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Ardent to release gluten-reduced Lawnmower Beer this Saturday

The Gluten-Reduced Lawnmower is clear, with a golden straw color and medium white head.

Trevor Dickerson

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From Ardent Craft Ales:

Join us for Ardent’s first official gluten-reduced release, our Gluten-Reduced Lawnmower! To those with celiac disease or severe gluten allergies, please read our note at the bottom of this event.

At Ardent, we’re always looking for ways to include beer lovers with celiac disease, gluten allergies, and gluten sensitivities. You might know our taproom manager, Lincoln, whose son has celiac disease. You can often find Lincoln experimenting with alternative grain sources to produce small-batch gluten-free beers (like the two featured at our Pilot Night No. 8). In addition, many of our customers have also expressed interest in gluten-reduced beers for themselves or their loved ones. If we can offer these options, it just makes sense!

We first brewed our Lawnmower in the summer when we were looking for an easy-drinking, warm weather brew. Because the Lawnmower is light in both body and malt presence, it was the ideal candidate to test Brewers Clarex, an enzyme that breaks down gluten. To be successful, not only would the enzyme have to be effective, but the beer would also have to taste good—more than good, actually, the beer would have to taste consistent with its original flavor. To our delight, the enzyme worked, and the Lawnmower still tasted like a great session ale, with no flavor degradation or reduction in quality. In fact, since this experiment turned out so well, we’re considering testing Brewers Clarex with some of our other sessionable, low-ABV beers.

Tasting notes: The Gluten-Reduced Lawnmower is clear, with a golden straw color and medium white head. Cereal grains on the nose lead to a crisp, light, clean mouthfeel and flavors of biscuit and rye. A refreshing, light-bodied, and easy-drinking ale.

River City Wood Fire Pizza and River City Kettle Corn will be here with plenty of delicious food, and the Break Your Resolution in Scott’s Additionbar crawl will be firing up at 6. Come through the neighborhood for brews, food, and bar crawling!

 

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