If for any reason you are following a gluten free diet, then you are probably (very sensibly) avoiding beer too, as wheat, rye, and barley are often triggers for problems from this type of food intolerance. Traditional beers and lagers commonly use malted barley or wheat as their basic grain, this means they contain varying amounts of gluten and aren’t suitable for people with coeliac disease or wheat intolerance.
There is hope though, as currently there are two brewing processes that can manufacture gluten-free beer!
The first uses malt from cereals or pseudo-cereals, which are suitable for those on a gluten-free diet (such as sorghum, millet, buckwheat, rice, quinoa or maize). Beers with these ingredients quite often have slightly different aromas and flavours than we are used to.
The second method is to produce a beer using a gluten-containing malt (wheat, barley or rye), and then reducing the gluten content by introducing a process at the start of the fermentation process to break down the gluten protein, this degrades the gluten to levels below the 20 ppm threshold for labelling gluten-free. This method creates “gluten reduced” beer.
At Amoeba Craft Beers & Cocktails we have a wide range of really good gluten-free beers available, take a look…
London Beer Factory – Surfacing (4% abv)
A clean, light and traditional German-style lager made gluten-free. Balancing body and bitterness, a clean malt bill allows for the classic Hallertau Blanc hops to produce a crisp and refreshing brew. Interesting flavours well blended whilst not being too strong to prevent you having another (or three).
First Chop S’up (3.9% abv)
Pale amber, IPA style with a lower a.b.v. but doesn’t hold back on the hops. Big tropical fruit notes with a spicy, resinous, smooth bitter finish. Dry-hopped with mosaic. For a beer with a low a.b.v. in the IPA style, it still packs a hearty punch in everything we love about IPAs.
Big Drop Pale (0.5% abv)
This dry-hopped pale ale is deliciously refreshing. The nose has hints of pine and honey. Packed full of flavour from citrus-heavy hops with a twist of fresh lime to create a crisp, zesty beer. This Pale Ale is greatly accessible and Gluten-Free containing <10 PPM. Light but flavourful pale ale, we were all surprised to find out how low the a.b.v. was. No flavour lacking.
Bath Ales – Wild Hare (5% abv)
This Classic British pale ale uses English-grown First Gold hops to add fleshy fruits, floral acacia and lots of citrus notes to the beer’s light, malty taste. Gluten-free and certified with Coeliac UK. Full-flavoured classic British ale with flavours that remind you of picking fruit from the hedgerows as a child
Coalition Brewing Co.- Zen Pale Ale (4.5% abv)
Zen Pale Ale by Coalition Brewing Co is an enticing blend of classic British pale ale and exceptional Japanese Okumidori Kabusecha Green Tea sourced from the best tea specialists around – Lalan & Co.
Mongozo Pils (5% abv)
This lager lacks nothing but gluten. It’s full-flavoured and biscuit-like, as all good lagers should be, with a crisp, refreshing finish. It also happens to be Fair Trade and organic, so it is a beer truly anyone can enjoy. Crisp and refreshing everything you would expect from a Pilsner.
Big Drop Stout (0.5% abv)
Notes of coffee, cocoa nibs and a lingering hint of sweet vanilla this beer is dark, rich and indulgent. We can see why the low a.b.v. trend is doing so well at the moment and Big drop brewing are at the forefront with this tasty stout that is set to tantalise.
Arbor-Mosaic (4% abv)
Heavily hopped Mosaic Pale Ale with bold floral and tropical fruit flavours and aromas. We do love a local Brewery and Arbor continually deliver with their great flavours, you can taste passion which goes into every drop of the first quenching, moreish delight.
As you can see, for the gluten-free craft beer drinker, there are a lot more options than ever before, and that’s something to raise a glass or bottle to!