Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gluten Free Beer = Not an Oxymoron, After All

Two weeks ago, my friend Shannon (who is gluten free) and myself (who is, obviously, vegan) decided to combine our powers and challenge each other to two weeks of being gluten free AND vegan. I'd been reading some research about gluten being a thyroid inhibitor and was ready to see if being a GF vegan really meant I'd be eating lettuce leaves and baby carrots all day.

That's Shannon (far left), our beautiful bestie Elise {middle, check out her blog here} and moi pre-haircut
But mostly? I was concerned about how I was going to drink beer.

I love beer.

(I've always wanted to be that sophisticated woman swirling her straw in a gin and tonic, but I'm not. Bring on the brewskis.)

Luckily, I'm jumping on the gluten free bandwagon about a million years  after everybody else, so I'm not the first person to have this problem.

What's a beer-loving girl to do? That's right, off to Total Wine to fill a shopping cart with delicious beer made from all sorts of things I've never heard of and that sound  completely disgusting. (Sorghum? Ew.)

Yes, some of the GF beers I tried were gross, and some cost like $8/bottle, so I left them right where I found them. Here, however, are the top 5 brands I've tried and enjoyed:

#1 & 2: Omission Pale Ale and Omission Lager

I'd love to wow you with buzzwords like "hoppy" and "full-bodied", but I don't really know what any of that means. What I do know is this is the ONLY brand that, after taking a sip, I had to double check the label to make sure it was GF. It was that good. (Not to mention it was the least expensive, which makes it even more delish in my book.)

3 & 4:  New Planet Pale Ale and Amber Ale


Good, just not as good as Omission. 

The Bud Light of GF surprise it's made by Anheuser-Busch. Also, the only brand I've found in my local grocery store. 

Since finding beer that didn't taste like sorghum syrup being forcefully poured down my throat was my biggest hurdle to the GF lifestyle, I'm cruising into week 3 of our challenge feeling pretty good about myself. (Pat on back.) 

What's your experience with GF beer? Good? Bad? Ugly? 

Cheers to being GF and vegan!

*I'm not paid to review these products...I spent my own hard-earned money on them!


  1. CHEERS!!! wasn't expecting to see that pic when i clicked on the link to your blog. happy surprise for me!! love you!!! xx


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