Monthly Archives: May 2009

Gluten-Free Week: Ingredients

The grains that contain gluten that Celiacs must avoid are: Wheat Barley Rye Triticale Oats are also on the possibly-exclude list; studies on them as a gluten source are incomplete, but better safe than sorry. Beer, of course, is primarily made with barley (and often wheat), so brewers of gluten-free beer need to resort to other gluten-free grains as their main source of fermentables. The primary ones are: Sorghum Buckwheat Maize (corn) Rice Millet Most … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week: Green’s Endeavour

Green’s Gluten Free Beers is (according to BeerAdvocate) a Beer Marketing Company based in England that offers only gluten-free beers in its available line-up. The beers themselves are brewed in Belgium (it says as much on the label) to a “closely guarded secret recipe.” They offer three distinct beers for their North American market, imported by Merchant du Vin: Discovery, Endeavour, and Quest—an Amber, a Dubbel, and a Tripel, respectively. Tonight I tried the Endeavour … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week: How to review?

How does one review a gluten-free beer? This might seem like an odd question; anyone who’s poked around my site for a little while knows that in my reviews, I favor the tasting-notes approach, and try to go for an overall impression of the beer. The heart of any beer review comes down, essentially, to one thing: did I like it? But with gluten-free beers, I think there’s another question to answer: would someone who … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week

Some 1% of the population suffers from Celiac disease—an autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to the protein gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye (as well as some other grains). The disorder affects the small intestine, leading to a variety of gastrointestinal issues up to and including serious nutrient deficiencies. Doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it? Celiacs have to avoid foods with gluten in them, and unfortunately that includes beer. Up until recently, there … Continue reading →

Next week is Theme Week

Hard to believe it’s nearly the third week of May already, but Monday the 18th kicks it off and as usual here at The Brew Site, it also kicks off Theme Week. This month’s theme is Gluten-Free Beer. For awhile now I’ve been predicting that gluten-free is a trend to watch in the beer world, and though it’s been a slower starter than I would have figured, it’s picking up steam. It was time to … Continue reading →