Gluten-free Short’s Fans, this one’s for you!

This May, we announced that Space Rock, an American Pale Ale, would be joining Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown, and Local’s in our Flagship lineup (available on draft and on store shelves 365 days a year) and today, we announce that Space Rock is now crafted to remove gluten and safe for those with a gluten-free diet to imbibe!

In an effort to brew beer safe for gluten-free Michiganders to enjoy year-round, we recognized that one gluten removed specialty release (Alien Einstein) was simply not enough. According to our Director of Quality, Tyler Glaze “The recipe for Space Rock always contained Brewer’s Clarex, a naturally occurring enzyme, to remove chill haze. The same enzyme eliminates gluten and we suspected that the enzyme completely removed gluten just like in Alien Einstein. So, we decided to send a bottle out to be tested at the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program’s lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The results came back great and the gluten is  completely removed from the beer in batches brewed after August 1, 2015. The taste hasn’t changed a bit. It’s still the same, delicious, moderately bitter American Pale Ale with floral and orange aromas, but with an added bonus.”

“We are stoked to release Space Rock with the ‘Crafted to Remove Gluten’ labeling now. Such a tasty beer! We hope our customers are as excited and thirsty as us!”

All Space Rock bottles packaged in new 12 packs (with updated label art) has been tested and proven to be gluten removed. Any single bottles, 12 packs, and kegs of Space Rock packaged on or after 8/1/2015 have also been crafted to remove gluten, however, if you are highly sensitive to gluten, we must warn you to be cautious of Space Rock on draft (in establishments other than our pub) as lines may contain trace amounts of gluten from previous draft beers.

In order to distinguish Space Rock that has been crafted to remove gluten from the original release, we teamed up with Tanya Whitley, the artist behind this and so many other fantastic Short’s beer labels, to update the artwork. You’ll see changes to Joe’s spacecraft and outfit as well as a new “Crafted to Remove Gluten” insignia on Space Rock crafted to remove gluten packaging.

So go ahead, indulge in those little nuggets of alien technology.

11 thoughts on “Gluten-free Short’s Fans, this one’s for you!”

  1. griffin says:

    So its not a gluten free beer? Would using wheat/barley really change the recipe?

    1. Short's Brewing Company says:

      Hi Griffin,

      We do use wheat and barley to brew Space Rock which technically means it is not a gluten free beer. Our process for removing gluten using Brewer’s Clarex makes this beer “crafted to remove gluten.”

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  3. Peter Nincompoop says:

    This beer drinks great, packs a punch of flavor, and leaved me feeling great and less bloated. However, I wonder if the beer has more than 20 grams of sugar per serving?

    1. Short's Brewing Company says:

      Hey Peter,

      Space Rock contains 0 grams of sugar, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of dietary fiber.


  4. Formerly Flow says:

    Being on a special FODMAP diet, I need to know the ingredients of SPACEROCK beer.

    1. Short's Brewing Company says:


      Space Rock is brewed with a total of 5 ingredients: water, hops, malt, yeast, and a clarifying enzyme. In addition, one 12 oz serving of Space Rock contains 145 calories, 12 g total carbohydrates, and 0 grams of sugar. Please feel free to email us at if we can help answer any additional questions.


  5. Victor Velazquez jr says:

    Love the gf beers.

  6. Kelley says:

    how many gluten free beers to do you have?

    1. Short's Brewing Company says:

      Space Rock and Alien Einstein are our two beers that are crafted to remove gluten. Cheers!

  7. Tony Hamann says:

    Can person with Celiac Disease drink your gluten free beers?

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