Six Gluten-Free Beers For Fall
Summer, fall, winter, and spring– they’ve all got a case to make as the ideal time to crack a cold one. It’s like choosing which outfit to put on the child that you must choose as your favorite. It’s unfair and gets you zero fans. However, there’s nothing like the autumn seasonals that begin to drop at just this time of year.
Sadly, a growing number of people claim to be gluten-intolerant, and this causes a problem for beer lovers. There’s two routes these folks can take: 1) give up the brew altogether or 2) seek out a gluten-free alternative. The problem used to be a (figurative) death sentence for this demographic of beer enthusiast, but with the growing need and technology (come on, we made it to the moon), brewers are beginning to nail down some perfected recipes for gluten-free brew.
You could sip on Corona for the rest of your life (that is, if you’re gluten-intolerant), but you’re going to get sick of that. Draft made a list of six beers that cater to the needs of the gluten-sensitive. These aren’t garbage like the non-alcoholic beers that promise an authentic taste but end up tasting like a wet dog smells. Nope, these are the best of the micro-brewed best.
1. Harvester Brewing Dark Ale Writes Draft, “James Neumeister launched Harvester Brewing in 2011 after his wife was diagnosed with Celiac disease. In lieu of traditional grains, he brews with chestnuts he custom-roasts to fit each recipe. The heavily roasted, 5.6%-ABV Dark Ale sates with hints of chocolate, coffee, and a rich chestnut finish.”
2.Brunehaut Bio Amber Writes Draft, “Belgium’s Brunehaut now exports its line of gluten-free, futuristic-sounding bio beers to American drinkers. This hefty, certified-organic Amber contains deglutenized barley; the rich caramel and fresh bread notes get perked up by hoppy pine and citrus.”
3. Green’s Quest Gluten Free Tripel Blonde Ale Writes Draft, “Don’t let an aversion to gluten stop you from tipping back your favorite Trappist styles. This tripel swaps out barley for a host of non-traditional fermentables (millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and rice) which lend soft, grainy support to the beer’s familiar white pepper and pear yeast flavors.”
4. New Planet Tread Lightly Ale Writes Draft, “Each year, Colorado’s New Planet donates a portion of this beer’s proceeds to the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, hence the beer’s name. The flavor? Hints of orange peel and apple accent a lively grainy profile (courtesy of sorghum) for an engaging swallow.”
5. Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale Writes Draft, “This freshman upstate New York brewery hit the scene with an unapologetically Cascade-and Columbus-hopped pale ale. All those hops cut through sweet sorghum, cane sugar, molasses, and honey. Bonus: You can buy the beer at the brewer’s website!”
6. Omission Gluten-Free Lager Writes Draft, ”Samples from each batch of Craft Brew Alliance’s Omission line—this exceptionally clean lager and a pale ale, both brewed by Widmer Brothers—are sent to two independent labs to ensure the beer’s deglutenized barley meets gluten-free standards.”
No one wants to be left out when the autumnal beer is flowing; and while it might be tough to track down an adequate pumpkin stout (or maybe brew your own), this list should be a great jumping-off point to fill that hole in your gut and buds.