Friday, September 29, 2006

Gluten-Free Malt Factory Proposed by Bard's Tale Beer!

Great news! Bard's Tale Beer owner, Craig Belser, is bringing a proposal to the small town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota...he would like to re-open the town's idle Minnesota Malting malthouse in order to produce Gluten-Free Malt for beer making, as well as other Gluten Free food ingredients.

Future plans include building a Gluten-Free Brewery and Gluten-Free Food Processing Plant.

His partners in this venture, True Source Foods, Inc. and Progressive Rail seem to fit the vision of a nationwide distribution network.

Read more about this exciting development in the Cannon Falls Beacon here.

Monday, September 25, 2006

If no Gluten...then how is it beer?

Technically Gluten-Free beers contain a form of Gluten...just not from the traditional grains of Wheat, Barley, Rye or Oats. Other grains off limits include triticale (hybrid of wheat and rye), spelt (sprouted wheat), and kamut.

Many I have discussed this topic with say, "If it doesn't have Gluten it can't be beer."

The truly traditional would tell you that if it doesn't contain Barley it can't be beer.

But in many countries in the world they ferment local grains to make alchoholic beverages, for example, in Africa they have Sorghum. In fact, even Guiness brewed in Africa uses some Sorghum grain in the process.

Other potential grains include; Amaranth, Buckwheat, Corn, Flax, Millet, Montina (Indian Rice Grass), Teff, Sesame, Soybean, Sunflower, Tapioca, Ragi, Rape, Rice, Quinoa...

Many possibilities exist, and various combinations of these grains might produce a very tasty Ale!

Of course adjuncts offer many more flavor possibilities, consider adding toasted oak chips, roasted grains, honey or fruit.

Give it a shot and send us a recipe or two for adding to the recipe section!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Commercially available Gluten-Free Beer

It is amazing to see how many Gluten-Free Beer's are coming to market...some slower than others...but they are gaining momentum! Use your consumer vote and go purchase some today to let these manufacturers know there is a viable market for Gluten-Free Beer!

Known commerically available gluten-free beer in the US:
Bard's Tale Beer: Dragon's Gold (Tried it and liked it!)
Ramapo Valley Brewery: Passover Honey Beer (Sold Out!)
Lakefront: New Grist (Available in limited distribution)
Hambleton Ale: Toleration

Rumored to be in US production:
Anheiser Busch: Red Bridge Sorghum Beer
Widmer Brothers: Hooligan (Sorghum Beer test batch made for Oregon Beer Fest, not for mass-production...yet)
Bard's Tale Beer: Tavern Ale

And the index from the Gluten Free Beer Festival in the UK...the best list I've found yet...

As Celiac Disease (spelled Coeliac in UK) has been recognized for a longer period of time in parts of Europe, Australia and Canada...there are a wider variety of products available in those countries. As American's become more aware of this dietary concern, more products hopefully will be made available. Primary issue seems to be with the FDA and the definition of the term "Gluten-Free."

Welcome to Gluten Free Home Brewing!

Welcome! This site is designed to be a portal for information both on Gluten-Free Beer and Home this is still such a small niche.

While people having been brewing beer for centuries, only recently was it discovered that the Gluten found in Wheat, Barley, Rye and some Oats are harmful to certain people.

The effects vary widely, but most people diagnosed with Celiac Disease (the proper medical term for Gluten-Intolerance) complain of digestive problems and/or skin irrations, rashes or excema.

For more information about Celiac Disease please visit any one of these non-profit groups sites: - Celiac Disease Foundation - Gluten Intolerance Group of North America - Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Here is a great jump off point for info on Gluten Free Beer on wikipedia:

Some of the more commonly quoted recipes here: