FIRSTLY, Can people with coeliac disease drink Critical Mass?
What is this gluten stuff anyway?
Not to get too technical or anything but gluten is a type of protein found in grains like wheat and barley (key beer ingredients). It binds bread together and gives structure to lots of foods.
As good as gluten can be, it’s not so great for some people – gluten can cause health problems for those with an intolerance, allergy, or celiac disease. This is why more and more gluten-free options have been popping up lately – hooray!
Is there gluten in Beer?
Yep. Most beers contain gluten. A lot of beer brewing uses grains like wheat, rye or barley to add flavour and help with fermentation (the process that makes beer alcoholic) – all of which have those pesky gluten proteins.
How are gluten-free beers made?
There are two different ways that gluten-free beer can be made which are safe for people with gluten intolerances.
The first way is to use ingredients that absolutely do not contain gluten. This means using something like rice, corn, or buckwheat instead of wheat, barley, or rye in the brewing process. The other way involves a bit of special science – a clever enzyme that breaks down the gluten proteins during fermentation.
What does gluten-free beer taste like?
Most of the flavour from beer comes from the hops, but the grain used does impart some tastebud-tingling flavours and textures onto the beer as well.
These are some (but not all) of the grains you can commonly see in beer ingredients:
- Wheat – gives the beer a foamy head and a fuller body (Hey! Mind out of the gutter).
- Corn – makes a beer smooth and adds a tasty sweetness.
- Oats – offer a creamy feel and smooth texture.
- Rice – doesn’t add a flavour itself. Instead, it helps build a nice bitterness profile.
- Rye – adds a complex and crisp taste and gives a beer a little spiciness – yum!
Some people complain that a gluten-free beer doesn’t have the same mouthfeel (yes it’s a word) as other beers – to which we say: you clearly haven’t tried the BEST GF beer yet!
What’s the best gluten-free beer?
Floating among the stars of the gluten-free galaxy, Critical Mass was born. With its smooth taste and juicy fruit notes, all without the gluten, we think it’s the best gluten free beer in the universe.
This is our first EVER gluten-free beer and we’re pretty proud of it. It’s got all the hoppy, citrusy, juicy flavour of a good IPA just without those pesky gluten proteins!
How is Critical Mass gluten-free?
We make Critical Mass the same way as normal beer but with one big difference. We introduced a handy little enzyme into the fermentation stage, that zaps away all those pesky gluten particles.
The next time you need to wet your whistle with pals down the pub, or even just fancy kicking back on your spaceship, you don’t need to miss out on the fun – make your interstellar drink a can of Critical Mass Session IPA. All the flavour of a great IPA, without the gluten (and the tummy ache).