This experience could have been avoided. The good news that came from it was learning a few lessons. One is to never feel guilty asking for details. Another is sometimes it can be difficult to read the fine print. In the case of a food allergy or intolerance, can lead to undesirable consequences and infringe upon an individual’s quality of life. Eating or drinking small amounts of gluten CAN cause reactions in the human body and people ARE reacting to products labeled as gluten-reduced. Perhaps this is why the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (the agency in charge of alcoholic beverage labeling) continues to say gluten-free label claims for products made from gluten-containing grains are misleading to customers who seek to avoid the consumption of gluten for health reasons. The TTB goes one step further to remind consumers that the FDA has determined there is still no scientifically valid way to evaluate the claims that beers made from gluten-containing grains can be processed in a way that removes gluten and that there is inadequate evidence about whether such methods are effective.
For some who choose to live gluten-free, consuming trace amounts of gluten may not cause reactions. At Grouse Malting and Roasting, we believe all people deserve access to high-quality food and beverages that are truly gluten-free. We provide the highest quality ingredients for you to brew and enjoy delicious beer that is 100% gluten-free. It is true that for some drinking a gluten-removed beer may not induce symptoms. It is all a spectrum of sensitivity. For me, drinking a gluten-removed beer would be like eating that orange chicken all over again. I’ve learned to read the fine print. Have you?