Following a rather successful day 1 of the 12 Gluten Free Beers of Christmas, it is safe to say a selection of the upcoming beer was sampled again yesterday evening! All the beer we will be sharing with you has been tried and tested by a self proclaimed gluten free beer expert, and also a beer connoisseur in the Sheffield area – vouching for the quality of the gluten free beer compared to normal beer.
Following a trip to several pubs in Sheffield yesterday evening, with a friend not allergic to gluten, it was great to both be able to sit drinking the same beer and discuss how great the quality of the gluten free beer was! Due to The Bar Stewards having Arbor Ales – Simcoe on cask, I chose this over the bottle of Arbor Oz Bomb! I’d highly recommend both of these if you get the chance!
Now on to today… slightly later than scheduled due to an excessive amount of gluten free pints consumed last night! Our beer of choice today is Brew Foundation – Free Beer! A local brewery based in Sheffield who brew their beer near Macclesfield in the Peaks.
Rather interestingly, I bought my first pint of Free Beer (yes it costs money!) whilst on one of our famous monthly pub crawls throughout the city in the Railway Hotel. I was disappointed to say the least, the beer gave a rather bizarre aftertaste of what we could only describe as ‘ash-tray’. This put me off the beer and didn’t try it again for a good 6 months!
Anyway, at the Kelham Island Beer Festival back in October, there were several gluten free options available including the Brew Foundation – Free Beer, so thought I would give it a second chance! What an improvement, I’d now highly recommend the beer and have had several pints since which have all been impressive! I’ve also been informed that the way the beer was brewed has recently changed due to the feedback they’ve received! Massive improvement all around 🙂
Brew Foundation have recently opened Ecclesall Ale Club in the city too, I’ve not had chance to visit yet but heard really good things about it! And rumour has it Free Beer is always available there on cask! It’s also sporadically available throughout Sheffield in other bars including The Railway Hotel. Free Beer is also availalbe in bottles and cans from Beer Central in Sheffield Markets – which have an amazing selection of gluten free beers available (15 last time I counted I think).
Style: American Pale Ale
Sadly this evening, it will be a night at the local which means one thing… cider! Thankfully Strongbow, Bulmers and Magners will not be featuring in the 12 Gluten Free Beers of Christmas!