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Wheat Beer Alternative?

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I posted this on another thread, but haven't gotten a response, so I've spun it off on its own:

I haven't tried Redbridge, or any of the other gluten-free beers, because I don't like the taste of hops.

I used to enjoy wheat beer, which has wheat instead of hops, but of course that had a double dose of gluten. Do any of the currently available gluten-free beers come close to the flavor of wheat beer?

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I have yet to find a beer I like....I have treid redbridge and to me it wasn't the same...I have also tried New Girhst(sp?) it wasn't as bad as redbridge but still not the same.

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I have yet to find a beer I like....I have treid redbridge and to me it wasn't the same...I have also tried New Girhst(sp?) it wasn't as bad as redbridge but still not the same.

Have you tried Bard's? I hear it's much better than Redbridge and New Grist.

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Where did you get the Bard's? I'm willing to try anything! I'm wanting to make beer bread and need to find a good beer.

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Where did you get the Bard's? I'm willing to try anything! I'm wanting to make beer bread and need to find a good beer.

BevMo I think. I've seen it in the gluten-free party pack at Whole Foods too. The website is www.bardsbeer.com

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In the course of one year I became a craft beer enthusiast, home brewer and later, unfortunately, found out that I have Celiac. It was a real downer having found a new passion and hobby in craft beer. Luckily, however, this new passion set me on a course to find a way that I could still enjoy craft beer, and the great news is that if you are celiac, you too can enjoy barley based beer (real beer) if it is made in a certain fashion.

There is currently one brewer in the United States that I know of that sells beer made this way. The brewer is Widmer Brothers and the beer is their Omission line which includes a Pale Ale and a Lager. Here is a link with some of the details (http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/05/omission-gluten-free-beer-review-tastes-like-actual-beer.html).

But what about us folks that love IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Brown Ales and other styles of beer? Luckily, the same stuff that Widmer Brothers is using to make Celiac safe beer can be purchased and used by home brewers to make their own celiac safe beer. Obviously, if you have Celiac, you should be testing anything you make at home before you consume it. There are gluten test strips that you can buy to test any beer you make.

Making beer takes time, but it is easy, and if you're like me, the time and energy it takes to make your own beer is not only enjoyable but very rewarding, especially if you are celiac. Sorghum beer just doesn't cut it.

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Super sensitive celiacs do have some trouble with the de-glutenized barley beers, so anyone looking to try them should be careful as an earlier poster said.

I have really come to like Green's. I've tried their amber, dark, a blonde, found them all very satisfying.

Also loved St. Peter's Gluten Free (not all of theirs are gluten free).

There have been a couple of threads discussing beer here and here.

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