Spotlight: Gluten-Free Breweries

January 1, 2019

Moonshrimp Brewing


Nope, Moonshrimp beers don’t contain shrimp. The name instead comes from a funny story about a shrimp on a cracker: As founder Dan McIntosh-Tolle explains it, that’s how he’s always seen the moon.

Available around Portland and at the brewery’s public sales window, Moonshrimp’s vegan, gluten-free beers can also be shipped throughout Oregon and to Alaska and Washington, D.C. Gluten-containing ingredients such as wheat and barley are not allowed “anywhere in the brewery property, ever,” says the brewery. Staff at Moonshrimp also don’t use or allow any oats or oat products, and all brewery equipment is brand-new, “to eliminate the possibility of residual gluten.”

Millet and other gluten-free grains (such as kasha, teff, amaranth, black rice and red quinoa) are the base for light and dark ales — from Moonshrimp’s new Bronze Lager, One Small Step IPA and Badass Brown.

— Anthony St. Clair


Moonshrimp Brewing
8428 SW 22nd Ave., Portland
503-970-2234  |




Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub


Self-billed as America’s “first 100 percent dedicated gluten-free brewery,” Ground Breaker doesn’t even allow gluten-containing ingredients on its premises. Ground Breaker creates its award-winning brews using Oregon hops, chestnuts from McMinnville, organic lentils from Oakland, Calif., sorghum from Briess Malt & Ingredients, and other gluten-free ingredients such as cane sugar and Belgian candi syrup.


No corn-derived sugars or soy-based products are used. All year-round and seasonal beers are vegan in addition to being gluten-free. Equipment arrived at Ground Breaker new, says the brewery, and “has never been used for anything but our gluten-free beer.” To ensure its facilities remain gluten-free, Ground Breaker also works with the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.


Ground Breaker’s IPA No. 5 took Silver at the 2018 World Beer Cup. “We don’t and never will use barley, wheat, or rye and then attempt to chemically or enzymatically remove the gluten,” says the brewery’s website. “We only produce 100 percent gluten-free craft beer.”

— Anthony St. Clair


Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub
2030 SE Seventh Ave., Portland
503-928-4195  |




Bierly Brewing


Another success story built on the noble goal of beer for everyone is Bierly Brewing in McMinnville. When JP Bierly — yes, that’s his real beer name — was diagnosed with celiac disease, he was already on his way to crafting the perfect gluten-free brew for his wife, Amelia, who’d suffered the same affliction since birth. 


Operating a dedicated gluten-free facility and using malted millet, malted rice, sorghum, brown rice, Belgian candi syrup, hops and yeast — even lentils in one case — Bierly is focused on creativity and quality. Even the water is above grade. “The local water is some of the best water in the world for brewing,” says JP. “It lends itself to delicate styles but can be adjusted for more robust beers like stouts, IPAs or Belgians.”


In bottles, try Bierly’s Felix Pilsner (named for the Bierly’s young son), Amber IPA, Baker Street Porter or Dubbel. An exuberant fifth label is forthcoming, marking the birth of the couple’s second child.


Bierly is available at many Market of Choice stores throughout the state and at a growing list of other retailers. Ask for Bierly at your favorite merchant. 


— Matt Meador


Bierly Brewing
214 NE 11th St., McMinnville
541-257-5126  |





Read about Evasion Brewing Co. — another great gluten-free brewery located in McMinnville, Oregon — in January's edition of Oregon Beer Growler.







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