Good evening folks! Thank you all so much for sharing your beer knowledge with me in yesterday’s post! A number of you confirmed my theory that dark beer had less gluten and therefore would upset my stomach less. And a few of you pointed out that wheat beers/hefeweizens had the most gluten and that would make sense why those bother me. (But those are the beeesssssttttt, said in my whiniest voice.)
And a couple of you asked why I drink beer when I follow an otherwise gluten-free diet. The answer is, well, it’s one of my “cheats” that was always worth it to me. In the past, I would get kind of bloated and I’d get a bit of a headache from beer, but nothing to the level that I get from a big ol’ loaf of bread or a flaky pastry. The discomfort wasn’t enough to make me stay away from beer entirely so I just dealt with it so I could still indulge in beer. (You can read my post last summer about drinking beer on a gluten-free diet.) Also, I’m a relatively new beer drinker (in case you couldn’t tell by my first paragraph above. Insert, UM DUH TERI, OF COURSE WHEAT AND HEFEWEIZEN BEERS HAVE THE MOST GLUTEN, comment here 🙂 ) and I had just really started to enjoy beer and had started branching out more with my selections.
Unfortunately, the past 3 times I’ve had beer, which were all wheat beers, (excluding the most recent Breakfast Stout), I’ve felt terrible. So bad that I couldn’t even finish my beer. Half a glass gave me terrible bloating, headaches and stomach aches 10x worse than anything I’d experienced with a full glass of beer in the past . I have no idea what’s changed but it’s to the point where I’m noticing it and it’s not worth the “cheat.”
I’m not a huge fan of the gluten-free beers I’ve tried. I mean, they’re fine, but they just taste like a beer. Just beer. Nothing really special to me. And I’m not that much of a beer lover yet that I’d grab one of those. (Maybe my tune will change when it’s 95 degrees out.) You can read which gluten-free beers John likes in this post. (He has celiac and cannot tolerate regular beer at all.)
As always, thanks for your suggestions on beers that may sit with me better! I didn’t even know filtered vs. non-filtered beers existed, and I’ll definitely start asking my bartender (and local beer shop) about the grain bill. All new terminology for me!