Tasting Preview: WA: Full Throttle Bottles hosts Gluten-free Tasting

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Seattle, WA – Believe it or not there are some of us that cannot enjoy the luxury of visiting the nearest grocer for that 22, 12, or six pack of their favorite beer. To those that have no idea what we are talking about then you can consider yourself lucky. But to a small population of people out there (1 in 133 Americans) in the world, Celiac Disease is very real and when it comes to beer it REALLY sucks.

Definition of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is a genetic disorder that affects at least 1 in 133  Americans. Symptoms of celiac disease can range from the classic features, such as diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition, to latent  symptoms such as isolated nutrient deficiencies but no gastrointestinal symptoms. The disease mostly affects people of European (especially Northern European) descent, but recent studies show that it also affects Hispanic, Black and Asian populations as well. Those affected suffer damage to the villi (shortening and villous flattening) in the lamina propria and crypt regions of their intestines when they eat specific food-grain antigens (toxic amino acid sequences) that are found in wheat, rye, and barley. Oats  have traditionally been considered to be toxic to celiacs, but recent scientific studies have shown otherwise. This research is ongoing, however, and it may be too early to draw solid conclusions.-source, Celiac.com “Celiac Disease and Gluten-free Diet Information since 1995”

So, much like being the Omnivore in a room filled with Vegetarians you are most likely disinterested in this event. Still you might consider making a trip to Full Throttle Bottles to check out this special tasting. If on the other hand you are one of the unfortunate (1 in 133 American’s) that would really like to give beer another go then head over to Georgetown (starting at 5:00 PM).

Gluten-free Sample List featured tonight.

  • Green's Endeavor Dubble Ale: The dubbel style originated in Belgium, possibly as a "second style" offered for sale by monastic breweries. Green's Endeavour Dubbel is the world's first version of this style made with no barley. In the classic dubbel fashion, this brew has a hint of dark-sugar and toffee flavor; and a traditional Belgian yeast bouquet. Makes a fine aperitif; also great with traditional Italian antipasto, soft cheeses, gluten-free baked goods and Belgian-style "pomme frites." 7.0% ABV
  • Green's Discovery Amber Ale: A diagnosis of celiac disease led the founder of Green's to improved health, but also a desire for fine full-flavored beers. Green's Discovery Amber Ale was developed in collaboration with the respected DeProef Brewery, in Lochristi, Belgium. Made with millet, sorghum, rice and buckwheat - no wheat or barley - it is fermented with a classic strain of Belgian ale yeast. Medium-bodied with subtle caramel and nut flavor nuances. Refined, herbal hop aroma and finish. Served best with fresh fruit, breakfast cassarole at brunch, baked potatoes, rice dishes, chicken or fuller-flavored fish.
  • New Grist: New Grist is an all-sorghum beer, brewed from sorghum and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. This light bodied Celiac-safe beer can be called "barley-free," and is a great beer for those who need to live on restricted diets due to intolerance to gluten, a protein found in common brewing grains such as barley, wheat, rye, oats, spelt, kamut and triticale. 5% ABV
  • Red Bridge: Redbridge is made without wheat or barley, so the approximately 3.2 million consumers who are unable to drink beer made with barley due to Celiac Disease or because they follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet can once again enjoy a great tasting beer. Redbridge is a rich, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste.
  • St. Peter's: Aclean, crisp gluten-free ale with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops.  4.2% ABV

Cost is only $3 and as always the bottleshop asks that you obey the fine print.

Due to licensing laws in the state of Washington, we are limited to serving no more than 2oz per varietal/flavor and no more than a grand total of 8oz. You must be over the age of 21 to imbibe. (And I don't mean dog years...) –source, Full Throttle Bottle’s newsletter.

August 3rd, 2011 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM $3
Full Throttle Bottles
5909 Airport Way South Seattle, WA 98108


About the photo’s author
+Russ is a photo blogger and an avid beer fan who got immersed in beer and the Seattle beer culture through homebrewing and the thirsty pursuit of new craft ales to sample.

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