Saturday, October 17, 2015

Brooklyn Lager

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Beer: Brooklyn Lager
Style: American Amber/Red Lager/Vienna Lager
Brewing location: Brooklyn, NY
Originating country:  United States
Alcohol by Volume: 5.2% 
Ingredients: malted barley, hops, water, yeast
Format tested: 12 oz. bottle purchased in London, England
Beeradvocate rating: 86/100
Ratebeer rating: 86/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter.
  • The owners hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity.
  • Esquire magazine selected the Brooklyn Lager 16 ounce as one of the "Best Canned Beers to Drink Now" in a February, 2012 article.
  • In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites.
  • 2010 World Beer Championships: Gold Medal, 2011 World Beer Championships: Gold Medal, 2010 3rd place, 2010 Hong Kong International Beer Awards Winner.

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 Brooklyn Lager

I heard a rumor this one was 'low gluten'. Because it's not distributed on the US west coast where I live, I picked up some on a recent trip to London! As you can see above, it is more than 20 ppm using EZ Gluten. This is not really my cup of tea. The label says Vienna Lager but I don't agree; it's way too malty and the citrus taste makes me feel like I'm swirling breakfast cereal and orange juice in my mouth - great for morning drinking!

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 12 oz. bottle in 30 minutes and felt no gluten effects.


  1. I've been drinking this lovely beer lately, because of this test:
    Now I know why I get symptoms after all....

  2. From what I can tell, as a non-celiac with sensitivity issues, what matters is that Brooklyn is organic, non-GMO, non-corn syrup, no carogeenan. The gluten might not be the problem in non-Celiac sensitive people. Some beers have 50x the herbicides as tap water. Brooklyn does not. No additives either.