Yes…I know…another Springsteen reference. What can I say? We both grew up in Freehold, NJ and his music just speaks to me.
And for those who don’t understand how the blog title has anything to do with Springsteen, that is just a reminder that I am old and you are not.
Anyway…back to the point at hand.
I had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful care package from the good folks at Harvester Brewing, with a bottle of each of their fine brews. There was an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Dark Ale, a Dubbel and an Experimental Ale.
And all I can say is…OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They have raised the stakes in the gluten-free beer wars.
New Grist…you were the first truly drinkable gluten-free beer I ever had and you will always hold a special place in my heart. You never forget your first love.
New Planet…you know how much I love you and you will continue to be a strong presence in my life.
Greens…you’ve got a quality product and I appreciate what you do.
Red Bridge…well you still suck…but you brought gluten-free beer to the mass market, so kudos to you.
Omission and Daura…sorry, but your claim that gluten-free beer must be made with gluten in order to taste like beer has been officially debunked. As more and more completely gluten-free breweries start popping up, your business model could be in serious jeopardy. Instead of spending your time and money lobbying congress to weaken the labeling laws, put it towards making a truly gluten-free beer.
Since it’s been almost 6 years since I’ve had “normal” beer, sometimes I may not be the best judge of what tastes like true beer. So when David Z., a true beer connoisseur, came over with his lovely wife, I had him try some samples and give me an honest review.
Here is a picture of us in action.
Wasn’t that exciting?
Anyway, here is his quote on the Dark Ale: “chocolaty and earthy undertones; impotent but subtle”
Yeah…I don’t know what he’s talking about either but the bottom line is that he loved it.
Of course the most important question is how safe is it for celiacs? I’ll let Harvester Brewing answer that question.
“Harvester Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free facility. Every beer we make is gluten-free. We use no corn agents or derived sugars. All of our equipment is new and is never used for anything except gluten-free beer. We start with ingredients that are naturally gluten-free and craft them into great beers. We don’t and never will use barley, wheat or rye and then attempt to chemically remove the gluten.”
Are you listening Omission and Daura?
In the coming weeks, David Z. and I will be shooting a video called “The Ultimate Gluten-Free Beer Review” where we’ll be blindfold tasting and reviewing a bunch of gluten-free beers. Should be quite informative and a hell of a good time.
Dude note to all gluten free beer companies: If you are interested in having your product being reviewed for this, please contact me asap so you can send me some samples of your beer.
Until then, my thanks to Harvester Brewing for their exceptional brew that celiacs can drink and enjoy without worry.
To learn more about them and more importantly find out how to get some, visit their website. Tell them Gluten Dude sent you.