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Old 09-21-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Category 14: Gluten Free Beer (13 Entries)
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GLUTEN FREE
Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR

3R RASPBERRY ALE
New Planet Beer Co.
Boulder, CO

Gold, silver, bronze in order.

Has anyone tried the first or third ones? I have obviously had deschutes and it is the best I have had, including my own.

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Nope, Nope, and Nope.

I really wish I could try Deschutes, I'll have to look again to see if it's available out here but I don't think it is.

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Nope, Nope, and Nope.

I really wish I could try Deschutes, I'll have to look again to see if it's available out here but I don't think it is.
It's only available here sometimes and only in the brewpub, they certainly dont make much. I may see if it's available when I send off your care package.
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It's only available here sometimes and only in the brewpub, they certainly dont make much. I may see if it's available when I send off your care package.
Whoa! Now that would be something
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I went to Deschutes last year around November and got their GF beer. I was highly disappointed. While certainly better than redbridge, you could tell they only used extract, and most of it was sorghum.

I guarantee you that unless they changed their recipe significantly (which is totally probable), everything that comes out of your bottles is way better.

Haven't tried the other guys' though, so I can't comment there.

Also, I like that there's a GF category, I've heard in the past it just gets lumped in with all the other specialty beers, which isn't exactly fair competition.

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I have obviously had deschutes and it is the best I have had, including my own.
Maybe they did change the recipe since I last had it.
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Maybe they did change the recipe since I last had it.
The one I had tasted like an ESB, was dark amber in color and tasted like Hops and bitterness. I could taste very little sorghum. I had the beer right around the same time you did though. I thought they used chestnuts. I wasn't exactly in peak tasting posture either since I was drinking an inversion and eating a burger.

Most of the gluten free beers I make are light on hops because that is what the lady asks for. I think I could make a great hoppy GF beer, but I would have no one to drink it, so I don't go there. For this reason, I guess saying it is the best I have had is a little biased since sorghum is pretty easy to hide with hops.
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It's only available here sometimes and only in the brewpub, they certainly dont make much. I may see if it's available when I send off your care package.
man if it hard for you to find it in the same city as it is produced....


I am headed to Eugene this winter and if the wife is still gluten free at that time I will make her try it.
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man if it hard for you to find it in the same city as it is produced....


I am headed to Eugene this winter and if the wife is still gluten free at that time I will make her try it.
Yeah, I think it was only here and in Portland. No Deschutes brewpub in Eugene to my knowledge. At least, there wasn't when I lived there.

Although, good news Casanova...looks like the brewpub is pouring it at the moment. I never go there because it is always packed with tourists. I wonder if they would pour it straight into a 12oz bottle and let me cap it on the bar...

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/brew...p/default.aspx
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Yeah, I think it was only here and in Portland. No Deschutes brewpub in Eugene to my knowledge. At least, there wasn't when I lived there.

Although, good news Casanova...looks like the brewpub is pouring it at the moment. I never go there because it is always packed with tourists. I wonder if they would pour it straight into a 12oz bottle and let me cap it on the bar...

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/brew...p/default.aspx
Deschutes will fill growlers with any of their beers. I don't get down to Portland much, but anytime anyone I know is going, I give them two growlers, some money and they come back with 2 growlers' full of GF liquid heaven.

On a side note, I love St Peters sorghum ale - it has a completely different flavor than Deschutes GF ale. But I still think Deschutes takes the cake. Very little sorghum flavor, nice and hoppy...very ESB-ish. Best GF beer I've ever tasted.
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