Ground Breaker Brewing Releases Gluten-Free Homebrew Recipe

Ground Breaker is growing, but the demand for 100% gluten-free craft beer is growing faster. We continue in our efforts to bring award-winning gluten-free craft beers to all 50 states, but in the meantime we wanted to create something that could be shared with gluten-free craft beer lovers everywhere. This gluten-free homebrew recipe is the culmination of that effort.

Photo by Darren Black

Photo by Darren Black

Gluten-Free Homebrew Recipe - This is a BeerXML file, compatible with brewing software (BeerSmith, Brewtarget, BeerAlchemy, etc). We have also made a PDF available. 

How do you increase body and mouthfeel when brewing gluten-free beer at home? The question that helped inform this recipe. When craft beer enthusiasts come into the brewpub to try out our beers, we often hear this question. Founder James Neumeister was recently invited onto Denny Conn & Drew Beechum’s Experimental Homebrewing podcast to answer this very question. 
After his guest appearance on the show, James decided to release to the world a basic gluten-free homebrew recipe. This recipe uses a malted sorghum syrup backbone (available at any homebrew supply store) with enhanced body provided by home-roasted lentils and gluten-free buckwheat groats that you can find at most grocery stores. A good beer in its own right, it was designed as a versatile base beer that could be enhanced with fruit, spices, and varieties of hops or yeast. 

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Portland is very lucky to be hosting the first ever Gluten-Free Bloggers Retreat. To add to all the excitement, our amazing Pastry Chef Dori Oliver is sharing another gluten-free recipe with everyone. 

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownies
Yield: 8
Description: Gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate brownies
Author/Source: Recipe by Ground Breaker

Chocolate chips are frequently made on shared equipment with gluten. Check to make sure your chips are certified gluten-free.

Photo by Darren Black

Photo by Darren Black


  • 9 oz. evaporated cane sugar
  • 4.5 oz. dark chocolate chips  
  • 2.5 oz. coconut oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2.5  oz. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-1 Baking Flour
  • .75 oz. non-alkalized coco powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Position a medium-sized mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water so as to create a double-boiler. Add sugar, chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Stir occasionally until the chips are melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the eggs to the melted chocolate mixture. Use a whisk to incorporate the eggs. Scrape down the bowl.

  3. Add the flour, coco powder, and salt. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to fold in the dry ingredients.

  4. Lightly coat 8 muffin molds with non-stick spray; alternately, use a 9x9 inch glass baking dish. Divide the batter evenly between the molds, or add to the pan.

  5. Cooking.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. About 25- 35 minutes.

  7. Cool completely before removing from molds or pan.

Gluten-Free Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Gluten-Free Conchas - Mexican Sweet Bread
Yield: 8
Description: A celebration of Mexican-American culture!
Author/Source: Recipe by Ground Breaker

Gluten-Free Conchas, recipe by Ground Breaker

Gluten-Free Conchas, recipe by Ground Breaker

Recipes are made to be shared. That's why we are very happy provide this gluten-free recipe for all to share. Developed by Ground Breaker's Executive Chef Neil Davidson and Pastry Chef Dori Oliver.



  • ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ½ inch cubes  

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  1. To make the topping:  Use the paddle attachment of a stand mixer to cream together the butter and sugar. Add the flour and cinnamon. Mix until evenly combined. Remember to scrape down the bowl.

  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  3. Using the bread dough, divide into eight equal portions. Form into balls. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the formed dough onto the lined sheet.

  4. Divide the topping into eight equal portions. Flatten into rounds about 3-inches in diameter. Drape the flattened rounds over the breads.

  5. Use a toothpick or paring knife to lightly incise seashell designs into the topping.  (A cake tester or bread lame work well too!)

  6. Bake until browned at the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool on the pan.

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns

Yield:  About 2 dozen
Description:  Hot Cross Buns
Author/Source:  Recipe by Ground Breaker, adapted from Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice



  • 4 oz Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour

  • .44 oz yeast

  • 8 ounces whole milk, lukewarm


  • 10 eggs, beaten

  • 27.5 oz Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour

  • 2 oz sugar

  • .62 ounce salt

  • 1# butter or lard (use 12 oz tallow for a shorter bread)


  1. Use the bowl of the stand mixer to make the sponge. Add flour and yeast. Whisk in milk. Cover. Let stand at room temperature (about 72F) for 20 minutes.

  2. Make dough: add eggs to sponge, mix using the paddle attachment.  Mix flour, sugar and salt in separate bowl.  Add the mixture to  to eggs and mix until everything is incorporated.  Rest for 5 minutes. Add butter 1 Tbsp at a time. Use the dough hook attachment to incorporate the butter into the dough. After all of the butter has been added, mix for an additional 5 minutes.

  3. Transfer to a cookie sheet, in one large rectangle.  

  4. Chill for at least four hours.  

  5. Portion into 3 oz balls.

  6. Rest for two hours at room temperature. Just before baking, use a sharp knife to mark with crosses.

  7. Bake at 325F for 20-25 minutes.

New Study Concludes "Gluten-Removed" Beer May Be Unsafe For People With Celiac Disease

  • It was found that no individuals reacted to the gluten-free beer
  • It was found that some individuals reacted to the gluten-removed beer
  • Based on the data, Gluten-Free Certification Organization will NOT certify gluten-removed beers

A recently released research study conducted by the Gluten Intolerance Group demonstrates that beers labelled “gluten-removed” may not be safe for individuals with celiac disease. The pilot study used blood samples from individuals with celiac disease to explore whether the proteins in gluten-free beer and gluten-removed beer were recognized by antibodies already present in the blood. The result of the study was that no blood samples reacted to the gluten-free beer but a percentage of blood samples did react to the gluten-removed beer. Based on the data of the study, the Gluten-Free Certification Organization will not certify gluten-removed beers.

“The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer” study was conducted by GIG at the University of Chicago’s Celiac Research Center and published online by the Journal of AOAC International.

“We’ve known there are issues surrounding fermented products made from gluten containing grains. That’s why we’ve never used them,” said James Neumeister, founder of Ground Breaker Brewing, the first dedicated gluten-free craft brewery in the United States. “It’s the same reason why in late 2015, the FDA issued a proposed ruling saying that products made from gluten containing grains couldn’t be labeled gluten-free.”

Gluten-free beers are produced using naturally gluten-free ingredients such as rice, sorghum, or cane sugar during the fermentation process. Gluten-removed or gluten-reduced beers are made using barley, wheat, or rye during the fermentation process and treated with an enzyme to break up the protein chains used to detect gluten, effectively circumventing gluten tests available on the market. 

While companies like Ground Breaker have long heard anecdotal accounts from consumers regarding reactions to gluten-removed or gluten-reduced products, this is the first study to demonstrate such reactions. 

“We are committed to continuing these types of studies to assure our customers that the decisions we are making are valid,” said Cynthia Kupper, CEO of GIG. “This study was done as a proof of concept of the methodology. Our hope is a bigger study will be conducted to provide an even bigger picture of the possible risk of these products to the gluten-free community.”

On February 23rd, GIG hosted a webinar with discussion of the study. The webinar was discussed by Laura Allred, Ph.D., GIG’s Regulatory & Standards Manager and lead author of the study; James Neumeister, founder of Ground Breaker Brewing; and Jordan Middlebrook of It is available to view on YouTube.