now person you can use their handy beer finder to find the closest bar or store that carries their products near you.




QUICK HISTORY

(Straight from Iron Horse Brewery)

Originally founded by Jim Quilter in late 2004.

2005 - produced a couple of hundred barrels.

2006 - Gary and Greg Parker joined Jim Quilter as partners. Irish Death was only produced once or twice a year.

2007 - Jim decided to sell his share of the brewery to the Parkers. Irish Death becomes a more frequently brewed beer.

2007 - Ross Chalstrom joins the brewery as the main sales guy and
(part owner).

Fast forward to today. 55ish employees, #4 craft brewery in Washington State, still don't really know what we are doing.





WHIPSAW BREWING


MONDAY, TUESDAY 4PM-8PM
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY 3PM-9PM
FRIDAY, SATURDAY 12PM-9PM
SUNDAY 12PM-7PM

Location: 704 N. Wenas Street Ellensburg, WA




"Whipsaw" is a logging term, a two-person saw that requires a lot of teamwork. There's a perfect one, 5 feet long and rusty, hanging above the bar in Ellensburg's newest establishment, Whipsaw Brewing.

"It's a saw from the 'good 'ol days,' and it's the namesake of the brewery," says Charlie Tierney, co-owner of Whipsaw with his wife Debbie.

"Drinking our cut, sharing the rest" is Whipsaw's motto, painted by hand on the brewery's cement floor and emblazoned across the back of their new t-shirts.

Whipsaw is more than a name and a motto, it's the essence of the new brewery." We wanted to keep a logging name, and the saw stands for who we are and what we came from," Debbie says.


WHAT'S ON TAP

 


Currently Whipsaw has five beers on tap, and six total that are kept on tap at all times. Homemade root beer and ginger ale are also available for the under-aged, or the under-appreciated, such as designated drivers, who Debbie makes sure get their first drink free.

Charlie has plans for three more specialty beers coming out within the next few months. The Whipsaw uses a three-barrel system to create their brews. After crunching the oats and hops outside, he brings them in to soak in three huge drums in the back of the brewery. They look like silos, or giant jugs. You can smell the booze when you open the door, and it's cold in there.

Charlie is mostly a self-taught brewer who makes the beer that he and his wife like, they admit with a chuckle. Debbie's favorite? The Buzz On Blackberry, and once he'd made her "her beer" he got the go-ahead to brew his own. Charlie is harder to pin down on his favorite -- the man is a beer connoisseur - but, if he had to choose, "an IPA or a stout, or a smashed blonde."

The Whipsaw hosts the Red Pickle food truck out front during business hours, but customers with the drunchies can order in from any local eatery, just like at home.

Story by Marissa Martin: The Pulse Magazine, CWU
Winter 2016 | Issue Two


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