Local Brewer Passes Away

Jim Quilter has died at the age of 52. He was a well-traveled brewer whose career included a few stops in California at Sierra Nevada, Mad River,  and Butte Creek. He is perhaps best remembered as the brewmaster at Winthrop Brewing. After leaving Winthrop Brewing, Quilter started Iron Horse Brewing in 2005. Most recently, Jim had been brewing for the RAM at University Village.

I first met Jim Quilter at the then-fledgling Iron Horse brewery on the outskirts of Ellensburg. It was early in the life of a new brewery, but it seemed clear to me that Jim was the kind of guy who did not enjoy the business of beer nearly as much as he enjoyed the artistry of beer.

Jim was an affable fella. He was easy to like. He will be missed.

Here is what we found posted on Tributes.com

Mr. James Patrick Quilter
August 26, 1956 – June 26, 2009

In Loving Memory

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James Patrick Quilter, age 52
Passed away on June 26, 2009. He was a brewmaster by trade. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryll and his four daughters, Larrissa Johnson (Shawn), Jennifer McKay (Robert), Brittany and Caitlin Quilter.

Funeral Information
A Memorial service for James will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009, 12 noon in the Evergreen-Washelli chapel.



2 comments

  1. I’m one of Jim’s daughters.

    Thank you for all that you said, I’m sure my dad would appreciate it, he really loved what he did.

    In the link on this comment I’ve linked you to my dad’s obituary. There’s a link on there to a tribute page with photos and a guestbook.

  2. Thank you Jennifer,
    Your father was a valuable and respected member of the local brewing community. Our love and sympathy go out to you and your family.

    I am going to add the link to the obituary as a new post to make sure people can find it.

    Our best,
    Kendall and Kim Jones

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Local Brewer Passes Away

Jim Quilter has died at the age of 52. He was a well-traveled brewer whose career included a few stops in California at Sierra Nevada, Mad River,  and Butte Creek. He is perhaps best remembered as the brewmaster at Winthrop Brewing. After leaving Winthrop Brewing, Quilter started Iron Horse Brewing in 2005. Most recently, Jim had been brewing for the RAM at University Village.

I first met Jim Quilter at the then-fledgling Iron Horse brewery on the outskirts of Ellensburg. It was early in the life of a new brewery, but it seemed clear to me that Jim was the kind of guy who did not enjoy the business of beer nearly as much as he enjoyed the artistry of beer.

Jim was an affable fella. He was easy to like. He will be missed.

Here is what we found posted on Tributes.com

Mr. James Patrick Quilter
August 26, 1956 – June 26, 2009

In Loving Memory

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James Patrick Quilter, age 52
Passed away on June 26, 2009. He was a brewmaster by trade. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryll and his four daughters, Larrissa Johnson (Shawn), Jennifer McKay (Robert), Brittany and Caitlin Quilter.

Funeral Information
A Memorial service for James will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009, 12 noon in the Evergreen-Washelli chapel.



  1. I’m one of Jim’s daughters.

    Thank you for all that you said, I’m sure my dad would appreciate it, he really loved what he did.

    In the link on this comment I’ve linked you to my dad’s obituary. There’s a link on there to a tribute page with photos and a guestbook.

  2. Thank you Jennifer,
    Your father was a valuable and respected member of the local brewing community. Our love and sympathy go out to you and your family.

    I am going to add the link to the obituary as a new post to make sure people can find it.

    Our best,
    Kendall and Kim Jones