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Beer for All!

Portland’s Gluten-Free Beer Scene Is The Best There Is

Home to “one of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festival[s],” Portland is known far and wide for its beer and brewpub scene. However, not everyone can participate in the standard brewery options, not just the under-21 crowd. Beer is commonly made from wheat, barley, and rye, the three biggest triggers for individuals with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Portland, the ever-accepting food and beverage town it is, has sprouted breweries for folks who can’t indulge in the traditional craft beers you’d find in a local grocery store.

Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub

Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub is aptly named. Opening in 2011, Ground Breaker was the first dedicated & certified gluten-free brewery in the United States. Nestled into SE Portland, you’ll find delicious craft beer made naturally gluten-free. With friendly bar staff and delicious gluten-free food from the kitchen, this is a must-visit for anyone coming to Portland. Ground Breaker is an award-winning beer destination sure to please and maybe even make you think twice about drinking traditional beer with gluten again.

Don’t worry if you fall in love with Ground Breaker’s incredible brews during your visit! You’re likely to find them in a store near you! Ground Breaker is available in 11 states outside Oregon, British Columbia, and Alberta, Canada.

Moonshrimp Brewing

Known as a microbrewery, Moonshrimp Brewing likes to see things differently. To Dan, Moonshrimp’s Proprietor, and Brewer Extraordinaire, there isn’t a man in the moon. He sees a “shrimp laying on a cracker, ready to become a snack,” and thus, Moonshrimp got its name. Unlike traditional breweries, gluten-free or otherwise, Moonshrimp doesn’t have cute little string lights hanging over picnic tables. Instead, they have a beer window. Tucked into a small building off of SW Barbur Blvd on 22nd, you’ll find Moonshrimp’s beer window open on Tuesdays and Fridays for only a few short hours so they can focus on what they do best, making tasty beer for everyone to enjoy.

Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop

The newest dedicated gluten-free brewery and the first dedicated gluten-free bottle shop in Portland is Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop. Near the corner of NE 18th and Dekum in the Woodlawn neighborhood, Mutantis is becoming well-known for their “ever-changing array of naturally gluten-free beers in styles ranging from tame to bizarre.” One of their recent crazy concoctions is a Piña Colada Smoothie Sour, made from coconut cream, pineapple, and lime. As Mutantis put it in their own words, it’s “#dairyfree and #vegan and of course #glutenfree.” Mutantis is helping Portland keep it weird but also absolutely delicious.

Beyond the taps brewed by Mutantis, you can find bottles and cans from all five of Oregon’s gluten-free breweries. Three are located in Portland and are featured in this list. The other two, Bierly Brewing and Evasion Brewing, are located just an hour south of Portland in McMinnville.

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