Did you know?
All of our beer is VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE!
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein that is naturally found in wheat, barley and rye, and cereals such as oats and triticale. Gluten acts as a glue in baking and cooking and helps to bind ingredients together, contributing to consistency and texture.
To have something considered as gluten-free in the UK means it must be tested against its gluten contents and be less than 20ppm (parts per million).
This is particularly difficult to achieve in certain products where wheat, barley or grains make up their main ingredients. In beer, gluten is usually present as the traditional brewing process involves using barley - a gluten containing cereal.
We have tested all of our beers and each one came back at less than 10ppm, meaning we are well within the safe-zone and confidently able to sell them as gluten-free products.
The science behind the madness...
Gluten reduced VS Gluten-free Explained
We use an enzyme called protease to help strip out the gluten in the beer we create. Protease is an enzymatic solution used for sensible protein degradation - or in other words, it breaks down the gluten by clumping proteins together and drops them out of the beer. This does mean our beer is gluten reduced rather than gluten-free - but to a safe enough level that we are allowed to advertise and sell them as gluten-free!
We have of course looked into possibilities of using ingredients that contain no gluten at all, however we cannot make it viable
at the moment as we would have to import our malt from the US which is not cost effective for a business our size. It would also increase our carbon footprint massively, and keeping our environmental impact small is a huge part of our ethos and makes up the grounds for many of our decisions.
We therefore feel that we are doing the most we can in our current circumstances to be as inclusive as possible.
We are open and transparent about our brewing process, the ingredients we use and of course the health and safety of our wonderful customers.
If you have any questions around this topic, you can always drop us an email!