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4th November 2022

Cloudwater makes beer more accessible through gluten-free verification

The UK’s leading independent craft brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co.*, has gone through the necessary testing to verify that two of its beers, Helles, a classic lager brewed to Bavarian standards, and SoCal, a bright pale ale, are gluten free.

Paul Jones, Founder and Managing Director of Manchester-based Cloudwater Brew Co., said: “In an effort to make our beers accessible to as many people as possible we have only ever brewed vegan beer, so we are thrilled to be able to transition two of our core range beers to Gluten Free labels as soon as we practically can.” While they are now verified as gluten free, this hasn’t necessitated any changes or alterations to the recipes of the beers and they continue to deliver the exacting quality and flavours that have already led to them becoming firm favourites for many craft beer fans.

With it now estimated that at least 10% of UK consumers are following some form of gluten free diet**, this verification represents a solution for many beer drinkers who have had to settle for below-par gluten free options.

“Several members of our team and close family members navigate allergens and intolerances as part of their daily struggles to eat and drink well without compromising their health or pursuit of joy. It’s a thrill to know that people seeking gluten-free beers will be able to choose two entirely uncompromising products now that we have undertaken this testing and verification process.”

As part of the verification process Cloudwater used an external chemistry lab to ensure that the beers were below the globally accepted threshold of 20ppm for gluten-free labelling. The process for measuring this is called Ridascreen Gliadin Competitive testing, with the results for Cloudwater’s Helles, a classic lager brewed to Bavarian standards, and SoCal, a bright pale ale identifying that they had levels of gluten below 10ppm.

Cloudwater Brew Co. offers a continuously updated selection of beer styles as well as a core range of beers. These core beers include the gluten free Helles and SoCal, as well as Happy, an easy pale, Super Happy, an orangey and juicy pale, and Fuzzy, a peachy hazy pale.



Gluten free beer 

We use an external lab at Murphy & Sons, who employ Ridascreen Gliadin Competitive testing to verify gluten below 10ppm. This threshold is below the globally accepted standard for gluten-free labelling of <20ppm. This testing method is approved by the American Society of Brewing Chemists, Association of Official Analytical Chemists, and American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Cloudwater Brew Co.

Cloudwater Brew Co. is a Manchester-based brewery that is devoted to producing beers that offer bold, precise flavours and bottomless drinkability. Driven by values that we hold dear, we have a commitment to being an ethically conscious, human-centred business that drives positive change. Having brewed our first beers in 2015, we have made hundreds of different beers, in styles old and new, classical and imagined, evolving our brewing skills, honing our sensory evaluation techniques, and trialling fermentation and process changes in pursuit of ever higher-quality beer.

Press release from Cloudwater.

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