Apparently a couple of guys (Greg Lutovsky and Greg Parker)feel that the community at large has forgotten about a beloved tuber, the potato. True you can visit the grocer for a russet or a red, but how many of you have considered pairing it with a beer? If you are still curious then you might consider a visit to Iron Horse on the 18th, for the first annual (potentially), Pint and Potato Fest.
Featuring over six different varieties of potatoes (including German Butterball, All Red, and Austrian Crescent Banana), this festival will enlighten those who attend. Look also for Jennifer Vertrees' of The Sonny Lady, as she prepares dipping sauces to use with the potatoes and Iron Horse beers.
Suggested pairings will be posted near the food and the total cost is $9 (or $7 if you are a member of the Washington Association of Beer Lovers).With entertainment provided by Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys, from 8 - 10 PM, this festival sounds intriguing. Hopefully we will see you there!
September 18th, 2010
1000 Prospect Street Suite 4 Ellensburg, WA
The Iron Horse Brewery that opened its doors in December of 2004 was a bit different than today. It had a very mom and pop feel, and featured a look that was as traditional as it gets. Those who knew of it visited regularly, but the regulars were few. For many, the brewery was a thing shrouded in mystery... college students-which comprise a fair percentage of Ellensburg's population for most of the year-would occasionally see a bottle on a store shelf and ask where it came from. The likely response:
"Yeah, I think some dude makes that in his basement or something..."
The word just wasn't getting out, and things didn't look good for the tiny brewery that made exceptionally tasty ales.
Well, a couple of hoodlums in their late-twenties jumped on the opportunity to own and operate their own brewery, and what resulted is the Iron Horse Brewery you know and love today. They tweaked some recipes, changed some names, threw some ridiculous theme parties to encourage locals to actually see the brewery with their own eyes, and good things started to happen. Locals started to dig what the guys were doing. A few bars took a chance and put Iron Horse back on tap, and the beer started flowing.
The word started getting out.
The young men felt driven by a sort of manifest destiny, and they took their beer on the road. Off to Spokane, where the people yearned for a bigger selection of ales from the Eastern side of the Mountains. Over the mountains to battle for the hotly-contested taps of the west side. North and South along 97, driving deep into the heart of Hop Country. Everywhere they went, gracious business owners and managers gave them and their Ales an opportunity...
And good things continued to happen.
Whether it was the quality of the beer, the unique look of the packaging, or the bordering-on-annoying persistence of the sales force, things started to work. … –source, Iron Horse Brewery
You can stop by our tasting room to learn about and taste the beer, buy a case or fill a growler, take a tour or down a few pints at the bar, or just give us a hi-five. –source, Iron Horse Brewery
About Irish Eyes Garden Seeds
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, a seed company in Ellensburg, supplies a large variety of seeds to people around the country. Owners Greg and Sue Lutovsky planted their first crop in Kittitas County in 1996 and have since become organic growers. Irish Eyes holds a reputation especially for their seed potatoes and garlic. They offer over 40 varieties of seed potatoes and 16 types of garlic. The Lutovskys’ company employees 15-25 people, uses biodeisel to fuel their tractors, donates half of their allotted irrigation water back to the Yakima River and donates seeds around the world every year.