A simple solution to just reducing the overall amount of gluten in a beer is to decrease the size of the malt bill. By using less grain overall, the beer produced will naturally have less gluten in it. Unfortunately, that still wouldn't help individuals with a severe intolerance to gluten, so we needed to look for another way to really minimize the amount of gluten in a custom beer made for people who have to avoid it. After doing some research, the brewers and QC department discovered an enzyme called Clarex that could be added to a finished beer and would essentially breakdown all of the gluten within that solution. Perfect! So the brewers got to work creating two different recipes that had small overall malt bills and would receive this enzyme addition after fermentation to see how low we could reduce the gluten levels in beers specifically designed for this purpose. After having some familiarity with a few of the gluten free options already available in the market and knowing what many of us would want to drink if we were cut off from beer for any length of time, the two beers that got created were a low gluten India Pale Ale and India Pale Lager. One, called Alien Einstein*, is an India Pale Lager brewed exclusively with a newer American hop variety, Mosaic, and was fermented with Danish lager yeast strain. The other, called Dr. Zeus*, is an India Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Zeus hops (the high alpha hops used to brew Beard of Zeus) and used an English ale yeast strain for fermentaion. Once each of these beers were brewed, and fermentation had taken place, the special gluten consuming enzyme was added to drastically reduce the overall gluten content of both beers. In order to ensure that this new experimental enzyme was successful, and to make certain we would not be misleading people by promoting a low gluten beer option that wasn't safe for most gluten intolerant people to consume, we sent samples of each beer off to a lab where the specific gluten content of each one could be determined. Although we will never be able to promote either of these beers as gluten free, seeing as both started off deriving from gluten based cereal grains, we hoped that the test result numbers would provide us with the security and information to encourage certain gluten intolerant folks to try it with confidence. We are still waiting on the results from the Dr. Zeus, so until we receive those, we will not be promoting it as a low gluten beer. However, we did get the Alien Einstein results back and they were encouraging to say the least. With levels too low to even read, this beer produced gluten readings that were below the allowable numbers (below 5 parts per million) for gluten free products!! Basically, as Tyler Glaze put it, these beers have lower gluten levels than gluten free without being called gluten free. Make sense? "Dr. Zeus came about at Joe's Birthday Party, when Rob was all buzzed up and talking all weird and British.....I think he was talking about Dr. Seuss, but he was saying it like Dr. Zeus.....so I decided to use it for a single hop beer that used Zeus hops." -Tony Hansen
Regarding the name: "Dr. Zeus came about at Joe's Birthday Party, when Rob was all buzzed up and talking all weird and British.....I think he was talking about Dr. Seuss, but he was saying it like Dr. Zeus.....so I decided to use it for a single hop beer that used Zeus hops."