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The debate over gluten-free beer continues

Omission beer uses enzymes to remove gluten proteins… As a scientist, I wonder if they are truly removed… likely, they are broken down into their components, chains of molecules. At what level does gluten stop being gluten? It’s hard to know– in fact, I don’t think we [as a scientific community] truly know. In the meantime, I believe its an individual decision if you drink a beer that is made without gluten or a beer that is made with gluten that is then broken down below detectable levels. Personally, I would love to try Omission but the chance that I could have a reaction, which lasts many days to weeks for me, is enough to be cautious and avoid it. In the mean time, I love Harvester and Glutenberg as save alternatives! If you want to read more about the latest controversy, head to Gluten Free Dude who discusses the CSA’s contradictory endorsement of Omission.

Tasting Tweason’ale! (@dogfishbeer) #glutenfree #beer

Dogfish Head Gluten Free Tweason’ale (with a nod to our friends at Landfall back on Cape Cod)

Growing up in the microbrew capital of the country (Portland, OR), I was always fond of IPAs and hoppy beers. Before my diagnosis with Celiac’s disease, I had virtually stopped drinking beer– about half of one would put me under the table. I tried my first gluten free beer about six months after going gluten-free and was thrilled to drink “beer” again. Since then, I’ve found some that I liked (Deschutes Brewery Gluten Free Golden) and some I don’t (Deschutes Gluten Free Pilsner). I typically find them refreshing, not quite the same as “real” beer, and often leaving me too “full” to want to finish a full beer. Really, I’ve been on the search for a “drinkable” gluten free beer– by which I mean I can finish the whole bottle. Also, I’ve noticed that I tend to prefer sorghum beers.

After hearing some chatter online about Dogfish Head’s gluten free beer– Tweason’ale— I decided to give it a try. Check out the company’s Fish Finder to find a retail location near you– I went to City Market in Burlington but they list 42 restaurants and retail locations within 100 miles of Burlington that have ordered it in the last 60 days.

The beer– 6.0% ABV, flavors of strawberry, buckwheat and honey. Mild sorghum base.

I assumed it would be fruity so I was thinkin’ “its gonna be ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” Smell– robust. Taste– crisp. Finish– clean, a hint of fruit but more like a mild citrus. Not a biting aftertaste like some gluten-free beers; subtle taste of strawberry lingers. Very subtle taste of strawverry. I’ve currently got just a few sips left so I think I can safely rate it “drinkable to the last drop,” which if you’ve been following this post is a great recommendation.

Now glad I have the rest of the four pack hanging out in my fridge 😀

Portland, OR– Gluten Free Brewing

A fellow GF Burlingtonite has just reminded me of Harvester Brewing (@harvesterbrew). Any chance of getting their IPA at Farmhouse (@fhtgburlington)? 

At the very least, I will be stopping by Harvester Brewing on my next trip to Portland– wonder what they’ll be brewing for the holidays?

Check them out: http://www.harvesterbrewing.com/home