Home Brew Spotlight: Gluten Free Amber Ale

May 06, 2015Kyle Westfall

You asked and we listened! After paying close attention to the many craft beer fans out there who need a gluten free home brewing kit option, we recently introduced a gluten free craft beer that is not only easy to brew (yay), it tastes great too (hell yeah). Here’s a closer look at the newest addition to our recipe roster - Gluten Free Amber Ale.  

What makes beer gluten-free? Here’s the nitty gritty…

People who have gluten intolerance (including celiac disease) have a reaction to certain proteins in the grains commonly used to make beer, barley and wheat. Gluten-free beer is made from ingredients that do not contain glycoproteins (gluten), most of which include cereals such as millet, rice, sorghum, buckwheat, and corn.

Our Gluten Free Amber Ale home brewing kit is just as much about the taste as it is NOT about the gluten. Made with Sorghum Extract (in place of malt) and a Dark Brown Belgian Candi, you can expect a smooth, slightly sweet amber ale most closely resembling a Belgian Dubbel.

Glassware: Goblet or Chalice

Food Pairings: Cheese – Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, Gorgonzola, Limburger/ Meat – Beef/ General - Chocolate

Temps: Cellar 45 – 50ᵒF *can be cellared for long periods, under the proper conditions/ Serving 45 – 50ᵒF

Our Recipe, Your Home Brew: Sorghum Extract, Goldings & Northern Brewer Hops, Fruity Ale Yeast
*brewers grains are not included in this recipe


Want to sample a GF beer while you brew your own? Here's a list from Bon Appétit’s "12 Gluten Free Beers That Actually Taste Good":

New Planet Gluten Free Beer: Raspberry Ale – has a tangy edge balanced by corn, orange peel, and a raspberry purée

Estrella Damm: Daura – sweet toasted grain aroma, bitterness on the back end

Ipswich Ale Brewery: Celia Saison – crisp and tart with a peppery, citrusy profile

Green’s Gluten Free Beers: Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager – crisp, refreshing, and floral

Sprecher Brewing Co.: Skakparo Ale – tangy and refreshing, similar to apple cider

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales: Tweason’ale – flavored with strawberries and sweetened with buckwheat honey, sweet and tart to the taste

Omission Beer: Lager – smooth and piney with a touch of tropical complexity

Harvester Brewing: IPA No. 2 – crafted with locally grown chestnuts, fruit, and hops (lots of them)

Epic Brewing Company: Glutenator – crafted with a blend of brown rice, sweet potatoes, molasses, and millet to create a balanced sweet brew with a light body and moderated carbonation

Lakefront Brewery: New Grist – lemony, with an aroma of hay and cloves

Glutenberg: India Pale Ale – created with black rice and corn, a perfect brew for a backyard BBQ

Steadfast Beer Co.: Oatmeal Cream Stout – smooth, made with well-roasted oats

For additional tasting notes and information on these top rated beers, click here to read the article in full.

Resources: Bon Appétit 2014, wikipedia.org, beeradvocate.com

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