Friday, January 22, 2010

New Gluten-free Beers at Deschutes

Deschutes Brewery is currently serving a gluten-free wit beer.  Even better news is that my server informed me last night that they have several different kinds of gluten-free beers that they have been trying out lately.  They only have one on tap at a time for obvious practical reasons, but it sounds like they might be rotating them out more frequently now than they were over the summer and fall.

Unlike the previous Deschutes beer that I reviewed here, which I called a wit beer but was probably intended to be a hefeweisen style, this one actually is a wit-style beer.  This new wit beer gives the same first impression that most of their gluten-free beers do: the first sip, it tastes like normal beer.  Then, you get that subtle hint of the metallic aftertaste that is so common in beers made from sorghum.  However, in the Deschutes beers the metallic flavor is usually much more toned down than in, say, Redbridge.  This gluten-free wit beer is very good and probably warrants another try.  It's always a pleasure to have some variety in my beer consumption - that's hard to come by for the gluten-free.

Oh, and by the way, they also had a tasty gluten-free (crustless) creme brulee cheesecake.

The fruit sauces were almost better than the cake.  Mine did not have the decadently smooth and rick texture that I love in a perfectly-cooked cheesecake, but it did have a really good flavor.  I loved the burnt-sugar topping.  I wish I'd thought of that.

Have you tried the wit beer now pouring at Deschutes or any of the new gluten-free beers they have had on tap recently?  Which is your favorite?


Brian said...

That's great that more GF beers are becoming available. The cheesecake looks good too!!

I Am Gluten Free said...

Fascinating! I've only tried bottled Redbridge thus far, which I like very much. But the thought of having gluten free beer on tap - well, that is just amazing! Wish I lived near the joint!


Nadya said...

Having grown up camping on the Deschutes, I appreciate this brand even more - I don't consume beer often, but my son-in law will enjoy having more choices!
By the by, your GF scones were the first recipe I tried, & still one of my favorites!! :)