American Beer Week

American Beer Week

In honor of American Beer Week and Octoberfest, Affordable Testing is making a toast!

 It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? You’ve had a long day at work and all you want to do is get out of traffic, grab a beer from the fridge and plop your feet up in front of the TV.

Being gluten-free is challenging enough, but beer being on the “do not consume” list makes it more frustrating. Good news! There are many alternative beers made with sorghum, rice, buckwheat, chest nets and millet, rather than the wheat and barley of traditional beer. When it comes to consuming gluten-free friendly beer, those with sensitivities should be diligent, read labels and ask questions. Is it gluten-reduced or gluten-free? Is it manufactured on dedicated or shared lines? Be aware that for a beer to qualify being labeled as gluten-reduced or gluten-free, the producer must test the end product with a result below 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. So, a small amount of gluten may still remain. As with everything else you eat or drink that is gluten-free, consume what tastes best to you and does not have a negative impact on your health.

Next time you need a cold one, here are 12 gluten-free beers to consider that really do taste great!

  • Dogfish Head Tweason’ale
  • Green Dubbel Dark Ale
  • Estrella Damm Daura
  • Stone Delicious IPA
  • Ipswich Ale Celia Saison
  • Lakefront Brewery New Grist
  • Harvester Brewing IPA
  • Omission Lager
  • Glutenberg IPA (my personal favorite)
  • Brunehaut Bio Blonde
  • RedBridge
  • Bard Dragon Gold

Gluten-free beer is great if you don’t want to feel extremely bloated after drinking one. It also helps keep the beer belly away! Potential benefits of beer are: it’s rich in antioxidants, contains vitamins and minerals, boosts heart health, improves immunity, aids digestion, and can reduce risk of diabetes.

When your buddy wants to grab a beer, enjoy raising your glass too! Cheers!

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