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Old 04-30-2013, 01:37 AM   #1
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The title says it really, SW Portland will soon (hopefully) have a dedicated gluten free micro-brewery. Work is still in the very early stages and licensing is just about to be submitted but the space is secured and recipes have been developed.

The plan is to start with just a tiny 2bbl gas fired system with four fermenters and run from there. Everything is still in the works...so incredibly much to do.


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Old 04-30-2013, 03:30 AM   #2
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Cool. Good to see this. What kind of beers are you going to start off with? I would be interested in more detail. Don't put out a bad product and give us gluten free guys a bad rap.

Seriously, good luck and have fun with it.


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Old 04-30-2013, 03:52 AM   #3
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Quick google search answered some of my question. http://www.moonshrimpbrewing.com/

Cool stuff. Vegan huh? Like adding more challenge? haha. I get it. I'm vegetarian and gluten intolerant. A lot of what I eat just happens to be vegan.

Got pics of the setup? This has definitely piqued my interest. I recommend to start distribution in PA.
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I second Osedax about PA.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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Wow, another gluten-free brewery in Portland? Gonna give Harvester a run for their money, eh? Looking for any help/interns/grunts/short-term employees? If so, please PM me. I'm looking for work in September and more than willing to move to Portland. I'll be travelling through there in late June, would love to at least have a chat and swap some beers....
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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Yep, thats the website. Vegan isn't really that much more of a challenge but I am taking it to the extreme. No honey and no cane sugar (turns out its filtered through bone char), no isinglass obviously.

The beer is very beer like, a strong millet base with home made candi sugar (beet origin). The goal is to have beer that tastes just like beer made locally with good sustainability practices. Having harvester in town is good, a few more people have heard of gluten free beer and the market is a little more accepting now then it was even a few years ago but I still get the question "...so that means no hops right?" a lot more then I would like.

Pictures of setup will be posted shortly as long as you guys don't mind seeing empty rooms with paint chips on the floor.
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"Work-in-progess" pics are fine. I like seeing this stuff come together. You guys have to talk to people on the west coast and tell them to bring better breweries to the east coast.

I work with a millet base as well. Definitely has a "beer like" quality. It seems to add a chewiness and substance you can't get from other GF grains. Your website says that you use millet from colorado. CMC? Their red millet DP sucks but, their white is much better.

Wish I could try one of these beers. Guess I need to plan a trip to portland. Haha
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if you use organic cane sugar your good; anything else and all bets are off.

Looking forward to seeing more of the brewery!
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Organic cane sugar is waaaay to expensive, have you seen the price on that stuff? Its expensive if you just want a little bit for baking, forget brewing quantities. I use beet sugar (amalgamated sugar co, Idaho, originally from portland) that is strictly vegan. Same product as far as beer is concerned, tastes the same, caramelizes much faster which is fine with me.

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I think I figured the pictures out...guess I will find out in a minute. Anyway, here are the first few pictures. My future brewery! Edit: Well, the pictures came out sideways, I thought I had fixed that.


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