Posted June 19, 2017

The Exchange Brewery releases Gluten-free Saison

Niagara-on-the-Lake – The Exchange Brewery has released its new Gluten-free Saison, made from buckwheat and sorghum, the brewery said today.

“We began with a series of raw material testing of gluten free grains and sugar sources, both for colour contribution and flavour profile,” explains Sam Maxbauer, Head Brewer. “We tested quinoa, sorghum, buckwheat, amaranth and some various seeds. We then settled on sorghum and buckwheat as the best base flavour profile to begin building our recipe on.”

Before release, the beer was tested by a Quebec laboratory where it measured less than 10ppm gluten; The Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires gluten-free products to be less than 20 ppm.

“The ExB Brewers meticulously cleaned and inspected all equipment for the brewing, fermentation and packaging,” adds Maxbauer. “Working in our regular brew house, an environment with gluten, made this challenging. But with a few modifications to the brewing process, we were able to achieve our final goal of creating a high-quality gluten-free beer, that actually tastes good.”

Exchange’s Gluten-free Saison (5.8%) is available now through the brewery in 750ml bottles.

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