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Autumn Brewing Co.

Gluten-free Brewing – A Brief Insight

January 23, 2017

Over the past two years, we’ve been working hard to perfect great tasting gluten-free beers and thought we would give you a brief insight into the world of gluten-free brewing.


Fundamentally, there are two ways of brewing gluten-free beer:  Using barley or NOT using barley.


The vast majority of breweries in the UK, currently producing gluten-free beers, use traditional brewing grains, like barley and wheat. These beers are brewed using malts, containing gluten, and very often, but not always, using enzymes to break the gluten down during fermentation, to below the recognised gluten-free standard of 20 parts per million (ppm).

At Autumn Brewing Co., we believe the best and the right approach to producing high quality gluten-free beer, is to start with NATURALLY gluten-free grains and absolutely NO barley, wheat, rye or any other gluten-containing ingredients.

Just like in the production of other beers and lagers, our naturally gluten-free ingredients go through a mashing process before being separated from the sugary liquid, known as Wort. The Wort is then boiled, cooled, fermented and conditioned before finally being bottled.

All our beers are certified through the Coeliac UK Crossed Grain Symbol scheme and every batch is tested by an independent United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited laboratory to make sure the beers comply with Coeliac UK certification standards.

The ingredients we use are malted rice, malted millet and flaked quinoa. The malting process makes the extraction of fermentable sugars easier from naturally gluten-free grains, than using other methods. It also means a wide range of beer styles can be brewed using light, medium and dark roasted malts.

We are the first brewing company in Europe, to import naturally gluten-free brewing malts from Eckert Malting & Brewing Company and Grouse Malt House. Both suppliers are based in the USA, so you can be sure that our ALT BREW range is not just gluten-free, but also truly unique on this side of the Pond!

ALT BREW NO.01 Bavarian Style Pilsner and ALT BREW NO.02 English Pale Ale are currently available online from The Gluten Free Beer Store, or in store from Coopers@Gosforth, in Newcastle and the Black Horse pub in Low Fell, Gateshead. So why not grab a couple of bottles and let us know what you think? You can get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter and you can also rate our beers on - we welcome and appreciate all feedback.


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