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Gluttony May Be a Sin, but Gluten-Free is Not

Gluten Free BeerIt’s great to see so many producers striving to create some quality gluten-free beers. More and more people are discovering all the time that even if they haven’t been diagnosed with Celiac Disease – probably the most common reason to go on a gluten free diet – they just seem to FEEL better when they lower their gluten intake. And some producers are actually pulling it off; of the beers listed below, David & Joe (the manager and owner) actually RAVED about what a great beer the Brunehaut Blonde is, gluten-free or not. But you know what I’d love to see? A comprehensive blind taste test of gluten-free beer against conventional beer. Why? Because I think they’d get a much better rap than they do when the reviewer KNOWS that they’re tasting a gluten-free beer. We often link to reviews on Beer Advocate, because there is a huge community of exceptionally knowledgeable beer connoisseurs there. But we took a quick glance at what they had to say about most gluten-free beers, and decided they were being way too harsh. We first talked about people’s ability to taste nearly a decade ago, and periodically someone will do a well-publicized blind taste test of wines, and get shocking results like the $80 Pinot Noir beating the $5,000 Pinot Noir. Or discovering that the same wine tastes better when it’s priced at $90 than when it’s priced at $10. It’s likely that the reason that we don’t see many high-profile blind taste tests is because of the lesson learned by a bunch of snobs in France in 1976 at the Judgment of Paris, when a slew of lowly California wines took all the awards. The fact is, psychology plays a HUGE factor in taste, whether it’s wine, beer, spirits, or even food. So whether you’re trying to eliminate gluten from your diet or not, maybe it’s time to give one of these beers a shot. Lakefront was the first in the US to get a gluten-free label, but Bard’s is produced by two beer lovers striving to create a beer they themselves like, after finding out they had celiac disease. And New Planet is not only making some interesting beers, but each of their labels is named after a concept that helps “do good things” for the planet. So whether you want to do something good for yourself, or do something good for the planet, give gluten-free a shot. You might be surprised at how tasty some of these beers actually are, especially if you’re a cider fan. And if you ARE a cider fan, we have over 30 of those on hand to sample as well! Check out the gluten free choices below.

Brunehaut Bio Blond

Brunehaut Bio Blond

Hazy golden with a medium white head. Yeasty and slightly spicy aroma with some earthy and dusty hops.

6.5% ABV

Brunehaut Bio Amber

Brunehaut Bio Amber

Amber copper colour with a beige head. Caramel malts smells with reminiscences to vanilla, some toffee, butterscotch and ripe fruits.

6.5% ABV

Lakefront New Grist

Lakefront New Grist

New Grist was the first beer to be certified gluten-free by the US Government. A refreshing “session ale”, the flavor is crisp and refreshing, fruity and smooth at the same time. Hints of green apple slice through the maltiness of the sorghum, making this an extremely quaffable beer. It pours a brilliant gold color, with a bubbly head and light, fruity aroma. A great pairing with grilled veggies and fries. Ideal Serving Temp: 46-48°F

5.7% ABV

No other nutrition info available at time of writing.

Bard's Golden

Bard’s Golden

The makers of Bard’s beer – Craig Belser and Kevin Seplowitz – suffered from celiac disease themselves, so set out to make a beer they could enjoy themselves. Bard’s is the result. This Golden Sorghum Lager will appeal to beer drinkers who prefer the lighter taste of lagers It has a light crisp taste to meet the thirst quenching requirements of the lager style while still having enough body to interest the ale drinker during the spring and summer seasons.

20.5 IBU, 4.6% ABV 155 calories per 12oz

Green's Endeavor

Green’s Endeavor

All natural dubbel dark ale made from millet, rice, buckwheat and sorghum. Walnut brown, full-bodied, with flavors of roasted grain and dark fruit. Endeavour replaced Green’s Explorer Stout.

6% ABV

No other nutrition info available at time of writing.

Redbridge Beer

Redbridge Beer

Redbridge is a rich, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste. We apply the true art of brewing – from the brewhouse process through fermentation and aging – to give Redbridge its hand crafted quality and specialty beer taste.
Tread Lightly

Tread Lightly Ale

Tread Lightly Ale is a well-balanced gluten-free ale beer made from sorghum, corn extract, orange peel, hops, and yeast. It’s a bright and light bodied craft beer with a refreshing taste and doesn’t have the after taste of other sorghum-based beers.

Made with Sorghum, Corn, Orange Peel, Hops, Yeast

5% ABV, 179 Calories

3R Raspberry Ale

3R Raspberry Ale

3R Raspberry Ale is an award winning ale with the right balance of fruit flavor and aroma. Made from sorghum, corn extract, natural raspberry puree, orange peel, hops, and yeast. Not overly sweet, the Oregon grown fruit puree creates a beautiful body color with a natural raspberry flavor.

Made with Sorghum, Corn Extract, Natural Oregon Raspberry Puree, Orange Peel, Hops, Yeast

5% ABV, 160 Calories

Off Grid Pale Ale

Off Grid Pale Ale

Off Grid Pale Ale is a wonderful interpretation of the classic pale ale style. It has a distinctly deep amber color and great character and body. Three varieties of hops provide a wonderful aroma and a citrus and spicy hop flavor. This smooth gluten-free ale is made from sorghum and brown rice extract, molasses, tapioca maltodextrin, caramel color, hops, and yeast.

Made with Sorghum, Brown Rice Extract, Molasses, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Caramel Color, Hops, Yeast

5% ABV, 170 Calories

Posted By:Admin May 4, 2012

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