The Colorado Breweries Serving Gluten-Free Decadence

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Colorado breweries Holidaily Brewing Co (certified gluten-free) and Highside Brewing Co have collaborated with a Centennial, CO-based gluten-free Gluten Escape Bakery to produce a chocolate stout just in time for Labor Day Weekend, cleverly named the ChoCollab Brownie Stout. The announcement came this week as an effort to produce a rich stout using locally sourced ingredients and to challenge the notion of a gluten-free pastry stout. Highside Brewing is committed to locally-sourced ingredients, as noted by their about section on their website, making this three-way collaboration a perfect fit.

The grains are being sourced from Grouse Malt House in Wellington, CO, and the brownies used in the brewing of this tantalizing dessert stout come from Gluten Escape Bakery out of Centennial, CO. Real award-winning, gluten-free brownies WERE harmed in the making of this beer. In conjunction with two Colorado breweries, this makes for an entirely Colorado-sourced brew. The beer will be available on draft and in crowlers at both brewery locations, starting September 3rd at Holidaily’s taproom, and September 5th at Highside’s. 
This would appear to be a turning point for gluten-free beers, as breweries all over are beginning to challenge the notions of what can and cannot be done with gluten-free ingredients. This beer is obviously a prime example, as who could have pictured a gluten-free pastry stout?  The craft beer industry is remarkably progressive and innovative, as evidenced by this upward tick as well as an upward tick in rich non-alcoholic beers. Deschutes Brewing recently released a non-alcoholic Irish Stout in an effort to push the flavor limits of non-alcoholic beer. Read about it here.