Throughout the past two years I’ve held onto my favourite beers: Golden Pheasant, Hoegaarden, and MGD (don’t judge). As I’ve committed to this gluten free lifestyle, saying goodbye to my favourites has been hard, cue the violins.
Mat and I have tried a few gluten free beers while in the US and we finally found one that didn’t make me want to vom.
Taken from Glutenfreebeer.info:
“New Grist is the first beer brewed without malted barley or any gluten-containing products to be recognized as beer by the U.S. Government. Each batch brewed at Lakefront’s Milwaukee headquarters is tested for gluten prior to fermentation, before being bottled and shipped. The beer is now available for distribution nationwide in six packs of 12-ounce bottles.
New Grist is brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. These ingredients are carefully combined to form a crisp and refreshing “session ale” sure to be popular among those with Celiac Disease, but really brewed for anyone with an appreciation for great tasting, handmade beer.”
New Grist is available in the LCBO and sells for $13.15 (CAD), it comes in a six pack of brown 335mL bottles. The alcohol level is 5.7% and the sugar content is a three.
Though New Grist is no where near a fine Slovak or Belgian beer, it will do.
New Grist has won:
- Gold Medal, 2006 Great American Beer Festival
- Silver Medal, 2007 Great American Beer Festival
- Bronze Medal, 2007 World Beer Championship
- Silver Medal, 2008 Great American Beer Festival
- Gold Medal, 2008 Los Angeles County Fair
I would recommend it more so than the gluten fee beer from Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, close to Montreal, La Messagère.
Made from rice and buckwheat, La Messagère just doesn’t do it for me, it taste too heavy and well, unpalatable. I am a fan of light beers, so this is the opposite spectrum for my taste.
La Messagère is available at the LCBO (as well as many dépanneur) and sells for $15.95 (CAD) in a six pack of brown 341mL bottles . The alcohol level is 4.7% and the sugar content is a four.
If the LCBO brought the other two gluten free beers: Messagère Red Ale and Messagère Millet, I’d more more than willing to try them, but I’ll pass on La Messagère.
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