Ground Breaker Brewing, the first 100% dedicated gluten-free brewery in the United States, brought home a Gold Medal for their Dark Ale in the Gluten-Free Beer category from the 2016 Great American Beer Festival®. It is the fifth GABF medal the company has brought home in as many years, and the second GABF Gold Medal in the Gluten-Free Beer category for Dark Ale. The 2012 and 2013 Bronze Medals in the Gluten-Free Beer category for Pale Ale were won as Harvester Brewing, the brewery’s former name. Founder James Neumeister accepted the award.
In honor of winning the Gold, Dark Ale is currently available on nitro at the Ground Breaker Brewing Gastropub. However, the brewery will take no pause for celebration as they are set to release the latest gluten-free beer in their Experiment Ale Series. It will be their fifth release in the series this year.
Route 20 IPA, a single-hop India Pale Ale, clocks in at 50 IBU and 6% alcohol by volume. The unique IPA was designed to get all of its bittering, flavor and aroma from late additions of Santiam hops. Santiam hops, known for their decorate floral aroma, carry hints of peppery spice.
Route 20 IPA is currently available at the Ground Breaker Gastropub in Portland, OR and will begin to be distributed to Ground Breaker territories the third week of October.