I consider myself to be very lucky not to be affected by any kind of gluten sensitivity. Many of the people that I know, however, do have either a gluten allergy, Celiac disease, or some other medical reason that gluten negatively affects them. Unfortunately for the beer lover, this significantly narrows the choices for beers that you can drink. Since May is Celiac Awareness month, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my favorite options for gluten-free beer.
Category: Beer Reviews
I recently went on a trip to Cedar City Utah, where I spent four days in sunny, summer-like weather. I even got a bit of a sunburn when I forgot to re-apply my sunscreen on the second day. So my dismay upon returning to the Manchester, NH airport in a downpour only grew when I realized that the chilly rains were going to stick around for days instead of hours.
I returned home and opened my fridge to see if there was anything there that could lift my spirits a bit for the upcoming week of pervasive gloom. I spied a bottle that I had picked up the week before – Somerville Brewing Company’s Happy Sol – and thought it would be a good start.
Now, before you spit out your coffee (or beer) when you hear the terms “coffee” and “IPA” in the same beer name, this perhaps isn’t such an insane idea. After all, coffee stouts blend their own roasted bitterness with the sharp coffee notes to great success – why shouldn’t this other bitterness found in strong hops work just as well?
In this episode, we talk about the community and grassroots outreach events that brewers in Mass came together to raise funds for the victims of the Boston marathon bombings. Also discussed are new can designs from A-B, and the American Homebrewer’s Association “Big Brew” events throughout New England.
Officially described as an ale “brewed with Belgian candi sugar” and “mixed culture fermentation” that was “aged on Maine cedar” I had a feeling this beer was not going to be like others I’d tasted.
It was breezy but sunny, so my mind turned to summer. I spied a Portland classic – Gritty McDuff’s Black Fly Stout – and promptly took it home with me.
In this post I talk about Maine Beer Company’s MO – the hoppy American Pale Ale often overshadowed by it’s cousin Lunch.
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Carla Companion is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog www.thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. She now also blogs about beer for Maine Today.
In her writing, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in New England, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around.
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