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Gluten Free and Vegan Friendly

Gluten Free

Gluten is a protein, present in cereal products (Wheat, Barley, Rye), that can cause an allergic reaction in gluten intolerant people.

We use a protease enzyme in the fermentation process that breaks down the specific gluten protein into harmless peptides

According to UK /EU law and the UK Coeliac Society, a food product can be classified as gluten free if the gluten content of the product is less than 20 parts per million.

All of our beers have been certified as containing less than 10 parts per million by a UKAS accredited laboratory, using the recognised “Competitive R5 ELISA” test (appropriate for beer, where hydrolysed gluten may be present).

And because it is only the long chain gluten proteins that are broken down, there is no effect on the taste of the beer, or any other characteristic.

Vegan Friendly

All of our beers are suitable for vegans, even our cask conditioned ales. Cask ales are unfiltered and contain a small amount of yeast sediment, which is necessary for the “cask conditioning” stage of production. This is what makes cask ale unique, with carbonation occurring naturally as the yeast consumes the last of the fermentable sugars.

Until recently, the only effective way of getting this sediment to drop out of cask ale quickly, to leave a clear, bright pint, was to add Isinglass finings to the cask. Isinglass is derived from fish, and although these finings are not actually consumed (they drop to the bottom of the cask with the yeast sediment), they have, nonetheless, been in contact with the ale.

We now use an alternative, plant based, fining agent in our cask ales that actually work better than Isinglass, producing a star bright pint that is genuinely vegan.

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