A few of you have asked about my beer drinking habits considering that I eat gluten-free.
I didn’t used to like beer. In fact, I hated it. But like most grown-up drinks — coffee, tea, wine — it was an acquired taste. Well, I take that back, I liked wine immediately. 🙂
The first beer I ever really really liked was Lonerider Shotgun Betty. I liked it even more after I learned it was an NC beer.
You guys know I love Small Batch Beer Company.
And I recently fell in love with a number of beers at Foothills Brewery.
I also learned I really like pumpkin beer (after thinking I hated it for the last few years!). I’m loving this Uinta Brewing Co. Punk’n ale right now – especially because it’s from my home state, Utah!
So, why do I drink all this beer if I eat gluten free the rest of the time? A couple reasons:
- I don’t have nearly the reaction to beer that I do with other gluten-filled goods, like cereal, crackers, breads, etc. The reaction to beer is bloating and occasionally an insta-headache. And very occasionally digestion issues. But doesn’t beer do all that to everyone?? 🙂 (Most gluten-goodies make me itch like crazy, bloat me like crazy, make me foggy-headed and grumpy, among other things. It’s not fun.)
- I don’t drink it enough for the small reaction I do have to really bother me. I choose wine over beer 4 out of 5 times. So I guess to answer some of your questions, yes, beer is a “cheat” for me or a “splurge.” I like to think of it as calculated risk taking. 🙂
- I don’t like the gluten-free beers I have tried. But, if you want to try some, my boyfriend (who has celiac and cannot have regular beer) likes the Omission Lager very best and Estrella Damm second best. (He’s tried New Grist, Bards, and a few others but they’re not his favorites.)
images sourced from Omission & Estrella
How about you? If you follow a GF diet, can you drink regular beer or not? What are your other favorite GF beers? What’s are “calculated risks” in your diet?