DUCK FOOT BEER BLOG

Do I Smell Tortilla Chips In Más Y Masa?

Do I Smell Tortilla Chips In Más Y Masa?

For this collaboration with Los Lobos we wanted to find something that would tie the beer to tradition while also pushing some limits. We wanted a crushable, light beer but that doesn’t mean that it has to be devoid of interesting character. So instead of...

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San Diego Beer News: Of Ducks and Wolves

San Diego Beer News: Of Ducks and Wolves

San Diego Beer News was founded by native San Diegan Brandon Hernández, an award-winning journalist and author who has covered the local brewing industry for more than a dozen years and written a pair of guides to the county’s breweries. Duck Foot Brewing...

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

I have a little bit of a... well... addiction. I'm an avid gardener, but more importantly I require that (nearly) all of my plants should produce something edible. I know, it sounds a little bit tyrannical to demand that my royal subjects satisfy their king by...

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Duck Foot Brewing Company Is Born

Duck Foot Brewing Company Is Born

At the time it was a dream for me. The idea of opening up a brewery and making craft beer for a living seemed to have so much appeal. I was in my late 20's working in finance in New York City. As much as we could we would escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and...

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Beach Getaway – The Ultimate Encinitas Experience

Beach Getaway – The Ultimate Encinitas Experience

Duck Foot Brewing always does things differently, when we're in, we're ALL in! When discussion started about hosting a fun promotional giveaway for our community, we all had an opinion of what would be an epic prize. Things started off small, ideas like a merchandise...

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Which Came First, Beer or Baseball?

Which Came First, Beer or Baseball?

We are just under a week into the 2021 season of Major League Baseball, something that I never thought would bring tears of happiness to my eyes. With the 2020 season having been almost non-existent, the thought of returning to Petco Park (Go Padres!) and drinking a...

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Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Fermentation

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Fermentation

Back on December 21st of last year, which would have been Frank Zappa's 80th birthday, we kicked off a pre-release sale of a special beer in honor of his memory and of his vast catalog of amazing music. The beer, the Zappa team and the whole process of putting this...

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Introduction to Our Head Brewer – Matt Akin

Introduction to Our Head Brewer – Matt Akin

As this is my first article for the Duck Foot Brewing Blog I figured I would take the chance to introduce myself and give some hints about the things I will be writing about in my monthly installments. So, hi, I’m Matt Akin and I make beer. I have made a lot of beer...

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Frank Zappa Collaboration IPA

Frank Zappa Collaboration IPA

From a lifelong love of his music and the coincidence that there was a hop named after the man himself Duck Foot Brewing is honored to launch our tribute beer to one of our all time favorite musicians Frank Zappa the Grand Wazoo! Matt Del Vecchio, Head Quack of...

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WE PUNCH GLUTEN IN THE FACE

THANK YOU SCIENCE!

After thinking his beer drinking days and his dream of opening his own brewery were a thing of the past, a wonderful elixir of the gods came to the rescue in 2013. A new enzyme by the name of Clarity Ferm came to market to help brewers when their perfectly good beers became cloudy – a condition known as chill haze. Thanks Science! Around this point a happy accident happened. Someone in the industry noticed there was something settling at the bottom of fermenters when using Clarity Ferm – gluten! Turns out this magic potion could take any beer in the fermenter and knock the gluten out of it. DOUBLE THANKS SCIENCE!
This was a pant-filling shock to Matt, who after drying his tears from the taste of beer again – dusted off his dreams and went to work with Brett to open Duck Foot Brewing Co in 2015.

DOES IT REALLY WORK?

Matt stakes his health on it. Beyond that endorsement, here’s some numbers and facts to take into account…

  • Every Duck Foot Beer goes through the gluten reduction process, using Clarity Ferm
  • The FDA states that food labeled as gluten free needs to be lab tested to come out to less than 20 parts per million of gluten
  • Every batch of Duck Foot beer goes to an independent lab prior to packaging, and is tested to be less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
  • Every one of our beers is made with traditional gluten-laden grains, and are indistinguishable from a beer that hasn’t gone through the process.
  • You’re welcome. And yes, we’ll list that with a bunch of facts. That’s how we roll.

%

of our beers are gluten reduced

SO WHY DON’T WE PUT “GLUTEN FREE” ON OUR PACKAGING?

Well, currently the federal government hasn’t blessed this process to be labeled as gluten free. And with 100% honesty, there’s some back and forth on if you can accurately measure gluten in a liquid state.* So beers made this way are known as “gluten reduced.” Hopefully in the coming years all the breweries making gluten reduced beers will be able to proudly put “gluten free” on their bottles and cans.

*Fine print and disclaimers? Well, yeah – ya surprised? Legally, we can make no promises on how this beer will do with your digestive system. Beyond legal liabilities, our common sense keeps us from making such statements too. Everyone is different, and getting to know your body’s sensitivities can be a rocky path. After that tough love out of the way, we can honestly say that our founder Matt (who is diagnosed with Celiac) has had no issues with Duck Foot beers. As of writing this disclaimer, in the 5 years we’ve been open – we’ve had no reports from our gluten sensitive patrons that our beer has caused them issues.

    LET MY PEOPLE DRINK

    So now that you’ve perused the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about the real thing you care about – the beers! For hundreds of years, Monks have revered beer as a gift from god – and we can agree with that sentiment. We know we’re the gluten reduced life raft in a choppy ocean of beers you’re not willing to risk drinking. It would be a huge bummer if that life raft was stocked with beer that sucked and had no imagination. That leaves us in an important position. We have a dedication to not just quality, but friggin’ variety! We love bringing a huge variety of beer styles to our patrons, so they don’t have to have their go-to beer be the same boring slog – but a full cornucopia of varying libations. We’ve collected several awards over the years when our beers were judged alongside gluten filled beers. That’s awesome, because we’re not a gluten reduced brewery. We’re a brewery that happens to brew gluten reduced beers. Hell yeah. Go explore our site for all the things we’re brewing up. Cheers!

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