Football season has arrived…which means football, friends and of course tail-gating! For those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance this doesn’t mean you are left out in the cold while your buddies are cracking open the beers. Gluten-free beer does exist!
One of the key ingredients in beer is barley, which is a definite NO NO for those on a gluten free diet. Since the rise in gluten free awareness in the past few years, the food and beverage industry has also followed suit. There are more and more gluten free options available now to accommodate those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.
Anheuser Busch, one of the most well known brewing companies in the world, has developed a gluten-free beer called Redbridge. It is made without wheat or barley, so the approximately 3.2 million consumers who are unable to drink beer made with barley due to celiac disease or because they follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet can once again enjoy a great tasting beer. Redbridge is a rich, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste. It is easy to find in larger grocery stores, as well as specialty wine & beer stores.
New Grist, another popular gluten-free beer is made by Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. New Grist is brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice, and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. If you happen to visit Milwaukee be sure to take a tour of their brewery.
New Grist: www.lakefrontbrewery.com
Bard’s Beer, which is brewed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is known as “The Original Sorghum Malt Beer”. It stands alone as a great tasting craft beer that just happens to also be gluten-free. “We made it our mission to give beer back to the over two million people who are intolerant to gluten. The result is Bard’s Beer, America’s first gluten-free sorghum beer and the only beer brewed with 100% malted sorghum. So grab a Bard’s. All is right with the world again.”
New Planet Beer, brewed in Colorado, is “Old Style Beer For New Style Beer Drinkers”. They offer three varieties of gluten-free beer: Tread Lightly Ale, 3R Raspberry Ale, and Off the Grid IPA. The company’s core mission is to make great tasting gluten-free beer that everyone can enjoy, while donating a portion of their proceeds to environmental efforts. What a great combination!
New Planet: www.newplanetbeer.com
If you are into imported beers, try Green’s, which is brewed in Belgium. They also offer several varieties of gluten-free beer, but only three of them are sold in the US: Discovery, Endeavor, and Quest. Inspired by strong European beers and developed to a closely guarded secret recipe, these specialty beers are brewed with a full body, crisp taste and a refreshing flavor, losing none of the taste but all of the allergens.
So now have fun at those football tail-gates, cheer for your favorite team and enjoy a gluten-free beer.
List of Gluten-Free Beer:
Anheuser Busch – Redbridge Beer
Bard’s – The Original Sorghum Malt Beer
Bosk – Gluten Free Homebrew Kit
Dogfish Head – Gluten Free Tweason Ale
Fox Tail – Gluten Free Ale
Glutenator – Gluten Free
Green’s (England) – Discovery Amber Ale, Endeavor Dubbel Dark Ale, Enterprise Dry Hopped Lager, Quest Tripel Blonde Ale
Greenview Brewing – Alt Brew Gluten Free Beer Homebrew Kit
Harvester Brewing – Dark Ale, IPA, Pale Ale
Ipswich Ale – Celia Saison
Joseph James Brewing Co – Fox Tail Gluten Free Ale
Lakefront Brewery – New Grist
Les Bieres De La Nouvelle France (Canada) – Messagere, Messagere Aux Fruits, Messagere Millet, Messagere Red Ale
New Planet – Amber Ale, Belgian Ale, Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, Pale Ale, Raspberry Ale
O’Brien (Australia) – Brown Ale, Light Lager, Pale Ale, Premium Lager
Sprecher – Mbege, Shakparo
St. Peter’s Brewery (England) – Gluten Free Beer (Dark G Free, G Free)