Press Release: Deschutes Brewery Introduces Gluten Free Golden Ale

Here’s a press release that could even tie in with my Colorful Beer Week this month (it’s a "Golden" Ale). I remember seeing this beer on the Brewery’s Pub-exclusive list; apparently they were experimenting with the recipe.

Pity it’s going to be draft-only, though; bottling something like this could be a big hit, I think.

(And check out the ingredients they’re using!)

Bringing Good Beer to Oregon’s Celiacs

Deschutes Brewery is staying true to its “Never Settle” philosophy by creating Gluten Free Golden Ale – its first gluten free beer. Using sorghum, brown rice and roasted chestnuts instead of malted barley or wheat as the sources of extract to avoid gluten, the Deschutes brewers were able to create a flavor that is very similar to the crystal malt used in many of their other signature beers.

Deschutes Brewery’s Gluten Free Golden Ale is a new and improved version of its Rootin’ Tootin’ Low Gluten beer, which won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Brewers Association 2008 World Beer Cup Awards in the Gluten Free Beer category, beating 12 entrants from some of the world’s best breweries. Although the brewery has produced a small batch of low gluten beer before, the Deschutes brewers were so fastidious in brewing this new gluten free beer that they not only double cleaned the brewing equipment, but also grew the yeast culture used to ferment the beer from a single cell using only sorghum as its nutritional source. The absence of wheat, barley and malt makes the brew a perfect option for individuals with celiac disease.

“We saw that there was a large group of people who weren’t able to enjoy traditional beers and we’re very excited that the release of Gluten Free Golden Ale will make great beer available to everyone,” says Deschutes Brewery President and Founder Gary Fish. “The most important part about developing this beer was to make something that tasted really good – the fact that it is gluten free makes it all the more unique.”

Gluten Free Golden Ale will only be available on draft at the Deschutes Brewery and Public Houses in Bend and Portland beginning August 21st.

One comment

  1. We’re carrying Redbridge gluten-free beer at our restaurant now. It’s brewed by ABusch and tastes just like a Budweiser, only a bit sweeter.

    Had a lady come in for gluten-free pizza, and I offered her a gluten-free beer as well. She started crying while drinking it – saying she hadn’t had beer in so long, and this was one of the best days of her life…

    so I sent her home with a 6-pack. 🙂

    If DBrewery bottles their gluten-free ale, it will become a huge success. People with wheat / barley / rye allergies shop all over the world for food items; gluten-free beer would be a smash hit!

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