I am a real ale fanatic, so when I was told ten year's ago that I could no longer drink my favourite tipple, I thought it was the end of the world, I had to change to cider which I don't really like that much, but at least it was something I could drink when I am out socialising, but all is not lost, because there some great GF beers out there now, most are in bottles at the moment, but some brewers are now brewing GF real ale in casks and they are available in a few pubs, these beers are brewed in the normal way using all the traditional ingredients, but they have now found that an enzyme that is used in most breweries, actually reduces the gluten level dramatically, and one particular brewery told me that their cask real ale showed 0.4 parts per million, so when you think that 20 parts per million is accepted as being safe, then 0.4 is virtually nothing.
This is a start, but these GF beers can only be found in a handful of pubs throughout the UK, so I have started a campaign to hopefully make pubs and clubs recognise that there is a market for GF beers, because there are 12 million people seeking GF food and drink because they are either coeliacs, have a GF intolerance, or have decided to follow a GF lifestyle, and now market research firm Mintel has pinpointed gluten-free beer as the next big growth area in the free-from food market, surely the pubs should now realise that there could be niche in the market.
I must stress that this is NOT a money making campaign, it is purely a campaign started by me in the hope that I can encourage pubs and clubs to include some GF options, and so far, I have been quite successful in my own little town where two pubs now have GF beer in bottles permanently, and sometimes on draft.
A lot of pubs and restaurants are now offering GF meals on their menus, but they don't seem to realise that if someone chooses a GF meal, they would probably want a GF drink to go with it, yes, you can have wine, but not everyone wants wine and would rather have a beer to wash the meal down with.
So if you have missed drinking beer for many years and would love to have a decent pint after many years of going without, then you might be interested in my campaign, I have a Facebook page that is up and running, but the website is not at the moment, but I hope to get it running in a few weeks time, links below.
CAMPAIGN FOR GLUTEN-FREE REAL ALE