A Gluten-Free Ale Worth Drinking

Do you know some one whom loves beer but can not partake due to a gluten sensitivity?  I have a few close friends and family members that have significant sensitivities to gluten.  Although there are plenty of alcoholic beverages (wine/cider/liquor/mead) that can be enjoyed in a GF lifestyle, beer is not one of them.  Most gluten free beers made from sorghum malt are quite nasty not as enjoyable as ales crafted with malted barley.  About a month ago I had read that Dogfish was producing a new seasonal ale that happened to be gluten-free.  Today I have finally gotten my hands on some Tweason’ale.  The label describes this beer as a gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey.  The label lists the ABV at 6% and is one of the first craft beers I have seen that lists the beers nutritional facts on its bottle (per 12 oz bottle:170 cal / 13g carbs).     I wonder if this nutritional facts table is required to be able to display the certified gluten-free logo on the beers label?

Tweason'ale @ Kruski's

The photo above was taken in the partially finished Kruski’s basement bar by my wife Stacey.  The beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a cool looking but not so functional top heavy glass.

I am following the traditional beer tasting notes (A/A/T/M/O) format used by many beer advocates, but please bare with the fact that I do not often write down my beer experiences in this manner.  Stevie D is my resident tasting notes expert and hope he will lend a hand around here sharing some of his past and future tasting notes.

Appearance:  crystal clear golden color a bit darker than BMC (Bud/Miller/Coors), highly carbonated like champagne till the last sip, foamy pour that quickly settled into a white ring at the top of the glass,  no lacing whatsoever,

Aroma: mild scent of fruit, no sense of any contribution from hops

Taste: definitely picking up on the strawberry, after taste is a bit tart

Mouth-feel: thin bodied, effervescent, dry finish

Overall: this does not taste like every other sorghum based ale I have tried in the past. This beer is what many folks with gluten issues have been waiting for, and almost any light beer drinker will also enjoy this ale.  Drinking this makes me want warm weather, if I had more bottles I bet blending with lemonade would be real nice.

Good work Dogfish! hopefully more brewers can produce crave-able gluten free ales.


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4 Responses to A Gluten-Free Ale Worth Drinking

  1. Erin D. says:

    YAY! Guess what I’m going to go buy? \o/

  2. Kelley says:

    Really looking forward to trying this! Did you hear that Dogfish is collaborating with Jolly Pumpkin? They’re calling their creation: Sobrehumano Palena’ole…I’m really hoping to see them come together again for some gluten-free IPA action like Jolly Pumpkin’s Golden Manatee Bellipago – to date my favorite GF brew. Too bad you can only get it on tap at Jolly Pumpkin.

  3. Jay says:

    Kelley thanks for telling me about the colab. Sounds like I definitely am missing out, as I have not visited jolly pumpkin in Ann Arbor yet. I also heard that they are opening up a place in royal oak soon.

  4. Erin D. says:

    A few weeks ago, I managed to find the LAST bottle of this stuff in East Lansing! It was fantastic.

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