Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, my husband brought home some gluten free beer. Two different kinds to be exact. Bards and Redbridge. Both are made from Sorghum.
Just as some background, I like to mow the lawn. I have a gas powered, push mower with the big wheels on the back. We have two acres that are cleared and the rest is wooded. When I mow the grass, it’s my time to think, reflect, and get some much needed outdoor exercise. And when I am finished I always love having a nice cold beer.
Of course that was way before celiac disease. Now I haven’t had a beer in almost 25 years. My drink of choice since celiac has been ice cold lemon water. (I know, far cry from a beer, but it quenches a thirst. So when my husband arrived with two bottles of gluten free beer, I was really excited and just a little hesitant to try it. Would it be as good as I remembered ice cold beer tasting?
First I tried the Bards, it was really good. I mean really good. It tasted like real beer. (At least what I thought I remembered real beer tasting like.) So I said to my hubby, “Taste this and tell me what you think.” He said, “It’s good”.
Later I tried the Redbridge, it was good too. More like a pale ale, than a regular beer. I used to drink a darker beer, when I drank beer, so the Redbridge seemed a little weak to me.
My preference…..Bards. It just tasted more like a regular beer. Even though Redbridge by Anheuser-Busch was the first ever produced, I think the guys at Bard’s Tale Beer Company have nailed it.
By the way, there are more and more restaurants adding gluten free beer to their menus. Outback Steakhouse for one and P.F. Chang’s for another. If they don’t serve it yet at your favorite restaurant, keep asking. The more they realize there are a lot of us out here, the more they will be willing to provide for their gluten intolerant patrons.
If you have tried any of the other gluten free beers, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of them. What was your favorite and why?
And I feel I have to say this, drink responsibly, please do not drink and drive. The life you save will very likely be an innocent sober person.