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Gluten-free beer

We recently learned my wife is gluten intolerant, which is a shame because she loves good beer.

So far we've tried:

New Grist
Bard's
St. Peter's Sorgham Ale
Brunehaut
New Planet Tread Lightly
Redbridge
Estrella Daura
Green's Amber, Tripel, and Dubbel
Dogfish Head Tweason Ale

The ones we've liked best so far are:

New Grist - doesn't really taste like beer, but more akin to a cider without being sweet. If you don't think of it as beer it's quite good.

Brunehaut - Pretty tasty, if a little unusual tasting. This might be my favorite so far.

Green's Amber - Best of the Green's line, IMO. The other two are really sweet, but this one has some decent bitterness.

Estrella Daura - By far the most like real beer, since they use a malt that's had the gluten somehow removed.

The others in the above list ranged from mediocre to downright undrinkable.

So, are there any I missed? Any gems anyone knows of that I should seek out?

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  1. Craft Brew Alliance/Widmer has a new gluten-free beer called Omission (similar, apparently, to the Estella Daura, where they claim the gluten is removed from malted barley). At this point, due to conflicting regulations between the TTB and FDA, it's not yet available outside Oregon, however.

    http://omissionbeer.com/brewing-101/

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    1. re: JessKidden

      You can buy Omission outside Oregon. But they can't call it gluten-free under federal guidelines.

    2. We have a new bear here in the north east, Steadfast. It is pretty tasty, as far as GF beers go. I feel your wife's pain. I used to love! beer, especially stouts and porters, and now they are the forbidden fruit.

      I even got a little nostalgic the other day when I was walking around house with a bottle of agave soda. It was the same weight and feel as my old favorite Benchwarmer porter by the Cooperstown brewery. Which is delicious and affordable if you have never had it.

      Also, New Grist is pretty good if you forget what beer used to taste like, especially on a hot day. Redbridge is also gross.

      1. Which Brunehaut beer is GF? I looked on their site and didn't see anything of the sort.

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          1. re: Josh

            Thanks. I tracked down the importer's website and it looks like they may distribute here.

        1. I don't want to blow anyone's mind, but Corona, Heineken and Budweiser, while not *technically* gluten free because of the barley malt, are actually well tolerated by many with gluten issues. Corona is made primarily with corn, and Budweiser rice, so the gluten content is extremely low. I contacted Corona and was told as such, including the actual scientific numbers. Now, everyone knows themselves and their own sensitivities and allergies best, and should proceed with caution. HOWEVER, i have enjoyed a night of several beers on several*ahem* occasions, and had NO problem whatsoever. Normally, one regular beer would have me running for the bathroom before getting halfway through, so this is significant. (sorry to be graphic, lol)

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          1. re: amsuka

            Groupo Modelo (brewer of Corona) actually admitted that that beer is "primarily... corn"? Most typical adjunct beers are usually only 30-50% adjunct with the rest of the grain bill being barley malt. Budweiser currently is usually cited to be around 40% rice to 60% barley, for another example.

            Heineken, OTOH, is currently 100% malt (in years past, it had been brewed with a small percentage of rice and of corn, at various times).

          2. ...but an actual GF labelled drinkable beer? Try NickleBrook. Organic and gluten free and delicious!

            1. I read comment in NYT's regarding a guy who was very gluten intolerant and went to Europe where he decided to try some pastries. Guess what? He had no reaction. His theory is its not so much the gluten as the genetically modified wheat in US and Canada. So I would like to hear of anyone drinking beer that was brewed and bottled in Europe and having any luck.

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              1. re: metom2

                This story says there is no GM wheat grown in the US.

                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-...

                Also, barley, not wheat, is the predominant grain in beer. I don't believe GMO barley is sold in the US.

                1. re: Jim Dorsch

                  Watch YouTube: "William Davis Wheat-Unhealthy Whole Grain" explains very clearly. Technically it is not GMO, but (1) mutation was induced by this highly toxic chemical, and (2) through numerous hybridization effort and our wheat became a substance so detrimental, causing inflammation in every part of our body. This is not about gluten intolerance but wheat we consume, organic or conventional, comes from "High-yield, semi-dwarf strain of wheat" that is unrecognizable for our body.
                  GMO corn is out of question. I am looking for some conscientious microbreweries that produce organic wheat free beer.

                  1. re: safetoconsume

                    Thanks for that. It looks like GMOs are not allowed in products using the organic symbol in the US. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about...

                    As I said before, barley is the predominant grain in beer, although brewers sometimes add some wheat, for example, to enhance head retention.

                    I expect there are a number of organic, wheat-free beers. Check, for starters, with Peak and Wolaver's.

              2. I like the New Grist, but then again, if I'm not drinking beer, I prefer a cider.

                1. If you ever make it up to the Twin Cities area, you may want to try a few from Burning Brothers.

                  www.burnbrosbrew.com

                  1. Gluten-free beer, the major brewer offer of O-mission was nice. Purchased it in Bay Ridge.

                    I am just wondering if it was a buy-out, of a smaller brewer, or did the large brewer come up with the idea.

                    Better than Gluten-free beer, would be free beer.

                    State mandated drinking?