Ohhhh this is really interesting.
I recently concluded I was allergic to alcohol, though I knew it wasn't the actual alcohol, but something in it. Most beers cause major congestion, shortness of breath and fatigue. Every now and then, I find a wine that does, too, but I've never really known if it's wine or a food I'm eating that does it, so I haven't investigated that as thoroughly. Beer definitely does it. Mixed drinks don't. Pizza, breads, etc., don't cause problems.
I had wondered about yeast, but I don't drink enough to put any real effort into figuring out which brands I could drink. What brands can you drink? I'd be interested in trying that.
Thank you, thehaohmaru. I appreciate your posting this and it is very interesting! Since sorghum is so often a substitute for gluten and found I gluten free products, you and your wife will have to be careful with how things are prepared! In looking into this, you do indeed have all of the associated symptoms of this allergy. It will be interesting if this allergy becomes less rare with the current trend of gluten free diets and the onslaught of gluten free products on the market. I did not realize that this can be an ingredient in beer! Perhaps a brewmaster friend of yours will come up with a special recipe that you will not react to and name it after you. :-)
Thanks again for sharing and I hope it helps someone else as well.