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!)
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!
Recently a friend of mine came by to watch the Canucks playoff game (we won’t talk about that) and brought over a gluten-free beer he picked up for me at Bottleworks in Seattle. It was the best Gluten-free beer I have tasted and I have tasted everyone I can get my hands on. It is called Estrella Damm Daura. It is a nice crisp clean lager that actually tastes like a real beer. It seriously is the best I have had and it actually won, for the second year in a row, World’s Best Gluten-free Beer by the World Beer Awards. Check the link and find it if you can. I will update the blog if I come across it anywhere closer than Seattle. Until then, I will be making a stop at Bottleworks every time I am in Seattle!
One of the things I mourned when I went gluten-free was excellent micro-brewed beer that we have in abundance in the PNW. I have tried many GF beers but unfortunately have not really met one that lives up to a beautiful full-bodied beer. Therefore, I have been checking out more of the cider family and to my surprise have found a nice variety. Crispin makes some of the best gluten-free cider I have come across. I have tried their “Honey Crisp” and “Saint” which are both excellent. Recently I made a pit stop at a local mini mart near Whatcom Falls Park and discovered Crispins “Lansdowne.” This cider is phenomenal! It has wonderful aroma, full body, great color and my oh my does it taste good! It actually reminded me of a delicious beer! It is made with Irish stout ale yeast and pure organic molasses. If you come across a bottle of this, buy it, drink it, share it. Thank you Crispin for making top-notch ciders. (The Copper Hog in Bellingham, WA often has a Cripspin cider on tap!)