After years of wanting to do an outdoor Draft Tournament, the first one EVER is finally coming to Winthrop, Washington!
And to celebrate the amazing hockey community that is Winthrop, we wanted to work with a local partner to make some awesome jerseys. Enter Washington brewery, Iron Horse. Their story goes as follows:
Our story is a lot like our beer; unconventional. It’s the story of a semi-lost 20 something year old with a young family, who fell in love with the art and science of brewing beer, instead of finishing college, like he was supposed to. He may well still be brewing in his garage at this very moment, if his retired father, Gary had not believed in his son, and offered to join him in business.
Greg, with one small child and another on the way, somehow convinced his wife, Natalia that moving across two states and buying into a failing brewery was a good idea. If nothing else, Greg is persuasive. Three months into the social experiment, Gary, Greg’s dad had the inspired idea to bring in Greg’s good high school friend, Ross as a partner. Granted Ross was an English major (which has nothing to do with beer?), but hey, the guy can talk to anybody.
…In the process of struggling to make something out of very little, they figured out what Iron Horse Brewery really stood for. They weren’t making beer to please the critics of the world, they were making craft beer for people. There are a lot of rules and regulations about how things should be, and when it comes to their beer and their lives, they don’t care about rules. They care about innovation, taking risks, and authenticity.
So as a business that knows what hard work is, loves hockey, and of course loves beer too, we couldn’t think of a better partner. The 2021 Winthrop Draft theme is: Iron Horse Brewery! And the best part is that they’ll be providing beer at the tournament too!
The first team in Winthrop is the Irish Death!
“Quilter’s Irish Death is the namesake beer of Jim Quilter, Founder of Iron Horse Brewery. This malt focused brew – dark in color and deep in taste – defies those pesky style guidelines. This beer is a little bit extra, and will always be a dark, smooth ale.”