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  1. 1

    Limabean

    The truth comes out! The real reason the Dude started this blog! Free beer!

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        Brett

        Wish they shipped to Canada to try the product out. I guess next time i am in British Columbia I may need to take a Road Trip south of the border. Anyways, you should keep your eye out for a brewing company in Canada called GLUTENBERG.

        The site is below
        https://glutenberg.ca/fr/

        They are one of the best GF beers available in Canada produced in Canada and they have a wide variety of completly gluten free beers. I beleive they are working on getting into the american market fairly soon. If your up this way you have to try them.

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          Gluten Dude

          I’m a BIG Glutenberg fan.

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    IrishHeart

    The enthusiasm on your faces speaks volumes!
    I am not a huge beer drinker, but the hubs is and he will be most pleased to hear this news.

    (And he understood what DavidZ said perfectly. He says that stuff, too when he tastes beer. I say it when I taste wine. Sometimes I make some of it up ) :)

    Thanks for the review. I am sure it was hard work for you guys,
    drinking beer, having fun and taking one for the team like that and all. ;)

    Cheers!

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    Jersey Girl

    G Dude-

    Springsteen rocks. I have had red bridge in my fridge for six months and am finally down to my last one. Can only tolerate it if it is freezer cold. Let me know if you need another taste tester, it’ll be rough but i can swing it.

    Xo-Jersey Girl

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    “You aint a beauty but hey you’re all right”
    “Thunder Road”

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      Gluten Dude

      Just show a little faith there’s magic in the night…

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    Carlyn Berghoff

    How do I get your job?!? Free beer in the mail, yes please! Beer is one of the things I miss most after going gluten-free and we’ve been trying to find a good and affordable one ever since. I’m sure it’s almost or already gone, but is Harvester any good when used to cook? Chili, brats, the options are endless. Our family had to switch to water when cooking the above and would love if we could go back to the taste that good beer adds to some of our favorite dishes.
    Thanks for taking one for the team :)

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      Gluten Dude

      I honestly wouldn’t waste the beer to cook with. Not that it’s wasting it per se, but it’s not cheap and I’d rather the beer go directly into my blood stream :)

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        Connie

        Hey, you should never cook with something you wouldn’t drink. ;-) If its good to drink, I’d bet it would be good to cook with too.

        I miss carrots cooked in beer, for one! And brats made with beer!

        Will definitely be looking at my local liquor procurement for this brand and if they don’t have it, asking them when they will get it in! :-)

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    Crystal

    Curious where does Bard’s fall on your spectrum?? And, I’m.not sure about your friend’s review , but maybe he meant impudent instead of impotent???? Spoken English can be subtle….

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      Gluten Dude

      They reached out to me recently. I told them they were one of the first I tried and I didn’t like it…left a strong aftertaste. But they did see they have improved their brew and have removed some of the bitterness. They are sending me some and I will be sure to let you know.

      Yeah…I know…free beer. What a concept!!

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    Kate

    That’s great – I love Harvester. Great beer and really nice people!
    They’ve definitely proven that you can make a real gluten free beer that actually tastes good. FYI, you can order their beers from their website – they deliver to most states. My Christmas present from my husband this past year was a big box of Harvester beers.

    If you can find it, try to get Celia beer on your tasting list. I believe it’s from a brewery in Vermont and should be fairly easy to find in the northeast – I had it when I ate at Risotteria in New York City last year. Reminded me a lot of Blue Moon.

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      Claudette

      Ah, Risotteria… miss that place. Best GF deep dish pizza EVER… did they survive Superstorm Sandy? I hope they did, with them being tucked deep in one of the low spots of the West Village…

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        IrishHeart

        oh yes, a friend was there a few weeks ago…still pumping out GF goodness :)

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          Claudette

          Yay!!! I LOVE that place… I was at Columbia for a conference last summer and made the #1 train journey all the way down JUST TO GO TO RISOTTERIA!!! (puddle of drool forms at my feet…)

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            IrishHeart

            Now, I’ve got one forming at mine. We’ll be down in the city In August and I’ll be making a mad dash for the place as soon as possible.
            ;)

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            1. Claudette

              Eat a pizza, drink a beer, and think of me, will you?

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              1. IrishHeart

                You’ve got it, sister. ;)

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          Kate

          Oh they did – I was actually there last November, just a week or so after the storm hit, and everything was already up and running.

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    Nate

    Another great sounding product that isn’t available within 2000 miles of where I live. I guess us Midwesterners will have to live vicariously through your photos and color commentary.

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      Kate

      You can order their beer for delivery in most states… expensive but worth it!

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    Cyndy

    Thanks for your review. Your pecking order of beer is the same as mine, so I can’t wait to get my hands on some Harvester to try. To Carlyn, I cook my brats with New Planet Pale Ale and they come out great!

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    Adalaide

    I just really wish I could find beer in Utah that I could make onion rings and mozz sticks with. I don’t drink, but I’ll cook with it. (I don’t cook with anything I wouldn’t drink, if I were a drinker.) Unfortunately I’ve never seen a gluten free beer in any grocery store and the few times I’ve been into a state store I haven’t either. I just want to be able to have a whim, decide I want beer battered onion rings and drive to the store for a beer.

    I have to say though that this is the one downside of being here. Other than the beer thing, I’m pretty spoiled with the gluten free thing. (I even get bakery style donuts. So HAH! Never leaving.)

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    Casey

    I’m just going to go ahead and take credit for bringing this magical brewery to your attention… (via email 4.25).

    The guys from the brewery were at the Portland Gluten Free Food Fair a couple of weeks ago giving away samples. They were the only beer producer there; Omission was not present and not welcome (as the event coordinators were very committed to creating a completely safe environment for celiac’s at the event)

    All of the beers also pair well with these:http://www.brazibites.com/

    Not exactly the healthiest gf snack, but holy smokes did it really hit the nail on the head for anyone who misses dreadfully the taste of fluffy, flaky cheesy bread.

    Keep up the good work!

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      Gluten Dude

      More than happy to give credit where credit is due. Thanks for the reminder…and for Harvester shout out.

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        Sarah

        Can I playful remind that I suggested it in Aug 2012? :)

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    Mariann Offtermatt

    NOOOOOOOO! no pins in OHIO:(

    I just did a tasting at one of the local restaurants I am trying to get to carry g-f beer. We chose Bard’s and New Planet Pale Ale as the two faves of the selections we can get here in North East Ohio.

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    Claudette

    And… of course no place in Michigan. Hmm. We have a local place that has a GF deli in the back of a liquor store (yeah, I know… crazy, right?). I should talk to the owners about connecting to Harvester… either that or I need to make a pilgrimage. Hey, wait a minute… I’ve got research partners at Portland State! I have another excuse for a visit… right? RIGHT?????

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    Claudette

    I have to comment that I like St. Peter’s, imported from England. I know it’s an acquired taste, but St. Peter’s Dark is a great pairing with good barbeque – I can get that here at Slows in Detroit (which is still the best slow-smoked GF barbeque I’ve found…)

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    Rhiannon

    Here’s another company to keep an eye on. I just read about it a few days ago. Might be the best yet. :)
    AND, it sounds like he knows what he’s doing!!

    http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2013/06/moonshrimp_brewing_—_tasting.html

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    Claudette

    Portland strikes again!!! What *is* it about that city????

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    Darlena

    I’ve been thankful that I never really liked beer (drank my fair share at college frat parties) so not having a GF beer wasn’t bothering me. I have a close friend who is a major beer lover and became speechless when I told her that beer was no longer on my menu.

    Now, if wine had gluten then it would be a sad day…

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    Katie

    I recently came across a gluten free beer I’d never seen before and I tried it and it’s definitely my favorite so far. It’s by Glutenberg and I tried the Red Ale. REALLY GOOD! It has all the ingredients listed on the CAN (was first beer I’ve had in a can so that gave it points as well…) and it didn’t have a terrible aftertaste! YAYY! I can’t wait to try the other two kinds they make. Here is their website if anyone is interested. https://glutenberg.ca/usa/
    I’ve seen it now in stores in MA and ME so hopefully it’s gaining popularity. :)

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    Jo

    I’m from Canada and my faves right now are:
    La Messagère (they have an ale, a millet, a red ale and a berry beer! The red and the berry are awesome)
    http://www.lesbieresnouvellefrance.com/home

    The UK has a great GF beer too, St-Peter’s G-Free:
    http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/products/gluten-free-beers/
    Haven’t been able to get my hands on a dark yet, but I will! I’m a woman on a mission!

    Finally, there’s a completely GF brewery in Toronto!!!
    http://www.snowmanbrewing.com/
    Haven’t been able to get my hands on their product yet, it looks like they’re mostly doing festivals and restaurants now, but worth keeping an eye open on these guys eh!

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      Claudette

      St. Peter’s Dark is *wonderful*. I like to have a pint of it when I go to my favorite GF barbeque joint in Detroit… it is delish with anything smoked.

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    Sarah

    I have advocating these guys since their first IPA last year… Glad you loved it!!! I ordered some of their new IPA… I’m not sure if something in it (oats?) made me fatigued the following day, but I’m excited to try it on my new whole foods (minus harvester beer) diet!

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    Andrew S

    I totally agree that Harvester rocks, but Omission is fantastic as well. If it doesn’t mess with Celia’s what’s the problem? Or is it that those with celiac disease still have issues with it? I honestly really like their beers and would like to know.

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    syn

    living gluten free is a hell. since its the gmo corn that is now seemingly proven to be responsible for leaky gut disorders which lead to gluten intolerance, i am pretty sure all alcohol is detrimental to the gluten intolerant individual. also finding gluten free AND gmo free alcohol (and more specifically beer) is next to impossible. i dont really mind the taste of redbridge but i just heard recently they began using gmo cornsyrup though they did not originally. it would make sense they use crappier ingredients since they are the cheapest though… shame.

    anyway, personally i am addicted to omission. yes its not ‘pure’ gluten free but at least it is gmo free. i was really surprised to discover that. the IPA omission is simply the best tasting darker beer i have ever had since becoming intolerant.

    when out at bars, unfortunately, there is never an option for gluten free beer. in this case ive found drinking corona is ok for me. i don’t get hardcore reactions anymore. heineken which is also supposedly gluten free makes me feel worse so i stick to coronas.

    ultimately it sucks that every single thing we consume is amplifying our problems. thanks monsanto. i always wanted to die of widespread systemic disease before hitting 30. time to go drink myself to death and speed up the process. #fuckthislife

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    Mariann

    Just a itty bitty warning to the unwary – unknowing. If you try some of these beers and they leave you feeling a bit glutened check to make sure you can have oats because oats are in some of these formulas. Sadly, I just enjoyed a Harvesters without label reading and it was not a good outcome.

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    Mike E

    For the sake of posterity, Harvester Brewing has changed their name to Ground Breaker Brewing.

    http://www.groundbreakerbrewing.com/news/2014/8/4/harvester-brewing-changing-name-to-ground-breaker-brewing

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