Sunday, April 13, 2014

Red Stripe

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Beer: Red Stripe
Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Latrobe, PA
Originating country: Jamaica
Alcohol by Volume: 4.7% 
Ingredients: Hops, malt, water and yeast
Format tested: 11.2oz bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 70/100
Ratebeer rating: 7/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Red Stripe has been the intermittent sponsor of the Jamaican bobsled team.
  • In the U.S. in 2010, the bottling size was reduced from a typical 12 oz. per serving to 11.2 oz. per serving.
  • In 1993, 51 percent ownership in Desnoes & Geddes Limited was purchased by Guinness Brewing Worldwide, now Diageo.
  • Recently Red Stripe began sponsoring the International Festival of Thumb Wrestling held annually in Mason City, Iowa. Red Stripe Vice President of Marketing Randolph Samuelson II was the first black man to win this festival, and it has held a special place in his heart since he broke the colour barrier and won the championship in 1971.
  • The US market version has been brewed in Latrobe, PA since 2012. D&G still makes Red Stripe for Jamaica, Brazil, Canada and Europe.

Test result photo

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Test result
Very High Positive at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is more than 20 ppm. Though standards vary from country to country, according to the FDA, "In order to use the term 'gluten free' on its label a food must meet all the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 ppm gluten." It is said that products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease.

My experience drinking Red Stripe
Calypso, reggae, cricket, good times. I hadn't had Red Stripe in a while so was really looking forward to this. Hmmmm what a disappointment; this was not what I remember it to be. Used to be pretty decent; this was definitely lackluster. What's going on here? Let's take a look at the label. On the front it doesn't say "Imported Jamaican Lager" any more, just "Jamaican Style Lager." OK not a good sign. Where's it brewed? Ahhhh Latrobe, PA. So now Red Stripe is about as Jamaican as Rolling Rock i.e. not very much. I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum; I am gluten intolerant but not celiac. I definitely know what it feels like to be “glutened” i.e. gluten exposure, but I have not deliberately pushed my gluten consumption limits with any food or beer. I consumed this 11.2 oz. bottle in 30 minutes and felt no gluten-type reaction.

1 comment:

  1. You might give it another try now -- post class action law suit, it's now Jamaican beer again, and reportedly back to being brewed with cassava, which is gluten-free. (Just a guess, but perhaps the move to brewing in PA included a change to being brewed with barley?) I don't think they include GF on their label, so I'd be interested to know updated results if you still have a few of those strips lying around...