Some of them are awesome memories, some, well not so awesome, but when you're use to things for so long and it all changes it throws you off. What do you mean I can't go to the little liquor store up the block and buy a 6 pack?! I can bring in my alcohol, as long as it's in cans... But where do you find gluten free cans of beer. Gggrrr.
I loved craft beers. My favorite was Blue Moon with a nice wedge of orange in it. That was my weekly drink of choice at bowling, at Buffalo Wild Wings after bowling, at Buffalo Wild Wings while watching sports with my boyfriend... Well that all changed. (Probably all for the better too!!)
So once we found out there are gluten free beers we printed off a list and went off to the store to see what we could find. It was slim pickings for a long while. Honestly monthly it seems now there are new breweries making gluten free beers! it's very exciting to find new ones to try. When we go on vacation I start looking to see if there are local breweries that we should check out, or a local one to pick up at the store, it's another one of our "games of what's gluten free" to try out. Here's a quick run down of my beer reviews. More in depth reviews will be showing up with their own individual blog pages. Looking over this list, it's getting pretty long!
Gluten Removed beers. There is no very scientific test to confirm the PPM in a gluten removed beer. They feel pretty certain it's under 20ppm, but tests used on food don't accurately tell on alcohol... So gluten removed beers can be a drink at your own risk situation.
|A selection of the collection we have left over from the holidays.|
Truly Gluten Free I've ranked these in my order of favorite to least favorite.
- New Planet - Brewed in Colorado by a fellow Celiac who wanted good tasting gluten free beer. There are 6 varieties now available in bottles. Their website will tell you exactly where you can enjoy it. I don't think I have a favorite one, but their Raspberry ranks high on my list, I will take any of them. They all taste like beer and aren't overly foamy when drinking. They are smooth and rarely give an after taste.
- Shakparo - From the brewery in Wisconsin, famous for their Rootbeer, which is also gluten free. Their brewing style is a traditional African style beer with sorghum and millet.
- Recently it seems they have added a second beer to their roster that is made with bananas. A trip over the border to WI may be in order.
- They now have a Ginger Beer - It's Ginger-ific! Wow does that first sip kick you with the ginger punch. It's sweeter after that. Not one I'd drink a lot of, but it's good for a break, and with a lime I think it'd be great for sitting on the patio on a nice warm summer night.
- For 2013 they did a Pumpkin spice beer, great taste, good spiced smell on the nose, light taste on the tongue, not very pumpkin taste. Though hard to drink a full bottle in one sitting.
- Recently they announced an oatmeal stout with the option for more special flavors in the future!
- They released a 2 year anniversary brew, very disappointed it was so sweet, and too light in texture.
|Ground Breaker beer in their awesome KickStarter Hoodies!|
- Estrella Damn Dara - Imported to the US from Spain. You do have to be careful, since there is also an Estrella Dara that is made by the same brewery, the labels are very similar so it can be deceiving. The gluten free comes 4 in a pack and it's non-gf counter part is a 6 pack.Tasty, smooth and not too strong. (comes in under 6ppm).
- Ommision - Ommision has two flavors, a pale ale and a lager. Personally I love their pale ale. It's got a full flavor, some citrus notes, but over all it tastes like beer. It goes down smooth, almost too smooth. My brothers eyes even lit up when he tried it. I think this one might be dangerous in my house, that I'll be fighting with others to keep it for me!
- Prairie Path - Citrus notes to start light flavor, and light finish. The bottle does now note that gluten has been removed, and cannot be 100% tested for the amount of gluten in each batch, but gluten is removed after fermenting.
- Ixnay from Geary's - It's a heavier beer, that on first sip was very robust and almost foreign to me. But It's got a full beer flavor and really tasty. The color, darker than I expected too, but I'm not picky if it's tasty and doesn't make me sick, it's on my menu.
- Stone Brewing - Delicious IPA - They have now come out with a gluten removed beer. It tastes like real beer. I mean it really is real beer, you just have to watch out for it to sneak up on you cause it is Gluten Removed.
Heard of, but haven't gotten my hands on yet!
Hopefully soon I can find these to try, and compare them to the others! I love a taste testing adventure!
Keep your eyes open for my next in depth review on Gluten Free Ciders!