New Planet Intern gives us the inside scoop on his internship and sorghum.

New Planet Beer intern, Ryan Gaterman enlightens us on what he’s learned so far during his summer internship.

Before working with New Planet Beer, I was a bit unaware of gluten-free diets and the processes behind gluten-free products. After working for a few weeks and attending the Rocky Mountain Brewfest in Fort Collins, CO, I have learned much more about the beer industry than I thought and what it takes to brew certified gluten-free beer.

I’ve found that in the wonderful world of beer, unless you’re gluten-free, many people don’t know what separates New Planet’s Beer from other beer brands. New Planet Beer’s selection is strictly gluten-free and the ingredients and recipes for Tread Lightly Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale are like no other. I explain to consumers, aside from an outstanding taste, that New Planet Beer uses sorghum instead of wheat, thus making New Planet Beer gluten-free. For those who don’t follow a gluten-free diet or don’t know their crops well, they may ask, “What’s sorghum?”.

In order to answer this question, I did some research and found some interesting facts about the grain sorghum:

  • There are roughly 30 different species of sorghum
  • Sorghum can be used for alcohol, syrup, biofuel, and fodder
  • Sorghum is extremely drought intolerant
  • Sorghum is one of the top cereal crops in the world along with wheats, oats, barley and corn
  • The sorghum plant can grow over 6 feet tall
  • Sorghum is very high in fiber, iron and fairly high in protein
  • Sorghum originated in Africa and is grown most commonly in Africa
  • It makes good beer

If you have yet to try a beer brewed with sorghum, now is the time to start! Whether it be gluten sensitivity or a diet choice, have a taste of New Planet Beer and you’ll be satisfied.

If you’re as fortunate as us to be living in Colorado, it’s a weekend pastime to visit local breweries (we have 92+ statewide). For those of you who don’t have that kind of brewery access, we documented the brewing and bottling of New Planet Beer at our contract brewer, Fort Collins Brewery. Check out the Tour photos>

During the process, New Planet Beer is mixed, brewed and stored in 60 barrel tanks. The brewers go through extra steps and procedures to ensure our gluten-free certification standard, and we can safely say they have the cleanest equipment around! The whole bottling process operates as an assembly line, making sure no step is missed. We observed the clean bottles pushed into single file formation on the conveyor belt, filled with  New Planet Beer, capped, labeled, put into the six pack carriers and then boxed to be shipped out to all of our accounts.

Fort Collins Brewery is in the process of building a brand new brewing facility. This new facility will be able to hold 100 barrel tanks, which means even more New Planet Beer in stores and restaurants near you. We’ll be sure to share a deeper look into the new brewery later this summer.

Thanks to the Fort Collins Brewery for helping us bring Gluten-Free New Planet Beer to our fans!

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New Planet Beer is proud to be on the list of the available beers at Old Chicago Pasta & Pizza locations in Colorado. Unfortunately we only offer New Planet Beer in Colorado, but in the future we hope to bring New Planet Beer to a location near you. In the meantime, take a road-trip to Colorado and drink a cold one, courtesy of Old Chicago’s gluten-free-sympathetic-hospitality. Additionally, New Planet would like to thank Old Chicago for making Tread Lightly Ale the only gluten-free beer available at their Colorado locations. One small step for Old Chicago, one big step for gluten-free beer. To see where there is an Old Chicago near you, visit our retail map.

Where can I find New Planet Beer?

Check out the Locate Beer [hot link] section of our website for the latest information on availability.

How does New Planet Beer brew its beer?

For our gluten-free beer, we use 100% gluten-free ingredients and follow strict procedures within the brewery to avoid any contamination.

Our crafted-to-remove-gluten beers are brewed with traditional ingredients such as malted barley, but a special enzyme that breaks down gluten is added during fermentation. The finished beer retains less than 10 ppm gluten molecules.

Do you have a brewery we can visit?

Yes! Our brewery is connected to our Tap Room [hot link], located at:

6560 Odell Place, Unit D
Boulder, CO 80301

We’re happy to show you around every Friday at 4 pm.

How do you test your beers?

Every batch of our crafted-to-remove-gluten beer is tested using the industry standard Elisa Testing to ensure that it meets government standards of gluten less than 10 ppm. Click here for test results [hot link to results]

Are you planning additional styles of beer?

We’re always brainstorming new flavors; tell us what you’d most like to see from us by emailing

Or stop by our Tap Room [hot link], where we’re constantly experimenting with new concepts.

Why did you decide to brew beer that has been crafted to remove gluten?

New Planet has continuously been at the forefront of the gluten-free revolution, and it was important to us to have options for all people who need or want to consume less gluten. Adding the new beers gives our consumers more choice.

Where can I find Tread Lightly Ale and Seclusion IPA?

Tread Lightly Ale and Seclusion IPA initially can be found in Colorado. Email us at if you’d like us to come to your state.

Will you continue to brew 100% gluten-free beer?

Absolutely! We want everyone to be able to enjoy a great beer.