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  • Gluten-Free Oktoberfest: Gluten-Free Beer Essentials

    By : | Comments Off | On : October 7, 2009 | Category : General, Personal Stories, Products

    It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change color, when you begin to put on a sweatshirt before you leave the house and the smell of the crisp, cool autumn air brings thoughts of carving pumpkins and baking turkeys. It is also time for the world-famous German festival of Oktoberfest. But a gluten-free Oktoberfest? Yes indeed!

    Even if you can’t make thee trip to Munich, you can still celebrate your own Oktoberfest at home and with…beer! Here are some great gluten-free drink options to help you celebrate your own Oktoberfest responsibly.

    Redbridge is an Anheuser-Busch product which is a rich, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste.

    To find Redbridge near you, click here.

    New Grist Beer is a Lakefront Brewery product and is brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. Each batch brewed at Lakefront’s Milwaukee headquarters is tested for gluten prior to fermentation, before being bottled and shipped. The beer is now available for distribution nationwide in six packs of 12-ounce bottles.

    To find New Grist near you, click here.

    Bard’s Tale Beer is a golden lager that is brewed with 100% malted sorghum. The beer is carried in 39 states and two provinces, and are constantly expanding.

    To find Bard’s Tale Beer near you, click here.

    Ramapo Honey Lager is a Ramapo Valley Brewery product and is a blue ribbon Kosher certified honey-based lager. This beer naturally has noted of honey and hops, with a touch of bitterness to balance the honey sweetness.

    To find Ramapo Honey Lager near you, click here.

    Mbege and Shakparo Ale are both products of Sprecher Brewery. Traditional Mbeges and Shakparos are brewed with sorghum and millet and are therefore able to be brewed gluten-free since neither sorghum nor millet contain gluten.

    Mbege: Bananas are the main ingredient in mbege style beers popular in Eastern Africa. In keeping with tradition, this is brewed with real bananas and presented unfiltered. Light hints of banana remain present in the aroma and flavor of this unique offering.

    Shakparo: Sprecher’s gluten free Shakparo Ale is a West African Shakparo-style beer brewed from sorghum and millet. An unfiltered, light, crisp ale with a cider or fruit profile and a dry vinous aftertaste.

    To find Mbege and Shakpao near you, click here.


    With several choices to enjoy not only your own unique Oktoberfest, but the entire year, we wish you the best in savoring these prized spirits! So sit back, pop the top to your favorite gluten-free beer, and savor the taste, no matter what season it may be.

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