I haven’t posted in quite some time. Summer was busy and flew by. But now that it is turning to fall it is time to settle in, watch Football and start trying seasonal beverages!
First post of the fall goes to…
Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin Hard Cider.
As far as ciders go, it is tasty. But as far as it being a “pumpkin” cider, don’t get your hopes up. I love pumpkin everything! Pumpkin cheesecake, beer, cookies, candles, soup… anything. But this really doesn’t have a pumpkin flavor to it. It has hints of nutmeg and caramel. But if someone poured it into a pint glass and handed it to me I would just think “This is a nice cider.” It would be great with a fall meal and on the bottle it says pair with duck and turkey which I can see. But I was really hoping for some hearty pumpkin pop. So, bottom line, good crisp cider but missing the pumpkin pop.
If you live in Bellingham, Wa this cider and many other GF beverages brought to you by Elizabeth Station.
A while ago I posted that Dogfish Head was coming out with a gluten-free beer. I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival in Bellingham. Nobody was carrying it and weren’t sure if they were going to get it. I even told a local grocery store that I would buy a case if they could get it. No luck. But then a new magical beer store opened, Elizabeth Station! Located at 1400 Holly St. in beautiful Bellingham. Not only were they carrying Tweasonale but many other GF beers and ciders. It is a beautiful store that has a lot to offer. Do yourself a favor and go check it out.
Now for the Tweasonale. It is a a gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey. It is a light amber color and smells of strawberries. It is lighter in body and you can definitely taste the strawberries and honey but neither is over baring. It is a well rounded craft ale and my hat is off to Dogfish for venturing into the GF market. I think this is going to be a kick ass summer beer when all the fresh berries come into season in Whatcom county and we are making fresh salads while BBQing salmon. This is going to be a seasonal ale so you may want to buy a little extra and store it for the later spring and summer. Oh, another nice thing 6% alcohol. I find most GF beers are closer to 4%. So grill some fish and make a salad with some strawberries and crack open a Tweasonale and enjoy a craft beer from one of the best breweries around!
That is right! One of America’s top breweries is coming out with a Gluten-free beer this week! I am super excited to try a new GF beer, especially from Dogfish Head. Here is the description taken straight from Dogfish’s website “For our first new 12-ounce 4-packs in nearly half a decade, we replaced the classic barley foundation of beer with a mild sorghum base. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit are balanced by vibrant strawberry notes and a unique complexity that comes with the addition of a malty buckwheat honey.” That sounds good! It is going to come in four packs and is going to be seasonal. As soon as I find some I will post my reviews and where you can find it in Whatcom County.
(Photos from Dogfish Head)
Here is a pretty wicked link to the process via photographs. (It truly is beautiful and exciting!)
This summer Costco had this cider and I wish I would have bought a lot more. The price was great for a good crisp, clean cider and I thought their logo was really cool.
If you see it at Costco again buy it. It was about $4 a bottle.
Julian Hard Cider
Sorry for not posting this in the summer. Just came across the photos. Better late than never.
Crispin Cider has an iPhone App that helps you locate Crispin Cider in your area! Super handy when on the road or when you just want a great cider. They are hands down my favorite!
A friend of mine posted this link to an article outlining 7 GF beers and I thought they did a good job so I am including the link on my blog.
“How 7 Brands of Gluten-free Beer Stack Up Against Conventional Suds.”
Check it out!
I was recently told that Mikes Hard Lemonade was gluten-free and I thought to myself, really? So I did a little research and Mike’s website states that their two lite options, lemonade and cranberry lemonade, are gluten-free tested (they are below 5ppm gluten protein). Mikes also states that all their malt beverages are made with the same gluten-free base and use gluten-free ingredients but not have been tested at the final stage so they don’t promote them as gluten-free. Feel free to read more on their site as they answer the questions pretty well. Thanks Mike’s for giving me another option after I am done mowing the lawn!