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#1 squirmingitch

 
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:30 PM

Both my hubs & I  have dh & the slightest amt. of gluten can set off an outbreak so we need to be extra careful. We would like to have some beer but worry about getting cc'd. What gluten-free beers have you guys tried & been okay with? I figure you will have the skinny on this question b/c if anyone is going to react, you guys will.


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Self diagnosed dh Sept. 2011~~~ confirmed dx July 18, 2012
Gluten free Dec. 2011
Soy free Dec. 2011
Hubs self diagnosed dh March 30, 2012
Hubs gluten free March 30, 2012

Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.

 


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:39 PM

Not a big beer drinker (I prefer gin)

 

but I have had: 

 

Green's

Bard's

New Planet

 

they all taste pretty good and I have never noticed a thing (except the buzz we hope for!)  :lol:


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:07 AM

I have tried several gluten-free beers.  I remember Greens, New Grist, Redbridge and Bard's Tale.  I think I only tried Greens and New Grist once and they didn't make me feel too good.  I have no proof that it was gluten reactions, but that is what it felt like.  According to many here there are many other things that can give you reactions that feel like gluten reactions.  Redbridge was pretty good, but Bard's Tale was the best as far as perceived reactions go.  Those guys really go out of their way to keep out cc possibilities.  Eventually I dropped that too.  I had a little sip yesterday though.

 

This is the super sensitive section and I am very sensitive.  A typical celiac shouldn't have problems with gluten-free beers.

 

Here is an article about more gluten-free beers: http://celiacdisease...enFreeBeers.htm


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:09 AM

Thanks IH & Steph. Steph, I am not a typical celiac. I don't get the gut & crappy feeling stuff you guys do. I have the celiac rash so if I get the slightest bit of gluten then the rash makes me pay for ---- ohhhhhh YEARS. You see, I would only know I was reacting when the rash flared & it then is depositing more antibodies under my skin which take literally years to go away. This is why I'm being ultra careful. So it looks like Bard's is the one to go with. I know about Redbridge but I just can't trust in a mega company like that, that there won't be "mistakes" --- someone forgot to clean the lines or didn't do a good job & a hundred other mishaps. To those who will say the world is full of gluten ...... fine, I understand, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be as careful as I can be. And it looks like Bard's is the safest bet.


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Self diagnosed dh Sept. 2011~~~ confirmed dx July 18, 2012
Gluten free Dec. 2011
Soy free Dec. 2011
Hubs self diagnosed dh March 30, 2012
Hubs gluten free March 30, 2012

Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.

 


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:29 PM

I've had Redbridge and another....without looking in the bar I can't remember. I'm ok with either. I don't really drink beer - I cook with it.

For drinking I hit the cider, wine, or Tito's. or mimosas. Or tequila, straight. Or good bourbon.

Apparently, anything but beer.
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:45 AM

I've had Redbridge and another....without looking in the bar I can't remember. I'm ok with either. I don't really drink beer - I cook with it.

For drinking I hit the cider, wine, or Tito's. or mimosas. Or tequila, straight. Or good bourbon.

Apparently, anything but beer.

 

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:


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Self diagnosed dh Sept. 2011~~~ confirmed dx July 18, 2012
Gluten free Dec. 2011
Soy free Dec. 2011
Hubs self diagnosed dh March 30, 2012
Hubs gluten free March 30, 2012

Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.

 


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:38 AM

I hope you do OK with the Bard's Tale.  I drink Metaxa Ouzo.  It's an acquired taste.


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#8 squirmingitch

 
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

Yes, I'm not sure I could "acquire" the taste! :lol:


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Self diagnosed dh Sept. 2011~~~ confirmed dx July 18, 2012
Gluten free Dec. 2011
Soy free Dec. 2011
Hubs self diagnosed dh March 30, 2012
Hubs gluten free March 30, 2012

Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.

 


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:47 AM

The best gluten free beer I've had is from a dedicated, 100% gluten-free brewery in Oregon called Harvester.  They've got several flavors and test out new ones frequently - I've had their Red Ale, Dark Ale, and IPA, as well as a few experimental flavors.  Unfortunately, they aren't widely available outside of the pacific northwest yet, but you can order online depending on the state you live in - www.harvesterbrewing.com.  It's expensive, but totally worth it if craft beers used to be your thing.

 

Green's and New Planet are my other favorites.  Both widely available and pretty tasty, with several flavors.  I also liked one called Celia that I had in New York last year.  Reminded me a lot of a Blue Moon -  I think it's only available in the northeast right now. 

 

Redbridge, Bard's and New Grist are all perfectly safe beers and widely availalbe, but in my opinion, they don't taste all that good.

 

Stay away from Omission and Daura and all the 'low-gluten' beers they're marketing these days.  Some people don't react, but a lot do - better to be safe than sorry!


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 06:04 AM

I've been able to drink:

Dog Fish Head's Tweasonale - tastes like strawberry beer and

Angry Orchard Hard Ciders - Tastes like wine coolers though. 


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:06 PM

Try omission beer. Gluten free and has all sorts of awards, even against regular beers! It is really good!


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 04:37 PM

Not everyone agrees with you about Omission, I am afraid.

While it tastes good (so I have heard), it is questionable about how "gluten free " it actually is.

The things I have read, leave me skeptical about its safety.

But if you have no symptoms after drinking it...cheers!  :) 


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:23 AM

I've only tried Bard's and Redbridge.  Bard's I didn't care for the taste...Redbridge is a weird story.  I started to notice that every time I had it, the next day I was an emotional wreck.  Every time!!  Didn't matter if I had one or four...didn't matter what else I ate that day (always gluten-free of course), the next day I was a mess of tears for no reason at all.  I want to try another brand, but haven't happened upon a weekend where it wouldn't matter if I was bawling all the next day.  Guess I'll stick to wine for now - been trying a couple ciders, but most are so darn sweet!!


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:00 AM

Redbridge here but I was a Bud guy before celiac disease so I am not a beer snob at all.

 

As others stated stay away from the Daura beer which is made wiht barley but claim to remove the gluten.  Had that twice and got sick both time.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:20 PM

We found some New Grist in our town & have been drinking that. We like it & have had no ill effects. Real beer aficionados probably would stick their tongue out at it but we weren't beer aficionados in the first place ~~~ beer always made me sick so it stands to reason right? I will say that it doesn't seem to have as much carbonation in it. It makes a nice head but the liquid itself isn't as fizzy as gluten beer. Personally that's just fine with me as I'm an odd bird who has never cared for too much carbonation in anything & that includes soft drinks. 


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Self diagnosed dh Sept. 2011~~~ confirmed dx July 18, 2012
Gluten free Dec. 2011
Soy free Dec. 2011
Hubs self diagnosed dh March 30, 2012
Hubs gluten free March 30, 2012

Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.

 





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