Thursday, 14 January 2010

Gluten Free Beer

Everyone should be able to drink beer, even gluten intolerants - no, especially gluten intolerants. But most beer is made with barley, which contains hordein, which presents problems for people with allergies. The answer could be Green's Gluten Free Beers, which hail from West Yorkshire and are made using "pseudo-cereals" sorghum, millet, buckwheat and brown rice.

But do they taste any good? I sampled Green's Quest Tripel Blonde in a bar in Texas, of all places. At 8.5% alcohol by volume, it packed too much punch for my palate - some interesting flavours, but ultimately more syrupy than refreshing - although I imagine it would have tasted fine with food.

 brews another seven beers, including some with a lower alcohol content (the 4% Herald, 4.7% Trailblazer and 5% Pioneer for starters), which are said to be available from a number of British supermarkets. Worth checking out, particularly if you're barley averse.

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