Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gluten Free Pale Ale at Deschutes

In my previous post I promised to give you a description of the Gluten-free Ale once I could get my hands on it.  Well, I never got one.  What I could get was a description of an even newer gluten-free beer: the Gluten-free Pale Ale.

100% Gluten-Free Ale!  This beer is made with sorghum, brown rice, and carmelixed sugar syrup for a smooth gluten-free experience.  The juicy hop aromas come from Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and a touch of Citra.  Tell your friends!
IBU's: 49     Alcohol Content: 5.0%

I learned a few things from a helpful server that I hadn't realized before:

- The gluten-free beers are all brewed in the Bend facility.
- The gluten-free beers are all made in a dedicated gluten-free brew kettle and fermentation tank to avoid cross-contamination.
- The Gluten-Free Ale I had last week may have been one in a series of small experimental batches of gluten-free beer.
- Deschutes is trying to perfect various recipes in the hopes of hitting on one that's popular enough to bottle and sell!

In the spirit of the quest for the perfect gluten-free beer, please weigh in on which ones you've tried at Deschutes, and which were the best.  Here is my list, with my most favorite first:

The Gluten-free Ale I had last week
The Gluten-free Wit
The Mystery Beer (wit beer?) I had last fall
The Gluten-free ESB of last summer (2009)
The Gluten-free Pale Ale
The Gluten-free ESB of this summer (2010)
The Gluten-free Golden Ale
The Gluten-free Crystal Weiss

4 comments:

Kelly Wilson said...

I have also had a few of the gf beers from deschutes. Also, I attended a wedding where the bride was also a celiac, so a keg of one of the new ales was purchased (batch #27 or something I was told). It was a pleasant beer. Hoppy and none of the strong aftertaste that comes with some of their other gfbeers. I heard similar news, that they are trying several permutations currently to try to find a winner.

Christi said...

I hope they figure it out and then distribute to Georgia. I'm dying for a GOOD gluten-free beer out here!

l'actrice said...

It's definitely hard to find good tasting gluten free beer:-)

Gluten Free Foodie said...

I'm jealous. No GF beer in my neck of the woods (Houston, TX).