(Portland, OR) – Autumn! The harvest, the beautiful leaves, the cool weather, and of course, the beer. Ground Breaker Brewing is releasing their annual batch of Squash Ale, a unique gluten-free beer made with over three hundred pounds of locally grown squash from family-owned and operated Love Farm Organics. This is the brewery’s sixth release of the year in their Experiment Ale Series.
Boasting over twenty-five pounds of Connecticut Field and Sugar Pie pumpkin per barrel, Squash Ale is crafted with a unique production process that makes it unlike other seasonals. After being picked, the squash is sliced, quartered, seeded, then roasted in a giant oven at Jensen’s Bread & Bakeries, a local dedicated gluten-free bakery.
Ground Breaker’s one-of-a-kind seasonal is “triple-squashed.” Squash is added to the mash tun, boil kettle, and fermenter. Seeds are toasted, crushed, and also added to the mash. The ale has a “wet-squash” addition to the fermenter which consists of squash that has been slow roasted for several days into a creamy squash butter.
“It’s a difficult beer to make, it’s a long process. We make it because we love it and our customers love it,” commented James Neumeister, Ground Breaker’s head of R&D. “It is one of the few beers in our Experiment Ale Series that we release every year.”
Squash Ale will be released on draught and in 22 oz bottles on October 25th in the Ground Breaker Brewing Gastropub. Three Squash Ale taproom exclusives will be available on draught at the gastropub, Cranberry, Spiced Latte, and Garam Masala. Squash Ale will be rolling out to stores in Ground Breaker territory following the release.
About Love Farm Organics
Established in 2006, Love Farm is a family-owned and operated, organic community supported agriculture farm in the foothills of the Coast Range near Portland, Oregon. They organically grow a wide assortment of vegetables, fruits, herbs and some flowers throughout their growing season of late May through early November.
About Jensen’s Bread & Bakeries
Jensen’s Bread and Bakeries is the brand name of bread products proudly made by Gluten Free Concepts L.L.C., a wholesale gluten-free baking company located in Portland, OR. In their dedicated and certified gluten-free facility, Jensen’s specializes in baking bread and buns that many people say are the BEST they’ve EVER tasted. Co-founders Debbie and Dave understand how important taste, texture and quality are to the gluten-free community because they are gluten intolerant themselves. Since June of 2010 they have successfully provided incredible gluten-free products to the food service industry and selected retail outlets throughout the Pacific Northwest.