May it be known that May 16th is now officially “Gluten-Free Beer Day” in Portland, effective as of yesterday morning at 9:30 via mandate by Mayor Adams at the City Hall. In honor of Celiac Awareness Month and the gluten-free efforts demonstrated by three Portland-based companies of Craft Brew Alliance, Mayor Adams stamped a new part of gluten-free history for Portland.
To our knowledge, Mayor Adams has no connection with the Boston beer company, Samuel Adams, so there’s isn’t any kind of conspiracy going on here nor are we trying to pull your leg, but it does make for a comical coincidence.
Omission Beer line as well as Deschutes Brewery and Harvester Brewing are the three conglomerates that make up the tri-force bringing Portlanders a gluten-free remedy they can enjoy. Omission Beer launched their gluten-free line earlier this year, Deschutes has been brewing gluten-free beer since 2007, and Harvester Brewing established themselves in 2011 with their gluten-free exclusive ales.
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, not all of these gluten-free beers are 0 parts per million, which also goes for gluten-free beer throughout the U.S. and worldwide. For instance, Omission Beer uses malt and barley in their formula and even though it is significantly lower than the international standard of 20 parts per million, It does exempt a lot of gluten-intolerant consumers. Therefore, people with Celiac Disease and/or high sensitivity to gluten should research the parts per million and/or contact the brewing company before indulging in these products.