New Planet Beer Events in April

New Planet Beer April Events

Cavalier Distributing Trade Show

Florida Retailers Come Join Us!

Orlando April 19th, 5:30 – 8:30PM
Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Tampa April 20th,  5:30 – 8:30PM
District 3 Arts Events
802-812 E.Whiting St.
Tampa, Florida 33062

Microbrews for the Environment

April 28th, 7PM
Boulder Theater
Boulder Colorado 80301

Spring Flours Gluten Free Gala

The University of Chicago
Celiac Disease Center
April 28th, 6pm
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago,Illinois

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Schoolin’ Lesson 1: Gluten Free vs Gluten Reduced Beers

Summer is just around the corner, and that is getting the brew crew at New Planet Beer really excited! Don’t get us wrong, we love a fresh blanket of snow on the Rockies, but there’s just something about a cloudless blue-sky spring day that gets us going!

But, as any parent with a kid will remind you: It isn’t summer yet. School’s still in session. In that spirit, we’ve developed a few “Lesson Plans” we wanted to share with you. Below is Lesson 1. Stay tuned for more lessons over the next few weeks!

Alright, class: Pay attention!

Gluten Free vs Gluten Reduced Beers

At New Planet Beer, we brew only gluten free and gluten reduced beer. In fact, we’re the only brewery around that has that claim to fame. There are other breweries who brew gluten free or gluten reduced beers, but not both.

Please raise your hand if you know the answers to the following questions.

What’s the difference between gluten free and gluten reduced?

Easy. “Gluten Free” is defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it gets even more in depth when discussing gluten free beer.

The definition from the FDA is long and boring, but in truth, those details makes a world of difference to our customers and how we brew our beer.

In short, in order to call a beer “gluten free” (and be labeled as such by the FDA), it must be brewed with ingredients that test out less than 20 Parts Per million (PPM), and the brewing process itself must mitigate cross-contamination with gluten. Finally, the resulting beer must be less than 20 PPM, too.

Long story short: Any gluten free beer will have a label saying it is 100% gluten free. No label? Not gluten free. Simple as that!

Okay, so what about Gluten-reduced?

Gluten-reduced is a bit different. It is a brewing industry term and isn’t regulated by the FDA, but is a category created and tested by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau (TTB)…try to say that fast five times after a few beers!

While the TTB may not be the FDA, it is still strict! Just to give you an idea of the testing the TTB puts a gluten-reduced beer through: New Planet’s Seclusion IPA and the Tread Lightly Ale both went through the TTB testing process. And it took 12 months to get approval!

Why so long? Well, the TTB performs lab tests, formula ingredient reviews, as well as tests the beer for PPM of gluten. We’re proud that our beers that are gluten-reduced test out at less that 5 PPM…that’s pretty awesome.

Using Gluten-free or Gluten-reduced ingredients is one thing, but how do we ensure that our beers stay that way?

This is a question we get a lot. Gluten, after all, seems to be everywhere.

We have incredibly strict policies at New Planet that guides how we brew our beer. For example, we only brew gluten-free beers on Mondays. Why Mondays? Because our brewery undergoes a deep clean on Sunday. This eliminates any traces of gluten that could remain from when we brew our gluten-reduced brews.

By doing it this way, we ensure that our equipment is in pristine condition, and no other beers are brewed during this time. Our adherence to this policy, among many others, ensures the integrity of our beers.

Alright class, that’s it for today. Your homework for the week is to crack open a New Planet Beer and kick your feet up. Good luck!

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Denver International Beer Competition: April 1-2, 2017

Raspberry Grapefruit Millet Ale Gluten Free Beer2017 People’s Choice Awards
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m. Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado

  • 120 passionate beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample from a selection of more than 150 beers from the 2017 DIBC
  • Attendees will get to cast their votes for the favorite beers. These votes will be tabulated and used to determine “The People’s Choice Awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd place)
  • Light snacks and appetizers will be offered at the tasting

Be sure to check out New Planet Beer’s selection at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards!

 

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Wynkoop’s First Annual “Day of Dorks”

Break is over and school is back in session. Wynkoop’s First Annual “Day of Dorks” is set for Saturday March 4th and we are calling all beer geeks to help us celebrate some of the world’s nerdiest brews!!

We will be encouraging attendees and reps to dress up as dorks, geeks and nerds and will be having a school supplies drive to donate to local schools.

As we nail down more specifics I will be forwarding them along to all of you.  If you have any other questions or concerns, please phone text or email me but below will give you the initial timeline.

Event from Noon to 4:00 pm

day of dorks

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An Interview with Pedro Gonzalez

Every so often, people ask me, “How did you get into brewing?”

It seems like a simple enough question right? I always thought of myself holding a sign that said, “Will brew for beer” or something like that.

But like many things that are special about this industry, I didn’t go about this alone. When my wife, Seneca Murley, and I opened New Planet Beer in 2009, craft beer was seemingly everywhere we looked. From our homebase in Boulder, Colorado, there were dozens of craft breweries within biking distance, and even more within a 30 mile radius.

interview with pedro gonzalez of new planet beer

As we were getting started, we had a helping hand from some great people at amazing breweries. These folks not only helped us accomplish our dream by being invaluable resources, but some, like John Legnard at Blue Moon, even lent me equipment “back in the day.” Thankfully, Mike Bristol from Bristol Brewing, Tom Hennessey at Colorado Boy, and Bob Baile at Twisted Pine were there to get us through some of the more difficult aspects of opening a brewery, too.

One thing Seneca and I noticed when we looked around our fellow breweries, though, was a lack of gluten-free beers.

Since I was diagnosed Celiac, I’ve been a Gluten Free Advocate. That means I work to spread awareness around Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. So when we started brewing, it was a natural fit for us to aim to craft delicious ales that everyone could enjoy. We settled on the name New Planet Beer, because for many, when they’re diagnosed with a gluten allergy, it’s like they’re living in a new world. We also feel strongly about supporting Mother Earth…and New Planet Beer was born!

Of course, brewing without “traditional” grains provides its challenges, as you can imagine! Early on, our biggest challenge was working with non-traditional grains like sorghum. We were convinced we could concoct craft beer with traditional character without the “usual grain suspects.” After some tweaking and countless “Quality Assurance” taste tests, we felt we’d made some beers that would stake our ground.

Now that our Flagship beers (Tread Lightly Ale and Seclusion IPA) seem to be hitting their stride, our current challenge is growing our company responsibly and sustainably so that we can share our beer with even more people. After 8 years in business we’re also facing more competition in the gluten-free and gluten-reduced space. But as the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” We see this competition as a good, healthy thing. It means we’re doing something right. It also pushes us to make sure we don’t get complacent. It reminds us that we’re in this for the long-haul.

New Planet Beer New gluten Free Blonde Ale RecipeThe other most-asked question I get is, “What are you brewing now?”

Right now, we’re brewing our reformulated Blonde Ale. I’m a tinkerer by nature, and until something is just right, I’m not satisfied. This is a recipe that I have played around with quite a bit over the years, but I can say now that if I didn’t tell you, you’d have no idea it was gluten-free. This new combination takes advantage of a different millet, and it really complements the Blonde’s already-notable characteristics. A light lemon-grass color with a crisp, clean taste, this Blonde Ale is it! I’m excited to share it with you, so make sure to look for it in your local liquor store. And, if you don’t see it, be sure to ask them to reach out so we can stock their shelves!

That’s a long-winded answer to why we started New Planet Beer, but I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoy brewing beer for you.

-Pedro Gonzalez, Founder

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New Wheat Crop Research

Can you imagine a gluten free Hefe style beer?

Sometimes it is easy to forget what an amazing time we live in. The technological advances that seem to come out on a daily basis are absolutely staggering. Video calls. Self-driving cars. Civilian travel to space…it all seems like something out of Star Trek or The Jetsons.

With all of the hype around these sorts of advances, revolutions in farming and other agricultural pursuits often find themselves overshadowed. Fear not! We’re here to bring you some exciting news regarding groundbreaking discoveries in wheat production that may just help those of you living with Celiac disease.

In a recent article published by Food Chemistry, scientists shared the results of an ongoing study that “analyzed various kinds of wheat from several countries, all produced in the same agronomic year (2013-2014)… in order to assess what relationship there was between various kinds of wheat and their toxicity.” Specifically, a gluten protein called gliadin is known to be more toxic to Celiacs than other proteins. Within gliadins, the researchers then focused on T-lymphocytes (T-cells) that are also found within the human immune system.

The entirety of the article can be found here, but at its core, the research indicates that there is the possibility of removing some of these toxic elements within wheat, which could eventually lead to the safe consumption of specific genetic strains of wheat by those who suffer from Celiac disease.

While we wait for this science to become more sound and prevalent, we wait patiently. In the meantime, we’re happy knowing that we at New Planet Beer are creating tasty ales for our fellow gluten sensitive friends!

So, next time you’re Facetiming with family or friends around the world, crack open a New Planet Beer and toast the scientists, farmers, and dreamers…they make this world an exciting one to live in!

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New Planet Beer: Blonde Ale

Blonde Ale

We’re not sure what the weather is like where you are, but here in Colorado (New Planet’s home base), we’ve had an unseasonably warm fall. Only now is it starting to feel a bit more like winter.

If you’re familiar with the beer world, it will come as no surprise to you that lots of craft breweries and “the big boys” inundate shelves of your local liquor store with seasonal offerings for fall and winter brews. And we’re fine with that!

But, with all of those seasonal beers available, it’s easy to forget that sometimes you just want your “tried and true” Go To beer.

Enter New Planet’s Blonde Ale. Pouring a light straw color and clear as a summer day, this beer feels like summer in your glass, even if it’s snowing and -10 outside!

Our Blonde Ale is 100% gluten free and offers a crisp, refreshing alternative to some of the heavier, spicier offerings available this time of year.

Next time you have friends over and are sitting by the fireplace, surprise them by pouring this reformulated (more on this below!) bad boy. We’re willing to bet that they’ll not only appreciate the surprise palette changer, but wait before you tell them it is gluten-free. If you’re so inclined, take a picture of their first (or last!) sip and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #NewPlanetBeer.

Our new formulation is the real deal.  It starts with 100% gluten free Colorado millet grain (rather than sorghum extract), harvested and malted in Colorado by a family-owned farm and malter. It is then combined with fresh American hops to our pure Rocky Mountain water. Simplicity certainly has its virtues!

Happy Holidays and cheers to Blondes!

 

 

 

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Wintercraft Beer Fest February 25, 2017

Wintercraft Beer Fest 2017

WCBF

What’s better than enjoying amazing craft beer?

Breaking the dead of winter, going to an awesome indoor venue and enjoying great craft beer.

Wintercraft Beer Fest 2017

We started WCBF with the goal of creating an event that would become a staple in the Boulder community for years to come that would benefit 30 to 50 local businesses all at once.  We are Boulder natives that love the creativity and collaboration of the craft beer industry and love that so much is happening right here in our backyard.  We also saw the need to celebrate these things at a great venue in the middle of winter when we all are looking for something fun to do.

Details coming Soon.

 
 
 

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Mile High Beer Fest 2/11/17

Mile High Beer Fest 2/11/17

Join us Saturday, February 11th for the 2nd Annual Mile High Beer Festival. Situated in the heart of the River North (RiNo) neighborhood of Denver, the festival celebrates Colorado craft brews on a local scale that’s laid-back and easy-going! Cheers to THAT!

DETAILS

DATE

Saturday, February 11, 2017

AFTERNOON & EVENING SESSIONS

• Session 1 – 1pm-4pm (VIP at 12pm)
• Session 2 – 7pm-10pm (VIP at 6pm)

WHAT TO EXPECT

• 25+ Colorado Breweries
• 60-70 Colorado Craft Beers to sample
• Check the list on our Breweries Page
• Three full hours of tasting (Four for VIPs)!
• Food trucks
• Cool vendors
• Awesome music
• Plus more surprises!

LOCATION

EXDO Event Center (RiNo)
1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205

TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS – $39

A  full three full hours of tasting over 60 styles of beer! DETAILS HERE

VIP TICKETS – $55

GA Ticket inclusions plus an ADDITIONAL FOURTH HOUR OF VIP TASTINGand a Festival T-Shirt! VIP Tickets will sell out quickly, so grab yours while you can! DETAILS HERE

To Visit the Event Page directly, click here.

 

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Wynkoop Day of Darks Nov 19, 2016

Wynkoop Day of Darks

Sat, November 19, 2016

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

Mo’ brothers and mo’ sisters!

Movember is finally here. Time to “shave the date” for Wynkoop’s Day of Darks showcase of dark beers!

Over 25 breweries will bring in their “stache” of dark beers to the Wynkoop on Nov. 19th, with ticket proceeds going to support the Movember Foundation and local organizations Colorado Cancer Research Foundation and CU Cancer Center, all benefiting men’s health.

Your ticket gets you a commemorative glass for unlimited dark beer tastings, chocolates and chocolate desserts to accompany mo’ dark beers than you can imagine.

The Day of Darks Mo’ Crew Thus Far:

4 Noses
Beryl’s Brewing
Big Choice brewing
Boggy Draw Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Bristol Brewing
Cerebral Brewing
Comrade Brewing
Dead Hippie Brewing
Dry Dock Brewing Company
Eddyline Brewery
Fiction Beer Company
Goldspot Brewing
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Ironworks Brewery & Pub
Left Hand Brewing Company
Liquid Mechanics Brewing
Loveland Aleworks
Mu Brewery
New Planet Beer
Nighthawk Brewery
Odyssey Beerwerks
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Ratio Beerworks
Stem Ciders
Strange Craft
The Post Brewing Co
Verboten Brewing
Westfax Brewing

 

 

 

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