Ground Breaker’s Imperial Darkness Gets Wide Release


Gluten-free beer enthusiasts in Ground Breaker distributed territories far and wide will have the chance to try Imperial Darkness, a 9% ABV imperial stout. Initially released in January, this bold gluten-free beer was sold exclusively through their Gastropub location in Portland, Oregon and online through Bring on the Beer. Imperial Darkness.

“This recipe was over a year in development,” remarked James Neumeister, head of R&D. “Our first release was exclusively for our Yes We Can! Kickstarter Release Party. We released it under our Roll Up Door Series earlier this year, and we’re excited to give this Roll Up Door Series beer the wide distribution it deserves.”


Imperial Darkness is made with deeply roasted chestnuts, lentils, and cacao nibs. Fermented with generous amounts of vanilla and cold-brewed Equal Exchange coffee, this beer has a complex wave of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and caramel flavor and aroma. With 62 IBU, Nugget and Willamette hops provide just enough bittering for a well-balanced imperial stout.

“We've been doing ingredient research with our Taproom Exclusives since we opened,” said Tyler Kueber, head brewer at Ground Breaker. “It's exciting to take all that we've learned with flavor, aroma and technique on the small batch system and scale it up in production.” 

Kueber makes the point that it’s not just about pushing the envelope in terms of ingredients and technique but also bringing the results to Ground Breaker fans in territories outside of Portland, Oregon. “Each bottle of Imperial Darkness is taking the flavor experience of our small batch brews that are found in the pub and distributing those flavor experiences to our fans in other states and even other countries,” declared Kueber. 

Imperial Darkness began shipping to Ground Breaker territories August 7.