gluten free alcohol free beer being made

Brewing gluten free alcohol free beer

gluten free alcohol free beer being made

We believe that great craft beer should be accessible to everyone. Simple. It’s for that very reason that we ensure all of Drop Bear’s beers are and always will be gluten free. Brewing gluten free alcohol free beer requires a great deal of knowledge, ingenuity and innovation.

Let’s explore how we achieve great tasting gluten free alcohol free beers.

What is classed as gluten free?

In the UK, anything below 20ppm of gluten is classed as gluten free.

Process No.1

Some brewers utilise gluten-free grains such as sorghum, millet, rice, or corn as a base for fermentation. These grains offer a suitable alternative to barley, ensuring the final product remains gluten-free. These beers often have slightly different aromas and flavours to regular beer.

Process No.2

The alternative approach used by many brewers including us at Drop Bear, involves utilising gluten-containing malt, such as wheat, barley, or rye. A process to reduce the gluten content to meet the legal requirement is then implemented. One effective method is the application of an enzyme during the initial stages of fermentation, which facilitates the breakdown of gluten proteins.

An excellent example of this technique is Brewers Clarex®, which also serves the purpose of reducing chill haze in beer. By utilising a protease enzyme, Brewers Clarex® efficiently degrades gluten levels to below the 20 ppm threshold. This allows the beer to be designated as gluten free. However, since these beers are brewed from barley, it is a legal requirement to mention the presence of barley on the labeling. This ensures clear identification for people seeking gluten-free options specifically made from barley.

To Summarise

The Drop Bear process of brewing alcohol free beers already produces a beer that is naturally below 20ppm gluten. Further reassurance is then provided via the addition of Brewer’s Clarex, degrading any present gluten. We test every single batch of beer in a certified laboratory so that we can confidently label our beers as <20ppm. Despite being gluten free, we legally have to add to the label that the beer is brewed with barley. Labelling may be confusing to some but we hope discussions such as this help clarify how our beers are gluten free.

Read more about this on Coeliac UK.

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Size Guide in Centimeters

S
M
L
XL
Height
175
179
183
189
Chest
91
96
102
112
Waist
76
81
86
91

Chest: Measure all round your chest just below your armpits

Waist: Measure round your waistline, where your trousers would button up.

Height: Your natural height.

If you fall between the sizes, go for the larger of the two.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

PER
100ML
330ML
ENERGY
FAT
of which saturates
CARBOHYDRATE
of which sugars
PROTEIN
SODIUM

Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Wheat, Hops, Yeast,

Allergens in bold

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