For a gluten-intolerant foodie, being unable to drink beer is one of the biggest miseries in life. After all, beer is one of those special beverages that give good flavor to food. Not only that, but beer is a social drink shared with friends and drunk even in special occasions. Beer is also used as an ingredient in batters and other dishes that need a unique taste.
Too bad gluten intolerance is a major problem.
Gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease, is a genetic condition that affects 1 out of 1,750 people in the United States. People suffering from this condition are unable to process gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye). Their immune system reacts violently to the protein, causing an inflammation in the intestines. The only way to treat this is by living a life entirely free of gluten products.
Although food manufacturers have taken steps to deal with it, there are still more things that need to be done. Gluten-free bread and pasta may be available in the market now, but gluten-free beer is still not that wide-spread. Good thing there are brewers who are trying their hand on brewing beers from rice, honey, sorghum, and other grains that do not have gluten.
There are also a lot of beer brands available in the market today. Some of these are:
New Grist: With a taste like summer beer, sorghum-and-rice brewed New Grist has a unique lychee aroma, citrus taste, and bubbly champagne color. This light-tasting beer is just right for an evening of fun and laughter at home, or in some bar.
Redbridge, Anheuser-Busch: a unique gluten-free beer, this sorghum-brewed beer has a bubbly amber color, and a smooth and dry taste. Preferences may vary, but the dryness of the beer might turn off drinkers of authentic beer.
Bard’s Gold: this is a beer that came from a company of coeliacs. The malted sorghum beer is better known for its flavor that is akin to wine. It may lack the depth that real beer brings, but this is a good alternative to the real thing, and irritating, thing.
Damm Daura, Estrella: For those looking for a true taste of beer, without the irritating gluten, then this would be the right one. It has a creamy head, and the hop character lends some authenticity.
Green’s: made from buckwheat, millet, rice, and sorghum, this beer has a lot of popularity. IT goes by three brands: Discover Amber Ale, Quest Triple Blonde Ale, and Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale.