Those suffering from gluten intolerances and Celiac disease have real challenges finding products that are 100% gluten-free. That is why I recently took a visit to Portland’s Ground Breaker Brewery and Gastropub. There, I visited with head of sales Paxton Scott, and he shared with me the ins and outs of brewing in a completely wheat-free facility.
Open since November 2011, Ground Breaker is certified by the Gluten-Free Certified Organization (GFCO). The Gastropub offers a wide selection of gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods. Their website states, “don't start with what you don't want," meaning that they don't want to start with any ingredients they don’t want to end with, so none of their brews are “gluten-reduced.” All the beers they create start with a base of gluten-free ingredients, including lentils, chestnuts, beet sugar, sorghum syrup and Belgian-style candy sugar.
They have a few year-round beers, which include a Pale Ale that won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival in 2012 and an IPA that won silver at the GABF in 2015. The Pale is brewed with Cascade and Meridian hops, it’s a medium-bodied pale that is crisp, with notes of floral, citrus and pine. Their IPA No. 5, brewed with lentils and chestnuts, is roasty with lots of hoppy aroma.
During my visit I also tried the current seasonal, an American-style Heyday IPA. It bursts with tropical notes and hit the spot.
Like their other Portland microbrewing counterparts, they have a great little pub that has its own special beer releases and a great selection of gluten-free food.
You can find Ground Breaker Brewery and Gastropub in SE Portland, and at your local Cedar Mill Market of Choice! Stop by on Friday, September 23, from 4-7 p.m., when Ground Breaker visits us for a tasting!