After a long day of skiing there are few things that sound more delicious and rewarding than a nice juicy burger and an ice-cold beer. For those of us that are gluten-free, eating on the mountain can be a rather arduous task.

Some mountains are expanding their menu with more gluten free options. At Two Elk Lodge on Vail Mountain, they have labeled all gluten-free options and even have gluten-free brownies!

We have compiled a list of gluten-free friendly ski snacks to help those out who don’t want to stop ripping the pow just to have a bite to eat. These snacks are easy to pack and can easily be eaten on the chair.

Justins Nut Butter

Take your pick, from honey peanut butter, to maple almond butter, or even chocolate hazelnut butter, Justins has you covered while on the slopes. All flavors come in jars, and most come in convenient squeeze packs that fit perfectly in a pocket. Pair with an apple, celery, or some crackers and you have a protein packed snack. Make sure to kneed the squeeze pack first, as they can become very cold while skiing.


Larabars are a great source of energy and protein packed into a wonderful little bar. There are tons of flavors, and they are made from fresh and natural ingredients. Pick them up at your local health food store.

Corn Tortilla Wrap

A great little pick-me-up and easy to make. Take a gluten-free corn tortilla throw down your favorite condiments, hummus, turkey, avocado and roll it up. They are simple to put together and delicious. They are easy to put in a pocket as well, although they tend to crush easier upon impact.

New Planet Beer

Maybe not the easiest to pack in your ski coat, but if you are skiing in Colorado there’s a good chance that the ski lodge offers New Planet Beer. To be sure, check out our Beer Locator. Type in the zip code of the ski resort and see if the lodge shows up in the list.

What’s your favorite Gluten-Free ski snack?  Have you found any Gluten-Free friendly on-mountain restaurants?  Tell us!

In honor of National Pizza Week, New Planet Beer wanted to make sure our fans were fully equipped to celebrate. Enjoy this gluten-free pizza recipe from our friend Carol Fenster, author of Gluten-Free 101 (Savory Palate, 2010) and the online weekly cookbook and meal planning service at

Pizza just naturally goes with beer. This easy gluten-free crust will please the most discriminating palates and can be served to everyone, whether they’re gluten-free or not. Use whatever toppings you like. The sauce is especially good for gluten-free pizza because it is quite thick and won’t make the crust soggy.

Makes a 12-inch pizza


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk of choice (110 degrees)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar


  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Your favorite pizza toppings


Combine ingredients in small saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes. Makes about 1 cup—enough for 12-inch pizza.


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk for five minutes. In food processor, blend all crust ingredients, including yeast mixture, until soft dough forms.
  2. Put mixture on greased 12-inch nonstick (gray, not black) pizza pan. Liberally sprinkle rice flour onto dough; then press dough into pan with hands, continuing to dust dough with flour to prevent sticking. Make edges thicker to contain toppings.
  3. Bake pizza crust 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Add sauce and toppings to crust. Bake another 20 to 25 minutes or until top is nicely browned. Cool, then cut into 6 slices and serve.

New Planet Beer fans are a pivotal component of our marketing scheme. Word of mouth is our greatest advertising tool to spread the word about New Planet Beer and increase public awareness of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.  We know, and want to acknowledge, the role that word of mouth has played in the success of New Planet Beer.

Send us a photo of where you have taken New Planet Beer. We want to see how far our beer travels, the bluest seas, the highest mountains, and the snowiest of ski slopes. Or, take our beer to the University of Miami’s football game like Kiah Barrette did.

Your pictures will be featured on the New Planet Beer website and facebook. Each month we’ll draw a lucky traveler to win free New Planet Beer!

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Help us continue to spread the word about our beers!

Gluten Free BeerThe first part of the year brings football craziness. The NFL Playoffs start this weekend, the College National Championship is held on Monday, January 10th and the Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 6th. Don’t be on the sidelines without your gluten-free football watching essentials. Here are 10 gluten-free munchies to add to your shopping list.

  1. The Gluten-Free Bistro Pizza
  2. Corn tortillas with hummus, black bean dip or salsa
  3. Smoked salmon on rice crackers
  4. Edamame
  5. Air popped popcorn mixed with garlic salt and pepper
  6. Mix a bowl of trail mix – raw cashews, raisins, almonds, hazelnuts, dark chocolate chips
  7. Honey crisp apple slices and peanut butter
  8. Sliced deli meat and avocado on a brown rice tortilla
  9. Baked sweet potato with ricotta and sauteed chard or spinach
  10. New Planet Beer – Tread Lightly Ale or 3R Raspberry Ale

Tell us who you are cheering on and why and have a chance of winning a sample of our new beer out later this month – Off Grid Pale Ale.  Leave your comment below. Please limit one comment per person.

If you are reading this blog, you have likely sampled a New Planet Beer from a brown bottle. And you may have observed some of your glutenoid friends drinking from cans and wondered when you can enjoy the same?  While New Planet Beer is committed to bottles for the near future, we are open to putting our beers in cans.

Walking through the liquor store it is quickly apparent that there is a new trend in the beer industry, cans. No longer are they traditional cans, constrained by the combination of silver, blue, white and red. Today’s can is a canvas, a piece of art, that makes the experience of drinking beer that much more special. But there must be more to it, after all, bottles have been used for centuries.

Below are four reasons that bottles are preferred over cans. We’ll discuss the benefits of cans in a later post.

  1. History – The story goes that a monk stored his beer in a wine bottle and it kept well. Beer has been in brown bottles ever since and eventually evolved to different bottle shapes to accentuate certain qualities of their beer.
  2. Skunked – If light strikes beer it can change its taste and smell. Ultra-violet light chemically changes iso-humulones (isomerized hop oils, which are responsible for the bitterness hops add to beer) into mercaptans, the exact same ingredient in a skunk’s spray!
  3. Taste – Many people feel beer tastes better from the bottle. Aluminum can leave an aftertaste in beer (however, cans now have added a liner to prevent fluctuations in taste, made from BPA, which has its own downsides.)
  4. Temperature control – Glass does a better job keeping the beer cold. Aluminum convects quicker than glass, warming the beer, however, cozies solve this problem.

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer bottles or cans? Leave a comment below and tell us why.

Make your football festivities gluten-free friendly. Gluten-free food + gluten-free beer = a good time! Here is one of our favorite recipes for finger eating football fun, provided by Gluten-Free Goddess.

Nachos Fabuloso Recipe

Your shopping list:

  • 3 heaping cups organic blue corn tortilla chips
  • 3 heaping cups organic yellow corn tortilla chips
  • Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 4 oz. Cheddar or Jack cheese, shredded
  • A big handful of organic sweet grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos, or chopped mild green chiles
  • Good chili powder or chipotle powder, to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, if desired
  • Optional for carnivores- Add pieces of cooked chicken, turkey or grass fed ground beef.

Make it just right:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large roasting pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Layer the blue and yellow corn tortilla chips in the bottom of the lined pan; drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil [to be truly decadent a la Rocco, pour the chips into a bowl first, drizzle with olive oil, and toss well to coat evenly].
  3. Sprinkle with half of the shredded cheese. Layer the tomatoes, jalapenos, and the remaining shredded cheese. Believe it or not, drizzle a little more olive oil all over the the nachos. Add a dusting of spice, to taste, and chopped cilantro, if desired.
  4. Bake for about seven to ten minutes, or so, until the cheese has melted and the nachos are happy and sizzling.
  5. Crack open some crisp and cold New Planet Gluten-Free Beer, and enjoy!

Eating at restaurants can be an arduous activity for those wishing to follow a gluten-free diet. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ambiance of your favorite restaurant or bar. Restaurants are increasingly aware of the gluten-free community and are improving their menus to accommodate their clientele.

Right here in Colorado many restaurants already offer a wide array of gluten-free options.  At New Planet Beer we are trying our hardest to make our beer widely available in restaurants and bars across the state. Each month we’ll feature a gluten-free friendly restaurant…..that serves New Planet Beer of course!


Restaurant 4580, located on Broadway in North Boulder, offers a great selection of gluten-free entrees and appetizers, more than half of their menu is gluten-free, including items like “Butternut and White-Bean Hummus” and “Wild Mushroom Risotto.” Or try the 4580 burger on a gluten-free bun and order Tread Lightly Ale to wash it down.

They have a great bar, and on Sunday nights it’s happy hour all night long, which means $2.50 New Planet Beer all night long!

If you are looking for a great gluten-free friendly restaurant that supports the gluten-free community, local farmers and businesses, this is a great choice.

It’s our goal as a company, not only to bring our fans and fellow beer drinkers the best tasting array of gluten-free beers available, but also, to be a resource to our community.

There can be a lot of hesitation when starting a gluten-free diet. It’s incredible how many items contain gluten.  It may seem a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. In fact there are plenty of grains and carbohydrates that are naturally gluten-free and most of them contain more nutrients compared to the ones with gluten!

Our favorite naturally gluten-free foods (part 1):

  1. Brown Rice – packed with essentials like manganese, fiber, essential fatty acids and fiber. It has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, and has been tied to weight loss.
  2. Quinoa – the Super Crop: loaded with protein, 9 essential amino acids and is a good source of magnesium, which can help reduce migraine headaches.
  3. Almonds – another high protein seed, almonds have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, reducing likelihood of heart disease and weight gain.
  4. Millet – grown locally in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming area, it is a non acid-forming food which means it’s easy to digest.  Loaded with phosphorus, magnesium and manganese.
  5. Sorghum – The main ingredient in New Planet Beers!  Is a popular substitute for flour and is full of protein.

New Planet Beer attended the world’s first International Beer Bloggers & Online Media Conference that took place November 5-7, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Beer bloggers, industry bloggers, and other beer and social media professionals gathered from throughout North America and beyond to meet, learn, and share. What a fun event!

Beer bloggers shared topics ranging from blogging best practices to beer and food pairings. Another hot topic was how to better connect women and beer, which turned out to be a heated conversation…but in the end, it turned out to be an extra reason to raise the glass, so everyone was happy.

The most exciting event at the conference was called Live Beer Blogging, in which New Planet Beer participated. It was kind of like speed dating, but with a lot of beer. Bloggers were seated at 12 round tables of 8-10 people per table, who were armed with computers with a constant connection to their blog, facebook and twitter accounts. We had five minutes per table to pour a sample, educate them about our beer, our company, and field questions. At the end of each time slot, a bell would sound and we’d run to the next table. After 60 minutes of the New Planet Beer pitch, voices were lost, but we had a wonderful time connecting with these beer connoisseurs.

New Planet Beer was the only gluten-free beer represented as both Tread Lightly Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale were sampled. With a heavy gluten friendly audience, our gluten-free beer fared well. Here is a snap shot of what was said about New Planet Beer.

Some of the Tweets:

MrSanjiv: @newplanetbeer: tread lightly ale and 3r raspberry ale. I’m not anti-gluten, but this could turn me. #bbc10

sodakbeer: #BBC10 @newplanetbeer Raspberry Ale – raspberry aroma/taste – gluten free – light bodied – easy drinker!

iBT_Jake: Oh , hello gluten free beer, nice to meet you. 3R Rasberry Ale and Tread Lightly Ale from @newplanetbeer. Very cool what they’re doing.

billybroas: Impressed with my first gluten free beers from @newplanetbeer. It’s made from sorghum.

Goats_Udder: #BBC10 @newplanetbeer 3r raspberry AMAZING RASPBERRY HONEY FLAVOR

Thanks to all the beer bloggers for such a great event!

Football has seemingly taken over the television, and beer, generally in large quantities, is the ideal drink of choice. While many of you are now aware of New Planet Gluten-Free Beer, you may still be searching for that perfect game time snack to compliment your delicious, gluten-free brew.

Of course there are corn chips. While most are gluten-free, not all are, so it is best to read the labels. The full line of salsas and corn chips from Green Mountain Gringo are gluten-free and are absolutely delicious.

But halftime calls for more than just chips and salsa. We’ll be posting a series of gluten-free snacks to go with your ice cold Tread Lightly Ale throughout the football season. Here is the first one to add to your mix – Artichoke and Roasted-Pepper Dip.

Artichoke and Roasted-Pepper Dip

You’ll have some dip left over for impromptu entertaining–try it with raw vegetables, pita chips, or plain crackers. It also makes a delicious sandwich spread.

Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 1 artichoke and 1/3 cup dip)


  • 2  red bell peppers
  • 2  artichokes (1 pound)
  • 12  cups  water
  • 3  lemon slices
  • 1  bay leaf
  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 2  teaspoons  Dijon mustard
  • 1  teaspoon  red wine vinegar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried fines herbes
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  finely crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2  teaspoon  capers


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, discarding seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil for 10 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 20 minutes. Peel and set aside.
  3. Cut off artichoke stems, and remove bottom leaves. Trim about 1 inch from tops of artichokes. Bring water, lemon slices, and bay leaf to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add artichokes; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until a leaf near the center of each artichoke pulls out easily. Drain well; discard lemon and bay leaf. Set aside.
  4. Combine bell peppers, oil, mustard, and vinegar in a blender; process until smooth. Combine bell pepper mixture, fines herbs, and black pepper. Spoon 2/3 cup into a serving bowl; sprinkle with feta and capers. Serve with artichokes. Cover and chill remaining dip.

Leslie Revsin, Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2000