Iron Goat Brewing began as a casual conversation between two strangers, Greg and Paul, at a local bar in Spokane, Washington. What started as a common interest in motorcycles, ceramic horses, and home brewing, ended as a full-fledged brewery and taproom with a rotating selection of beers, sours, and bearded men.
Due to an extreme shortage of craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest, Iron Goat couldn’t keep up with demand and had to move to a new historic building that originally served as a school for mechanics in the west side of downtown Spokane. With repurposed materials found on-site, they built a larger bar and furnished the new, larger taproom. A kitchen was also added to hopefully quell the constant Facebook comments asking for food.
Iron Goat Brewing continues to create new and seasonal brews and often collaborates with other craft breweries. They stay involved in the brewing community (insert brewing associations here) in an effort to keep beer independent.
With humble beginnings in a locked shack hidden in the middle of the woods, Iron Goat has always kept a personal, hands-on approach to their beer. Constant experimentation with hop choices and seasonal ingredients has kept their passions strong. In an effort to ensure flavors are at their best, they constantly taste test the batches. Some days that’s all they do, because precisionishness is a priority. Iron Goat has crafted over 150 distinct beers keeping these values close, and their pint glasses closer.
Not that Iron Goat doesn’t have a deep passion for goats, but that isn’t the sole reason for this brewery’s namesake. In a city rich with landmarks like a giant wagon, a couple of rocks that kind of look like dishes, and a carousel, it was difficult to decide on one to properly represent Spokane. In the end, after careful deliberation, it was decided to use a metal goat with a built in trash-vacuum as the mascot for the brewery. It might seem like an odd choice, but the goat is an amazing piece of art, and it shows Spokane’s unique nature and appreciation for art. It was crafted by Sister Paula Turnbull during the 1974 World Expo as a way to creatively deal with trash in the newly opened Riverfront Park. Despite the protest from local goat farmers disgruntled by the misrepresentation of goat diets, the quirky sculpture became a beloved celebrity for the city and a perfect match for the brewery.