I’ve been asked again about gluten free alcoholic drinks. It’s good to have drink options that will not harm our digestion. Most people are very concerned that taking gluten out of the diet will forever crimp their social style. I’m here to tell you there ARE gluten-free options, more than ever, that will satisfy your drink cravings. Here are a couple of gluten-free beer suggestions.
Dogfish Tweason’s Ale—brewed in Milton, DE, sorghum based
Characteristics: Sweet -> Fruit -> Sour -> Crisp
A sweet and tart beer, sweetened with strawberries, buckwheat and honey. It’s not quite what you’d expect, but it’s good and it’s totally gluten-free. It’s available at lots of restaurants around Denver as well as some of the larger liquor stores in town –Bonnie Brae Liquors, Argonaut Liquors, Colorado Liquor Mart and lots more. You can check them out here www.dogfish.com.
REVIEW: Upon first introduction, the beautiful reddish amber hue united with the crisp, slightly sweet honeyed aroma, becoming quite the intriguing pair. The initial taste is a sweet seduction of fruity strawberry that quickly transforms into a tart sour body with a crisp, refreshing, yet slightly malty finish. It’s cider-like, but with the body of a beer. The sorghum in masked excellently with the strawberry and buckwheat honey. I’m not a fan of fruity beers, but Dogfish Head did a stellar job combining all these flavors into one fluidly refreshing stream of experiences. (bestglutenfreebeers.com)
New Planet Brewery—brewed in Boulder, CO
Completely gluten-free beers include: Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, Raspberry Ale using
a sorghum (ancient grain, gluten-free) & brown rice, among other ingredients. Check them out here.
Descriptions taken from their website:
The Pale Ale—Reminiscent of a classic American Pale Ale, offering a bold hop character and rich caramel and grapefruit notes, with a clean yet distinctly hoppy finish.
Blonde Ale—Light and refreshing, our Blonde Ale offers bright notes of honey and a subtle floral aroma with a crisp, clean finish.
Raspberry Ale—This delightfully drinkable and offers a crisp, yet complex, balance of subtle fruit flavor and aroma with a zesty, citrusy finish. Brewed with natural raspberry puree and orange peel.
I personally like the raspberry ale. It is nice and crisp but adequately complex. I should tell you I’m actually NOT a beer aficionado, but just a girl that likes to know my gluten-free party drink options.
And there is always Corona Beer, which is not designated a gluten free beer in this country, but actually is considered gluten-free. Read my post about Corona here.
So, if you are celiac or gluten-intolerant, enjoy the holiday season and with confidence order a gluten-free beer. Your digestion will thank you and you’ll have a great time, I’m sure.
If you’re looking for more info on going gluten-free or have questions about your digestion, food intolerance or sensitivity, please reach out to us at HealthyNestNutrition.com.