Local author, Brian Gansmann, will co-host a gluten free dinner at WaterCourse Foods on September 13th at 6pm.  There will be a variety of specials on the menu for those with Celiac disease or even those without gluten issues.  Mr. Gansmann (a.k.a. “The Gluten Gladiator”) will also be reading excerpts from his new book Defeat Wheat that will launch later in September. Reservations recommended.

New Planet Brewery will be providing samples of their gluten free beers while supplies last.

What: Gluten Gladiator Dinner

When: Tuesday, September 13th

Where: WaterCourse Foods, 837 E. 17th Avenue, Denver CO 80218






This past weekend New Planet Beer joined a host of other brewers from across the country in Manitou Springs, Colorado for the 9th Annual Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival.  The festival was, to say the least, a rousing success!  Saturday was extremely busy with new and old fans alike keeping the line in front of our tent one of the longest of the festival.  One random checked revealed that more than 30 thirsty fans were waiting patiently for a single ounce of New Planet’s sweet nectar! Much positive feedback was received, including many non-GF folks remarking that Off Grid Pale Ale was “the best Pale Ale at the whole festival”.  The good times kept rolling on Sunday during the awards ceremony when it was announced that New Planet Beer had take not just one, but two medals in the gluten-free category: Off Grid Pale Ale led the way with our newest beer’s first medal, a gold! And 3R Raspberry Ale, in it’s typical fashion, racked up yet another medal, adding to its already impressive haul from the GABF and LA International Beer Competition with a silver.  Sunday proved to be busy as well as tasters flocked to New Planet’s tent to sample the gold and silver medal recipients.  The Festival was a fantastic time for all involved and we’re already looking forward to defending our medals at next year’s 10th Annual!

Few people associate drinking beer with boredom, but even if your drinking is not boring it can be good to spice things up every now and then. And just because you have chosen to spike things up does not mean you cant drink gluten-free. Below is a fun list of mixed drinks that you can make with New Planet Beer.

Planet Top: Fill a glass 80% of the way with New Planet Beer, and then fill the last bit with 7-up. You can add more or less 7-up depending on how you would like it to taste. You can also do half 7-up and half New Planet if you wish. 7-Up is considered Gluten-free.

  • 10 oz of New Planet Beer
  • 2 oz 7-Up® soda

Planet Drill: Fill a shot glass 2/3rds of the way with Vodka and Orange Juice, add a splash and New Planet Beer.

  • 1 part GF Potatoes Vodka
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 splash New Planet Beer

New Planet Cider: Pour New Planet Beer into a frosted mug, leaving a bit of space at the top. Finish filling your mug with your favorite gluten-free cider.

  • 6 oz New Planet Beer
  • 1 oz soft sparkling apple cider

Planetmaker (shooter): Pour a shot of whiskey in a shot glass. Fill a pint glass with New Planet Beer. Drop the shot glass into the beer.

  • 15 oz New Planet Beer
  • 1 ½ oz blended whiskey

Creme De Planet: Just mix half a glass of New Planet Beer and half a can of gluten-free cream soda.

  • 1 bottle New Planet Beer
  • 1 can gluten-free cream soda

Planet Fog: Open a bottle of New Planet Beer and fill it to the brim with Tequila. Squeeze a bit of lemon on the top.

  • 1 bottle of New Planet beer
  • GF 100% Agave Tequila
  • Some lemon

Remember to drink and enjoy responsibly.


What are the two best things about summer, aside from the phenomenal weather?  Barbecuing outback and drinking cold beer with your friends and family has to be at the top of the list. So in the spirit of the last remaining weeks of summer, here’s another BBQ idea.

First and foremost when planning a gluten-free barbeque you need to be sure to have appetizers and dips to keep your guests occupied while you’re busy grilling. This summer time guacamole recipe is the perfect party starter.


  • 3-4 ripe avocados peeled and pitted
  • 1 garlic clove crushed and chopped
  • ½ onion finely diced (depending on how little or how much onion you prefer)
  • 2-3 Jalapeños finely diced
  • 1 small jar of salsa (Pace Chunky Salsa, medium is a good one)
  • 1 lime


  • Using a fork or potato masher, mash up the avocado until it’s at a consistency of your liking, add in all the ingredients in a large bowl, and finally squeeze the juice from the lime and mix it all together. It’s as easy as that!

If you’re feeling especially enthusiastic, or just happen to have some gluten-free tortillas lying around, you can make your own chips as well.


  • All you really need is some extra light olive oil and gluten-free tortillas (Food for Life has some good ones)


  • Cut or rip the tortillas into chip like shapes and put them aside.
  • In a skillet pour about ½ inch of oil and heat it up over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, drop in the tortilla and let them cook for a few minutes.
  • Once they look done, using a spatula or tongs take them out and dab the excess oil off using a paper towel.

Now all you need is your ice cold Tread Lightly Ale and you’re good to go!

For more great gluten-free appetizer recipes check out: http://www.glutenfreely.com/recipes/appetizers

Photo credits: Sharon Drummond