Fall is in full force here in Boulder, CO. The trees have taken on their fall colors, jack-o-lanterns are appearing on all the doorsteps, and the grocery stores are overflowing with treats for Halloween and of course, pumpkin is now the main ingredient in everything from pie and bread to coffee and ice cream.

Pumpkin is an incredibly versatile ingredient. Here are a few of our favorite gluten-free recipes to calm the pumpkin craving. And don’t forget to grab a six pack of New Planet Tread Lightly Ale to go along with all of your fall festivities!

Pumpkin Bars


  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves


  1. In a food processor, combine pumpkin, agave and eggs and pulse for 2 minutes
  2. Pulse dry ingredients into wet for a full minute, until well combined
  3. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes
  5. Serve naked or with whipped cream

by Elanas Pantry

Super Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Pecans


  • 2 cup All Purpose Guten-Free Flour
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
1 can of canned pumpkin puree
  • (15oz)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with butter or oil.
  2. Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer or using a standing mixer, beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Mix the flour mixture to incorporate it into the wet mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts by hand.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of the dough onto baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 2 inches apart. About 1/4-cup per scoop.
  5. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes.
  6. Let them cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. If you want some added decadence, make the brown-sugar glaze.
  7. Glaze (optional)
  8. Boil 1.5 tbs butter, 2 tbs milk, and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cool slightly then add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and whisk together. Drizzle on pumpkin cookies.

by The Gluten Free Bistro

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 (14 or 15-oz) can pumpkin
  • 1- 1/2 cups plain hemp milk or vanilla almond milk, or coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer
  • 3/4 cup organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Arrowhead Mills buckwheat flour (or see tips below)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch/flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch glass pie plate.
  2. I made the pie in a food processor. It helps to thoroughly process the ingredients. If you don’t have a food processor, a macho stand mixer will work
  3. Cover and process until smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl, if necessary to incorporate all of the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour into the prepared pie plate and smooth evenly. Bake in the center of a preheated oven for about an hour until done. The pie should be firm- but still give a little when lightly touched. The center should not be wet.

by Gluten Free Goddess

New Planet Beer fans have been reaching out and asking, “when will we get to try the new Off Grid Pale Ale?” So, here is an update to keep you in the loop.

Our effort to develop a great tasting Pale Ale is still ongoing, but we’re getting close! We have been running test batches since June and we’ve been sourcing our ingredients to get ready for production. We’re running a few more test batches in October and we sincerely hope to launch before the year ends. Off Grid Pale Ale is an American style pale ale with about 35 IBU’s and 3-4 varieties of hops. We have not finalized the hops recipe, but we’re confident that with a few more tweaks we’ll have it just right. One thing I can tell you is that if you like bitter and aromatic hops, this beer is for you. It may not have the malty quality of most traditional pales, but for a 100% gluten-free beer, it will be close to the real deal. The hardest part of making a fuller bodied gluten-free beer is increasing the body in a natural way – no artificial foam and creamy  producing chemicals in our beer! The color is mid-range and is achieved by bringing in molasses and caramel color. The aroma is Cascade hops and the ABV is north of 5%. Please stay tuned and soon we can cheer the New Year with an Off Grid Pale Ale. A portion of the proceeds from this beer will go to a non-profit organization that promotes alternative energy in Colorado.

New Planet Beer Wins Bronze Medal in the Gluten-Free Division at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival.

BOULDER, Colo. (September 22, 2010) – Boulder-based beer company, New Planet Beer won a bronze medal in the gluten-free division at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The bronze medal was awarded to their 3R Raspberry Ale, a fruity twist on another fan favorite, Tread Lightly Ale.

“This is a real honor to be awarded a bronze medal as we pride ourselves on being a trusted gluten-free beer. This award only amplifies our commitment of providing the best tasting, certified gluten-free beer to our customers,” said Pedro Gonzales, New Planet Beer Company’s CEO.

3R Raspberry Ale launched in July of 2010 as a well-balanced ale beer made from fermented sorghum and corn, natural raspberry puree, orange peel, hops, and yeast. Not overly sweet, the Oregon grown fruit puree creates a beautiful body color with a natural raspberry flavor. The beer has 160 calories and is 5% ABV. The suggested retail price for the 22 oz bomber style bottle is $5.99.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – the 3Rs of waste reduction education are what make up the 3R’s of the 3R Raspberry Ale. As part of New Planet Beer’s mission to do good things for the planet, they will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of 3R Raspberry Ale to non-profit organizations in Colorado who are promoting the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle educational philosophy.

The Great American Beer Festival remains the largest commercial beer competition in the world with 3,523 beers vying for medals (compared to 3,308 entries in 2009). New Planet Beer competed against 13 other gluten-free beers, including Celia Pale Ale by The Alchemist and Gluten Free by Deschutes Brewery, which took the top two honors.

For more information on New Planet Beer and 3R Raspberry Ale, please visit the website: http://newplanetbeer.com/homepage/

For more information on the winners at the Great American Beer Festival, please view the website at: http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/

About New Planet Beer

New Planet Beer was established in 2008 with a mission is to help everyone to celebrate life with a great tasting beer and to help do great things for the planet. Their certified gluten-free beers are locally crafted by brewers who bring New Planet Beer the great quality and flavor found only in small batches. The company is Colorado-based, family and friends owned and operated and they donate a portion of their proceeds to ecosystem conservation. Future releases of different beer styles, all certified gluten-free, are under development.

New Planet Beer is distributed throughout Colorado by Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC). RNDC is one of the largest distributors of premium wine, spirits and beer in the United States with operations in Colorado and 21 other states.

Tailgating…Gluten-Free & Simple Ideas From The Gluten Free Bistro

Tailgating is one of the quintessential components of seeing a football game. I love the camaraderie of  all the people being excited for the same event. Being a gluten-free eater, I always seek simple ideas for tailgating and entertaining, because, let’s face it, navigating gluten-free in a sea of gluten can be complicated. Here are some of my go-to entertaining recipes that are crowd pleasers for all.  All of these can be made in advance.

Fabulous 5 Ingredient Guacamole:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, fine chop
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped [save 1 T for garnish at the end]
  • 1 jalapeno, minced

Directions: If you have a grill going, it is a nice touch to char the jalapeno. This adds a nice dimension to the guacamole. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl, or a molcajete if you have one, mash together with a fork. You can also make this in advance, and place the avocado seeds in the guacamole after you have mixed it. This keeps the guacamole from browning while it waits for the party. Can be served with corn chips, carrot chips, and a New Planet Treading Lightly Ale.

Caprese & Salumi:

These 2 appetizers are always a hit, and a perfect match with New Planet’s 3R Raspberry Ale.

Caprese: What you will need:  toothpicks, cherub tomatoes, fresh basil, small mozzerella [cinigilli], finish with olive oil, salt and pepper at the tailgate.

Salumi: What you will need: toothpicks, gluten-free salami & jarlsburg cheese [both in ½ inch cubes]

Directions: All you have to do is stack the ingredients on a toothpick, a great finger food.


Prosciutto Fontina Pizza:  What you will need: The Gluten Free Bistro’s Gourmet Pizza Crust, prosciutto, fontina cheese, arugula, juice of 1 lemon, olive oil.  This recipe is an interpretation of one of my favorite pizzas served at Radda Trattoria, Boulder, CO.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spread olive oil evenly on pizza crust
  • Add prosciutto and fontina
  • Bake for 14 minutes in oven at home, do not cut into pieces yet
  • Bring to the tailgate: arugula, lemon juice & olive oil plus a pizza cutter and cutting board
  • This pizza can be served at room temperature or reheated at the tailgate on a grill
  • Mix arugula, lemon juice and olive just before serving, add on top
  • Cut and serve with New Planet’s 3R Raspberry Ale


Peppered Turkey with Baby Swiss Panini:  What you will need:  The Gluten Free Bistro’s Gourmet Pizza Crust, peppered thinly sliced turkey, baby swiss, pepperdews, banana peppers, mustard.


  • Pre heat Panini press on medium heat.  If you do not have a panini press, 2 pans will do
  • Slice The Gluten Free Bistro’s Gourmet Pizza Crust in half
  • Spread mustard on the pizza crust
  • Layer on the bottom half of the pizza crust: baby swiss, then turkey, chopped pepperdews and banana peppers, then baby swiss again.  Top with half pizza crust
  • Place panini in pan and press until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from heat
  • If serving a room temperature at the tailgate, cut into small slices
  • If reheating on the grill at the tailgate, leave as one large sandwich and cut after reheating
  • Serve with New Planet’s Treading Lightly Ale

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

This recipe you can prepare a couple of weeks in advance and place the dough in the freezer [see slice and bake instructions].  Slice and bake the cookies the day of for fresh cookies.

Toll House Cookies Converted to Gluten-Free!

Adapted from http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/specialty/nth-detail-occc.aspx high altitude instructions

  • 2 1/2 cups Bistro Blend Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions: PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, water, and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. 

BAKE for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. *May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

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New Planet Beer interns, Ryan and Chelsea, learned how to master the techniques of pouring the perfect beer by attending beer festivals and tastings this summer. Watch their video and learn how to pour the perfect beer yourself.

Learning to Pour the Perfect Beer

When attempting to pour the perfect beer, there are many things to consider. Although it may sound like the obvious, it’s important to start with a clean glass. When soap or different oils are present on a glass, the head and flavor of the beer may be ruined. As mentioned in the video, you want to pour roughly three quarters of beer down the side of the glass, then the last quarter of the beer down the middle to create a head that should be anywhere from a one half inch to a full inch and one half depending on the beer. Don’t be scared to pour your last quarter of the beer with some height as some beers are harder to create a head then others. When a head is created, the aromatics of the beer are released, and thus, the beer head is created. With some beers, the yeast will settle to the bottom of the bottle and may come out when you pour your beer. Some people prefer it, others do not.

So, exactly what are aromatics? We could go into all kinds of information regarding beers and the relationship between different chemical reactions, but that information can become boring so I will give you the quick version. During the brew process, the yeast eats up glucose thus creating heat, ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide. Most of the Co2 is removed during the brew process, but some gas will not be released until the pour. Beer, unlike humans, releases gas that will tickle your nose and satisfy time and time again. Try it yourself with a bottle of Tread Lightly Ale today!

New Planet Beer is now being brewed in the new Fort Collins Brewery.

Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) just opened their new state-of-the-art brewery, restaurant and shops. This exciting facility is located on the northwest corner of Lemay and Vine in Fort Collins, CO. A visit is worth scheduling, as this is one of the most innovative brew houses today.

FCB moved its existing 15 barrel brew house over to the new digs, but will be supplementing greater production with the latest in automated 50 barrel systems in the near future. Since New Planet Beer will now be brewed in this larger capacity facility, we can ensure an endless supply of gluten-free beer.

The new brewery also utilizes the most current thinking in sustainable, green technologies. FCB is most proud of their water waste system which is not connected to a public sewer, but rather recycles waste water on to farmlands. This is very much in-line with New Planet Beers efforts to strive to reduce environmental impact so we thankful that Fort Collins Brewery has taken extra steps in making this happen.

New Planet Beer will have the honor of being available in the new restaurant and on tap in the tasting room, so all of you who are eager to visit a brewery with a great tasting gluten-free beer, Fort Collins Brewery is the place to go.

Check out these videos and be one of the first to see the new Fort Collins Brewery and New Planet Beer coming of the production line…and soon to a store near you.

See how New Planet Beer performed in a blind beer taste test.

Fellow gluten-free blogger, Peter Bronski of No Gluten, No Problem, recently had a gluten-free beer tasting party of eight beers for a few friends. There were only three rules to this blind tasting:

1) The tasters knew that they would only be drinking gluten-free beer and had no prior knowledge of which beers would be part of the tasting.

2) They were able to taste the beers in any order.

3) They were able to return to a beer and re-taste it at any time.

The eight beers were separated into two categories. Flight one was made up of “clear” beers: lagers and light ales which included: Lakefront Brewery’s New Grist, Bard’s Beer, New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale. Flight two was made up of “opaque” beers: yeasty, Belgian-style ales which included: Green’s Tripel Blonde, Green’s Amber Ale, Zonder Gluten Belgian Wit and Green’s Dubbel Dark.

After the two categories were evaluated, the tasters were asked to rank the beers and choose which gluten-free beer was “best in show” overall.

New Planet Beer’s Tread Lightly Ale ended up on top in the Flight one category, “3 out of 4 tasters rated New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale their overall favorite.” We also were voted with top honors, “2 out of 4 tasters ranked New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale their Best in Show.” We invite you to read more about the blind beer test and see what people had to say about the New Planet Beer and the competition.

If your store is out of New Planet Beer, don’t worry – we have new stock on the way.

New Planet Beer has some exciting news to share – our beer is going to be brewed in a new and bigger facility! What does that mean? Well, Fort Collins Brewery, who we contract to brew our beer, has upgraded their production facility so they can brew even more beer, which means more New Planet Beer for all of you. In the short term you may experience a shortage of Tread Lightly Ale in this transition, but don’t fret because in August we’ll be back in full stock and ready to serve our fans. After this move you should experience less Tread Lightly Ale shortages in the stores you frequently visit. Don’t forget we just launched 3R Raspberry Ale, so if you don’t see that on the shelves, please let that store know you’d like them to carry the product. It takes fans like you to help gluten-free customers get the selection they deserve. Thanks for all of your support during this transition and we’ll make sure the beer is heavily stocked going forward.

Get your own limited edition Tread Lightly Ale T-Shirt

For a limited time you can buy Tread Lightly Ale t-shirts online to rep the “Old Style Beer for New Style Beer Drinkers” motto. The Tread Lightly Ale t-shirts are available in city green, green apple or white and in men and women sizes for $19.99 plus shipping.

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Men’s T-Shirt

Women’s T-Shirt

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3R Raspberry Ale: Now in Stores

If variety is what you’re seeking or another refreshing gluten-free beer that is perfect for barbeques, 3R Raspberry Ale is the perfect summer compliment.

3R Raspberry Ale is a Colorado craft brew with a well-balanced ale taste, made from fermented sorghum and corn, natural raspberry puree, orange peel, hops, and yeast. Not overly sweet, the Oregon grown fruit puree creates a beautiful body color with a natural raspberry flavor. The beer has 160 calories, contains 5% ABV and is certified gluten-free.

Find out where to purchase 3R Raspberry Ale

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – the 3 Rs of waste reduction education. By reducing the materials we use, reusing what we already have, and recycling what we did use, we can help promote and protect a healthy environment. New Planet Beer will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of 3R Raspberry Ale to non-profit organizations in Colorado who are promoting the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle educational philosophy.

Learn more about 3R Raspberry Ale