Ground Breaker Brewing maintained their grip on the Gold Medal in the Gluten-Free beer category at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®. This is Dark Ale’s third Gold Medal in the Gluten-Free beer category from GABF, having previously won the Gluten-Free Gold Medal in 2014 and 2016. Since opening their doors in 2011 as Harvester Brewing, the brewery has won a GABF medal in the Gluten-Free beer category every year.
In 2012 the brewery won their first medal as Harvester Brewing, capturing the Bronze Medal with Pale Ale in the Gluten-Free beer category. The brewery won a second medal under the Harvester name in 2013, snagging the Gold Medal in the Gluten-Free beer category for IPA No. 1. After changing their name to Ground Breaker Brewing in 2014, the brewery won a second Gold Medal again in the category for Dark Ale. 2015 brought them a Silver Medal in the category for IPA No. 5. Dark Ale won its second Gold Medal in 2016.
Going 6 for 6 at the GABF competition, Ground Breaker is easily the most decorated gluten-free brewery in the United States. The first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the United States, Ground Breaker has no plans of slowing down, “we’re very proud to be the first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the US,” said James Neumeister, founder and Head of R&D at the brewery. “What’s more important to us than being the first dedicated is continuing to meet the ever-raising standards in the craft beer industry. Winning at GABF every year is affirmation we’re doing good things, but it’s also a reminder we need to continue to reach higher.”
It was the first GABF medal win for Head Brewer Tyler Kueber, who was promoted to the position in January. “I’ve felt a bit of pressure taking over brewing operations because the brewery has such a decorated history. We’ve made continuous improvements to our processes. We’re always refining our methods, and it shows. I’m happy to be part of such a talented and dedicated team.”