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Gluten Free Beer Review – Bard’s Ale

Happy Thanksgiving! This year I am thankful for gluten free beer.

In my process to figure out how to brew a fantastic-tasting gluten free beer, I've decided to embark on a taste test. Heh, I've come up with sillier reasons to drink.

Gluten Free Beer from Bard's

It...looks ilke beer...

Bard's Beer: A Bard's Tale

Color: It looks like beer. It's a golden, maybe even amber, clean looking beer. There's nothing floating in it and there's really no head to it either.

Smell: It smells like beer. It smells a lot like grass too. But that's probably the sorghum they use to make it.

Taste: It tastes like a brewery smells. It's a good substitute for beer, but after being a long-time craft beer drinker I can't say that this actually tastes like beer. It's missing that thick malty flavor. I mean, if you're not a craft beer drinker, and you're just looking for something to drink with other people, this is a great beer. It reminds me a lot of what a Budweiser is trying to be. (like maybe if they cared about the quality of the product they produced.) PLEASE don't take that to mean I think that this isn't a great gluten-free beer. I mean, it's a lager. It tastes a lot like a lager. I guess perhaps I'm just not a lager lover.

Mouthfeel: It burns. It's thin. It's got a really light fizz to it. I never would have guessed that a session beer like this (4.6% ABV) would have such a burn. Maybe it's because I'm missing the hops. I do miss the hops.

You know what's really interesting about this beer? I don't have that bloated, full feeling now that I'm done drinking this glass. Usually when I'm out drinking beer I always had to stop after one or two cause I was so completely full. Looking back on it, that fullness was probably inflammation.

Things I'd like to eat while drinking my Bards: turkey, duck, or game of most kinds, steamed vegetables like pole beans, or maybe even cornbread stuffing (I mean, it is Thanksgiving after all). Let's discuss it over a Bard's.®

So they claim that unlike other breweries they malt their grains (sorghum) to make their beer. I'm not exactly sure how you can brew beer without malting the grains first, so I'm gonna get really interested in trying the "competition." But honestly, when there's only a handful of gluten free beers on the shelves, I don't think there are competitors. For example, when I went shopping to gather the supplies for this quest, I noticed that there were racks and corners and coolers full of beer, but there was only one shelf - the bottom shelf - for the gluten free beer. All that beer was covered in dust too, so honestly, if I wasn't educated and I saw this one shelf of beer, covered in dust, I'd pass it over for the shelves of cider right above them. I guess it's about supply & demand, so I demand that we go in asking for more gluten free options!

Or I'll just switch to spirits.

Fun fact: Bard isn't only a term for a poet, but also for the slice of bacon placed on meat before cooking. Maybe we can get them to make a gluten free bacon beer?

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  1. Hoppy beers at least with a sorghum are difficult, if not arguably not possible, the bitter-tartness that is often featured in such beers doesn’t go well with highly hoppy styles from my research. There are other ingredients and that of course beer can be made from so there may be another path to a gluten free IPA. If you like the hops you might seek out a hopped mead like Vikings Blod which can be found at Sams.

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