My name is Gluten Dude and I’m a beer snob.
It wasn’t always this way.
My dad drank Carling’s Black Label while I was growing up so that was my first exposure to beer. Although calling Black Label beer is being generous.
He’d give me sips on hot summer days (who cares if I was eight) and while I thought it was kinda cool to be tasting the forbidden fruit, I must say the taste repulsed me.
Fast forward to my teen years and my first “real” beer of my own was a Miller 8 oz. nip. Thanks to Bill Reeves for sneaking some into the party.
(Dudettes…don’t even think about it!)
Moving on to my college years, it was always about finding the most beer at the cheapest price. So it was essentially four years of Hamms, PBR, Old Milwaukee and Busch.
How my intestines survived is beyond me.
Fast forward again to my adult years and I drank much less, but much better, beer.
I became enamored with the flavors of fine microbrews and began drinking beer for the taste, not the effect. Although the effect was a nice bonus.
And then came celiac disease in 2007.
Sure I’d miss pasta. Sure I’d miss pizza. Sure I’d miss bagels.
But boy would I miss beer.
“But wait! There’s gluten-free beer?? Woo-hoo!!!”
“What? My choices are limited to Red Bridge and Bards? Well, that’s ok…2 is better than none.”
“Well, that sorta sucks.”
I resigned myself to the fact the days of beer were over.
But we seemed to have entered a new era of gluten-free beers.
A few weeks ago, Mrs. Dude made a trip to Joe Canals and she hit the jackpot. Here is what she brought home for me.
Here’s a quick review of each of the above gluten-free beers.
Magners: This is actually an Irish Cider and not a beer, but it’s got alcohol so be it. I’m not a big cider guy, but this stuff is really tasty, very refreshing and goes down very smoothly. Because of it’s sweetness, I can’t have more than
ten one or two, but I give it a total thumbs up.
Glutenator: By far, my favorite name for a beer. For some reason, I didn’t have much faith in this one. But I brought the bottle with me to have with my sushi a few days ago and it was fantastic. And strong. One beer, granted a large beer, did me just fine. I will definitely be restocking my fridge with this one.
Daura: I had heard so many amazing things about this beer and was psyched that it was finally available by me. It was indeed high-quality. It tasted similar to a Heineken or Amstel, which I’m not a big fan of. But that’s just a personal taste thing. If you like that type of beer, you’ll love the Daura.
New Planet: Best…gluten-free beer…ever. I first found these guys at a celiac conference in Philly and had a taste. It tasted like a microbrew. They have three different kinds, though I’m very partial to the Off Grid Pale Ale. Try it…you’ll love it.
Dogfish Heads Tweason
New Grist: This one isn’t pictured above, but it rocks. It was the first drinkable gluten-free beer I had and I am grateful to them for restoring my faith that I could drink beer again.
As I age, I tend to drink less. And when do imbibe, I will go with a nice Tito’s Vodka with cucumber more often than a beer.
But it’s nice to have options again.
Beer is good.
You have a favorite gluten-free beer?