Decent gluten free beer Mi

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by beertasterb, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. beertasterb

    beertasterb Mar 1, 2010 Michigan

    My wife had to go gluten free and while she is no Ba she does like some good beers is there a good gluten free beer available in mi
     
  2. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Belipago from Jolly Pumpkin.
     
  3. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Jul 22, 2010 Tajikistan
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    Kuhnhenn & B. Nektar meads, 'Tweasonale (DFH GF beer). Message Bierenutz - he can give you some good input.
     
  4. beertasterb

    beertasterb Mar 1, 2010 Michigan

    Cool thx guys what does kuhnhenn make thats gf
     
  5. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    He was referring to Kuhnhenns Mead... But I believe there Double Rice India Pale is GF. Does she like sweet beers? Unity Vibration Raspberry and Ginger Kombucha beers are good, IMO. I know they can be polarizing.
     
  6. beertasterb

    beertasterb Mar 1, 2010 Michigan

    Yea she likes the malty sweet beers english brown ales nothing too hoppy im the fan of the dripa and a huge kuhnhenn fan in general
     
  7. jale

    jale Oct 17, 2009 Michigan

    Woodword Avenue Brewers (WOB) does a gluten-free IPA that is one of the better GF beers I have t tried.
     
  8. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Is this wild/sour?
     
  9. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I think it is a little wild.
     
  10. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    DRIPA is not gf.
     
  11. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Thank you for the correction! Don't want to kill anyone here.
     
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  12. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    JP Belipago is an IPA. They had a brown ale a couple years ago called Golden Manatee. The best gf beer I've had. I've asked about whether Ron is ever going to make another batch, but have been told that expansion and capacity issues have put this on the back burner.

    My wife is gf and her "go to" beer is Green's Quest Golden Ale, otherwise she drinks the gf equivalent of Bud Light...Redbridge. DFH 'Tweasonale is seasonal and is a strawberry fruit beer and she likes that. New Grist and Bard's are not that good, but I guess like any beer and person, it's a matter of taste and trial and error.

    Besides meads mentioned above, ciders are also gf.
     
  13. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    JK Scrumpy!
     
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  14. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    I'm considering doing such an order. Harvester is suppose to be a very good gf beer, but isn't yet distributed from Oregon to Michigan.

    The OP's wife may want to try the other Green's beers...Endevour which is a dark Dubbel and Discovery which is a strong amber. Forgot to mention before that New Planet (Colorado) is now distributing in Michigan. They have 3 offerings, an APA called Off Grid, a blonde ale called Tread Lightly, and a fruit beer called 3R Raspberry.

    Also, depending on the level of intolerance/allergy, be careful in buying a beer that is de-glutenized as opposed to gf. Omission (Widmer Bros Brewing, Oregon) has a beer that is suppose to eventually get here in Michigan that they were claiming was gf, but wasn't (legal action required a change in their adverstising). They had a process to remove the gluten from the barley which is great, but for those that are really sensitive, all ingredients must be gf from the start.
     
  15. NoMoreBeerBelly

    NoMoreBeerBelly Dec 2, 2009 North Carolina
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    The Harvester stuff is pretty damn good. I got an order from Lets Pour and got some Harvester for the wifey. Pale Ale, red, and dark. Haven't opened the dark yet but the others were really good for GF.

    My wifes new go to beer (when she can find it) is Ommision Pale Ale. It actually tastes like an average pale ale. She has had no sensitivity to it. Also, the New Planet beers are also on the go-to list (especially the pale ale). There were the top option before Ommision which is cheaper than new planet. Redbridge is kind of last resort but she drinks it a lot because it is widely available and at our local grocery store.

    She isn't big on Bards or New Grist anymore now that New Planet and Ommission are out. She also enjoys all the Greens but at $6 a pint, it is more a special beer than a daily beer.
     
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  16. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

  17. senseimike

    senseimike Apr 7, 2009 Michigan
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    Not sure if it is available in MI or not, but Sprecher's "Shakparo" is a nice gluten free as well. I would give that and Two Bros Prairie Path a shot!
     
  18. Keffa

    Keffa Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    As per that page, it's not gluten free, it's gluten treated, which means the levels of gluten in it aren't verified, and therefore it may actually contain gluten.
     
  19. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    What is this beer? I can't find it in a BA search.

    EDIT: Never mind, I Googled it and found a cider.
     
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  20. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    That reads to me like a boilerplate FDA warning. Clicking through to the next page shows this:
    http://www.twobrosbrew.com/gluten.htm

    Which, yes, means that there is still gluten in the beer.
     
  21. Keffa

    Keffa Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Analyzed or not, it's still not gluten free, thus the need for that warning. Without knowing what levels of gluten cause a reaction in the OP, suggesting a product that isn't completely gluten free could be bad. That's the only reason I said anything.

    Cheers.
     
  22. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    I thought I said this earlier...de-glutenized beer is NOT gluten free and brewers should not represent in any way that it is. Those with more sensitivity know it and should stay away from these beers. Also, there are many people that have some level of gluten intolerance and don't even know it.
     
  23. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I agree, in fact I think alot of people have it...Omission from Widmer just went thru this...when they got label approval, they found out they couldn't claim Gluten Free...so now it' not. It's Gluten Treated or whatever. Interesting. Has anyone tried it? (I can search for reviews, I want people who give a *F* to respond.)
     
  24. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    Omission is suppose to be a fairly good "gf" beer and I was in the process of trying to trade for some when I learned it was not actually gf, only de-glutenized. For those with milder intolerance this may be worth seeking out.
     
  25. dbc5

    dbc5 Jun 18, 2009 Arizona
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    My girlfriend has full blown Celiac and is highly sensitive to gluten. However, she has enjoyed the Omission Pale Ale with no issues. Each batch can be tracked online and the de-glutenizing process has brought both six packs we bought to below 10 parts per million, which falls below the 20 ppm required of gluten free foods. My understanding is that they cannot market anything as GF if it was made with gluten based ingredients, even if the final gluten ppm is below that of other gluten free foods.

    On a taste note, this is without a doubt the best of the beers my girlfriend is able to drink.
     
  26. eapo

    eapo Mar 29, 2008 Michigan

    My wife has the cooties too.....A real heartbreaker for her as she loved the good stuff. I made it my mission to provide her with the best alternatives I can. The spinoff is she stays out of my stash now. We had Omission while on a trip this past summer. It was near the top of the list and appears to be jsut now making int into Michigan according to their website. New Planet is also locally available in Michigan and is pretty good. The 3R is a GF Soft Parade-esque beer. New Grist got old quickly. The imports are okay but pretty pricey by nature. This has given way to extensive exploration of ciders and meads which has proven interesting for both of us. We had high hopes for Belipago and the DFH brew and were disappointed.
     
  27. burica2020

    burica2020 Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    What's the weird bizarro kinda delicious kombucha sour hoppy thing from Michigan. Comes in bombers, like funky Buddha or funky goddess or something...... It's pretty decent.
     
  28. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

     
  29. burica2020

    burica2020 Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Haha, that's the name. Ya it was weird, like a kombucha lambic 7-up. I liked it but I have a feeling if I had it again, I'd hate it. It was weird.
     
  30. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Yah, it's interesting. The fact that it is Vegan adds to it's "uniqueness". Alot of beers are, but few actually advertise it on the label. We sold this beer in both 12 oz. bottles and on tap this past summer. Probably went thru about 5 1/6th barrels all summer, and people dug it for the most part. 8 oz pours. It's pricey by the 1/6th barrel tho.
     
  31. deanhead

    deanhead Sep 2, 2005 Vermont

    I have a friend who is a Celiac and has no issues drinking the Omission. I have had it and in my opinion it is by far the best tasting eer for those with a gluten intolerance. De-glutenized or whatever you like to call it. This beer is damn good.
     
  32. DeviousSpirits

    DeviousSpirits Mar 23, 2009 Michigan
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    Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park and Liberty Street Brewing in Plymouth both have GF offerings, though on rotating tap. Both are fairly decent, even from a non-GF BA perspective.
     
  33. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    When were these on tap? I inquired about these to the owner/brewer some time ago and never heard back.
     
  34. TheSSG

    TheSSG Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    This and Lakefront's "New Grist."
    New Grist gets a LOT of hate, but it's WONDERFUL in summer. Very fruity and effervescent.

    Prairie Path, on the other hand, is really nice, and tastes like a "normal" bier.
     
  35. DeviousSpirits

    DeviousSpirits Mar 23, 2009 Michigan
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    I know Liberty Street had some within the past month. Not sure about Fort Street, since I'm no longer a regular there.
     
  36. gustogasmic

    gustogasmic Jan 13, 2012 Michigan
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    If you're near Holland, check out Our Brewing Company. There's Saint Celiac's Gluten-Free Tripel and Gluten-Free IPA, both solid sorghum beers
     
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