If you’re anything like us, you’re counting down the days until the Great American Beer Fest. The event, which is the largest of its kind aside from Munich’s Oktoberfest, will be held in Denver this year from September 20 – 22, at the Colorado Convention Center.

GABF (as it is affectionately known) attracts over 60,000 attendees, 800 breweries, and pours nearly 8,000 different beers. In the words of Ron Burgundy, “It’s kind of a big deal.”

For those of you who are gluten-free or gluten-sensitive, though, the idea of nearly 8,000 beers can be daunting: after all, how many of those are gluten-free or brewed to remove gluten? We don’t know the answer to that, BUT we will be there pouring for you and your friends, so please be sure to stop by our booth at the festival.

And while you’re in town, make sure you explore all that Denver has to offer. With easy access to the Rocky Mountains and the Platte River flowing right through town, it’s no wonder that Denver is a destination city for this event.

Below are some hotspots to check out while you’re in town (with some ideas for gluten-free entertainment, too!).

The Restaurant Scene

The past decade has seen an explosion in amazing restaurants in Denver. It used to be that in order to have a “nice” dinner in Denver, you’d end up at a steakhouse. Let us be clear: we are not knocking steakhouses, especially when Golden Boy John Elway’s restaurant — cleverly named Elway’s — is a local favorite.

Still, it is nice to see Denver taking its rightful place in the national Foodie Scene. Here are a few places to check out while you’re in town.

Work & Class

Work & Class is an excellent stop while you’re in Denver. Their blend of American and Latin American flavors are sure to please your palate. In their own words, they aim to greet you with a “square meal, stiff drink, and fair price.” What’s not to love about that?

Almost everything on their menu is gluten-free, and it’s all delicious. While you’re perusing the menu, be sure to ask your server for a cold can of our Tread Lightly Ale for just $5!

Work & Class

2500 LARIMER, SUITE 101

303-292-0700

Reservations not accepted

Root Down

Since its first location opened in 2008, Root Down has been a hot spot in Denver. So it’s no surprise that it has replicated that success with a few other locations across the city (including one in Concourse C at Denver International Airport).

Their menu sports fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients and the energy and ambiance is at once comfortable and hip. With the roll-up garage to enjoy one of Colorado’s 300+ days of sunshine and a notable drink menu, Root Down has something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

One of our favorite menu items is the gluten-free Three Chile Chicken. Surrounded by veggies and cooked with poblano adobe, we love it paired with New Planet’s Blonde Ale.

Root Down

Multiple locations

Reservations Accepted

Culture

People who have lived in Denver for a long time often still refer to their fair city as “Cow Town.” After all, every January, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off its residency in Denver with a parade from Union Station down 17th Street. Cattle, horses, cowboys, and cowgirls transport Downtown Denver into its former steer-trading days, and it’s a site to see.

The rest of the year, Denver abounds in other types of culture. Whether you’re looking for an art museum, natural history museum, or a trendy walk down the Santa Fe Arts District, there’s enough to get your culture fix before or after your time at GABF.

Don’t forget to take a look at the schedule of events at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, too. Big-ticket shows often come through Denver and always a delight.

Destination: Denver

Denver is a city that is constantly changing and evolving. As more and more people move to Denver and discover her secrets, they’re also leaving their imprint. New restaurants, a budding art scene, and of course, copious amounts of craft beer make Denver an amazing destination.

We hope to see you at GABF this year!

The world is full of clichés when it comes to measuring things: Bigger is better. The more the merrier. Size matters (we won’t even start to pick that one apart!).

At New Planet Beer, we think there is a lot to be said for the cliché “less is more.” Not that there’s anything wrong with “the more the merrier”…in fact, we love great company and believe life’s moments are best shared with loved ones and friends. In terms of beer, though—especially the beers we brew—we think the Less is More cliché rings true for a lot of reasons.

Quality Session Beers

By now, chances are pretty good that you’ve encountered (or at least heard of) a “session beer.” Depending who you ask, what defines a session beer varies, but a session beer is generally considered to be any beer that clocks in at less than 5% ABV.

Why is it called a session beer? Quick history lesson. During the First World War, factory workers in Britain making shells and and other equipment to arm the military were given two “sessions” during their shifts where they could drink during work (yep, you read that correctly!). Not wanting to lose a finger or limb in the factory after one of these sessions, though, the factory workers opted for lower ABV pints. And the “session” was born.

All of the beers at New Planet contain less than 5% ABV, with the exception of our Pale Ale, which registers an ABV of 5.3%. When our customers tell us that they love the flavor of our beers and that they can enjoy one after a hike or a ride without feeling too tipsy, it makes us happy.

A Lifestyle Beer

Since 2009, we’ve been brewing gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer. If you’re Celiac or gluten intolerant (or just find yourself feeling better when gluten is a small fraction of your diet), then you know that less gluten—or none at all—is best for you.

So not only are our beers low in ABV, but they’re either 100% gluten-free or crafted to remove gluten. Additionally, we think our beers are “lifestyle” beers not only because they’re gluten-free and gluten-reduced, but because we want you to be able to enjoy a New Planet Beer wherever your adventures take you. Since we can all of our beers, it’s easier than ever to toss a few in your daypack or kayak and reward yourself after another adventure.

New Planet cans are also just as happy in a cooler by the campfire surrounded by good stories and great friends.

A Focus on Flavor and Quality

When it comes to buying beer, we know you have options. Lots of options. Many of our friends in the brewing industry are coming up with imaginative, ground-breaking beers that whet the whistle of their customers and visitors. And we’re glad they’re doing it!

But, we think less is more. By spending our time working on our core beers, we can focus on the quality and flavor of every beer with exacting detail. We know that consistency is king, which is why we test every batch coming out of our Denver brewery.

We also make sure we’re sourcing the best ingredients for your gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers.

Less is More, but More is Good, too

At the end of the day, we want you to enjoy beer that you love. We want our beers to be something that you can enjoy all day long and still pursue the things you enjoy doing.

Sure, clichés may be tacky, but sometimes they perfectly sum up the moment, right?

We think so, too.

Well, I guess that’s all she wrote! Until next time.

summer camping in colorado

If you’ve ever spent any time holding a New Planet Beer can or bottle or checked out our website, it will come as no surprise to you that we’re avid outdoor lovers here at New Planet Beer. We love all that Colorado has to offer year round. From mountain biking and hiking in the summer to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, we love it all…even “mud” season when it is too warm to ski but still too muddy to mountain bike.

We also love camping. Colorado has some absolutely epic camping spots. Whenever we go camping, we’re huge advocates of the Pack it in, Pack it out school of thought. This post will explore not only the principles of Pack it in, Pack it out, but we’ll also talk about some of our favorite camping sites in the Centennial State!

What’s With Pack it in Pack it Out?

The idea is simple, really. Whether you’re hiking or camping, picnicking, or doing yoga in the park, Pack it in, Pack it out means that whatever you bring outside with you, you bring it back with you when you leave. In other words, leave the trail or campground cleaner when you leave than when you arrived. In a perfect world, Pack it in, Pack it out means that if someone were a mile behind you on the trail, they wouldn’t know that you ate a banana 15 minutes ago, because they wouldn’t find a banana peel on the ground…you’d have “packed it out” in your day pack so that you can dispose of it once you get back home.

According to Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, you can dispose of waste properly by:

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater. [source]

Camping in Colorado

Now, it would take us days to go over the best camping spots in the State. With so many excellent places to explore, we’ll keep this list small, but there are great resources available online once our list has you begging for the Great Outdoors!

Yampa River State Park

This is definitely a “car camping” place, but sometimes Weekend Warriors need a quick outdoors fix without having to backpack 10 miles in and back!

Located just west of Steamboat Springs, Yampa River State Park offers expansive views of the Park Range in Routt County. With easy access to hiking and ample opportunities to swim or fish in the Yampa, Yampa River State Park has it all. And, because it is a state park, it has a lot of the amenities that make Pack it in, Pack it out easy: restrooms, campsites, electricity, and pets are allowed! What’s not to love? For more information on Yampa River State Park, visit their website here.

Just make sure your cooler is loaded up with some New Planet Beer for the campfire stories (as long as there is no fire ban in place!).

Browns Lake

Nestled in San Isabel National Forest, Browns Lake offers plenty of rewards for hikers and campers who are willing to trek 8 miles in with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Along the trail, you’ll follow Browns Creek, and if you’re looking for a quick trail detour, be sure to check out the falls, too (look for signs on the trail to find the falls).

Once you get to the lake, you can find some epic camping on the east side, and if you’re hiking with a larger group, larger clearings are available on the west side. Another bonus of this hidden gem is that if you plan an extra day, you can climb Mount Antero, the nearby 14,269 foot peak. The best part of this hike is that you can summit the mountain almost exclusively on 4×4 roads, which isn’t widely used, so you’ll avoid the summer 14er crowd on the more popular standard summit route. More information and directions to Browns Lake can be found here.

With over 14.5 million acres of national forest land, Colorado has so much to offer the adventure seekers who call her home (or who come to visit and wish they could call Colorado “home”). But one of the things that keeps drawing us to the outdoors is the pristine beauty that Colorado provides.

So in order to keep Colorado beautiful for generations to come, be sure to Pack it in, Pack it out all year long when enjoying the great outdoors. And while you’re at it, tote a few cans of New Planet Beer with you…sure, the 12 ounces of liquid deliciousness might weigh down your pack a bit on the way in, but cracking open a cold one on the shores of Browns Lake (or any other destination) is well-worth the effort…and that empty can is hardly noticeable in your pack as you head down when all is said and done.

Happy Trails!

 

Naturally gluten-free, Bitter. Aromatic. Zesty. Citrusy. The hop plant is often described in a lot of different ways, and the variety of ways it is described speaks well of its versatility. And while hops are grown all around the world, there are a few places where the flower does especially well. Given its revered place in the process of brewing beer, the different types of hops–and the characteristics they imbue on the malty libations–are worth exploring on their own. At New Planet Beer, we’re picky about our hops and scientific in our approach. Of course, all of the science in the world doesn’t matter if the beer doesn’t taste good, too, so we make sure to test every batch of New Planet Beer to ensure its hop character and flavor is on point every time!

Hops: A Lesson of Humulus Lupulus

At New Planet Beer, we’re not farmers, but we hold a special place in our hearts for the men and women who own, operate, and work hop fields. Hops are mostly grown for commercial (ie brewing beer!) purposes these days, and some of the hop fields with the best results are located at or just above the 48th parallel. The reason for this is that this latitudinal location is home to temperate, moist climates conducive to hop growth and ideal soil conditions. Areas such as the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Germany are well-known for their hop production. In the United States, the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Yakima Valley of Washington are some of the most fertile areas of hop growth. Hallertau, Germany is also home to a healthy supply of hops.

A Very Hoppy History

Used primarily as a flavoring and bittering agent in beers today, hops’ place in beer hasn’t always been so obvious. As a matter of fact, before hops were widely used in brewing, brewers were known to add different flowers and bitter herbs to flavor beer. Flowers such as dandelion, marigold, and heather were just a few of those that made their way into beer.

Over time, though, as people began experimenting with hop additions to their brewing, they not only liked the flavor it imparted on their ales, but they also noticed the beers were less likely to spoil with the addition of hops. Just like today, the brewers–and drinkers–of yore liked their beer fresh…can you blame them!?

New Planet Hop Varieties

Here at New Planet Beer, we work tirelessly to ensure that our gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers taste great. That’s why we use the same hops that traditional brewers use in order to give our beers as much body and flavor as their gluten-full brethren have. Every hop we select is chosen for a reason, and these selections and combination of malt and grain bil are what make a New Planet Beer unique to usl.

Cascade Hops

One of the more popular and abundant hops used in the American craft beer world, the cascade hop was originally created by the good folks at Oregon State University. Its beauty rests in its warm aroma, reminiscent of flowers and citrus. Unlike some hops, the cascade hop is excellent for brewers because it not only adds a dynamic aroma to beers, but its unique flavor enhances an ordinary beer and gives it a stellar flavor profile. Since it is one of the most popular among American craft brewers, chances are good that if you’ve had a New Planet Beer recently (namely our Pale Ale or the Seclusion IPA) or a pale ale from any number of American craft breweries, you’ve tasted or smelled cascade hops.

Sterling Hops

This is one of our favorite hops out there! We love the nose it gives our beers as well as the flavor it lends to some of our favorite brews. This hop is just 20 years old, so by US drinking laws, it isn’t old enough to buy a beer flavored with itself, but in that short amount of time, it has become one of the best-known hops in the brewing community.

Popular for its floral, spicy, and citrusy qualities, this hop is ideal for American Ales, Pilsners, Lagers, and Belgian-inspired ales. It is so versatile, in fact, that we use it in our 5 core beers: Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, Tread Lightly, Seclusion IPA, and Tread Lightly Session Ale. We also love it because it pairs well with other hop varieties, meaning nearly endless possibilities exist for beers when using Sterling.

New Zealand Hops

It might be hard to believe that the Kiwis on the other side of the world from us are crushing the hop-growing game right now. After all, when you think of beer, doesn’t Germany and the United States come to mind before…New Zealand?! If you think so, you’re not alone, but then you’d be missing out on some amazing beers that are flavored almost exclusively with New Zealand hops!

The New Zealand hops we use are very fruit-forward, giving our beers a juicy, citrus-inspired flavor and aroma. They’re also harder to come by since New Zealand only produces a small fraction of hops for export compared to the USA and Germany. But not to worry! New Planet Beer uses New Zealand hops in our amazing gluten-reduced Seclusion IPA.

Whether you’re a hop-head or prefer your beers a little less bitter, New Planet Beer has something for everyone. This little flower has been central to beer brewing for over a thousand years, and if today’s brewing culture is any indication, it will be around for another millennium. So, wherever you find yourself this year, search out a six pack of New Planet Beer and raise a glass to this magnificent little cone!

Colorado is our home. It’s where we work, and it’s where we play. And the kicker?? Our work is fun…and we love it! As Coloradans, we hold a few things to be sacred, and when you live as close to the Rocky Mountains as we do, one of those sacred things is skiing. And snowboarding. When the flurries start to fly in October and November, we’re getting our skis and boards turned, our edges sharpened, and we’re plotting out our first tracks and last calls. In honor of all of those who love to ski and ride, we’ve put together the New Planet Spring Skiing Guide. Complete with best places to enjoy your aprés and lesser-known secrets of the resorts, this guide is your Spring Skiing best friend!

BYOM: Bring Your Own Meat

Vail

You read that right. Bring your own meat. As the days get a bit warmer and as spring storms continue to drop the fluffy white flakes, lunchtime on the slopes tend to be a bit more elaborate than the standard PB&J-on-the-lift that happens earlier in the season.

Tucked away high up on Vail mountain are some free gas-powered grills for guests to enjoy. Two such grills are located on Parker’s Deck, just below Buffalo’s Lodge at the top of Lifts 4, 5, and 11. Offering spectacular views of the Vail Valley, Parker’s Deck is the perfect place to take a longer lunch.

Whether you’re throwing on a few burgers and dogs or getting fancy with a steak that’s been marinating in your day pack since breakfast, these grills offer an excellent alternative to the pricey lodge meals and run-of-the-mill granola bars. Just be sure to bring your own utensils and clean up after yourself.

Arapahoe Basin

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate A-Basin’s laid back culture and top-tier terrain?

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Okay we’re good. We love A-Basin. Typically the first mountain to open after the summer and the last one to close (it’s not unheard of to see skiers and riders Pond Skimming as late as the 4th of July), A-Basin as it is affectionately known, is home to the epic “Beach Day.”

For those of you unfamiliar with this, Beach Day is any day at A-Basin. A section of the parking lot always has a tailgate-like atmosphere: people breaking out camping grills, canopy shades, outrageous costumes, drinks, and dogs running around. Oh, and skis. People make the trek to A-Basin early to stake their claim on the coveted spots between the Exhibition lift and Pallavicini (aka “Palli’) lift. Even though the lifts don’t usually open until 8:30 or 9am, you’ll see die hards lining up as early as 6am or 6:30am to kickstart the grills, crack a few beermosas, and get in line for first tracks.

The atmosphere on any given Beach Day is spectacular and an absolute Must if you’ve never been.

Aprés Me!

After a day of skiing, nothing is as rewarding as taking off those stiff boots, throwing on your sneakers, and sharing a cold one or clinking cocktail glasses with friends. Sore legs are ignored as you lounge by an outdoor firepit or watch the game with your new best friends. Ski towns are excellent hosts and know how to treat their goggle-tanned brethren when it comes to aprés ski options.

Breckenridge

The town of Breckenridge (Breck) is full of excellent restaurants and bars ready to cater to your every whim. One of our favorites is the Kenosha Steakhouse. With a great beer and cocktail list, their back patio is tough to beat on a warm spring day. Facing the mountain, keep your shades and beanie nearby, because this deck gets plenty of sunshine. Their nachos are killer and so are their steak cuts (duh).

Vail

When in Vail, there are plenty of places you can grab that post-run drink or three. Because it’s Vail, you can cozy up to a hot toddy at the Four Seasons or hit up the basement bar, The Georges, in the Vail Village. Another great spot in the Vail Village is the Red Lion. Easily spotted by its bright red umbrellas, this joint has everything you may need to sate your thirst and appetite after a great day on the slopes.

Eldora

Small but mighty, Eldora Mountain is a quick 40 miles outside of Boulder, and it is the perfect place to take a few weekday runs before lunch. And whether you’re looking for a place to grab a beer during lunch or after a full day of skiing, look no further than the Timbers Tap Room. This cozy cabin feel has great beers, excellent bloody mary’s and isn’t huge, which gives it an intimate, comfortable vibe.

And even though Eldora is only a short drive from us in Boulder, it still feels like you’re “getting away.” That’s why our go-to beer when we’re skiing the slopes at Eldora is Seclusion IPA. Conveniently packed in cans, this smooth IPA is the perfect pairing for a day on the slopes.

Of course, Colorado is big and full of other mountains and haunts that we haven’t mentioned above…that’d take pages and pages! But we do hope that you find yourself somewhere up in the high country this spring, and if you’re not sure where to spend aprés, grab a six-pack of New Planet Beer and make your own aprés wherever you go. Drink and ski responsibly!

With 2017 tucked safely away, the New Planet Beer team is anxiously looking forward to what 2018 has in store. Maybe you’re still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions (or not…we’re not judging) to do More of X or Less of Y, or whatever it may be. If so, keep it up!

We think 2018 will be a great year for gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer awareness. Why? Well, for starters, we love gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers, and secondly: We’ve compiled this Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free and Gluten-Reduced Beer! We hope that by educating, explaining, and imbibing, gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers will become more mainstream than ever before. We believe that the more people understand what’s in (and absent) from their beers, the better off they’ll be. So, let’s get started!

Gluten Free Pale Ale

Let’s begin with our Pale Ale. This classic beer with a contemporary recipe is bold and hoppy, offering rich citrus notes and a wonderfully distinct finish. Brewed with a combination of Cascade and Sterling hops, the New Planet Pale Ale also includes water (duh), millet, gluten-free oats, maize (non-gmo blue corn), Belgian candi syrup, Demerara sugar, and yeast.

Like several of our gluten-free beer options, the Pale Ale substitutes traditional grain with millet. If you’re not familiar with millet, it is a small, round grain (similar in size to quinoa) that is naturally gluten-free, and offers the many of the same flavor and texture profiles of more “traditional” grains used in brewing. The result? A killer Pale Ale of 5.3% that makes the most seasoned beer connoisseurs do a double-take and ask, “This is gluten-free??”

Gluten Free Blonde Ale

They say that blondes have more fun. We don’t know if that’s true, but we know our customers have more fun with our Blonde Ale than with others. And who can blame them? The Blonde Ale is refreshing, easy drinking, and well-balanced at 4.5% ABV and is gluten-free to boot. Perfect for lounging on a Colorado summer day or as a refreshing reward after a grueling bike ride up the Peak to Peak Highway, the Blonde Ale is your go-to for gluten-free unwinding.

Similar to the Pale Ale, the Blonde is brewed with millet, gluten-free oats, maize (non-gmo blue corn), hops and yeast. Pair it with pineapple grilled chicken or fish tacos to get a perfect complement of flavors!

Gluten Reduced Seclusion IPA

Has anyone ever told you to Take a hike? Kind of rude, right? Well, the joke’s on them…we live for hiking, and when we hit the trail, we make sure to pack a sixer of the portable and insanely drinkable Seclusion IPA. This IPA is hopped 4 times with a combination of Cascade, Sterling, and New Zealand hops to deliver a bold, unique IPA that satisfies the hop head in all of us.

Specifically crafted to remove gluten, the Seclusion IPA is a more “traditional” beer recipe that then undergoes our rigorous process to remove gluten. Does that process take out all of the gluten? The short answer is No. But the FDA has strict requirements about what constitutes a “gluten free” beer, and a beer that has less than 20 parts per million (PPM) of gluten is considered gluten free. And while “crafted to remove gluten” isn’t regulated by the FDA, New Planet Beer is proud that its gluten-reduction process has been tested non traceable at TTB test at 10 PPM. Wink wink… that means we are well below that benchmark. We’ll drink to that!

Gluten Reduced Tread Lightly Ale

Hi. Say hello to Tread Lightly Ale. Don’t be shy. Tread Lightly is approachable, well-balanced, and is ready to be your year-round go anywhere, do anything pal. This canned beauty is crisp with a citrusy hop character that clocks in at 20 IBUs and 4.9% alcohol by volume.

Like its IPA brother, Seclusion IPA, Tread Lightly Ale is artfully crafted to remove gluten, resulting in a beer that will leave you feeling refreshed without having to worry, “Is this beer going to wreak havoc on my gut?” And we like it that way. Try it with pan seared scallops with spinach and cannellini beans for a perfect combination of rich and refreshing.

At New Planet Beer, we hope that 2018 is filled with fun, adventure, and fond memories. After all, there are few things in life as fulfilling as sitting with friends or family after a day of exploring, enjoying a delicious beer, and reliving the day’s excitement. So, from the New Planet Team, we hope that 2018 is filled with “Cheers!” moments.

Well, here we are. Thanksgiving 2017 is in the history books. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday (what, no love for the rest of the week!?) broke all sorts of records, and the rest of the holidays are right around the corner!

For people who have Celiac or a gluten sensitivity, the holiday season can be extra stressful. After all, travelling, family gatherings, and holiday meals aren’t always conducive to a solid gluten free diet. This year, though, you don’t need to worry about any of that, because you’re going to plan ahead and include some tasty selections from New Planet Beer in your holiday plans! Whether you or someone you know has Celiac or a gluten sensitivity, taking along some New Planet Beer is sure to raise your holiday spirits.

So, while Grandpa overindulges on eggnog (not recommended), you and yours can sit back, relax, and responsibly enjoy one of our great beers, knowing that it won’t leave your gut in agony when Kris Kringle makes his way down your chimney.

New Planet: Gluten Free Beer

At New Planet, we take pride in crafting both gluten free and gluten-reduced ales. For our gluten free line, we’ve got something for everyone, and let’s be honest: a beer always sounds great.

Our flagship Blonde Ale is as delicious as it is approachable. Whether you’re new to craft beer or you’re well-versed in the difference between Sterling, Galaxy, and Cascade hops, the Blonde Ale is light and refreshing, while staying crisp and clear…and gluten free. Over the holidays, this beer, which is brewed with grain-alternative millet and blue corn, pairs best with lighter foods, like white meat turkey, fish, and cheese.

If you’re looking for something a little bit more robust this holiday season, give the New Planet Pale Ale a whirl. A multiple gold medal winner (and not just in a gluten free category), this beer has a killer hop profile courtesy of the Sterling and Cascade hops, and when paired with some smokey foods like steak or ribs, the bitterness balances out the smokey for a party for your tastebuds.

New Planet: Gluten Reduced Beer

For you hop heads out there, New Planet’s Seclusion IPA is bold and begging to be imbibed this holiday season. Brewed with grains and then specially treated to remove gluten, Seclusion IPA is great whether you’re reducing gluten in your diet or just love a solidly brewed beer. If your holidays are warm like Colorado’s sometime are, hit the trail with this canned brew and enjoy the fresh air. Or, if your in-laws are visiting and you just need some “you” time, the aptly-named Seclusion IPA will keep you company while Aunt Mildred finds someone else to massage her feet.

When it is time to unwind and kick back, crack open the gluten reduced, awesomely drinkable Tread Lightly Ale. Easy drinking and supremely refreshing, this year-round staple delights around the holidays. It has an approachable ABV of 4.9% and just enough of a hop character to satisfy the “I only drink IPAs” guy while being inviting enough for those who are new to the wonderful world of beer. Perfect for an apres ski or night by the fire, wherever you find yourself this holiday season, don’t leave home without a six pack of these delightful cans.

As 2017 comes to a close, the team at New Planet Beer has so much to be thankful for this year. Namely, you, our customer and and good health and happiness. So, whether you’re traveling this holiday season or find yourself at home, we send you our warmest wishes for the same: health, happiness, and a wonderful holiday and New Year.

Cheers!

We know! We know! You still probably have leftover Halloween candy in the house, and here we are at New Planet Beer, already talking about Thanksgiving! But we’re doing it for you! If you’re anything like us, the holidays seem so far away and then BAM! your mother-in-law is ringing the doorbell with her “World Famous” fruitcake.

Take it from us: It is never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving can be a tough holiday for folks with Celiac or who have a gluten sensitivity. There is so much excitement around classic family dishes and traditional staples that it is easy to forget that a friend or loved one might have a sensitivity or allergy. So, be the favorite person at the Thanksgiving Table this year, and follow the New Planet Beer guide to a gluten-aware meal!

Let’s Get it Started

Thanksgiving is a time to surround yourself with family and friends. Hopefully, you can spend the holiday with people you love. And if you’re travelling, well, we hope it is quick and painless! And if you’re the one doing the hosting this year, make sure that your road-weary travellers are taken care of when they step into your home!

For Thanksgiving, this means appetizers. Before you stuff yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie, get your guests primed and ready to go with some amazing apps. One of our personal favorites is shrimp cocktail. Not only is it delicious (because, shrimp!) but it is also a gluten-free solution that everyone can love. Pair it with a tasty cocktail dipping sauce and a spritz of lemon, and it’ll be gone before you know it.

Another great gluten-free Turkey Day appetizer is bacon-wrapped potatoes. Using small potatoes (think fingerling or golden potatoes), wrap them in a slice of bacon and bake until the potatoes are soft and the bacon is done. For the full recipe and cooking instructions, click here.

Side Dishes to Wow

Is it just us or should there be specialized “oversized plates” for Thanksgiving? After all, by the time the turkey comes around the table, you’re lucky if you can squeeze any on your plate with the abundance of amazing side dishes.

Here’s a side dish idea that is on the lighter side, which everyone will appreciate in between bites of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Arugula salad with peach and avocado. This one is simple, and the beauty of it is that not only is it gluten free, but it doesn’t require the stovetop or oven, which means you don’t need to sweat over a hot stove to make this delicious dish.

Take 2-3 ripe peaches and (optionally) remove the skin. Slice them up into crescents and set them aside. Next, take 1-2 ripe avocados and slice them into crescents, as well. Set aside. Slice one red onion into thin slivers, and also set aside. In a large bowl, add your arugula. Then, toss all ingredients together in the bowl with a light dressing (try olive oil, cracked pepper, and lemon juice for a light, refreshing dressing). This simple salad will be a hit and leave everyone feeling a little less full (maybe).

Imbibing and Feasting

Before we make it to the main course (the bird), chances are there will be plenty of wine, spirits, and beer at your Thanksgiving table. The words “Eat, drink, and be merry” come to mind! New Planet Beer is proud to be a staple at many Thanksgiving feasts, and the good news is that our gluten free and gluten-reduced beers pair great with a variety of dishes and meats.

Even if you aren’t Celiac or don’t have a gluten sensitivity, it is always nice to have a non-gluten beer on hand in case any of your guests are. They’ll be happy that they aren’t “left out” of the toasts, and it will make your event that much more seamless. Pick up our popular Pale Ale or Blonde Ale.

The Bird is the Word

Okay…now that you’ve got a New Planet Beer in hand at the table, it’s time to talk turkey!

Thankfully (pun very, very much intended), turkey is by its very nature gluten free. But depending on how you prepare it, you may introduce gluten to the mix. We’re huge fans of this recipe from the folks over at Food & Wine. Its straightforward (meaning you probably have most of the spices already, and the other ingredients are easily picked up at the supermarket), and it leaves the turkey with a just-crispy-enough skin and a tender, juicy inside.

It only takes about 4 hours, which includes time to let the meat rest, and needs just occasional basting. While that beauty is roasting, chow down on those appetizers, catch up with loved ones, enjoy the extra days off from work, and soak it all in.

No matter where you find yourself this Thanksgiving, we hope you have a wonderful holiday.

At New Planet Beer, we are truly thankful to have such a wonderful community of people who enjoy good beer and good company. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for joining us as we do what we love!

Cheers!

This past weekend we had the privilege of pouring New Planet Beers at the Niwot Oktoberfest. For those of you who have never heard of it, Niwot is a small town just northeast of the New Planet headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Each year, the local Rotary Club hosts the Oktoberfest event, and despite sporadic bad weather, we had a great turnout!

We had a blast pouring Tread Lightly, Seclusion IPA, and our Blonde Ale. As is pretty typical anytime we’re pouring our beers at cultural events or beer festivals, we were the only brewery pour gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers. People are always curious to try the beers, especially those folks who don’t have a gluten allergy or sensitivity. The main thing we hear is, “I’ve gotta try this…there’s no way it can taste like ‘real’ beer!”

Then we wait.

After that first sip, they look at us incredulously. “Holy cow!” Is a pretty common refrain.

But, I digress! In the spirit of a successful Oktoberfest event, we thought we’d explore this very German holiday in more detail. So, crack a beer, settle in, and let’s talk Oktoberfest!

Historical Roots

Oktoberfest really began in 1810, in Munich, Germany. The first celebration was actually a gathering to celebrate the marriage of the Bavarian Crown Prince, Louis (who would later become King Louis I of Bavaria) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebration was held in the fields, later named Theresienwiese (ie “Therese’s Fields”) and the royal family held horse races at the end of the event. The horse races were held around all Bavaria that year, though the royal family was present at the Munich events with Munich citizens.

The first party was such a hit that they decided to repeat the horse races again in 1811. 1811 also heralded the introduction of an Agricultural Fair at Oktoberfest, meant as a boon to the region’s agricultural contributions. By this time, a few enterprising Münchner (Munich citizens) set up beer stands at the festival, and the idea caught on in subsequent years.

Finally, in 1896 the now-iconic first beer tents and beer halls replaced the beer stands, and the rest is history.

Oktoberfest Today

Nearly 200 years later, Oktoberfest lives on in cities across the world, though the Munich Oktoberfest is still the largest, attracting over 6 millions visitors from around the world annually.

Each Oktoberfest is a bit different, but many of the cornerstones of those first celebrations can be found in even the smallest Oktoberfest event. Games and events for kids of all ages are still prominent in today’s celebrations, while the horse racing is largely a historical footnote now. Classic Bavarian music and cultural dress such as lederhosen for men and dirndl for women are prevalent and popular, though by no means required attire.

No matter where you find yourself celebrating Oktoberfest, we encourage you to take it all in. Dress in whatever makes you feel comfortable, dance to some traditional polka, grab a liter of bier, and toast to this most awesome holiday! As always, please drink responsibly, and next time you fill your bierstein with beer, reach for a New Planet Beer!

Prost!  

While it may not be an age-old question, it is certainly one that we at New Planet Beer get a lot: What is the difference between gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer?

Grab a pint and let’s dive in! Also, be sure to check out our sweet new infographic at the bottom of this article. Whether you’re Celiac or unsure if you have a gluten intolerance, the infographic is designed to help you understand a bit more whether gluten-free or gluten-reduced is the right choice for you!

Gluten-free beer is brewed with ingredients that are naturally gluten-free, such as millet, sorghum, rice, corn, quinoa, gluten-free oats, and cane sugar. If you’re not sure if a beer is truly gluten-free or not, know that all gluten-free beer labels must adhere to specific FDA standards.

Gluten-reduced beer is brewed with traditional ingredients such as barley and rye, which is then given an enzyme that specializes in breaking down the gluten-containing proteins. Gluten-reduced beers are technically called “crafted to remove gluten” and, similar to gluten-free beer’s need to adhere to FDA standards, must adhere to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) standards. To obtain a “crafted to remove gluten” label the TTB requires that the beers pass a laboratory test at less than 10 ppm (parts per million) of gluten. When choosing a “crafted to remove gluten” beer, be sure to look for the TTB language on the package (the can or bottle) as there are many breweries that claim their beer is crafted to remove gluten despite it never being tested to TTB standards.

The key to brewing gluten-free beers is to start with 100% gluten-free ingredients and to develop a consistent process to eliminate cross contamination. As far as the actual brewing process is concerned, ensuring that your equipment is absolutely clean is an essential step for creating gluten-free beers. Cross contamination from gluten grains can completely ruin a gluten-free batch. That’s why at New Planet we only brew gluten-free beers after a scheduled CIP (clean in place) of the equipment and a deep clean of the surrounding areas. This way, we can ensure our equipment is 100% clean and free from possible gluten contaminants.

When brewing “crafted to remove gluten” beers, it is best to incorporate friendly grains like oats, non-gmo blue corn, and cane sugar into the grain build and start the brewing process with less gluten than a traditional barley craft beer. Also, we have tested and calibrated the enzymatic process over the last three years and have developed a proprietary process in dosing the enzymes to ensure the best possible outcome. (If you can’t tell, we nerd out about this, because we love making beers for everyone!)

No matter where you fall on the gluten-free or gluten-reduced spectrum, there is promising news: more and more breweries are seeing the opportunity that these beers present. As more people begin to ask about what’s in their beer, breweries are adapting and making tasty brews with this market in mind. For you, this means more choices will be available for you to drink gluten-free or gluten-reduced beers.

Below, explore our helpful new infographic to get a better understanding of whether gluten-free or gluten-reduced beer is best for you.

If you’ve already been diagnosed Celiac, the answer for you is simple: Drink gluten-free beer!

For those of you who haven’t been diagnosed Celiac, a few options exist for you. If you have already tried gluten-reduced beer and you still react to it, it is best that you stick to gluten-free beer altogether. Afterall, a beer is only good if you enjoy it during and after!

Lastly, if you’ve had both gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer, and the gluten-reduced beer doesn’t seem to give you any issues, we’ve got good news for you: drink both gluten-free and gluten-reduced brews!

At New Planet Beer, we’re proud to be brewing gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer. Not a group to settle, we continually improve our recipes to give you the highest quality beer that fits your dietary needs and your wallet.

So, next time you’re in your local liquor store and reach for a gluten-free or gluten-reduced beer, check the packaging so you see what we’re talking about…and keep supporting your local brewers by picking up a New Planet six pack for your next adventure.

Cheers!