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Finally a Good Gluten-Free Beer

22 Comments 18 July 2012

Finally a Good Gluten-Free Beer

The Husband has never had a gluten-free beer that he’s liked.  Ever.  He’s tried New Grist, Redbridge, Estrella Damm Daura, but he usually can’t take more than a few sips before his attempt comes to an end.  The taste test is over.  He just can’t do it.  They just taste like bad beer.

I, on the other hand, have never tasted any beer that I’ve liked.  ALL beer tastes bad to me. In fact, it’s worse than bad.  To me, all beer tastes disgusting.  Therefore, I do not review gluten-free beers.  If I did, I would proclaim that they all tasted like dirt.



But the Husband is a good taste tester.  And the only reason I’m doing a post on gluten-free beer is that the Husband finally found one that he enjoyed.  Not only was it good gluten-free beer.  He proclaimed it to be really good beer — gluten free or not.  Now that says something.

So if you are a gluten-free friend who likes beer, and you miss the taste of a good one, you might want to read on.

When we were at Posana in Asheville, the Husband hesitantly ordered a Brunehaut gluten-free amber ale.  It’s a Belgum import that won a gold medal at the 2011 US Open Beer Championships.  Our waiter insisted that he would like it because of the yeastiness.

Of course, I knew from every other taste test since age 21 that I wouldn’t like it despite the accolades.  I decided to stick to a tried and true cider.  I was glad that Posana carried Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider.

But the Husband loved this beer.

 And you might too.

So next time you see this bottle, give it a shot.  And let me know what you think.

Readers, dish!

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22 Comments so far

  1. No offense to beer lovers, but my taste buds agree with you. Beer is not tasty for me.

  2. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Oh I’m a beer lover! Love it. My mom often wonders where I came from, as she loves her wine (like, seriously loves it) and so does my sister…and my aunt and my grandmother. But, no, I love the dark, thick beers. I don’t drink beer much anymore. But pre-Crohns I did and wold love a cold glass with Scott on a lazy summer afternoon, watching a baseball game, or after working in the yard.

    I’ve only tried one gluten free beer (New Grist) and I liked it, but I never really liked light beer, so I didn’t love it. My husband doesn’t discriminate when it comes to beers (he really liked New Grist). But honestly, he will drink anything (like Coors Light -blah), but I do believe his favorite is a nice smooth Amber Ale. I’m sure they have Brunehaut at my local Coop. Checking it out for sure next time. On a final note, Scott says he feels much better after drinking a gluten free beer – you know, less bloated (and he doesn’t have any obvious issues with wheat or gluten). So why not make the switch to gf for this factor alone.

    The pictures of your face are so funny and adorable. You crack me up! :-)

    Thanks for this great post, Heather. I always appreciate product reviews.

  3. Lynn says:

    I am so jealous that you were at Posana! I want to go!!! In my “gluten eating days” or previous life, I loved beer. Then I was diagnosed with non-celiacs gluten intolerance. Like your husband I started trying the GF beers and did not like them. So, I am happy you posted about this beer as I will give it a try where ever it may be available in my area :) Thanks!

  4. Zippy says:

    I’ll have to look for that one. Most of the GF beer is NaSTy!!! So far the only one I actually like is New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale. I think because before CD I drank Michelob Light or Ultras. New Planet also has a raspberry one that is okay, but if I want fruity-flavored I would prefer wine or hard cider. Their other variety is a bit too heavy for me.

  5. Kathy says:

    Thanks so much for the husband generated review. I am a total beer lover and this year have really been struggling with gluten-free beers. I have tried SO many varieties but then just end up back at cider. Recently I have found that I am developing reactions to cider, which really sucks, so I have renewed my search for a gf beer that I will actually enjoy.
    Our local Total Wine doesn’t have this one, so I am gonna do some hunting, maybe they can special order it for me, hmm.

  6. I’m always looking for a good beer to try. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look for it.

  7. Sheryll Ziemer says:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I’m drinking Green’s Tripel Blonde Ale. It’s a good Belgian beer. They also have a Double…but I didn’t really care for it.
    There is a brewery in Oregon that makes 4 varities, and I’ve tried one that was okay.
    I will look for the Brunehaut Gluten-Free Amber Ale.

    • Heather says:

      I’ve heard that there are many breweries in Oregon that have gluten-free beers. I’m thinking I’d rather go wine tasting in Oregon, but maybe we’ll have to do a little of both! :)

      Thanks for the tip on Green’s!

  8. Paul says:

    I once drank the Mongozo Premium Pilsner. This is an award winning Gluten-Free beer! This is their website:

    You will love this beer! And an extra bonus is that this beer has also got the label “Fair Trade”

  9. Debi says:

    I will have to keep an eye out for that one! So far, the best one I’ve had is Green’s Dubbel Dark Ale. I found it once and haven’t found it since. Figures, right? I did find a SLEW of ciders at Jungle Jim’s today. Lots of good looking ones to try out some day. 😀

  10. Julia says:

    Have you seen this beer anywhere in Nashville? I’m dying to try it!

  11. Carl says:

    Beer lover here. I buy Brunehaut at local Whole Foods. Its just like “beer”.

  12. Mark says:

    Brunehaut’s two gluten-free labels just won Gold + Silver medals in the US Open Beer Championships (for the second straight) year.

  13. Mike says:


    I stumbled upon this discussion, I am a big beer fan, and wanted to let you, and the rest of the gf community, know that some new developments in brewing have led to a wider variety of gluten free styles and brands.

    “The Oregon Brewery” that someone commented on earlier, is one of the breweries following this new procedure in which gluten is extracted from the beer during fermentation. There is an organic enzyme that clarifies beer and as a side-effect eats all the gluten out of the beer. These brews come out very low in Parts Per Million, around 5ppm, and I think anything below 20ppm is considered gluten free.

    There is more info, from an Illinois brewery, here:

    So, while you may enjoy the stuff, there will be many more gf options to attempt down the road 😉

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