Green’s Gluten-Free Beer

I have been counting down the days until election day for a long time, so today, to celebrate its arrival, I decided to be bold and try a gluten-free beer.  Beer used to be my drink of choice, before I discovered my intolerance to gluten and sensitivity to yeast.  It has been a long time since I have had a beer, and though I may react to the yeast, I’ve decided to try it anyway.  I discovered Green’s All-Natural Ale at the wine store next to my local gluten-free bakery.  It contains no wheat or barley, and is instead made from rice, buckwheat, millet, and sorghum.  On the label it says it contains no “gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soya beans, milk, lactose, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulphur dioxide and sulphites” (although some of those ingredients are rather obvious).  I have read that it tastes sort of cider-ish, but the particular flavor I chose is an amber ale.  I am hoping it is at least somewhat reminiscent of a Fat Tire or a Bass Ale.

 

Here’s the rest of my plan for tonight: gluten-free, yeast-free pizza (yeah, so I’m having yeast in my beer, why not in my pizza?  I just don’t want to overdo it:) topped with spinach, artichokes, prosciutto, roasted red pepper, and raw goat’s milk cheese (although it won’t be raw anymore once it’s melted).  I have generally avoided goat’s milk and cheese since I have a problem with cow’s milk, but I’m willing to give it a try.  So tonight I’m being very adventurous.  Though it kind of defeats the purpose of the eliminate-then-challenge diet, where you reintroduce one food at a time, I am feeling nostalgic for pizza and beer.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find out that my body can handle both goat cheese and yeast?

 

So I’m going to kick back tonight with my pizza and beer and watch the election returns.  I will post back later and let you know how the beer tastes and how the pizza turns out (and hopefully I’ll still be feeling well after).  If you are reading this on November 4th, GO VOTE!!

 

UPDATE 11/5/08

 

As I promised, here is my update on the beer and the pizza.  This is GOOD beer!  I honestly could not taste a difference between it and a regular beer!  It was just like having a Fat Tire or a Bass Ale.  The only thing I noticed is that I didn’t have that feeling of fullness afterward, probably because my stomach was not fighting the wheat and barley.  The pizza turned out great, and although the crust was a bit dry and crumbly, it tasted good.  I did not notice any immediate response to the goat cheese, which melted beautifully (and tasted much better than almond cheese:).  I will need to wait a few days to see if there is any delayed response, but so far I feel great and have not yet broken out.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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