A Pox upon our House

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.

gluten-free

No-BeerTrue gluten intolerance and allergies are not the beer death sentence they once were, and in our increasingly health conscious society, many people are choosing to eschew wheat by choice.

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…

Greens Dark Ale

 

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