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#1 mcc0523

 
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:07 PM

[rant] Before figuring out that gluten has been causing such horrible symptoms in me, I used to be a beer aficionado... as in, I had my own dedicated beer glass that was NEVER washed with detergent (as it affects head retention), I was able to detect undertones and high notes and all of the fancy terms "real" ;) :rolleyes: *snobs* use in describing the experience, and the highlight of my year was a certain beer festival. I had even started brewing my own, and was planning another brew before I learned I must avoid gluten.

And, yes, I know about Red Bridge and other gluten-free beers, but I'm sorry, it is NOT the same. Red Bridge cannot match the fullness of a Samuel Smith's Porter, or the citrusy notes of a Sweetwater IPA, and DAMMIT, I'm SO MAD that beer makes me so sick. My favorite seasonal last year was Sam Adam's Noble Pilsner, and I nearly lost it when I saw it out again (the first time this year) last week at the store.

*SIGH* I will be alright with this... eventually. Just not right now.

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Although not diagnosed officially yet, I have suspected celiac since October of 2010. At least 2 separate physicians who are experts with collagen deficiencies (such as Ehlers-danlos syndrome) have mentioned the possibility to me, and one has tested (although I haven't gotten the results back yet).

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:13 PM

I totally hear you. I spent a semester in Berlin during college and fell in love with beer then. The good stuff. German beer on tap EVERYWHERE YOU WENT.

Then I discovered Guinness, and we were buddies. Guinness and I had great times until Celiac.

NOW WE ARE BROKEN UP. I miss Guinness. My goodness, my Guinness. I miss it SO MUCH and I don't dare even have a tasty sip because I know what it will do to me for the following week.

You are not alone in your ranting against gluten-free beers. They are not the same. For those of us with a real beer love, gluten-free is just fourth-rate nonsense.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:48 PM

I miss going to Hooters and having a big 'ol platter of hot wings and a big frosty mug of Fosters on tap!

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:42 PM

i was never a big beer person.. only had it maybe 2x a year... but i used to love snakebites..
went out to World of Beer recently- i tried the Redbridge- it was barely do-able, i dont think i even drank half of it , it was that bad YUCK.... so i stuck with Woodchuck Cider all night- totally YUM... my only complaint was i would of preferred a frosty mug, or the tap to be colder

ps- i am BUMMED tho- that gluten-free cider &/or beer isnt everywhere... like the next time i go to a sporting event or a concert- gonna be a real bummer that i cant just go get a beer <_<
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:37 PM

NOW WE ARE BROKEN UP. I miss Guinness. My goodness, my Guinness. I miss it SO MUCH and I don't dare even have a tasty sip because I know what it will do to me for the following week.

You are not alone in your ranting against gluten-free beers. They are not the same. For those of us with a real beer love, gluten-free is just fourth-rate nonsense.

I understand not having even a sip... *sigh* I guess I need to start looking into alternate grains, and use my current brewing knowledge and come up with a good alternative. I've been especially missing my IPA, so I could come up with something that uses A LOT of hops. I wonder how brown rice does in beer, too. I can't think of anything to take the place of a stout right now, but I want to come up with a good gluten-free stout recipe.


I miss going to Hooters and having a big 'ol platter of hot wings and a big frosty mug of Fosters on tap!

I am more of a fan of Wild Wings Cafe, but I appreciate the combination of wings and beer. It was fun while it lasted.


i was never a big beer person.. only had it maybe 2x a year... but i used to love snakebites..
went out to World of Beer recently- i tried the Redbridge- it was barely do-able, i dont think i even drank half of it , it was that bad YUCK.... so i stuck with Woodchuck Cider all night- totally YUM... my only complaint was i would of preferred a frosty mug, or the tap to be colder

ps- i am BUMMED tho- that gluten-free cider &/or beer isnt everywhere... like the next time i go to a sporting event or a concert- gonna be a real bummer that i cant just go get a beer <_<


The only beer that I threw out within the past 2 years WAS a Red Bridge. And I tried... I really, really tried to like it, but it's just not going to be possible.

Woodchuck is GREAT! Magner's Hard Cider is good, too, and I recently found two other gluten-free ciders at my favorite beer market. They do have other gluten-free beers besides Red Bridge, but the owner (whose taste in beer I trust) stated they weren't very good at all.

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I guess I'm just going to have to come up with some gluten-free beer recipes. I'm actually kind of excited about researching to see what sources of fermentable sugars I can use. I know that hops are safe (although I'm sure cc is an issue sometimes), and I am curious what brown rice, buckwheat and other gluten-free grains would be like.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:07 AM

As I have been a coeliac my whole life, i have never tried beer though the smell of it would put me off anyway. I am a cider girl, love it especially scrumpy.

However I am sorry that you have had to give it all up, I never know if I'm better never having tried anything, therefor not knowing whether I'm missing out or whether you are luckier as you had it for so long....mystery question :)

However I am sure that as making gluten free beer is relatively new that somewhere along the way they will achieve better stuff, it has taken them a long time to get bread to a good standard so I am sure that they will achieve this for you!!!!
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:46 AM

As I have been a coeliac my whole life, i have never tried beer though the smell of it would put me off anyway. I am a cider girl, love it especially scrumpy.

However I am sorry that you have had to give it all up, I never know if I'm better never having tried anything, therefor not knowing whether I'm missing out or whether you are luckier as you had it for so long....mystery question :)

However I am sure that as making gluten free beer is relatively new that somewhere along the way they will achieve better stuff, it has taken them a long time to get bread to a good standard so I am sure that they will achieve this for you!!!!


It is difficult to know which one is lucky... both of us are, I suppose, because we know what makes us sick and how to avoid it.

I am hopeful for the future of gluten-free-beers... and you're right, cider is pretty awesome.

I am also hopeful that in a few years, there will be at least one good gluten-free beer out there. If not, I can learn to love cider as much as I do beer.
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Although not diagnosed officially yet, I have suspected celiac since October of 2010. At least 2 separate physicians who are experts with collagen deficiencies (such as Ehlers-danlos syndrome) have mentioned the possibility to me, and one has tested (although I haven't gotten the results back yet).

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:45 AM

Hey MCC!

Did you see this? Maybe you could talk to the guy in the article about brewing gluten-free beer. I drink some of the gluten-free beers but they are not nearly as good as "real" beer. I volunteer to taste test your experiments.

http://www.celiac.co...ewer-celiaccom/
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:47 AM

I never drank beer often, but I remember a little Sports Bar in Brampton Ontario that served platters of wings with Molson Canadian so cold that when you poured it into your icy mug, it would get ice crystals. The wings were hot, beer cold. Once in a while I will have hard cider now, but it gives me heartburn for days - it's all that apple juice...
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:48 AM

I too was a beer snob and miss it greatly. I am starting to drink wine again, but it does not compare to a glass of Guiness or Samual Smith's Oatmeal Stout. My brother brews the most amazing beers and I couldn't have them over Christmas and that makes me sad. Redbridge is okay, but just like a lot of the gluten free frozen pizzas, it is just okay, not delicious. I have had one beer that was pretty good. It is Green's Double Dark. I had it at a restaurant. It is really expensive, but really good. It can be hard to find, my local liquor store stocks the Amber Ale of the same brewery, but it is just okay. I'm hoping they can get the double dark in!!
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:56 AM

I'm not into beer but cook with it. Have you tried the Green's varieties? I believe there are three kinds & some I know enjoy it. Lives on the gluten-free lifestyle will never quite to be the same as before gluten-free, NEVER!!!! BUt for health sake we all must pick our posion.... I hope you find one you can enjoy.
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 07:03 AM

I can sympathize. It figures I get diagnosed the same month Guiness Black Lager comes out. I used to love the dark beers and IPAs. The first company to come up with a real comparable gluten-free beer will make a bazillion dollars. I don't think anybody believes that RedBridge is it, but at least it shows the bigger companies are thinking about it.
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:26 PM

I think you get used to gluten-free beer eventually. I was a big beer drinker too - not the crap like Molsen Canadian, but good german beer (which I learned to drink on a student exchange in high school). I had my last real beer on January 30, 2008 - the night before my scope and official diagnosis. I had my first gluten-free beer a month later and thought it was disgusting. Now, its not so bad. I think because I've forgotten what real beer tastes like. But I still live vicariously through my friends by smelling their beer!
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 05:16 PM

[rant] Before figuring out that gluten has been causing such horrible symptoms in me, I used to be a beer aficionado... as in, I had my own dedicated beer glass that was NEVER washed with detergent (as it affects head retention), I was able to detect undertones and high notes and all of the fancy terms "real" ;) :rolleyes: *snobs* use in describing the experience, and the highlight of my year was a certain beer festival. I had even started brewing my own, and was planning another brew before I learned I must avoid gluten.

And, yes, I know about Red Bridge and other gluten-free beers, but I'm sorry, it is NOT the same. Red Bridge cannot match the fullness of a Samuel Smith's Porter, or the citrusy notes of a Sweetwater IPA, and DAMMIT, I'm SO MAD that beer makes me so sick. My favorite seasonal last year was Sam Adam's Noble Pilsner, and I nearly lost it when I saw it out again (the first time this year) last week at the store.

*SIGH* I will be alright with this... eventually. Just not right now.

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I really miss beer as well! Especially on a hot day! I love so many different types! I now know it made me have really bad brain fog and I could never seem to wake up when I drank it the night before. I've tried the gluten-free beers, what I feel is more like the ambers I used to drink is Greens. Redbridge is ok and I've tried some of the ciders. If you like ambers, try Greens.
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 08:23 AM

[rant] Before figuring out that gluten has been causing such horrible symptoms in me, I used to be a beer aficionado... as in, I had my own dedicated beer glass that was NEVER washed with detergent (as it affects head retention), I was able to detect undertones and high notes and all of the fancy terms "real" ;) :rolleyes: *snobs* use in describing the experience, and the highlight of my year was a certain beer festival. I had even started brewing my own, and was planning another brew before I learned I must avoid gluten.

And, yes, I know about Red Bridge and other gluten-free beers, but I'm sorry, it is NOT the same. Red Bridge cannot match the fullness of a Samuel Smith's Porter, or the citrusy notes of a Sweetwater IPA, and DAMMIT, I'm SO MAD that beer makes me so sick. My favorite seasonal last year was Sam Adam's Noble Pilsner, and I nearly lost it when I saw it out again (the first time this year) last week at the store.

*SIGH* I will be alright with this... eventually. Just not right now.

[/rant]

I understand not having even a sip... *sigh* I guess I need to start looking into alternate grains, and use my current brewing knowledge and come up with a good alternative. I've been especially missing my IPA, so I could come up with something that uses A LOT of hops. I wonder how brown rice does in beer, too. I can't think of anything to take the place of a stout right now, but I want to come up with a good gluten-free stout recipe.


And when you do come up with this...you will be famous! And please remember your friends on this forum who are also missing their beer (really badly) Good luck--drink safe! Terri O
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