Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.
Bard’s Sorghum Malt Beer
Can you make a beer without wheat, barley, rye or oats? The folks at Bard’s have. Their gluten-free brew is made with malted sorghum, a grass raised for its grain.
The beer was created by two men who live with celiac yet wanted to knock back a few cold ones with their friends on occasion.
The end result is a lager with a reddish, copper-colored hue and a honeyed aroma. There was a decent foam after pouring it into the glass that carries over into a pleasant fizz on the palate.
The taste is fruity sweet without being sugary (or like sorghum molasses, if the name makes you think of that). There’s a pleasant tart apple quality; but don’t think of hard cider. Bard’s has a rich mouthfeel that gives it heft. The spiky finish carried a tingle that made me want to drink a little more.
All in all, it’s a real treat for someone keeping gluten-free. With only 14 grams of carbohydrates a bottle, it’s also a good option for those looking to cut back in that department as well.
The Lion & Rose has had such a call for gluten-free food that the local chain has added a gluten-sensitive menu. Dishes range from some spicy naked chicken wings and a series of salads to several steaks, grilled shrimp and chips, grilled jerk chicken and the Central London Chicken Curry. the demand, so far, for gluten-free beer hasn’t been as great, says bartender Stephanie Sansonetti, who works at the 700 E. Sonterra Blvd. restaurant.
Perhaps it’s because they haven’t tried Bard’s yet. It’s good enough to enjoy, even if you aren’t keeping gluten-free. The cost at the Lion & Rose is $4.50 a bottle.