The always awesome (and certified cicerone) Crystal Luxmore had a post, last summer, on the six gluten free beers available at the LCBO. Needless to say, they’re not the best – although I do have a favourite in Lakefront Brewery’s New Grist Sorghum Beer. I was surprised at how high she rated Nickel Brook Gluten Free as I didn’t like it the few times I tried. Since Crystal is an expert, I’m going to go back and give it another shot.
Her post got me thinking about the gluten free beers I’ve had outside of Ontario – which are sadly not available at the LCBO or The Beer Store. There’s a lot to choose from – but if I listed them all, it would be too long of a post…so I present my top 3 gluten free beers you can’t get in Ontario.
Green’s gets two entries in this list – and why not start with what I consider their best – the Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager. It’s amazingly full of hops and body – reminds me of something that Flying Monkeys would make. I would buy every bottle if it ever made it to the LCBO. I wouldn’t share it. I’m sorry.
If a darker ale is your thing, Green’s Dubbel Dark Ale is right up your alley. It’s smooth tasting with a bite similar to Waterloo Dark – which was my first Canadian beer ever. Brings back awesome memories of Morty’s Wings and a pitcher of Dark.
I’m going to go there. Anheuser-Busch’s Redbridge is a really good beer. It’s the closest thing to a Budwesier in gluten free form – and that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes you just want a really drinkable beer, and Redbridge is that for us celiacs.
What gluten free beers would you recommend? (I personally don’t include Estrella Damm Daura, Omission, and Mongozo as they are gluten-removed and not true gluten free beers.)