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Old 04-09-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Gluten Free Beer

"Red Bridge" is a gluten free beer made by Anheuser Busch http://www.anheuser-busch.com/brandPages/redbridge.html (w/f/s). Instead of wheat and barely, it is made with sorghum.

I know beer isn't the best option, so save your comments if you are going knock the beer drinking thing.

What I'm looking for is feedback on sorghum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorghum (w/f/s), and better alcohol options in general.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

Evidently wine is gluten free. Red wine is good for your heart they say.

Last edited by Danni Coffman : 04-09-2009 at 07:52 PM. Reason: oops beer is not gluten free generally! who knew.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

All hard liquor is gluten-free as well, even whiskey, since the distillation process filters all the proteins out of the initial mash. Much higher in alcohol content though, which has downsides of its own. Rum, bourbon, scotch, vodka, tequila, etc, all safe for those with wheat issues.

Schnapps and liqueurs are also generally gluten-free, although they've got added sugar in them, so very much less-than-ideal.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:18 AM   #4
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

I drank a lot of wheat based vodka at a bachelor party 6 weeks after quitting all gluten; it totally messed with my system for a couple days afterwards. It might have been the "lot of ... vodka" and not the "wheat based" but regardless I've sworn it off as best I can. I'd love to drink bourbon again, it's my preferred hard liquor.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:44 AM   #5
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

Most gluten-free beers are pretty bad, sadly. Especially if it's the flavor of good beers that you like.

Wine, yes, has the iso-flavonoids that are great stuff for the body generally ... but then so do hops and certain roasted malts, so your IPAs and stouts do exactly the same thing. The question is, what winds up winning, the detrimental effects of alcohol or the positive effects of the antioxidants & friends?

For me, at least, I stick with the beer ... although much less than when I was a lad, and much better, too.
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:18 AM   #6
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

Gin and tonic with lime. No malaria or scurvy for me.
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:09 PM   #7
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

Way too much sugar in tonic for me. Much prefer some variation of whiskey with soda or water, if it's cocktail time. Usually I just have a beer though. Beer is good. Wheat-free beer sounds about as appealing as low-carb pasta.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:50 PM   #8
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

The one sorghum beer I tried over here in Germany (health food store at that ) had added sugar.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:59 PM   #9
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

i'm of the view that if you're going to enjoy yourself and have a few drinks then just relax and enjoy yourself

i would have thought that trying to seek out gluten free drinks that are still alcoholic is like farting into thunder
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #10
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Re: Gluten Free Beer

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i'm of the view that if you're going to enjoy yourself and have a few drinks then just relax and enjoy yourself

i would have thought that trying to seek out gluten free drinks that are still alcoholic is like farting into thunder
...unless you are celiac...then the gluten would suck.
Canadian gluten free beer...La Messagere...I haven't tried it, but I've heard its OK.
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