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Celiac.com 12/02/2016 - Plenty of folks commenting on our story about Å½atecky Pivovar, a storied Czech brewery that crafts gluten-free beers, thought the beer sounded like a good idea. The fans include the folks at beer giant Carlsberg, which has announced that Carlsberg UK is teaming up with premier Czech brewer Å½atecky Pivovar to offer gluten-free Czech lager Celia in the UK. The Carlsberg UK is introducing Celia Organic, a 4.5% ABV beer made with 100% Saaz hops and Moravian malt, and Celia Dark, a 5.7% ABV dark lager made with 100% Saaz hops and Toffee Bavarian malt plus sand-filtered water from the Å½atec foothills. The beers are produced at Å½atecky Pivovar, which dates from 1801, and is housed walled town of Å½atec in the north of the country. It is one of several microbreweries co-owned by the Carlsberg Group around the world. Both beers are brewed using a patented de-glutenisation process while a silicon filtration technique means the brews are also suitable for vegans. A natural carbonation process gives the beers a light mouth feel with a full, rich taste you’d expect from a premium Czech beer. Interestingly, for Carlsberg UK, the gluten-free aspect of Celia beers seems to be an added feature, rather than a primary one. Says Liam Newton, Carlsberg UK’s vice president for marketing, the fact that Celia beers "are brewed to be gluten-free gives the brand an added point of difference – particularly relevant given current consumer trends, which is why we are delighted that Celia will be joining our beer portfolio." Newton adds that "Celia Organic and Celia Dark are quality Czech beers, loved by beer drinkers for their exceptional flavor and ability to perfectly complement good food." Celia will join Carlsberg UK’s existing premium portfolio, which includes the Backyard Brewery range imported from Sweden, Carlsberg’s Herefordshire craft cider Bad Apple, Belgian Abbey beer Grimbergen and Spanish beer Mahou. Read more at: BarMagazine.co.uk.
Celiac.com 07/29/2016 - There's a great little story by Pete Brown about his visit to the Zatec brewery in the Czech Republic. Officially known as Zatecky Pivovar, but called Zatec, the brewery offers both an interesting war history, and a great dark beer that just happens to be gluten-free. Zatec makes both their main brand, the light 11° pilsner, and another brand called Celia Dark. The company used to make a dark beer called Xantho, but now sells only Celia Dark as their main dark beer because, says Martin Kec, managing director, "no one can tell the difference." Most gluten-free beers are made with non-barley grains, such as sorghum, which is naturally gluten-free. The problem is that many of these beverages cannot be considered beer under German law, and many don't taste all that great either. But Celia is brewed with barley, just like normal beer, then de-glutenised with the addition of a special enzyme that breaks down the gluten molecules, binds to them and sinks to the bottom of the fermentation tank, where it is then filtered out before bottling. Rather than thinking of it as a gluten-free beer, says Martin, it's more useful to describe it as a great beer that just happens to be gluten-free. Read more in the Morning Advertiser.co.uk.
Castany M, Nguyen H, Pospisil M, Fric P, Tlaskalova-Hogenova H Natural killer cell activity in coeliac disease: effect of in vitro treatment on effector lymphocytes and/or target lymphoblastoid, myeloid and epithelial cell lines with gliadin Folia Microbiol, 1995 (Praha) 40; 6: 615-620. In this study researchers tested the levels of natural killer cell activation in normal people and compared the results with treated celiacs, and found no significant difference. However, after exposing the celiacs blood to gliadin for thirty minutes the researchers found a reduced activation of natural killer cells, which is the bodys first line of defense against malignancy. These results provide further support to the theory that gluten is a carcinogen to celiacs.
Scott Adams posted an article in Outside the USA: Celiac Disease Support Groups and ContactsCzech Coeliac Society Contact: Hana Maslowska Spolecnost pro bezlepkovou dietu E-mail: email@example.com Internet: http://www.coeliac.cz (info in Czech, English, Italiano)