Harvester Brewing Changing Name To Ground Breaker Brewing

The first dedicated gluten-free brewery and gastropub in the United States has finally chosen its second name.  “Ground Breaker came up early, and was actually the first name that we all liked,” says Ground Breaker’s head of R&D, James Neumeister, “but, like many names, it seemed to have too many potential conflicts, so we set it aside. As we continued to brainstorm, nothing else seemed to fit, and eventually we decided to revisit Ground Breaker and worked to eliminate those conflicts.”
We were thrilled by the suggestions from our fans when we announced that we were being forced to abandon our original name. Ground Breaker was one idea shared with us through a Facebook post asking for suggestions. We will reward the fan that shared that idea with a Ground Breaker shirt, pint glass, and a few other treats as they become available. The renaming process began earlier this week and should be completed within a few months.

Harvester Brewing to Release Stone Fruit Experiment Ale on July 17th, a new ingredient, and a new look

Stone Fruit

The Experiment Ale for this summer is Stone Fruit, a hoppy ale brewed with peaches, apricots, and cherries. With Stone Fruit we maintain a pronounced Northwest hoppiness and the dry, crisp finish typical of our beers, while celebrating the complex flavors and aromas from the fruit addition. We selected careful amounts of Willamette, Cascade, Meridian, and Horizon hops for their ability to mingle with the taste and aroma of the stone fruit. Stone Fruit will be released in the tasting room on July 16th. To celebrate, the gastropub will be serving special dinner pairings that evening.


Stone Fruit will be the first beer released by Harvester Brewing that does not contain oats. While a majority of people have been able to enjoy our beers made with certified gluten-free oats, their use still excludes many people from drinking our beer. As gluten-free brewing is still relatively new, finding the right ingredients to make a quality beer that we are proud of has been an ongoing process, but through extensive recipe testing we found a winner with lentils. In addition to providing all of the benefits we get from brewing with oats, lentils have proven to be a much more diverse ingredient that can be roasted in different ways to add complexity and flavor to our beers. The availability of certified gluten-free and organic lentils through Edison Grainery, a small family-owned business, only increased our interest in incorporating lentils into a Harvester beer.

New Look

Our beers and recipes are always evolving, and with the addition of the gastropub and it’s pub-only R&D brews that process of innovation has accelerated. In a complementary way we’ve also evolved our logo design, which you may have seen in our latest t-shirts. We’ll be extending that design to our labels beginning with the release of Stone Fruit. Look for the new Harvester label, beginning with the Stone Fruit release, on store shelves beginning next week.

About Edison Grainery

Edison Grainery  is a leading source of high-quality organic ingredients from around the world. Our mission is simple-do no harm. From pantry staples to super foods, there’s something for everyone! Certified organic (OTCO & USDA), Certified Gluten-Free (GF) , and Kosher (CRC).

Harvester Brewing Needs Help Choosing A New Name To Avoid Confusion And Legal Spat With A California Wine Company

If you were disappointed that you missed out on the opportunity to help name the first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the United States then we have some great news.  Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, California has decided that our use of Harvester will create brand confusion and has demanded that we change the name of our brewery, despite being in a different trademark class.  Rather than spend time, money, and energy focused on a lengthy legal battle we have decided to ask our fans to help us choose a new name.
Hope Family Wines finds the use of “Harvester” in any form “unacceptable” so ideas like New Harvester Brewing or G.F.Harvester Brewing will not be permitted by Hope Family Wines.  We would like it if the new name worked well with our love of farming, farmers, and tractors so we can continue using our tractor logo but we will consider non-tractor related ideas too.
Please submit new name suggestions to contact@harvesterbrewing.com

About Hope Family

The Hope family has been farming in Paso Robles for more than 30 years. When they arrived in this barely discovered region, they planted apples and grapes. Little did they know that the rolling, oak-studded terrain of Paso Robles would one day become viticultural terroir of significance and one of the top winegrowing regions for quality red wine within the Central Coast.

Gone are the apple orchards. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varieties best suited to their area including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenache. Vine density has increased and each vine is asked to produce very little fruit. The terroir of this domain expresses itself in its unique regional character. Regardless of the varieties planted, the expression of Paso Robles is displayed in the glass with spice, licorice and berry in the nose, soft textures and silky tannins on the palate.

Hope Family Wines consists of five individual brands: Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Austin Hope, Troublemaker.

Harvester Brewing Partnering with Bring on the Beer for Online Sales

At Harvester Brewing there are certain things we do very well. Most importantly, we work very hard to make excellent gluten-free beer. With the addition of our gastropub, we are now also working hard at making excellent gluten-free food. These tasks require a great deal of research, experimentation, and planning. We couldn’t be happier to be doing them, and we think we’re doing a pretty good job.

That being said, there are some things we don’t do quite so well, like running an online store. We spend most of our time producing and shipping out as much beer as possible, and with that kind of schedule, it’s hard to keep a regular inventory for our online store. Fortunately for all of you, that’s where Bring on the Beer comes in. Based in Happy Valley, Oregon, Bring on the Beer is an online store that specializes in the best craft beers of the Pacific Northwest.

You will still be able to buy beer from our online store through the rest of the month while we get the word out that we have put 100% of our support behind Bring on the Beer, but after that we’re shutting it down. We’re extremely excited because they will do a much better job than we ever did, and we can shift our focus back to what we’re actually good at: making beer.

Harvester beers are available online at: http://www.bringonthebeer.com/harvester-brewing.html

About Bring on the Beer

Bring on the Beer is a trusted online beer store making the most highly sought after, award-winning, hand crafted beers of the Pacific Northwest available to people across the US. We specialize in delivering the best tasting and hardest to find brews anywhere.

Harvester Brewing releasing latest Experiment Ale: TIMWIT on May 15th

Dedicated gluten-free brewery Harvester Brewing is excited to announce the release of their newest Experiment Ale, TIMWIT, an ale brewed with toasted coriander and bitter orange peel.

While our standard lineup proudly showcases a variety of big American styles, our goal with the Experiment Ale series is to provide something more unique. Instead of just making yet another iteration of a pale ale or IPA, we’re looking at ingredients like Belgian yeasts and noble hops to create something that’s not only delicious, but also very different from what you’ll find in our year round beers.

TIMWIT, named after our head brewer Tim Barr, is based on a traditional style Belgian witbier. It’s fermented with a Belgian yeast, giving it a light body, and the addition of toasted coriander and citrus lends an essence of fruity sweetness to a deceptively dry beer. The addition of Sterling hops, a descendant of the traditional Saaz, provides additional herb and spice notes without being overpowering.

Tim came up with the idea while working with our new buckwheat base. It had the hazy look and flavor profile of a wheat beer, minus the wheat. Perfect for a wit. After suggesting it to James Neumeister, head of R&D, we tested it out at our gastropub and the response was overwhelmingly positive. At 5.5% ABV and 16 IBU TIMWIT is bright and easy to drink. A perfect beer for warm weather.

TIMWIT will be released at the Harvester Gastropub on Thursday, May 15th, and will be rolling out to stores the following week. To celebrate the release the pub will be pouring a version of the beer brewed with strawberries and offering food pairings.

Harvester Brewing Releases St. Denny Dubbel Style Ale April 10th

Harvester Brewing is pleased to announce the 2014 release of St. Denny Dubbel.

St. Denny was brewed with roasted chestnuts and dark Belgian candi syrup. It’s lightly hopped with Styrian Goldings, and fermented with a blend of two gluten-free Belgian yeast strains. It comes in at 7% ABV and 25 IBU.

When Harvester founder James Neumeister was starting out as a homebrewer, he contacted homebrewing legend Denny Conn and asked him where he could learn to brew using the batch-sparge method that Denny advocates when homebrewing. Denny invited James over that weekend and after a day of brewing under Denny’s tutelage, his word quickly became the rule when James was homebrewing, prompting his other brewing partners to start referring to Mr. Conn as ‘Saint’ Denny. This background, combined with the common practice of Belgian style beers having ‘Saint’ names, led to the name St. Denny for this beer.

St. Denny Dubbel style ale bottles will be released at Harvester Brewing this Thursday, April 10th. Bottles will roll out to store shelves next week and are available to order through Harvester’s online store now.