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Beer of the Week: Redbridge Beer


 

 

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 Beer

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.

 

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Beer of the Week: Bard’s Sorghum Malt Beer


Bard's Sorghum Malted Beer is gluten-free.

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.

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