Jåttå Gårdsbryggeri Bondiwif Witbier. Watch th…

Jåttå Gårdsbryggeri Bondiwif Witbier. Watch the video beer review here www.youtube.com/realaleguide

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #NorwegianCraftBeer #NorwegianBeer #JåttåGardsbryggeri #Jåttå #JåttåBondiwifWitbier #JåttåBondiwif #BondiwifWitbier #Bondiwif #Witbier (at Victoria Park, Barry)

Beer Sans-GlutenLast month, Jeff at Beervana wrote about his…

Beer Sans-Gluten

Last month, Jeff at Beervana wrote about his experience at Ground Breaker Brewing, a totally gluten-free brewery. Owner and head brewer James Neumeister uses sorghum, lentils, and toasted chestnuts in place of barley and wheat. It sounds like a weird mash, but as Jeff pointed out, “By sixteenth-century standards these ingredients would have been entirely normal.”

More important to me, Jeff says the beer tastes good. And unlike some gluten-free beers, they look and feel like normal beers. They roast and toast the nuts and lentils by hand to get exact flavors, just like malting. When you add it all together, I think Jeff’s right, Ground Breaker might be “the Most Interesting Brewery in Oregon.”

We’re sensitive to the needs of the gluten intolerant. Sarah and I haven’t eaten meat in almost a decade and – spurred by a lactose intolerant baby – have eaten an almost entirely vegan diet for the last three years. (Full disclosure: I got a whole milk latte by accident last week, and I drank it.) I hate it when people assume vegan food is gross, so I figured I owed Ground Breaker a try, if only to see what lentils do to a beer.

I defy you to find a problem with Ground Breaker’s Dark Ale. It’s their flagship for a reason. It’s dark, ruby edged and roasty.

I got a whiff of something odd on the nose, but it was quickly subsumed by a wave of black coffee.

The body is full and flavorful. The full mash includes belgian candi sugar, which must enhance the dry finish. I got a whiff of something odd on the nose, but it was quickly subsumed by a wave of black coffee. The beer has depth and would easily pass as a porter at any bar.

The IPA No. 5 on the other hand has a few more issues. The coppery color is a little dark, but it is crystalline. It’s hard to get a barley beer that clear. The hops are spot on. Citrusy Crystals are on full display, bright and fresh. The malty replacements come out more with every sip. The color says crystal malt, but it’s not quite sweet. And then there’s the lentils. Like I said, we’re vegan. We can taste lentils. There’s a savory flavor that’s off putting in a beer like this. The IPA is admirable, if flawed.

Would I drink Ground Breaker again? Sure. I would definitely suggest Ground Breaker to any friends going gluten-free. They make good beer, full stop. No need to qualify it. 

@hddsauce Wow that was fantastic! Perfect litt…

@hddsauce Wow that was fantastic! Perfect little shot of chilli sauce for my Bolognese.

#HotDiggedyDog #Bolognese #Chilli #Foodporn (at Victoria Park, Barry)

Latest blog post interview with Bellfield Brew…

Latest blog post interview with Bellfield Brewery! http://ift.tt/2Az0sAg http://ift.tt/2yivarn

#beerwedrink Great pale ale Ka Pai by #stewart…

#beerwedrink Great pale ale Ka Pai by #stewartbrewing #scottishbeers http://ift.tt/2BVSUnI

Just finished filming with ITV News, many than…

Just finished filming with ITV News, many thanks to @linesbrewing @vog_brewery @thepilotbrewery & @beerriffbrewing for today’s last minute supplies. The feature will be released between now and Xmas Eve. Cheers everyone. (at Victoria Park, Barry)

HUGE box just arrived from @haggis73 Gavin Nor…

HUGE box just arrived from @haggis73 Gavin Norway, a big Merry Xmas my good friend 😀

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #NorwegianCraftBeer #NorwegianBeer #Cervisiam #Nøgne #HoppySimon #Salikatt (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)

Monday’s #Unboxing video for you, many t…

Monday’s #Unboxing video for you, many thanks for @weissbraeu_huber_freising & @thepilotbrewery @beerriffbrewing Beerrifffor the beers and tees

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #BeerRiff #PilotBrewery #HuberWeisse (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)

December’s beers kindly sent from @beers…

December’s beers kindly sent from @beersofeurope Merry Christmas guys 😀

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #Beersofeurope #Unboxing (at Victoria Park, Barry)

Kith and KinComposting fruit, orange juice, pink grapefruit,…

Kith and Kin

Composting fruit, orange juice, pink grapefruit, Welch’s grape juice, fresh farmstand apple cider – Little Beast Brewing created a whole fruit basket out of nothing but yeast and wood. Animal Family is named for the blend of yeast and bacteria that fermented it. There is a mixture of French and Belgian strains, lactobacillus for acid, and three kinds of wild Brettanomyces. The grist is a mixture of barley, wheat and oats, for a foam and a full body. Animal Family is a wonderland of flavors.

i was wracking my brain looking for another beer that tasted like this. It’s far more complex than a fruity farmhouse brew. It’s not sour enough to taste like lambic. Animal Family’s nearest cousin is probably one of those ultra fruity IPAs that are all the rage. It has that same sort of melange of flavors, from the forest to the field. And look how cloudy!