There are a great many tragedies that can befall a beer geek, the last of the cask runs dry before you get a pour, your favourite brewery puts out a dud, you forget to check-in your beer on Untapped and miss a special badge, you drop your six pack on your bike ride home, well you get the idea. But none of these compare to the worst, I meant the WORST thing that can happen to a lover of craft beer …you find out you cannot have gluten.
There are gluten-free options being brewed with alternatives like rice, sorghum, buckwheat or corn (hello Bud) and apparently some of them don’t suck.
Bon Appetit compiled their list of the 10 Gluten-Free Beers that actually taste good and Men’s Fitness chimed in with Gluten Free Beers you’ve gotta try. I even found out one of the beers I really enjoy, Unity Vibration Bourbon Peach Kombucha beer, is naturally gluten free!
And there are always ciders, which are becoming increasingly creative and dare I say craft beer-esque. Barring that hard liqour will do in a pinch but honestly going sans gluten is still a drastic blow to a beer nerd’s ego.
Now before you go feeling sorry for me (and mentally divvying up my cellared beer) it is my stout-loving, strong beer-finishing, blog-enabling hubby who is going to be re-inventing his beer geek personae.
I am thinking a Ziggy Stardust-like character who espouses the virtues of beer made from rainbows not grains but I am not convinced he’s on board so in the interim disgruntled beer nerd may have to do.
Long story short, our fridge now boasts two gluten free offerings, a Coffee Pale Ale from Harvester Brewing and a Dubbel Dark Ale from Green’s Brewery so it looks like we will be exploring a whole as-of-yet untapped area in the craft beer market; stay tuned for our adventures into the unknown…