But ever since I found out beer is chock full o’ gluten I’ve been gazing fondly at the Sierra Nevada, and lamenting the fact that I can never, truly, enjoy visiting Portland, Oregon again. Luckily in the ever-expanding world of gluten-free goodies, there are a few people out there making a valiant effort in the world of beer. Sorghum is usually the grain of choice, as you can see in this display at Whole Foods, which admittedly, made me a little giddy.
However, all beers are not created equal, and that goes for the healthy for celiac versions as well. In my expert opinion*, these are the tops.
The Best of the Best
Da, da, da, da! This beer truly is the best gluten-free option. But I have to say I’m a little disappointed in my local booze purveyors, since I’ve only seen two options: the white beer, and the amber ale. Apparently there’s a whole Green’s party going on that I’m not privy to. Since my tastes do lean more in the bitter IPA range than the sweet white beers, I prefer the Amber and Dubbel Dark in the Green’s family (found the Dubbel Dark in Austin). These are the only gf beers I’ve found that really remind me of my bitter craft brew drinking days. They’re also big, which means I can buy one and be good for the night. YUM.
The Second Best
Apparently they call this G-Free Brew in the UK, or they’re just holding back another variety from us Americans. Either way, it will do the trick when you’re hurting for a good quality beer. Another great big ol’ bottle, you can grab one and be done. (But hey, if you want three, no judgment. Perhaps you’ve been beer-deprived for some time.)
This one is better than just okay
Finally, an American entry! And from Milwaukee, no less. New Grist is one of those “I’m having a barbecue and want to have a six-pack in my fridge” kind of beers. Also, you won’t be embarrassed to give it to your gluten-loving beer-drinking friends. It’s a lot more full-bodied than your average American beer, and I can see this going into heavy rotation in our house.
And now for something different, but cool
First of all “beer” and “Spain” don’t exactly go together like Fritos and chili, so I was skeptical when I tried the light and crisp gluten-free Daura . But the tag did tout their “world’s best gluten-free beer” award, so I had to check it out for myself. It was nice. Not my typical go-to, but if you’re a light beer drinker and you’ve got that celiac thang, this should be your pick up.
Or should I just say, “Some other gluten-free beers I’ve tried, because there aren’t that many at my local Whole Foods.” Redbridge is passable if you need a beer with your nachos. Bard’s is a step-up as nacho-chaser. In fact, I’m thinking of re-visiting Bard’s based on someone else’s recommendations so perhaps it could rise on my ladder of lager.
Now I’ve heard rumors that there is a gf IPA floating around somewhere, but I can’t find it in Los Angeles. Please, anyone, if you see it — let me know post-haste.
*Credentials include, but are not limited to: Went to a state college, lived in Austin, Texas, worked in the music industry.