This blog has gotten a lot of visits from people looking for either gluten free beer or wondering whether or not Corona is gluten free. Beer, it seems, and whether Celiacs and the gluten-sensitive crowd can drink it, is on a lot of people’s minds if not our lips.
Therefore, I thought a blog about the different types of beer that claim they are gluten free would be a good plan. I’ve tried quite a few gluten free beers, and while some satisfy my “please let me have a freaking beer” needs, I do not prefer them to the taste of a regular old PBR, even though I never, ever, ever, would have drank a PBR back in the days when I was swallowing wheat beers by the growlers. (If you’re not a heavy beer drinker, you probably don’t know that a growler is a jug of beer.)
So what can we drink? Here are my top five gluten free beers that don’t make me gag:
1. Estrella Damm Daura
While I was living in Asheville, NC I stumbled on a beer called Daura in a nice little bar called The Altamont Brewing Company, which I frequented. I was shocked and surprised at how Daura had very little of that nasty aftertaste you get sometimes with gluten free beer. In fact, Estrella Damm Daura won a gold medal in 2011 for the World’s Best Gluten-free Lager. It is my gluten free beer of choice.
Green’s Gluten Free Beers
A slightly more expensive GF beer is Green’s, which hails from the UK. I haven’t tried ALL of the Green’s varieties – they have an ale, a pilsner, and a blonde, dark, and brown ale. I need to get my hands on the new bottle refermented blonde and see what that’s all about. Has anyone else tried these? Please advise, if so! I do remember liking the Green’s that I drank, but I don’t remember being overwhelmed, especially for the price, as they come in pretty big bottles.
Made by a familiar brand for you Bud drinkers, Redbridge is brewed from sorghum. Like a Bud, it kind of tastes like water. But it’s way more appealing & refreshing a hot summer day than…what? Oh, right, it’s way better than no beer at all.
Dogfish Head Tweason’ Ale
I got a chance to sip on this newbie at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA, just north of Pittsburgh, PA. The taste is good, even though I don’t care for fruity beers that much. It’s brewed with strawberries, buckwheat, and honey, but the fruity flavor is ever so slight. It does leave a bit of an aftertaste, but not overwhelmingly so.
I still have yet to try Omission, a gluten free lager that doesn’t suck made in Portland, OR. I am a little peaved that they said they’d send me samples and I never received anything in the mail. But from this blog post it sounds like it might be quite tasty.
The beer that wins the prize for the WORST GLUTEN FREE BEER EVER is a nasty, nasty, disgutamungo tasting beer called Sprecher’s Shakparo. This beer made me gag and I couldn’t stand to take more than a couple of sips. EW!!!
So tell me – what am I missing here? What’s YOUR favorite gluten free beer that doesn’t make you gag?Tags: drinkable, gluten free beer