Tag Archives: Gluten-Free

Gluten-free homebrewing

A friend asked recently if I could brew a gluten-free beer for her sometime: a porter since she likes dark beers. Naturally this got me to thinking about various gluten-free (GF) brewing options for homebrewers, and I thought it might be useful to record some of my (initial) thoughts. Commercially, most gluten-free beers I’ve seen use sorghum as the base: sorghum is not only gluten-free but it is the fifth most important cereal grain in … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week: Deschutes Gluten-Free ESB

Unfortunately, this isn’t a review, but like yesterday I wanted to highlight another gluten-free beer offering, this one from Deschutes Brewery: their Gluten-Free ESB. It’s available on tap at both their Bend and Portland pubs, and though the website currently lists “Gluten-Free Golden Ale”, it is in fact an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) right now. They make their gluten-free beers with sorghum as the base (of course), and the Golden Ale also included brown rice … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week: Others beers to look for

Even though I was able to acquire a few gluten-free beers to review this week, there are others that I would have really liked to sample also. Here are a few of those—and if you can find them where you live, go give them a try. Lakefront New Grist Lakefront Brewery’s sorghum-based beer is fairly widely-available and they claim it is the “first of its kind” which conflicts a bit with the claim made by … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week: Redbridge

Redbridge is Anheuser-Busch‘s gluten-free beer offering, and, because it’s A-B, is the one that is most widely available. This is an all-sorghum malt beer brewed to the style of an American Amber Lager, and is 4.8% alcohol by volume. Redbridge was introduced in 2006 and for the past two years brought home the gold at the Great American Beer Festival in the relatively new Gluten-Free category. Now, I know there will automatically be detractors because … Continue reading →

Gluten-Free Week: Bard’s Gold

I’ve actually reviewed Bard’s Gold before, back when it was called Dragon’s Gold. At the time, I was suitably unimpressed that I wrote, “I think Bard’s Tale needs to work on this beer a bit more.” Fortunately, it’s come a long way since then. More on that in a bit. Some notes on their marketing first. Why the change from “Dragon’s Gold” to “Bard’s Gold”? I’d have to say to avoid confusion and to lock … Continue reading →