Michelob Ultra Light Cider – Gluten Free

Anheuser-Busch launches a new GLUTEN FREE cider!

I’m excited to try this!  I like Woodchuck, but it is just too sweet to drink more than a couple.  I wonder how the light will taste…

I’ll see if I can get ahold of some ASAP.

PRESS RELEASE:  http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2012/05/07/anheuser-buschs-michelob-ultra.html

Fox Barrel Gluten Free Beer

I tried this recently… good stuff!

My sister found it and hed me try one.  It is an Apple Cider beer, but has more of a beer taste than Woodchuck.  It isn’t nearly as sweet as Woodchuck, which makes me think I could drink a few more and not get that sweet sick feeling that Woodchuck gives you after 3..4..5…OK, maybe 6 bottles.

Ever tried it?

What do you think?

Easily found?

I’ll add it to my gluten free beer review page later when I get a chance to try it again and more free time!

Bombora & CooranBong Gluten Free Vodkas

I was privileged to receive a bottle of Bombora & CooranBong Vodka to try.  I am impressed, and so are many others.

First, I have to say, while it is still an open debate on whether or not certain liquors are gluten free, it is a huge relief to absolutely know that Bombora and Cooranbong are gluten free!  I’m sure many of you can relate to that, and depending on how sensitive you are, stand on one side or the other of that dilemma.  Here is a solution.

Both vodkas are made from grapes grown in the Barossa Valley where many of the great Shiraz and Cabernet wine grapes are grown.  They both contain pure Australian water from the South Pacific.  Bombora is distilled five times and CorranBong is distilled TEN times.  I’m sure that has a lot to do with how smooth these are.

BomboraAd (1) CooranBongAd (1)Bombora is a Premium vodka, according to the company.  I’m not educated in vodkas, but I would consider this in the same category as a Sky, Absolute, or Smirnoff vodkas.  Unless you really like the “bite” of vodka, this would be a great vodka to make mixed drinks with!  The advertisement reads, “The #1 selling premium Australian vodka.”  I found Bombora for $19.99.

CooranBong is a Super-Premium vodka.  I would put this right up there with Grey Goose, which I am fan of.  I found CooranBong for $25.99.  CooranBong was great by itself with some ice.  I would feel bad wasting a vodka like this in a mixed drink, but that mixed drink would be even better!  In the end, now I will always buy CooranBong over Grey Goose.  Grey Goose has become too cliche and overpriced, and CooranBong is 100% GLUTEN FREE!!! You can’t beat that!

After I picked up these vodkas, I started noticing them all over Kansas City and St. Louis in bars in liquor stores.  I have a list of about 40 places they are offered in the Kansas City area, and I assume other cities will be following closely behind.  I don’t only like them because they are gluten free, but they taste great!

I’ve been stingy with my samples over the past few months, because I wanted to give as many gluten free people a try.  I took them to a few events and all of my family events where there are ten gluten free people.

Each time I sampled them, I did a blind taste test between the two.  Nine out of ten people could tell a difference between the two and liked CooranBong better.  The most common response was that Bombora still had that vodka “bite” to it, and CooranBong was good and smooth.  Keep in mind we did try these only with ice.  Most people said the Bombora still has the typical vodka taste, but the CooranBong had much less of that taste.  Both were smooth but the CooranBong was better.

I always like to support products that market to the gluten free population, and these vodkas are perfect in the usual price range of $20-30.  It is worth giving them a try, especially for the piece of mind that they are 100% gluten free.

Gluten Free Beer Tasting Videos

Here are the videos from all of my beer tastings:

Gluten Free Beer Tasting: Episode 1: Part 1 of 2

  • Redbridge
  • Bard’s Tale
  • New Grist

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Gluten Free Beer Tasting: Episode 1: Part 2 of 2

  • Green’s
  • St. Peter’s
  • Hambleton

Please see the full gluten free beer review article HERE.

Is Bud Light Gluten Free?

NO, NO WAY, NOT A CHANCE, DON’T TOUCH IT!

This is the same for Miller Light, Budweiser, Coors, Coors Light, Corona, Corona Light, Corona Extra, Heineken, Natural Light, Busch, Busch Light, Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller High Life, Guinness, Becks, Labatt Blue, Sam Adams, Fat Tire, Pabst, Stella Artois, Molson, Dos Equis, Sol, Tecate, Bass, Newcastle, O’Douls, Keystone, Milwaukee’s Best, many more, & BUD LIGHT!

Please see my article on Gluten Free Beers and leave a comment about the ones you have tried.  Some examples of gluten free beer: Redbridge, Bard’s Tale, Green’s, New Grist, Messagere, Sprecher, & Woodchuck.

I have been asked this question a lot, and never covered it specifically, because I thought it was pretty self-explanatory.  After getting the question twice today in my live chat feature, I figured it was time to set the record straight.  NO, Bud Light is not gluten free.

Being freshly out of college and my old business catering to the summer vacation crowd, beer was one of the hardest things for me to give up.  On a daily basis, I was offered beer by customers and friends.  It was always hard to turn it down, led to lengthy conversations about celiac, and left them feeling very sorry for me.

ABBeerInFridgeToday, almost a year of 100% gluten free, I still miss normal beer only a little, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.  It was very hard in the beginning, but the desire is much less now.  Now, I choose something different and don’t sweat over it.  The gluten free beers taste much better now than they used to, probably because I am forgetting the taste of Bud Light.

I have gluten beer in my fridge that has been there from before I switched to gluten free.  It has helped to have it in there, so that I can pass the willpower test every day.  I even threw some gluten free awareness wristbands around a few to always remind me.  It has worked.

Here is a before and after photo… of the beer I am drinking, not my weight, hahaha.

Before: In college drinking a Bud Light.

Bud Light Before

After: Recently holding a Woodchuck.

AfterWoodchuck

Frequently Asked Gluten Free Questions

On a daily basis, I check to see what search terms people used to end up on my blog.  Some are pretty basic and some get complicated.  I am going to try and cover a bunch of them now…

Chipotle: My “go to” for a quick and tasty meal.  I can always find one nearby when in a hurry.  I get a chicken burrito bowl!  I like it so much, I decided to make my own at home.  It was pretty good.  Every time I go, I watch the cooks to pick up tips and the little ingredients.

Free Wristbands: My wristbands are not free, but I do offer a couple ways to get yours free for helping spread the word about them.  I did give a handful away for free during the gluten free Twitter party #gfree.

Bakeries: There are some great bakeries out there that make gluten free items.  Lots of them are even supplying restaurants so they can offer their version of gluten free plates.  I started a list of gluten free bakeries sorted by state.

Jokes: I would have never guessed that so many people would search for jokes about celiac.  I guess when the symptoms are “dirty,” you could call these dirty jokes!

Margaritas: Yes, margaritas are gluten free!  There are lots of different ways to make them, but I posted my favorite.  I can’t think of anything that is normal in margaritas that could contain gluten.  This is always one of my safe bets.  I used to love a nice cold beer on a hot day(or any occasion) but good margaritas are doing the trick for me now.

Magazine: There are a few magazines about living gluten free: Delight (that I wrote a review of), and Gluten Free Living.

Effects of Gluten/Sleepy/Lethargic:  I didn’t have the typical stomach symptoms, so it was tough for me to make the switch to gluten free and keep on track.  After years of delaying my switch, I noticed I was always tired and could care less about many things.  After switching, I feel great and alert!  When I accidentally get ‘glutened’ I can tell a difference in how I feel that day and the next morning.  I wake up after sleeping 10 hours and think back to something I ate yesterday.

Beer/Light Beer/Redbridge/Bud Light: NO, Bud Light is not gluten free!  YES, Redbridge is gluten free!  There are many alternatives now and many more to come!  ARTICLE

Taquitos: You have to watch out when buying or ordering taquitos,  they can have hidden sources of gluten.  First, you need to make sure they use corn tortillas.  Second, frequently even ground beef can have gluten added to it.  I wrote an article about some taquitos I found that state on the box GLUTEN FREE.

Pizza: Pizza is one of the things I miss the most.  I used to be able to go to the Little Ceasar’s and get a $5 pizza- how convenient, cheap and good.  I can’t do that anymore.  Here are a list of places that serve gluten free pizza.  Through trial and error, I have found some good ones.

#gfree: This was a Twitter tag that is used to categorize Tweets when talking about gluten free.  It was started when we had a gluten free party day.  The #gfree party was a huge sucess, and I hope to see many more in the future.  People continue to use it.

I hope this article has helped give you quick references to the most frequently searched terms on my site about gluten free.  I’m sure I will add more in the future.

St. Louis Microfest: May 1 & 2

I was just told about the St. Louis Microfest.  It looks like a big beer tasting party in Forrest Park!  The best part… Gluten Free Beer!!!  A handful of breweries will be represented that brew gluten free beer, including: Redbridge, Bard’s Tale, New Grist, Woodchuck, St. Peter’s, and a few other gluten free choices.

WEBSITE: STLMICROFEST

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Continue reading “St. Louis Microfest: May 1 & 2”

Gluten Free Jokes… you might be a Celiac!

(In my best Jeff Foxworthy voice….)

If your Christmas ornaments are made out of shotgun shells….. you might be a Redneck!

If you know what I mean by “loose stool”….. you might be a celiac!

If you have gotten over the fear of pooping in public….. you might be a celiac!

If you have ever believed that your gut was going to explode….. you might be a celiac!

If you find yourself reading more food labels than emails….. you might be a celiac!

If you can read an ingredient labels in micro-seconds….. you might be a celiac!

If you take more Imodium than vitamins….. you might be a celiac!

If you use your inability to drink beer as a reason to drink top shelf liquor….. you might be a celiac!

If people don’t know your name but remember you eat gluten free….. you might be a celiac!

If you’re always asking your friends for the list of ingredients they used for dinner….. you might be a celiac!

If you notice you constantly use the word “rice” as a adjective….. you might be a celiac.

If the pantry is full and there’s nothing you can eat…literally!!….. you might be a celiac.

If you have to explain to every waiter what gluten is….. you might be a celiac!

If beer gives you more than just the “beer farts”….. you might be a celiac!

If you thought you were hearing voices, but it turned out to be the gluten you just ate….. you might be a celiac!

If you have more gas than a filling station….. you might be a celiac!

Additions: If you can think of a new one, let me know.  I’ll add it.

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