beer … really!
for anyone who has a sensitivity or allergy to gluten … you don’t have to give
up beer! Christi Olson, manager of Wines
& Spirits at our Golden
Valley store, has the lowdown on three gluten-free beers.
Why gluten-free beer?
Celiac disease is estimated to affect one out of every 133
people in the U.S. This autoimmune disorder means that those affected cannot
consume anything containing wheat, rye or barley. Unfortunately, those are also
the grains that are commonly used to make beer!
According to the FDA, gluten-free means that a product must
contain less than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. Here are some gluten-free beers that
fit the bill:
Burning Brothers is
located in St. Paul, Minn., and makes 100% gluten-free beer. Dane, the
master brewer and co-founder, has celiac disease. He’s a home brewer and a
professionally trained chef – and uses both talents to make really great gluten-free
Burning Brothers makes gluten-free beer that contains zero
parts per million, by using naturally gluten-free ingredients. They don’t allow
any product containing gluten to enter their brewery to avoid contamination.
Glutenberg is another
gluten-free craft beer; the founder, Julien Niquet is gluten intolerant. After
more than a year and half of testing, he and his friend, David Cayer, finally
produced a “gluten-free beer that tasted like real beer!” It was a golden
blonde – dry, perfectly hoppy, with notes of lemon peel – and Glutenberg Blonde
was born. Their next production included Glutenberg Red and Glutenberg
American Pale. The brewery won the gold, silver and bronze awards in the gluten-free
beer category at the World Beer Cup.
Lakefront Brewery came out
with the first gluten-free beer, brewed with naturally gluten-free ingredients
and carefully combined to form a crisp, refreshing “session ale.” New Grist
Pilsner style has a bright gold color; the flavor is crisp and refreshing with
hints of green apple through the maltiness of the sorghum. A great pairing
with grilled veggies and fish. The newest release is New Grist Ginger, with
spicy-sweet ginger aromas that go great with ginger-infused Asian dishes.
Look for these gluten-free beers at our Wines
& Spirits locations.