This past year, Dad’s Red Ale was the grand prize winner of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Gluten-Free Homebrewing Competition. Now the winning homebrewer has partnered with Ground Breaker Brewing to release this award winning beer in 12-ounce cans.
Dad’s Red Ale was created by Joe Morris, the founder of the gluten-free homebrewing club Zero Tolerance. This American Amber Ale at 6% ABV was then scaled up to be brewed at Ground Breaker Brewing. Dad’s Red Ale will be released on Wednesday, March 13th and will be available at the Ground Breaker Gastropub.
Here are additional details from the brewery’s press release…
Ground Breaker Brewing sponsored and hosted the PNW Gluten-Free Homebrewing Competition in April of 2018. It was an idea that Ground Breaker founder James Neumeister had wanted to bring to life for some time. “Countless home brewers have traveled from near and far over the years to visit us, to pick our brains,” said Neumeister. “We’re always happy to oblige, but it became clear early on that there was a huge desire and need for gluten-free homebrewing information and feedback.”
When Ground Breaker made the announcement, Morris was the first to sign up. “I entered the competition because there are currently no dedicated gluten-free categories or subcategories in the BJCP,” said Morris. “I saw this as an opportunity to compete with the best gluten-free home brewers on a level playing field.” Having founded Zero Tolerance months before the competition, Morris knew there were others in the same position.
To judge the competition Ground Breaker assembled a diverse group of seasoned competition judges, many with top-level BJCP certification. With judges and a competition space secured, Ground Breaker needed help getting the word out.
“It was very fortunate that Joe founded Zero Tolerance right before we announced the competition, it really helped us get the word out. We had entrants from all over the US and even Canada,” recalled Neumeister.
Ground Breaker will announce details about the second year of the competition in the coming weeks. In the meantime, gluten-free beer drinkers will have the opportunity to try what the best of the gluten-free homebrewing community has to offer.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.