Ground Breaker Brewing Celebrates Summer With “Johnny” Golden Ale

We are pleased to announce the release of Johnny, Ground Breaker’s latest Experiment Ale. Johnny, an ale and cider hybrid, is a light, golden-style ale that finishes at 5% ABV and 27 IBUs. This beer was built to be enjoyed during the hottest days of summer.

“By blending beer and cider we can accentuate the aspects we most appreciate in each,” explains James Neumeister, Ground Breaker’s head of R&D. Johnny begins with a fermenter filled with apple cider and ale wort. The wort has been custom tailored to bring out the best in the blend by emphasizing the hop flavor and body. Once fermentation is complete Johnny is generously dry-hopped with Sterling hops.

Johnny is an homage to all of Ground Breaker’s favorite Johnnies: Johnny D., who built the brewery; Johnny Galecki, considered by many of us to be the best Russ Griswold; Johnny Cash, whose soothing baritone often accompanies a brewday; and Johnny 5, star of one of Oregon’s greatest films.

Johnny will be released in the Ground Breaker Gastropub on Thursday, July 9th on draft and in bottles on July 10th. Bottles of Johnny will head to retailers the following week.

Ground Breaker Brewing Releases 12-ounce Cans, Seeks CA Distributor

Ground Breaker Brewing, the nation’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery, is pleased to announce the release of their first canned beers. The cans will be available June 13th at the Ground Breaker Gastropub in southeast Portland. The first to be released, Olallie Ale and IPA No.5, will both be available in four-packs of 12 ounce cans.

Head of Research & Development, James Neumeister, has made canning Ground Breaker’s gluten-free beer a top priority. “Since we started the brewery, the number one request has been for a 12 ounce package. We are happy to finally give our customers what they want,” he said. Canning Ground Breaker’s beers was made possible by the generous support of fans through a crowdfunding campaign this past winter. They would like to extend a large thank you to everybody who pitched in to make their dream a reality.

Ground Breaker Brewing is especially excited to offer their newest beer, Olallie Ale, in a 12 ounce can. Neumeister explains, “Olallie Ale was designed from the beginning to be served in a can and on draft. Olallie has been kept light and dry while maintaining a pronounced hop aroma. The rose hips provide the bridge between the hops and the blackberries making it all work.”

While the award-winning dedicated gluten-free brewery is successfully launching their 12 ounce products, they’re also seeking help from their gluten-free fans in California. The brewery has been unsuccessful in finding a distributor willing to offer their beers in the state. “We have been trying to establish a relationship with a craft beer distributor since last year with no success,” Neumeister said. “The craft beer distributors in California do not seem to believe Californians would want our delicious gluten-free craft beer.”

Ground Breaker Brewing has decided to appeal to the masses by urging individuals in California to ask their local stores, restaurants, and pubs to please carry their beers. They hope to generate enough interest so distributors will decide to sell their award-winning offerings, especially now that Olallie Ale and IPA No. 5 will be available in an easy to transport 12-ounce package.

Ground Breaker Releases Luella April 8th

Ground Breaker Releases Luella April 8th
Ground Breaker Brewing is pleased to announce the release of Luella, a Belgian-style pale ale. Luella was brewed to be enjoyed as spring transitions into summer. In the tradition of a Belgian pale ale, Luella finishes dry but offers a perceived candy sweetness with aromas of grape and bread, spice from a late addition of Sterling hops, and a bit of Belgian funkiness to round it out. Luella finishes at 5.7% ABV with only 22 IBUs.
The idea for Luella began with the simple question of what kind of beer we would want to drink this summer. We knew we wanted to make something very different from what we already offer, but we weren’t sure what that should be. On bottling days we discussed aromas, flavors, and ingredients until we settled on something we liked the sound of, a Belgian pale ale. It’s a first for us, and it’s something we’re very excited to share. The name Luella comes from Luella Love, who started Love Farm with her husband John in 1905.
Luella will be released in our pub on Wednesday, April 8th, with a Belgian-inspired menu. During the release, Ground Breaker Gastropub will be offering a Belgian-style beer flight featuring Luella, our last keg of St. Denny, and two variations of Luella, one aged with apricots and one aged with currants.

Ground Breaker Kicks Off Kickstarter Campaign With the Release of Olallie Ale


We are pleased to announce the launch of our Kickstarter campaign that will allow us to start canning our delicious gluten-free craft ales.
More information on our Kickstarter campaign can be found here: YES WE CAN
We plan to launch canning with our best selling beer, IPA No. 5, and our latest beer, Olallie Ale.  Olallie is making its first appearance tonight, in the Ground Breaker Gastropub.
Olallie was developed from the beginning with canning in mind. Olallie is brewed with blackberries and rose hips and then finished with copious amounts of Crystal hops for a classic Northwest aroma.  At the same time Olallie is light and dry with only a hint of bitterness.  Olallie Ale is 4.5% ABV and 30 IBUs.

“Many of our customers have expressed an interest in a light berry beer” explains Ground Breaker’s Head of R&D, James Neumeister. "We knew that it had to have a pronounced hop aroma if we were going to like it. Rose hips provided the bridge between the hops and the blackberries that make it all work."


On Thursday, February 12th, we will be celebrating the release of Olallie Ale by offering a berry beer flight that includes Corsa Rose Gold, New Planet Raspberry Ale, and Dogfish Head Tweason’ Ale.  Olallie Ale will only be available on draft and in bottles at our pub until we are able to offer it in a 12 ounce can.

Ground Breaker Releases Coffee Pale Ale January 15th

Ground Breaker Releases Coffee Pale Ale January 15th
Ground Breaker Brewing is pleased to announce the release of their Spring seasonal, Coffee Pale Ale.  To create this beer Ground Breaker started with their award-winning Pale Ale and then added cold-brewed coffee from Equal Exchange rather than the typical dry-hops. Coffee Pale Ale comes in at 30 IBU and 5.5% ABV.
The combination of Equal Exchange’s Medium Peruvian roast coffee with our Pale Ale was selected as the winning combination by the guests in our pub. “Having our own pub gave us the ability to try several coffee/beer combinations and get an immediate response from our fans,” said Ground Breaker’s head of R&D, James Neumeister. He continued, “We had assumed that blending coffee with our Dark Ale would be the obvious winner but no other coffee beer we made matched the positive response we received using this pale ale and coffee combination.”
For the release Ground Breaker will be offering a flight that includes three pub only beers.  The second beer in the flight is Vanilla Cream Coffee Pale Ale, a small batch of Coffee Pale Ale that has vanilla beans and milk sugar. The final two beers in the flight are brewed with teas from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company.  Dancing Dragon Pale Ale uses a puerh tea blended with sarsaparilla, roasted yerba mate, and honeybush. Ruby Nectar Pale Ale uses an herbal tea that is a blend of organic greenbush, organic hibiscus, organic peppercorns, bee pollen, natural flavor, grapefruit essential oil, and stevia. Coffee Pale Ale will be released at The Ground Breaker Gastropub during an event with Equal Exchange on January 15th from 5 pm until 8 pm. Equal Exchange will be providing chocolate to taste with the Coffee Pale Ale flight.  
About Equal Exchange
Equal Exchange, a pioneer in Fair Trade since 1986, is a full service provider of high quality, organic coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods to customers across the United States. 100% of Equal Exchange products are fairly traded, benefiting more than 75 small farmer co-operatives in 40 countries around the world. Beans for this Coffee Pale Ale come from Peru, where Equal Exchange has partnered with Cooperativa Nor Andino for nearly 15 years.
About The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company
Since 2004 The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company has been importing and handcrafting specialty loose-leaf tea blends in Portland, Oregon. Their specialty is providing the highest quality teas and herbal tisanes to gourmet retailers, restaurants, spas and individuals. Most of their teas are harvested and blended in small quantities, which allows them to share the freshest rare and seasonal teas. The Jasmine Pearl Tea Tasting Room is located at 724 NE 22nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Ground Breaker Gastropub Open Tuesdays and Other News

Ground Breaker Gastropub Serving Burgers and Beers on Tuesdays Starting November 18, Special Wednesday Supper for Thanksgiving Week

Following the success of our Wednesday Suppers, Ground Breaker Gastropub is excited to announce our next weekly event: Burger and Beer Tuesdays. Starting November 18, the gastropub will be open every Tuesday from 4-9 PM serving only burgers and beers at a discounted price. For $10 we will offer our grass-fed beef burger or a vegan spent ’grain’ burger with your choice of toppings and a side of kale chips or winter vegetable slaw. Additionally, glasses and pints of our beer will be $1 off.

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Fried Chicken

On Wednesday, November 26 (the day before Thanksgiving), Ground Breaker Gastropub’s special Wednesday Supper will feature gluten-free Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The price will be $10 for three pieces of white meat and $8 for two pieces of dark meat. The sides will be collard greens, black eyed peas with shredded pork, coleslaw, pumpkin soup, and pecan pie for dessert. Please contact us ahead to make a reservation. We expect to be at capacity.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with our current events. The Wednesday Supper menus are posted weekly.

Ground Breaker Brewing Releases St. Denny Dubbel Style Ale November 12th

st. denny

Ground Breaker is pleased to announce the 2014 release of St. Denny Dubbel.

St. Denny is brewed with roasted chestnuts, roasted lentils and dark Belgian candi syrup. It’s lightly hopped with Oregon-grown Sterling hops, and fermented with a blend of two gluten-free Belgian yeast strains. It comes in at 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU.

When Ground Breaker’s 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 for 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 beers having ‘Saint’ names, inspired the name St. Denny for this beer.

St. Denny Dubbel style ale bottles will be released at Ground Breaker’s Gastropub Wednesday, November 12th. In addition to the regular St. Denny the pub will be pouring versions made with coffee, oak, vanilla beans, garam masala, and cranberries.

About Denny Conn
Denny Conn has been homebrewing and teaching others how to brew since 1998.  He has been a member of the Governing Committee of the American Homebrewers Association for nine years, is a BJCP National beer judge, and is a member of the Eugene homebrew club Cascade Brewers Society.  His second book, Experimental Homebrewing (co authored with Drew Beechum), is out now and is available at your local homebrew shop or online at Denny has influenced countless professional brewers and has a yeast strain named after him. He currently lives in Noti, Oregon with his IPA loving wife, five cats, and two dogs.

GABF Gold Medal, Boise Distribution, Seattle Squash Tapping, and Gastropub Tuesdays


Ground Breaker Brewing Wins Gold At The Great American Beer Festival, Again

Ground Breaker Brewing is pleased to announce we took home the gold medal for gluten-free beer at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival with our Dark Ale. Dark Ale was the first beer to feature a new recipe including roasted lentils in place of oats. Taking top honors at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) reinforced our excitement in this latest round of recipe advancements.
2014 was the third year Ground Breaker participated in GABF. In 2012, shortly after opening, we took home the bronze medal for our Pale Ale. In 2013 we took home the gold medal with our IPA No. 1.

Now Available in Southern Idaho 

In September we formed a partnership with Northwest Specialty Beverage, a new craft distributor in the Boise, Idaho area.  As of Friday, October 3rd, our beer arrived for distribution in the southern half of Idaho. Check or as we add new locations carrying Ground Breaker in their area.

Seattle Squash Ale Tapping

On Monday, October 13th, we will be delivering a keg of our newly released Squash Ale to our friends at The Beer Junction in West Seattle. It will be on tap as part of their Pumpkin Junction Fest which runs from October 11th through October 19th.  For more information about the festival see:!pumpkin-junction-2014/c80a

Gastropub Tuesdays

This summer, in addition to our regular Gastropub hours, Thursday through Sunday from noon until 9 pm, we have been open from 4 until 9 on Wednesdays featuring a completely new menu every week. Based on the popularity of our unique-menu Wednesdays we have decided to feature this special menu on Tuesdays as well, beginning in November. We will share more details as we get closer to our first Tuesday opening. For more information about the gastropub see:


Ground Breaker Brewing Celebrates Local Harvest with Release of 2014 Squash Ale

squash ale

Ground Breaker Brewing is pleased to announce the annual release of Squash Ale, made with locally grown squash from the fields of our friends at Love Farm Organics. Because we only use freshly harvested squash for this beer, it has historically come out at the beginning November. However, this year the warm summer has brought us an early harvest, and the beer will be finished a few weeks earlier. After being picked, the squash was aged for a week at the brewery to achieve peak flavor before being sliced, diced, seeded, and roasted in the oven at Jensen’s Bread & Bakeries, a local dedicated gluten-free bakery.
During production, pumpkin seeds are toasted, crushed, and added to the mash. Squash Ale is then ‘triple squashed’ with added squash in the mash tun, kettle, and fermenter. The fermenter addition consists of squash that has been slow roasted for several days into a squash butter. A gentle addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted coriander has been added to complement the squash flavors and aromas.
The beer will be released on draft on October 8th in the gastropub, and to celebrate, there will be special menu items and three additional versions of Squash Ale on tap at the gastropub. One aged on oak, one brewed with coffee, and one with an additional blend of spices including black peppercorns, bay leaves, chili flakes, and cloves. Pub only beer quantities are limited to one keg each, so don’t miss out. Squash Ale will be rolling out to stores in the weeks following the release.

Ground Breaker Brewing: New Beers and New Labels Roll Out With The New Name


It was a big shock when we first heard we were going to have to change our name, but if it had to happen, it couldn't have happened at a better time. We had just reached a milestone in recipe development, and were in the process of rolling out new recipes for our beers. To celebrate, we were also working on a new look for our labels.
The recipes we started with in 2011 were developed in the garage of our head of R&D, James Neumeister. They were great recipes and they got us started, but with gluten-free brewing still being in its infancy, we know that there are still many things to learn, ingredients to discover, and techniques to develop.
Since opening, we have heard from many people asking that we discontinue the use of certified gluten-free oats in our beers. Finding a suitable way to make good beer without oats was difficult, but never one to give up, James eventually found a solution. Lentils provide us with the proteins we need to maintain a nice head and carbonation without the avenin protein found in oats. The ability to roast lentils to different levels also provides us with another palette of flavors that wasn’t previously available to us.
Fast forward to the present, we are proud to announce that our new recipes are officially in production, and accompanying them are new labels with our new name, Ground Breaker. We’ve grown pretty fond of it, and hopefully so will you.
Pale Ale - The first beer we released and a favorite. It’s very special to us, so we changed little beyond the transition from oats to lentils. The addition of golden Belgian-style candi syrup helps make Pale Ale a consistently great beer.
Dark Ale - With this beer we are taking full advantage of the lentils by roasting them until they look like dark chocolate to bring additional depth to the roasty and chocolaty flavor of Dark Ale.
IPA No. 4 - Following a long series of ingredient studies, we have reworked IPA No. 2 into the new IPA No. 4. While the hops remain unchanged, the ingredient ratios of the sorghum, buckwheat, and lentils are significantly different, resulting in a smoother, less sharp beer that allows the 90 IBUs and heavy Crystal dry-hopping to shine through more than before.
IPA No. 5 - Our latest 60 IBU IPA borrows from our past IPAs and brings the best of what they offered together in one beer. Crystal hops bring classic pine and citrus notes while Santiam hops add hints of tropical and stone fruits. IPA No. 5 is brewed with chestnuts, lentils, and sorghum.
We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy making them.

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

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:

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.