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gluten free

  • Saor (Free!)

    9 White Deer brewery was founded in 2014 by publican Don O’Leary and former marine engineer Gordon Lucey and set about brewing approachable full flavoured beers. It was when Don was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance within a year of opening the brewery, discovering how limited the craft beer offering was, that the focus for the brewery became creating great tasting gluten free beers across a range of styles. This began with the release of their first gluten free beer simply named Saor in 2015. The warm reception this received encouraged the team to continue and after a lot of hard work and experimentation they now have a full Saor range with not one but five new gluten free beers, offering greater choice for celiacs and those with gluten intolerance.

    Gluten is the name for a range of proteins naturally found in many grains including barley, the primary ingredient in most beers. There are two approaches to producing a gluten free beer, either by substituting the malt in the recipe with grains that don’t contain gluten such as sorghum or rice or by removing the gluten from the beer after it has been brewed. If you If you want to make a beer that more tastes like ‘beer’ you really want to start out with malt, brewers then use enzymes to denatured the gluten in the beer. This is what 9 White Deer have done with their Stag Saor range with each batch independently tested to ensure that gluten levels are below the 20ppm threshold to be certified gluten free.

    Of course, offering a range of gluten free beers is great but how do they taste? Thankfully these are great tasting beers in their own right. The IPA has a great balance of malt and hops bringing all those juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes but with restrained bitterness. The Pale Ale is softer and lighter than the IPA but still brings great fruit hop character with a soft fruity finish.

    The Stout, Ireland’s first gluten free stout for that matter, is again smooth and approachable with chocolate and vanilla notes over rich malt. The Red Ale is soft and easy-drinking with smooth toffee and caramel notes while the Kolsch is light, crisp and refreshing with a gentle hop bitterness to the finish.

    9 White Deer have to be applauded for creating great range of beers with something to suit all palates whether you are avoiding gluten or not. If you would like to try these beers for yourself you can pick them up this month in our Irish Craft Beer Sale at 6 for the price of 5.


  • Gluten Free Beers

    Brewdog have quickly developed a huge presence in the craft beer world and it was only a matter of time before they turned their attention to gluten free beer. Vagabond gluten free Pale Ale was voted the winning beer from a selection of small batches as part of BrewDog’s 2014 Prototype Challenge, beating three beers containing gluten. As James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog says “Gluten free products have become synonymous with underwhelming flavour and experience, so we wanted to prove that a gluten free beer didn't need to lack the bold taste and texture of a craft beer. With Vagabond, there is finally a gluten free craft beer that tastes like it should.”

    The Scott’s however have some stiff competition from Ireland. Comeragh Challenger form Dungarvan Brewing is a traditional English style Pale Ale. Bitters as it is called in England is traditionally made with a hard water profile which occurs around Burton-on-Trent, the home of brewing in England. In West Waterford, a simular hard water profile means flavours of the English bitter style can be replicated. Hopped soley with Challenger hops making for an elegant and understated ale with a good malty profile.

    Another Irish brewery producing a great gluten free option is Brú with their Brú Lager Gluten Free Lager.  This a refreshing Czech style lager with a new world hop addition. This is a crisp, full bodied lager with Saaz and Cascade hops giving a refreshing finish. Also winner of a Gold award at the World Beer Awards.

    Green's are dedicated producers of gluten free beers, craft brewed in Belgium. Their Pilsner is refreshing with hops upfront with a light fruitiness and a crisp finish. While their Golden Ale is more about caramel malt upfront but with a spicy hoppy finish.

    Nick Stafford’s Hambleton brewery produces two gluten free options. Their Gluten Free Lager uses East Kent Goldings and Continental Styrian hops delivering a balanced fruit character finishing with citrus notes and a light hop bite. Their Gluten Free Ale, winner of the title of Europe’s Best Speciality Gluten Free Beer at the World Beer Awards, is a full bodied tawny ale with pronounced fruit and hop notes form the Cascade, Liberty and Challenger hops.

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