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Gluten Free Beer Review

Posted Jan 11 2009 5:44pm

Back when I didn't have to worry about gluten, I was bit of a beer snob.  It was always about porters and stouts so thick that if you flipped a quarter into the glass, it would very slowly reach the bottom.  I didn't have much brand loyalty, except for maybe Guinness or Bass, but I typically stuck to beers that were dark amber to coal black.  I loved micro-brew pubs, and would get all giddy as I surveyed the never ending varieties of beer at my fingertips.  Now things have changed a bit.  I no longer have the luxury of choice when it comes to beer, and what is available is many shades lighter than what I prefer.  However, I realize that I'm lucky that there is gluten free beer available to me, and I know that more and more varieties will pop up as mainstream awareness of celiacs disease spreads.

The first gluten free beer I've ever had was called Honey Passover Beer, and is made by Ramapo Valley Brewery.  It was pretty good, but it was too sweet and light for my tastes. Honestly it was like a really watered down honey brown ale.  No... Not a big fan. But I know people who love the stuff. Then, along came Anheuser-Busch's Redbridge Beer. It was much darker than Honey Passover Beer, but was still only light to medium amber.  I love this stuff and can drink it all day.  It has a crisp bite to it, so is great on a hot summer day. It's also the least costly of all the gluten free beers I know of.  I case is about $34 to $36.  Just recently I came across a place that stocked Green's Gluten Free Beers. I tried two kinds: Endeavor Dubbel Dark Ale, and Discovery Amber Ale.  I love them!!! The Dubbel Dark Ale was light chocolate colored.When I poured that beer out of the bottle and seen how dark it was, I almost shed a tear...  Both were great. The Discover Amber Ale was still darker than Redbridge, but tasted so much better.  I've read that they also have a kind called Quest Tripel, but I haven't seen it yet.  

I know there are more kinds of gluten free beer out there, but these are the ones I've tried. It's hard finding these beers in the first place here in Philadelphia,  so when you do it's good to stock up and support the industry!  The more we buy, the more likely they'll invest in making sure it's available to us, and before you know it I'll be drinking a tall frosty mug of gluten free chocolate oatmeal stout. 
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