Another gluten-free beer

March 6th, 2006 | Posted by Real Beer

Another gluten-free beer becomes available in April. Bard’s Tale initially will be sold in 11 states, and company co-founder Craig Belser hopes to be nationwide in 12 to 18 months. Although other gluten-free beers already are being marketed, Belser said these beers are honey- or corn syrup-based and don’t taste like traditional beer.

Belser, who lives in Kansas, and Kevin Seplowitz, from Connecticut, first launched the brand more than a year ago, but had production problems in the Buffalo brewery where it is made. It will now be contract brewed in California, though Belser said he hopes to eventually build a brewery in Leawood, Kan.

[Via the Kansas City Business Journal]

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23 Responses to “Another gluten-free beer”

  1. Patrick Dowling Says:

    Please send me all the info. you have on gluten free beer. Thank You…..

  2. CAROL LEIPHART Says:

    PLEASE HELP ME FIND THIS BEER, I HAD 2 SIX PACKS LAST SUMMER AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND IT AGAIN, I UNDERSTAND THE NEW BEER COMING OUT IS LIGHTER THAN THE LAGER AND I WOULD LOVE TO TRY IT, ALTHOUGH THE LAGER WAS GREAT, I AM A CELIAC FOR 29 YRS AND HAVEN’T HAD A BEER SINCE THEN. I LIVE IN PA, BUT I WILL TRAVEL TO MD TO BUY IT IF I HAVE TO, PLEASE TELL ME IF IT WILL BE SOLD IN PA AND WHERE, ALSO, WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE AVAILABLE AGAIN?

  3. Jon Says:

    My bro is a coeliac and i would be very inerested in gettin any info that you have. I live in PA also and id be willing ot travel to several states to get it! Please and thank you!

  4. Jamie Says:

    i had it. not so good. greens is a better beer but its not sold in the u.s. i have to go back home to london to get it. also there is an aussie beer but i dont know that name of that one. dont know if you can get it in the states.

  5. gary Says:

    Need to ascertain where in southern California I can purchase gluten free beer? I am particularly interested in walk-in retail establishments, not the
    web-based providers. Thanks.

  6. Elizabeth Says:

    You can get a pretty good tasting gluten free beer from a chain of liquor stores in Rocester, Minnesota called Apollo Liquor. The beer is called New Ghrist (hope I have the spelling correct) made from Sorghum and Rice. ***NOTE: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ASK FOR THE KIND THAT HAS BOTH SORGHUM AND RICE. The plain Sorghum (without rice) is the OLD version and it is not as good as the new version. I am quite certain they will mail it to you if you speak to the manager at the larger of the four stores.

    Regarding Bards Tale beer, the reason that people haven’t found it in the market is because they recalled it. It is due out again soon; they’re going to get it right.

    There was just an article on gluten free beer in either the June or May “Living Without” magazine. Basically, the two beers I mentioned are “it” for the U.S. Canada has LaMessingier (spelling probably wrong).

  7. Gwen Says:

    I was just in Milwaukee this weekend and tried the New Grist beer. AMAZING!! I also spoke to the guy in charge of distributing said beer. They’re working on a nationwide release. I live in PA and it should be here by the end of July. It’s served at a few place in Milwaukee. I actually had my first beer in years for my birthday, it was great!!! Check the website for contact info!!

  8. Gary Says:

    I found New Grist in the West Hartford CT Whole foods supermarket. Per the manager, in CT New Grist is currently the only GF Beer the can get through traditional distribution. It’s good and cost $9.99 a six. Worth the money, tastes like a micro beer, lighter than Sam Adams… Would love to find it on tap!

  9. Donna Says:

    I miss beer!! My husband and I have been trying everything possible to find Gluten free beer for me. We live in PA and until recently did not know of anyone who sold it in PA. Also, the distributors in nearby states did not carry a GF-beer. Today we got information that they are now selling Bard’s Tale Dragon’s Gold beer in Pennsylvania. The website is http://www.gallibeer.com. The company is in New Kensington, PA. I just emailed them to see if they would ship it to my home. At this point, I’d pay almost anything to taste beer again. Please continue to post any info on any GF beer available in PA. Thanks for the info posted so far!

  10. Randy Mallow Says:

    If you are ever in Duluth MN, they have 2 brands of gluten free beer (New Grist and Bard’s) at Warehouse Liquor and they are trying to get more, possibly an English ale soon.

  11. mike Says:

    I have only had the chance to try New Grist.
    I must say, I find it best for baking with, since I do not find the taste anything like the “real” beers that I used to be able to consume. I keep hoping someone makes a really tasty one – perhaps getting a bit more creative with the grain combinations they use.

    I wrote a blog about gluten free beer a while back discussing my thoughts on the matter.

  12. Randy Mallow Says:

    I own a liquor store in Duluth MN.. I carry 3 gluten free berrs at this time.
    Bard’s , Lakefront New Grist , and Toleration, an English Ale.

    Randy Mallow
    Warehouse Liquor
    104 West Central Entrance
    Duluth MN 55811
    218-722-5611
    rmallow@charter.net

  13. Daniel Erickson Says:

    I live in the Duluth area and discovered Five Gluten Free beers at Cash Wise Liquor next to Cub Foods, they have the best selection in town, and the prices are even better. There staff is extremely knowlegeable on different beers. One of the gluten free beers is made at a winery in California. Happy Drinking and check out Cash Wise Liquor if you are ever in town! The address is 625 West Central Entrance, Duluth MN 55811 Telephone is (218) 722-4507 just up the road from warehouse liquor

  14. Randy Mallow Says:

    Warehouse Liquor now has 4 types of Gluten free beer, one being an ale from England!
    Don’t be suprised (if you happen to find cashwizz liquor in duluth) that they won’t have any gluten free beer or many micros/imports if you can find anything in that mess! & no one there will know what gluten free is! They are a BIG CHAIN store and don’t really care!!! Just ask little danny erickson, one of their clerks and cleanup people. If he hasn’t been fired yet.

    Randy Mallow
    Warehouse Liquor
    104 West Central Entrance
    Duluth MN 55811
    218-722-5611

  15. Daniel Erickson Says:

    I am a little disappointed in Mr. Mallow. Blogs are to discuss products not insult businesses or people. It is not appropriate to bad mouth customers of his, I used to shop at his store till Cash Wise came to town, or other liquor stores. I do not work at Cash Wise, but from now on I will tell everyone that Cash Wise is the best store in Northern Minnesota to buy Gluten free beer and other beverages. Their staff is extremely knowledgable on their products (which has the biggest selection of beer, liquor and wine in Northern Minnesota, Mr. Mallows store would fit into their bathroom) and the staff is also very friendly and helpful. If anyone is given the chance to go to Duluth, you will be impressed with the selection of gluten free beers and many other micro’s and imports at Cash Wise Liquor. Happy drinking to all!

  16. Rob Says:

    Cashwise Liquor – The store to go for cheap beer that’ll get you drunk. How do I know? Cause Duluth is full of college kids and I’m one of them. If you ever want REAL beer that tastes good AND is gluten free, go see Warehouse Liquor. If, however, you wanna get drunk for cheap, go to cashwise.

  17. Dan D. Says:

    Budwieser makes a gluten free beer called Redbridge. It is pretty good, and goes down way too easliy. I like making snake bites with it….a snake bite 1/2 cider (apple or pear) and 1/2 beer. Very refreshing!

  18. Mike R. Says:

    I have been searching for a gluten free beer and I found some at Warehouse liquor and it was 6 months out of date. I was very upset that it was still on the shelf. After further research, I noticed that most of the beer is out of date. I now shop at either Cash Wise Liquor or at Keyport in Wis. I have heard rumors that Cash Wise will be expanding its micro and import section in the up coming months. I hope so, they really seem to know what they are doing, great service, low prices, and so far – fresh beer.

  19. willie malten Says:

    Sounds to me like every employee at the big chain store cashwizz has been paid to pump their image up. My suggestion – visit both wizz & warehouse & make your own decision!

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  21. Ghita Says:

    Very useful information

  22. Beth Says:

    I own a beerstore in PA and we sell 3 kinds of gluten free beer –

    Redbridge
    Bards Tale
    & New Grist

    you could try those….

  23. Josh Says:

    Hello,

    Gretz Beer distributors sells Bard’s and Redbridge by the case, one is $28 the other is $30.. very reasonable. They are out of Norristown, PA.