I spent this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve never been, Asheville is an amazing city in North Carolina, part of a four-county metropolitan area and popular for its gorgeous mountains, live music, arts and crafts, locally grown and organic food, historical attractions like the Biltmore Estate and Thomas Wolfe House, and…

…beer.

Asheville is home to numerous breweries (such as Highland Brewing Company, French Broad Brewery, and Green Man Brewery – my favorite), and even more pubs.

So, when we arrived Friday night, having a drink or three was a given, as was having a delicious vegan meal, so the beau and I headed to Laughing Seed (conveniently located above my favorite pub, Jack of the Wood). We both (yes, both of us – I was so proud of him) ordered a vegan, gluten-free burger and a beer while we waited.

Imagine my delight when I saw Dogfish Head’s Tweason’ale Gluten-Free Beer on the menu.

PRODUCT:

Dogfish Head Tweason’ale Gluten-Free Beer

USES:

Drink from the bottle or glass, with dinner or friends. Dogfish Head recommends Tweason’ale with “fatty fish, dried fruit, [or] salted nuts,” but it went well with my vegan, gluten-free burger.

PROS:

  • Taste. I’d never had GF beer before, and I admit I was nervous, but Tweason’ale tasted fantastic! I could definitely pick up on the hops, but it wasn’t overpowering enough to take away from the hints of strawberry and molasses – neither were the hints of strawberry and molasses overbearing.
  • Texture and consistency. Can you use “texture and consistency” when describing beer? Not sure. Either way, this gluten-free beer was just as bubbly as its regular counterparts.
  • No bloat! I’m sure if you drank enough of it, you’d have some bloating (I think if you ate or drank enough of anything – gluten free or otherwise – you’d have bloating!), but one bottle caused no beer bloat.

CONS:

  • Cost. I’m sure the cost fluctuates somewhat among various vendors and restaurants, but Dogfish Head is the first to tell you it ain’t cheap. I passed the $5 mark for one bottle.
  • Availability. At the time of this review, Dogfish Head is available in 24 states; however, it’s not the kind of brew you can pick up at any random grocery store. (Currently, it’s only in two stores within 100-miles of me.) Plus, it’s a seasonal beer for between seasons (hence the name), so it’s only released four times a year.

BOTTOM LINE:

According to Dogfish Head:

We believe health-conscious beer drinkers and the millions of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease can cut back on gluten while relishing the distinction and drinkability of this very special brew.

Based on my own experience with Tweason’ale, yes, I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants gluten-free options due to gluten-intolerance or gluten-sensitivity, or who is adopting a GF lifestyle to manage depression or other mood or mental health issues.

How about you, readers? Have you ever tried gluten-free beer? Do you have one you’d like to recommend – or warn us about?

DISCLAIMER: Because I mention and link to so many specific products and locations in this review, I feel a disclaimer’s necessary. So, know that I am in no way affiliated with any of the products or businesses in this review, I wasn’t paid for this review, and the products were completely out of pocket.

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    Last reviewed: 3 Oct 2012

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2012). Product Review: Dogfish Head Tweason’ale Gluten-Free Beer. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2012/10/product-review-dogfish-head-tweasonale-gluten-free-beer/

 

 

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