Beer Blog - 07/02/14

   This blog is a departure from the norm.  I usually rant about social or political issues, tell silly stories about my kids & husband, or opine about the good ole days and my bent toward being old fashioned.

    However, in honor of summertime~ I'm going to blog about libations.  Specifically, gluten free options.  

    With all the books, literature and news stories about gluten--- some 30% of Americans are working to rid their diets of gluten according to a new poll by the NDP Group.  Check out the book Wheat Belly when you have a chance.

    With that in mind,  I thought I'd let you in on what works for me in the beverage department.  I've been mostly gluten free for six years now.  I'm not a Celiac.   I just need to stay on an anti inflammatory diet for my health. (www.mercurymom.com)   Gluten is inflammatory.  Inflammation is bad, so that's why I try to avoid it,'but I LOVE beer especially when its 95 degrees and the sun is bearing down. 

    So, I've found that I can drink Corona, Modela & Kirin Ichiban which are all considered gluten free at  less than 20ppm. Now, for a Celiac this may not work because it's not sold as a gluten FREE beer even though the US government characterizes anything that's less than'20ppm gluten free. Confusing, I know.

   To be clear, I'm not dispensing medical advice  just pointing those who are gluten intolerant toward a possible palatable plan in the beer department.  Of course, there are other gluten free specialty beers that taste okay and are marketed as GF, but are sometimes hard to find.  They are Glutenator, New Planet, Celia, Daura, New Grist and others.  Google gluten free beers for more.

   Other spirits that are Gluten Free ~ Titos Vodka. It's good w/ cranberry and a lime and just about any other juice.  Rum is also GF and tequila that is made the traditional way with 100% blue agave is also GF.

    I hope this info helps some of you trying to go gluten free and if you're so inclined to enjoy a libation or two with friends or family this summer.... remember, drink responsibly.  Never drink & drive.  You don't want to hurt someone or earn a spot on the evening news in the process.

 

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