Gluten Free Beer

21 Aug

Gluten Free BeersBard’s Tale (Minneapolis), New Grist, RedBridge (Budweiser), New Planet (Boulder, CO) Tread Lightly Ale, Estrella Damm Daura (Spain), and St. Peters (England) are the gluten free beers I can find in my area at LiquorMart, Pettyjohn’s, and Superior Liquor. Most of them are decent beers and generally sorghum-based. I have tried them all except Bard’s Tale, which I am planning to rectify this weekend.Strangely, Red Bridge has always given me a migraine within 20-minutes of drinking even half a beer. I don’t know why, but for that reason I don’t drink it. I don’t care for the flavor of New Grist, so I don’t drink that one, either.

These beers tend to be pale ales or lagers and a bit too “light” for me. New Planet has a Raspberry beer that is pretty good, but could have more flavor, in my opinion. Admittedly, I was a dark beer drinker prior to celiac — give me a stout or porter any time of year and I was in heaven! About four or five months ago, I learned that Beaujo’s, a Colorado Pizza restaurant, was serving gluten free pizza. Of course, I had to go try it out. I’ll talk about pizza and pizza crusts in another post, but what surprised me was that Beaujo’s in Boulder carries several gluten free beers, including three from a Brewer in Belgium — Green’s Beer.

I get Green’s at my local liquor store, Pettyjohn’s, in Boulder and I am pretty sure LiquorMart carries it as well. From first sip, I  fell in love with the Endeavor Dubbel Dark Ale. It is still pretty light to my taste for a dark beer, but it is a dark beer (kind of like a light porter) with coffee notes and some caramel. It is very drinkable. I have also tried their Discovery Amber and Quest Tripel and both have excellent flavor.

I think what makes Green’s stand out is that is is made with four grains instead of just one. The order of the grains seems to vary depending on the variety you get, but they use Millet, Sorghum, Buckwheat, and Rice together to brew their beers. The result is a more complex flavor than the sorghum-based beers I have tried.

Of course, there is one downside — they only come in a bomber size (500 ml). I always share a bottle with my hubby, who does not have celiac, but thinks it’s a good beer. At around $6 a bottle, it’s not cheap, but I have found that gluten free ingredients are never cheap and have learned to live with it. I consider it the price I have to pay for a little indulgence every now and then.

I highly recommend you at least give this one a try — you might be pleasantly surprised.



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