By John Griffin
Posted on09 December 2011.
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.
Redbridge comes from Anhauser-Busch. But unlike the brewer's many other products, this one is made from sorghum, not wheat, which makes it gluten-free and perfect for those who are living with celiac disease. The company introduced the brew in 2006 and has taken several medals for best gluten-free beer. Granted, it's not a huge category, but the number is growing.
Open a bottle and pour it into a pint glass and you'll notice a pale amber color with plenty of foam that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edge. The aroma is floral and sweet with a slight caramel tone, but not terribly complicated, just straightforward fun. Best of all, it smells like beer.
The same can be said of the taste. The body is fairly light, but there's a decent fizz on the tongue and some nice roasted grain flavor, leading to a hoppy finish. There's a touch of sorghum flavor, if you know what that tastes like. If you don't, just enjoy a certain sweetness that blends into the mix And it tastes like beer.
Nothing complicated like a Belgian trippel or a British porter, mind you. But it's much better than no beer at all.
You can enjoy this beer all by itself or partnered with a great many foods. At the Lion and Rose, you could mate Redbridge brew with plenty of items from the pub's gluten-sensitive menu. Corned beef and cabbage would be particularly fine, or, if you're looking for a light snack, try the bacon-wrapped shrimp known as Angels on Horseback.
If you're inviting guests over for the holidays and are stocking up on beer, grab a six-pack of Redbridge. You never know when someone is going to be gluten-intolerant, and having something on hand that he or she can drink is just one more way of making everyone welcome.