KURT AND ROB WIDMER - WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING COMPANY - OFFER IDEAS TO HELP YOUR PARTY STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
Kurt and Rob Widmer, craft beer pioneers and founders of Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. offer out-of-the-box party ideas, and share their insight on the craft brew movement that is sweeping America. In fact, according to the Brewer’s Association, in 2013 the craft brewing industry grew 18% by volume and 20% by retail dollars.
More About the Widmer Brothers: Founders Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, they began brewing unique interpretations of traditional German beer styles. Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the brewery has continued to push the boundaries of craft beer. Their Hefeweizen brew just took home the Gold Medal in the “American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast” category in the World Beer Cup 2014!
JULIE GOULD - CELIAC AWARENESS MONTH – GARDEN LITES VEGGIE MUFFINS
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, yet 83% remain either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Currently, the only treatment is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.
What is Gluten Sensitivity?
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity') is a non-specific immune response to gluten that presents with symptoms similar to celiac disease. According to preliminary research, gluten sensitivity does not result in damage to the intestine. Research is conflicting, but it has been estimated that up to 6% of the American population has this condition. Researchers don’t fully understand the long-term effects of gluten sensitivity, but a gluten-free diet is the current recommended treatment.
In honor of Celiac Awarness Month try Garden Lites Veggie Muffins, a new snack that has vegetables as the first ingredient and is 100% gluten free. Julie has lots of relevant information she can share on celiac's disease and why so many Americans are choosing to opt for a gluten free diet. In addition, she can speak to some of the newly released flavors of Veggie Muffins - Banana Choc Chip, Zucchini Chocolate, Blueberry Oat, Carrot Berry and Golden Corn. In addition to being gluten free, they are vegetarian, low in calories and Kosher parve.
The company also makes veggie souffles - with 4 grams of fiber and they're gluten free, too.