Over the past couple of weeks I have been able to try some beers I had wanted to try for a while. I tried them so you don’t have to 😉 I am no beer connoisseur but as a former lover of beers, I have an opinion
First up is Dogfish head’s Tweason’ale. This is their Gluten Free beer made from sorghum and buckwheat and has a distinct strawberry flavor. I had tried to order this at one of their restaurants a while back, but was told that it is a seasonal beer and was not in season at the time of my visit. If this is still true I think Dogfish Head needs to offer other seasonal GF beers for their patrons. Personally I thought this beer was gross. At first sip it kind of tastes like beer then the fruity note is overwhelming and the drink no longer tastes like beer. But if you like fruitier beers than this might be up your alley. Or if you don’t go in expecting beer?
The second beer is something I was hesitant to buy a six pack for and was glad a restaurant had it on their menu: Omission Beer. The reason I was skeptical is because the company brews a beer using barley and hops and then REMOVES the gluten, hence the name. So yeah that kind of scared me. The company makes a Lager, Pale Ale, and IPA. The restaurant I was in was selling the Lager. I didn’t get sick! Now I have read up a bit more on the company and they do not claim to be truly safe for celiacs. I don’t know if beer is worth risking getting sick over but if you are not celiac and have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat I suggest researching the company to decide if this beer is safe for you. The taste was good, it tasted like a light beer, thought I prefer dark beers. I would get this over the Tweason’ale for sure but it is not my favorite GF beer to date.
This last one is a hard cider. I’ve really come to love cider over the past couple of years. It can be delicious and unlike some GF beer generally tastes like it ought to. Ace Perry is an apple cider with Pear essence. It is pretty sweet and clean. This was too sweet for me but again I know other people who would love the sweetness.
Overall I’m glad I was able to try the Dogfish Head and the Omission. After wanting to try something for months there is some satisfaction in finally being able to try them out. What is really exciting is that more and more restaurants are offering GF beers and ciders. Do you have a favorite GF beer or cider? Let me know, I would love to try them out!