One of the reasons I don’t like some “big” beers made by Anheuiser Busch and Coors is that they use rice in their beer – making it thin, light and weak in flavor. Substituting the grain to save money, and be more consistent in their brewing.
This is brewed by Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and is described on the label as being a crisp and refreshing session beer. It was brewed specifically for those unable to digest wheat – with either a gluten (the protein found in wheat) allergy or Celiac disease. When people with Celiac disease eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune reaction that causes damage to the digestive system. It is a very difficult disease to live with, since gluten is found in many common food items, and even a small amount can prove toxic. (More information on Celiac disease) There are a few wheat free beers out there, and I was eager to try this one to see if it would be a good beer for my aunt suffering from the disease to try. According to Lakefront Brewery’s website:
New Grist is brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. These ingredients are carefully combined to form a crisp and refreshing “session ale” sure to be popular among those with Celiac Disease, but really brewed for anyone with an appreciation for great tasting, handmade beer.It pours like a pilsner, with big quick bubbles ad a light golden color. The bubbles dissipate like soda, and I wonder if that’s from the lack of gluten holding them there. I’d have to say that it has more color than some light beers I’ve seen in the hands of college students back in the day. The smell, too is interesting – a sweet citrus almost apple, but light and not hoppy.