Ground Breaker Brewing and Ghostfish Brewing Team up to Offer 3 Award-Winning Beers for Their Taproom Patrons


(Seattle, WA/Portland, OR) The U.S. is filled with lots of great craft beer cities with many new markets emerging each year. The Northwest is home to arguably two of the most prestigious craft beer cities this country has to offer, so it should come as no surprise that the two best dedicated gluten-free breweries call the Northwest home.

Ghostfish Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free brewery in Seattle, WA and Ground Breaker Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free brewery in Portland, OR. These two breweries swept the awards in the Gluten Free Beer category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®. The gold medal went to Ghostfish Brewing's Watchstander Stout, the silver medal went to Ground Breaker's IPA No. 5, and bronze went to Ghostfish Brewing's Grapefruit IPA.

To commemorate their award winning beers, both breweries will be tapping the three medal-winning beers in their own taprooms during the week of November 9, 2015. “It was very exciting for us to win another medal this year,” stated James Neumeister, head of Reserach & Development at Ground Breaker Brewing. “We saw a unique opportunity with two Pacific Northwest breweries taking home the gluten-free GABF medals this year, we approached the guys at Ghostfish with the idea of a ‘champions flight’ and they were receptive,” Neumeister added. “We are extremely proud to be part of the great brewing culture that exists in the Northwest,” says Brian Thiel, co-founder and director of sales for Ghostfish Brewing. “This opportunity, to showcase these three great beers born in the Northwest, was too good to pass up.”


Unlike breweries that produce so-called "gluten-reduced" beers, Ghostfish Brewing and Ground Breaker Brewing are in complete alignment in the adherence of using 100% gluten-free ingredients in dedicated facilities to create their beers. "There are no 'omitted' risks for Celiacs drinking our beer; we are 100% committed to 0 PPM, start to finish" says Jason Yerger, brewmaster at Ghostfish Brewing. “We strive to bring the craft beer experience to the gluten-free community. Serving these three top-rated beers in our dedicated pub is in the spirit of that very mission,” remarked Neumeister.

About Ghostfish Brewing
Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.

About Ground Breaker Brewing
Ground Breaker Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free craft brewery and gastropub founded in 2011. Ground Breaker Brewing’s facility is entirely gluten-free; no gluten is allowed on the premises. The gastropub is located at 2030 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR. Ground Breaker’s beers are distributed in OR, WA, ID, and CA, as well as BC & AB in Canada.

About The Great American Beer Festival
Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, (a collaboration between professional breweries and amateur home brewers), received from 1,552 U.S. breweries. GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

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Seasonal Squash Ale Returns at Ground Breaker Brewing

(Portland, OR) – Autumn has arrived! Ground Breaker Brewing’s annual release of Squash Ale is just in time for the holidays. This unique beer is made with locally grown squash from the fields of family-owned and operated Love Farm Organics. Ground Breaker’s Squash Ale is typically released near the beginning of November but warm weather has brought an early harvest.

“Like our customers, we look forward to this beer every year,” remarked James Neumeister, head of Research & Development. “It’s a rich, deep amber beer with delicate flavor and aroma that is made in the spirit of the fall season. It’s a great companion as the days get shorter, colder and wetter,” Neumeister added.

Here comes the Squash Ale! Fresh from Love Farm Organics

Here comes the Squash Ale! Fresh from Love Farm Organics

Boasting over twenty-five pounds of squash per barrel, Squash Ale is crafted with a unique production process that makes it unlike their other seasonals. After being picked, the squash is sliced, diced, seeded, then roasted in a giant oven at Jensen’s Bread & Bakeries, a local dedicated gluten-free bakery.

“This is one the most unique beers we make, period. It’s also one of the beers we spend the most time on every year. From preparing the squash and seeds to the brewday and brewing process itself, all the way through packaging,” said head brewer Tim Barr. “It’s singular in a lot of ways.”

Ground Breaker’s one-of-a-kind seasonal is “triple-squashed.” Squash is added to the mash tun, boil kettle, and fermenter. Pumpkin seeds are toasted, crushed, and also added to the mash. The ale has a “wet-squash” addition to the fermenter which consists of squash that has been slow roasted for several days into a creamy squash butter. It is then finished with a gentle inclusion of cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted coriander to complement the squash flavors and aromas.

Squash Ale will be released on draft October 14 in the Ground Breaker Brewing Gastropub. To celebrate the release, Ground Breaker will have a specially paired menu by Chef Neil Davidson. There will be five versions of Squash Ale on tap at the pub: standard, nitro, chai spice, squash spiced latte, and cranberry-orange. These kegs will be available exclusively on draft at the Ground Breaker Gastropub while supplies last. Squash Ale will be rolling out to stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho following the release.

Ground Breaker Brewing Signs With California's Artisan Distributing, Goes Four For Four at GABF®

(Portland, OR) – Ground Breaker Brewing, the first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the United States, is very excited to announce a partnership with family-owned and operated Artisan Distributing of California. The first shipment will head to California at the end of this week to be exclusively distributed in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties.

“We have been working tirelessly for the last four months to bring our unique beers to California and we’re happy to finally announce this partnership with Artisan,” said James Neumeister, Head of Research & Development. “They are a company who share our values and were highly recommended to us by other breweries we respect. We are thrilled to be expanding into California, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for three years. Artisan is the perfect partner to bring our vision to life."

Expanding availability of their beers wasn’t the only exciting news for Ground Breaker Brewing this week. With their fourth entry in four years, Ground Breaker took home the Silver Medal from the 2015 Great American Beer Festival® in the Gluten-Free Beer category for their IPA No. 5.

Four years, four medals. From left to right. Harvester Brewing Pale Ale (2012 GABF Bronze, Gluten Free), Harvest Brewing IPA No. 1 (2013 GABF Gold, Gluten Free), Ground Breaker IPA No. 5 (2015 GABF Silver, Gluten Free), and Ground Breaker Dark Ale (2014 GABF Gold, Gluten Free).

Four years, four medals. From left to right. Harvester Brewing Pale Ale (2012 GABF Bronze, Gluten Free), Harvest Brewing IPA No. 1 (2013 GABF Gold, Gluten Free), Ground Breaker IPA No. 5 (2015 GABF Silver, Gluten Free), and Ground Breaker Dark Ale (2014 GABF Gold, Gluten Free).

“American brewers continue to create innovative, flavorful high quality beers. That was on full display at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The Great American Beer Festival continues to showcase the best this country’s brewers have to offer, with the competition growing and becoming ever more competitive. Congratulations to all participants and especially this year’s winners.”

Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States “It’s fitting one of our first beers to be put in a 12-ounce can package brought home a medal this year,” Neumeister remarked. Ground Breaker launched 12-ounce package in cans for IPA No. 5 and Olallie Ale in June. “Winning four medals in four years means we have a consistently good product, we are staying ahead of our competition.” Ground Breaker Brewing has won twice as many Great American Beer Festival medals as any other brewery in the Gluten-Free Beer category.

Ground Breaker Brewing Releases 2015 Fresh Hop Meridian Pale Ale

Last weekend Ground Breaker made their annual trek to Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon to pick up 150 pounds of fresh Meridian hops. Most of the brewery crew cut their Labor Day weekend short to take advantage of this once a year opportunity, and we thank them.

The fresh hop version of Ground Breaker’s Pale Ale is unlike anything else the brewery offers. Fresh Meridian hops add an herbal character and brings their lemon-candy characteristic forward in a far different way from brewing with kilned hops.

Fresh Hop Meridian Pale Ale will be available in bottles and on draft Wednesday, September 16th, in the Ground Breaker Gastropub. Bottles and a few kegs will be headed to retailers in Oregon and Washington later the same week.