The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn’t know enough to take a vacation. ~ Clarence Day
I have heard it said that summer vacations, or any vacation for that matter, take a little planning to do it up right. At least that is what people “in the know” recommend. Plan, review, and then plan some more. I am one of the few that disregard that sage bit of advice. When I go on vacation I have a general idea of what the plan is, but I like to leave the details a bit fuzzy. I don’t need to know what I will be doing every moment of my vacation. I want to leave a little room for the unexpected surprise that comes along. Spontaneity is best served up warm.
So when our friends Steve and Janet Noyes wondered if we might like to go to Iron Horse Brewery, one of their favorite breweries in Ellensburg, Tim and I jumped at the chance. No plans were too important to miss the chance for a beer! So off we went and we were happy we did.
Iron Horse Brewery
The Iron Horse Brewery is located smack dab in the middle of Ellensburg, Washington and only a few short blocks from the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Here they serve their own locally crafted beer and offer occasional entertainment all in a casual atmosphere that can’t be beat.
I am no beer connoisseur but I know what I like and we had lots of choices to keep us happy. I decided quickly that I wanted to try the sampler so I could taste of a little of everything. 6 generous 8 oz pours were included in the tasting, at an incredibly low price too, I might add. The beer served in the sampler can change from day to day depending on what is available. I was served the Light Rail, High Five Hef, Gary, Decision Maker, Iron Horse IPA, and Irish Death. With 48 ounces of beer staring me in the face, I knew I had to call in reinforcements. Tim and our friends Steve and Janet were ready, willing and happy to offer their assistance.
We all had our favorites. I was partial to the creamy Guinness-like taste and creamy smoothness of Irish Death while Tim preferred the wheat, honey and ginger flavor of the High Five Hef. I discovered that I am not a big fan of IPA’s. I’m told the Iron Horse IPA and Decision Maker are just as they should be: decisive, hop-forward, and a malt-balanced pale ale, but be that as it may, I am okay letting someone else enjoy them.
All in all this was a great spontaneous deviation to our loosely planned vacation. Great friends and a few finely crafted beers. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
If you are interested in visiting the Iron Horse Brewery Pub in Ellensburg it is located at 412 N Main St Ellensburg, WA 98926. More information on Iron Horse Brewery can be found at their website: http://www.ironhorsebrewery.com/