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Help Ground Breaker Brewing put their delicious gluten-free craft beer in a can.
Help Ground Breaker Brewing put their delicious gluten-free craft beer in a can.
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Ground Breaker has grown over the past three years from a small gluten-free production brewery to a small gluten-free production brewery with its own gluten-free gastropub.  We are now asking for your help to launch our 100% gluten-free beer in a 12 ounce can.


A smaller container size has been the most common request we have received from fans since shipping our first case of Pale Ale in December 2011. Since then canning has become far more accessible.
Cans provide a light and convenient package that can be much safer than a bottle when taken along on your adventures.  Because cans keep out light the also increase the shelf life of the beer.

With this project we will begin canning two beers; our most popular beer IPA No. 5 and our newest beer, Olallie Ale.  Olallie is our new 4.5% ABV beer that currently is only available through the pub in the 22 ounce bottle and on draught.  Olallie was built from the beginning to be a canned beer. 

This project will also allow us to filter our canned beers to reduce sediment that can’t be seen through the can that could diminish the canned beer drinking experience. To get canning up and running we will be purchasing canning gear and making a few necessary facility upgrades.

As with our bottled beers, GFCO (Gluten Free Certification Organization) will certify our canned beers, which requires an onsite visit from an auditor, an expense covered under this project. GFCO is the organization that allows us to use the recognizable “Certified GF” circle on our packaging.

The cans we plan to use are manufactured in Olympia, Washington.  That means minimal travel expenses to be present for the mandatory press check and lower shipping costs.

If we successfully fund this project we will be able to grow and expand, allowing us to distribute our beer further and further throughout the United States. If more money is raised than is required for canning we will use that money to add additional brewing capacity, expand our production, which in-turn will quickly lead to an expanded distribution area.
As a grateful thank-you for investing in our brewery, we have a number of rewards to offer based on your level of investment including everything from Ground Breaker koozies and coasters, to pint glasses and professional services.

For many of the perk packages we have created project specific art (made by local artist Michelle Nguyen!) that will be featured on stickers, t-shirts, and sweatshirts (size information coming soon, final colors may be slightly different).

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Sticker
Unisex Shirt
Unisex Shirt
Sporty V
Sporty V
Hoodie
Hoodie

Pictured here is a basic sketch of the Ground Breaker soccer-style socks. Size Adult 10-13.

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Socks

Local Artist Rich Hawthorne will create one-of-a-kind etched glasses with your name (space is limited to 8 letters).

 Dr. Lisa Shaver, a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist that specializes in celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, digestive issues, hormones and autoimmunity, will share her expertise during a private-party lunch at our gastropub.

Receive an invitation to the canning release party in the brewery with appetizers created by Ground Breaker’s Chef, Neil Davidson.

 Join Paxton Scott with up to 2 other friends on a tour of Portland’s gluten-free hotspots in the Ground Breaker “limo” with complimentary lunch and snacks along the way. Paxton is Ground Breaker’s head of sales and the first person to join our original team.
 Mike Johnson, owner of Mountain Air Studios and part-time Ground Breaker employee, will record, mix, and master a few tracks for the musically inclined Ground Breaker fan.

Chef Neil Davidson, of our gastropub, will travel to your home and cook a delicious custom dinner for you and three other people.  (Travel distance limited to Seattle, Bend, Pendleton, or anywhere else within 200 miles of Portland)

Your name will used on a To-Be-Determined summer seasonal.  Examples “Bill’s Berry Ale” or “Peggy’s Persimmon.” It happened to homebrewing author and teacher Denny Conn and now it can happen to you.

Finally, for the super-fan we have the complete package that gets you ready to enjoy Ground Breaker in your home.  In addition to a full set of Ground Breaker glassware, shirts, stickers, koozies, and many other perks, you get a dual faucet Beverage-Air kegerator, wrapped to match the Ground Breaker truck, set up to pour two different 1/6bbl kegs.  We promise it will look better than the one in this image and that it will have dual faucets.

 Thank you for looking.  Thank you for your support.  Please help us spread the word through Facebook and Twitter.

-The Ground Breaker Team.

Risks and challenges

The purpose of this project is to expand our existing brewery’s packaging options beyond the existing 22 ounce bottle and 1/6bbl keg to another existing, accessible, and recognizable beer package, the 12 ounce can. This project is very low risk because we are working with established and reputable canning companies who have specialized experience working with microbreweries. Canning for craft and microbreweries has risen in popularity and has become commonplace. Canned craft beer has also been embraced by most craft beer retailers.

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