Sunday, March 13, 2016

Firestone Pivo Pils

Beer: Firestone Pivo Pils
Style: German Pilsener
Brewing location: Paso Robles, CA
Originating country: USA
Alcohol by Volume: 5.3% 
Ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water
Format tested: 12 oz bottle purchased in Paso Robles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 89/100
Ratebeer rating: 92/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a brewery in Paso Robles, Central Coast California, and Buellton, California.
  • The company utilizes a patented variation of the Burton Union system developed in England in the 1800s in its oak barrel fermentation process.
  • Firestone Walker, which was World Beer Cup Champion Brewery for mid-sized breweries in 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2012, was the sixteenth largest craft brewery in the U.S. in beer sales volume in 2014.
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company was formed in 1996 in Santa Barbara County by Adam Firestone, son of Brooks Firestone and great-great grandson of Harvey Firestone who started the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and his brother-in-law David Walker.
  • July 2015, it was announced that Duvel Moortgat would be acquiring a stake in Paso Robles, California craft brewer Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

Test result photo

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 Firestone Pivo Pils

US craft brew lagers have failed to impress me so far. This is a very good effort though; distinctly hoppy but not overly so. Serve ICE cold in a Tom Collins glass.

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 and felt none of my typical gluten effects.

1 comment:

  1. Would you be willing to test Rainer? It's everywhere in Portland and I've opted PBR because of your tests, but I'd rather drink Rainer if it's ok. Thanks for all your hard work. This blog is amazing.