The FDA gluten-free labeling rule is 20 parts per million (ppm) or less of gluten. There is a lot of information out there regarding this, so read here if you’re interested in learning more.
That being said, there are a number of breweries that have “gluten reduced” beer, which is 20 ppm or less of gluten or they say is “crafted to reduce gluten.” I will admit, this is one area I occasionally cheat with. And I shouldn’t because whether or not I can feel the effects, it’s affecting my gut.
Gluten-free beer that is made with ZERO gluten is a very rare find. Holidaily Brewing Co. in Golden, CO, is here to save the day! They have special equipment that allows them to brew beer that never has gluten it in. Go check them out and they can explain it all. They are the experts.
What does this have to do with a pizza place?! Pizza and beer obviously go together, and our friends at Denver Deep Dish recognized that by partnering up with Holidaily for a Gluten Free Beer Dinner. The Gluten Free Pizza Club had to check it out and it was awesome.
The 1st course was Gluten Free Cheese Bread (accidentally) paired with the Favorite Blonde. The bread was from The Gluten Free Explorer, topped with cheese and traditionally served with a side of marinara sauce. It was a club favorite due to its soft consistency and the cheese.
The Favorite Blonde is the first beer for Holidaily to can and sell in stores. While it’s their top seller, it’s not our top pick due to it being a bit too hoppy.
The 2nd course was Smoked & Grilled Buffalo Wings paired with the Buckwit Belgian (accidentally switched in order with the Favorite Blonde). The wings had a really good, fresh flavor, even though some were a little fatty. I will be ordering those again! The Buckwit Belgin is this blonde’s favorite! No words to describe it – go to the brewery and have a pint.
We are at Denver Deep Dish, so of course pizza will be on the menu. The chef prepared Deep Dish Supreme Gluten Free Pizza which was paired with the Darc Marc Black IPA. The crust was really good, however, I would have preferred one of their other topping options. I am not an IPA fan, so the Darc Marc was way too hoppy for me and the club agreed.
The 4th and last course was Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Balls served with the Headbanger Brown. The balls were a bit too rich, so one bite was enough! The Headbanger Brown came in 2nd favorite for the beers.
It’s also important to note that Holidaily came in before the dinner to triple clean the taps to be sure no residue from regular beer was left in the tubes. The cross-contamination risk is high, which is why most gluten-free beer is served in bottles; that, and it’s not as popular…yet!
Our second visit to Denver Deep Dish was another great experience and we look forward to visiting the brewery again soon!
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