Gluten free beers often leave a little something to be desired, but I've found a few favorites. From left to right:
- Estrella Damm Daura. This is definitely my favorite, and even Neal said it tasted like regular beer. Made in Spain, Estrella makes this light and refreshing Pilsner-style beer gluten free by removing the gluten after brewing.
- St. Peter's Sorghum Beer. The flask-like bottle makes this beer even more awesome, but the beer itself is light and smooth with a hoppy bite at the end. Of the gluten free beers that I've tried, this one seems closest to a craft-style premium beer.
- Dogfish Head Tweason'ale. Dogfish Head doesn't specialize in GF beers, but this one, brewed with sorghum, strawberries, and honey, has a little bit of sweetness that's perfect on a hot summer day. The combo might seem weird (or maybe a little girly), but it's worth a try!
- Bard's. Unlike Dogfish Head, Bard's Tale Beer only brews this sorghum-based drink. The craft brewery claims they made "America's first gluten free sorghum beer and the only beer brewed with 100% malted sorghum." It has medium body, low bitterness, and a beautiful color.
Harpoon Brewery might be taking after Estrella sometime soon. I recently visited their taproom in Boston and tried an "un-glutened" beer that they're working to perfect. It wasn't bad, and I'm excited to see it on shelves soon.