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Life Behind Beer

Life Behind Beer

By Iron Horse Brewery
The employees of Iron Horse Brewery take listeners "behind the curtain" on the weekly ups and downs of a regional brewery and spreading the magic of indie beer for a living. Have questions for us about running a brewery? E-mail us at and we'll answer them on the show!
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Episode 31 - The GREAT GABF

Life Behind Beer

Episode 40: The End is Near
Wes, Jared, Nicole and Aimee talk about their favorite beer in 2018, what's in store for 2019 and other random ways to level up in the new year.  
December 28, 2018
Episode 39: An Interview with Whipsaw Brewing
Wes and Jared meet up with Charlie, Debbie, and Devin from Whipsaw Brewing. They discuss origin stories, create an on-air blend of two beers, dig into some industry news and then reveal a secret about Iron Horse Brewery brewhouse manager, Jake.
December 20, 2018
Episode 38: In which they discuss seltzer.
Wes, Jared, Nerd Paul, and Morgan talk about Oskar Blue's release of Hard Seltzer and what that means for the market. Trillium Brewing had some public HR issues. PBR and Miller Coors are BFF's again. And the answer the age old question what is the difference between QA and QC.
December 06, 2018
Episode 37: It's Thanksgiving
Jared, Aimee, Nicole & Wes celebrate Thanksgiving by hating on cranberries, drinking a pale ale by NOLA Brewing co, and discussing some low abv, low cal beer.
November 21, 2018
Episode 36: Random Assortment of Topics
Wes, Nerd Paul and Jared sample a beer from Deschutes, called humm zinger. They discuss the term craft, dive into what it means to be political and then answer the question: what beer should I drink if I hate carbonation.
November 12, 2018
Episode 35 - Pilot Porter and Craft Brewery Definition
Wes, Nicole and Aimee discuss their feelings on the Brewers Association proposed change to craft brewer definition, Brewdog Airlines, and our pilot porter.
November 01, 2018
Episode 34 - Barley and Beer
Wes, Jared, Nerd Paul and Klauss the closer (Nicole) discuss their feelings about the passing of a beer legend, barley shortages due to global warming, small package beer and Mr IPA-NUT.
October 25, 2018
Episode 33 - Greg Drives Around Ellensburg
In this episode, Greg drives around Ellensburg with a few of the brewery cousins talking about how Iron Horse got its start. The audio isn't great, but the stories give you a true glimpse of life behind beer.
October 17, 2018
Episode 32: BlackFish and Original Irish Death
On this episode, Jared, Greg and Wes interview Dr. Jeffrey Ventre, a local doctor, who was with Jim Quilter when he brewed the first batch of Irish Death. Dr. Jeff (as we call him) is probably best known for the documentary BlackFish. They discuss his story, ask a few beer related questions and banter about from the backroom of the pub.
October 12, 2018
Episode 31 - The GREAT GABF
Jared, Wes, Jake, "Nerd Paul" and Morgan discuss the GABF and all its glory. Should breweries submit their beer to juried competitions? They dig into the intricacies of brewing difficult beer, namely Cozy Sweater and answer the question what is a Wheatwine?
October 03, 2018
Life Behind Beer - Episode 30: The Fantastic Distribution
Jared, Wes, Greg & Dane drink a "desk aged" beer called Full Clip IPA by Stoneface Brewing out of Newington, NH. They "bro" banter about Algae Bloom, Beer and Wine, Dogfish Head, and Homegrown Brewing. The cousins of Iron Horse also talk about Mocha Death and a sport called Fowling. Word of warning there are few more expletives than normal.
September 20, 2018
Episode 29: Music, Music, Beersic.
Wes, Jared, Aimee and Special Guests, Lakyn and Nat from the hit band CobraHawk join in on the fun. This week's episode is all about beer and music. At the end of the podcast is one of CobraHawk's hit singles, Hot and Bothered. CobraHawk's Website >>>
September 13, 2018
Episode 28: Cooking Politics into Beer
Wes, Jared, Nerd Paul, Justine and Molly drink a sour, talk about MillerCoors lay offs, PBR change in leadership, politics and beer. They also get into food and beer discussions. Listen up.
September 07, 2018
Episode 27: Sellout the Sellouts?
Wes, Jared and Greg drink some more local independent beer, talk about the BA Independence campaign, BrewDogs Porn ambitions, and levels of selling out. A little discussion about beer tech and what gets used to make a quality beer.
August 30, 2018
Episode 26: Greg Meets World
Jared, Wes and Greg drink their own beer juice, High Five Hefe. Discuss some beer business including, a new documentary about Stone Brewing, Lagunitas craft designation and other articles from Brewbound. They answer the big question: What makes a brewery great?
August 23, 2018
Episode 25: What the hell is a Radler?
Jared, Wes, Nicole and Aimee clarify what a Radler is, discuss the Haze Craze, question Miller Coors's business decisions and talk about the aluminum shortage .
August 16, 2018
Episode 24: Homebrewer Paradise
Jared, Wes, Rikki, Paul and Tyson talk about mixing craft beer, getting into home brewing, explore Melvin Brewing's medical debt erasing program and debunk Jim Koch's eating yeast to prevent getting drunk.
August 09, 2018
Episode 23: Top 10 Moving On Lists
Jared, Wes, Alex and Sabrina talk about 5% Craft Beer Growth, Non Compete Clauses, and Lists of Things. We say goodbye to Alex and Sabrina in their final podcast as Iron Horse Brewery cousins.
August 01, 2018
Episode 22: The Data Game
Drinking a sour ale from Avery Brewing, we talk about Nielsen Beer Data, Dogfish Head's Impressive Growth, Boston Beer's BA Designation and we shatter some myths about beer. We also introduce the world to Danny, Iron Horse Brewery's newest sales cousin.
July 26, 2018
Episode 21: Liquid Sunshine
We're talking drinking in public, wastewater issues, avocado ale, and dreaming up non-traditional beer collaborations. Devin and Crystal from the Iron Horse sales team guest.
July 17, 2018
Episode 20: Trademark This Episode™
We're talking trademark disputes, do you buy beer for the label, and debunk more beer myths. Iron Horse GM Greg Parker joins in the conversation.
July 11, 2018
Episode 19: Once in a Lifetime
Like David Byrne on the title track, our hosts ask how did we get here, as in how we got to the beer industry. We rundown such topics as Deschutes move into Virginia and Big Beer's slide into Cannabis beverages. We also debunk frozen glassware and Dark Beer.
July 03, 2018
Episode 18: Independence Day
New Format! New Host! We're talking about the Brewers' Association Indie Seal, Beavertown selling a minority stake to Heineken, and more industry news.
June 28, 2018
Episode 17: Zero Award Winning Roundup
This episode is talking about whether awards matter or not as well as tackling several issues from earlier episodes.
June 19, 2018
Too Much Beer: Moody Tongue Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter
Sometimes we have more beer than show. So we decided to do some short one beer episodes. This is the fifth in that series and we're talking porters and Chicago.
June 15, 2018
Episode 16: Ownership to the Future
The different ways indie breweries are tackling ownership and raising capital that's a little more involved than traditional business and BeerAdvocate's predictions for the future of craft beer and Wes' rebuttal.
June 12, 2018
Too Much Beer: Allagash Belfius
Sometimes we have more beer than show. So we decided to do some short one beer episodes. This is the fourth in that series and we're talking spontaneous fermentation and coolships.
June 07, 2018
Episode 15: Death to IBUs
The problem with using IBUs for marketing or judging a beer's flavor and the FDA's new regulations about beer calorie counts in national chains.
June 05, 2018
Weird Beer Watch: Money and Chocolate
Spinning off Weird Beer Watch into minisodes, we finally drink the Big Ass Money Stout discussed in Episode 11 and talk about the ugliest beer we've seen.
May 31, 2018
Too Much Beer: Mollusk Brewing Coquille D'Escargot
Sometimes we have more beer than show. So we decided to do some short one beer episodes. This is the third in that series.
May 29, 2018
Episode 14: An Open Podcast to Pete Coors
Iron Horse Brewery responds to Pete Coors' open letter to the Brewers Association plus the 50 Best New Breweries, and Budweiser taints George Washington's good name. Director of Marketing Jared Vallejo joins in with us.
May 14, 2018
Episode 13.3: One Short Day in the Emerald City
Part 3, beer trippin' in Seattle
May 10, 2018
Episode 13.2: Roadtrippin' with Damian
Part 2, we're learning about Damian's beer travels from Texas to Ellensburg.
May 09, 2018
Episode 13.1: Eurotrippin' with Damian
Part 1, we're learning about Damian's beer travels through Europe.
May 08, 2018
Too Much Beer: Firestone Walker Sour Opal
We're talking microflora as we analyze this offering from FW's Barrelworks series.
May 03, 2018
Episode 12: Bacon Sandwich Beer
On this episode, issues with beer tourism, Big Beer on Capitol Hill, and when beer collabs go bad.
May 01, 2018
Too Much Beer: Anchorage Pie Assassin IPA
Sometimes we have more beer than show. So we decided to do some short one beer episodes. This is the first in that series looking at Anchorage Pie Assassin IPA. Note: there is some distortion on this track but seemed still listenable. Issues? E-mail us:
April 26, 2018
Episode 11: Growing Pains
On this episode, Own-premise vs. The 3-tier system, the 50 fastest growing breweries in America, and Weird Beer Watch: Pizza and Money Edition
April 24, 2018
Episode 10: Weed Week with Morgan
On this episode, Weird Beer Watch: 4/20 Edition, has beer trading gotten out of hand and is ruining the joy of beer, and in honor of Record Store Day on Saturday, what music do you like to drink beer to.
April 17, 2018
Cicerone Talk Episode 1
On this episode, IHB's Certified Cicerones Rikki and Wes go in deep about packaging sizes and lagers from a trained professional view.
April 12, 2018
Episode 9: Women in Beer
On this episode, we're joined by Kaitlyn van der Velde of Whipsaw Brewing and IHB Director of Optimism Rikki Welz to talk about Women in Beer. We also talk about whether the "post-snob" era of beer is upon us with the flood of easier styles. We finish up with Weird Beer Watch: Easter Edition.
April 10, 2018
Episode 8: Flagships and Bossholes
On this episode, we're joined by IHB chief bosshole Greg Parker to talk about Sierra Nevada's return to their flagship Pale Ale and what it's like being a brewery with such a strong flagship product like Irish Death. We also answer your questions!
April 03, 2018
Episode 7: Pink Jersey Vinyl
On this episode, we're talking Dogfish Head's beer-filled record, Brewdog's "Pink" IPA, and the split in the New Jersey Brewer's Association.
March 28, 2018
Episode 6: Bottle Share Part 3
On this episode, the thrilling drunken conclusion of our bottle share odyssey pulls into harbor.
March 26, 2018
Episode 6: Bottle Share Part 2
On this episode, Alex, Sabrina, and Wes venture to Paul and Rikki's house for a bottle share and let the recording roll on the action.
March 22, 2018
Episode 6: Bottle Share Part 1
On this episode, Alex, Sabrina, and Wes venture to Paul and Rikki's house for a bottle share and let the recording roll on the action.
March 21, 2018
Boise Bonus: Brewnomics
On this episode, Alex is joined by Jerry, Phalla, and Vic from Brewnomics (@brewnomics on the socials) talking about Boise beers and pop culture.
March 15, 2018
Episode 5: Active and Automated
On this episode, Weird Beer Watch: Pastrami Edition, favorite activities to do while drinking beer, and automated homebrewing systems are evaluated.
March 14, 2018
Boise Bonus: Duncan Pratt and Brian Dearborn
On this episode, Alex talks with IHB Boise market manager Duncan and Stein on-premise market manager Brian about how the Boise beer market has changed and is changing today.
March 13, 2018
Episode 4: The Cost of Pretty Beer
On this episode, we're talking glitter beer, other funky beer adjuncts, and is there a limit to beer pricing?
March 06, 2018
Episode 3: Old Beer vs. New Beer vs. Technical Difficulties
On this episode, we're talking improperly and properly aging beer, how to construct a flight, and which celebrity would you like to open a beer bar with?
February 27, 2018
Episode 1: Branding and Taprooms on Mt. Crushmore
Topics include Stone Brewing vs MillerCoors and current issues of trademark, what makes you return to a brewery or taproom, and what 4 beers are on your Mt. Crushmore?
February 22, 2018
Episode 2: Ross Chalstrom
One on one with with Ross Chalstrom, VP of Sales talking about where the beer industry is been and where it is heading.
February 22, 2018
Episode 0: Welcome to Life Behind Beer
Want to know what this podcast is all about? Crack open a fresh beer and start here.
February 22, 2018