By   October 19, 2017

Meantime Brewing Company created this pale ale. It pours very nicely with a nice golden colour and decent head. It’s not as hoppy as some other beers but it’s not bad at all. I personally liked it. I’m trying to think on another beer to compare against but nothing in the GF category comes to mind. It reminds a mild lagunitas (has gluten!).

I bought it at Tesco.

Kent IPA

By   July 31, 2017

I do love an IPA and I relish the idea of trying something new. This Kent IPA is not bad at all. It’s quite carbonated something I tend to prefer on warm summer days and it’s tasty as well.
It pours with a pale golden colour and it has a citric or fruity aroma.

I bought it from M&S and I haven’t seen it anywhere else. It may just be available to them for all I know. It’s drinkable and worth a try.


Category: IPA

Hepworth & Co Brewers – Sussex

By   June 2, 2017

After my disappointment with my previous purchase at Aldi I purchased this new beer for me. I had it tonight with dinner and it was pleasant though not memorable. Although it is marketed as a pale ale is tasted a bit more like a bitter larger.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked it and I’ll have it again but I was expecting a bit more. One good thing about this beer is they claim to be naturally gluten free meaning they don’t need to remove it during fermentation like most brewers do.

Head to you closest Aldi to try it out.

Brasserie Gluten Free Organic Pale Ale

By   June 2, 2017

When I thought I had discovered a fantastic beer (organic, gluten free, cheap) it turns out that Aldi has recall it due to undisclosed barley content. I can only hope they will correct the problem and bring it back into store because I loved it.

It comes on an unusual 750 ml bottle. It pales and quite aromatic. It pours very well with a nice head and it has a very good taste. On top of that being organic I thought I had a gold mine but sadly… no…

It was for sale at my local Aldi. Fingers crossed for a comeback.

San Miguel

By   May 3, 2017

San Miguel is a well known beer at least across Europe. It is made in Spain and it’s owner is a pretty large company. It’s really pleasing to see the main brewers doing more and more gluten free beers like Estrella Galicia did.

I had San Miguel beers in the past before I converted to a gluten free live and this GF beers tastes the same to me. It’s a nice lager but for me it falls into the group of beers for a hot day only. It’s nice on a warm day by the beach whilst eating some tapas but not a beer I would consider on its own. It just doesn’t offer anything exciting. On an unlabelled bottle I wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from any other lager.

I bought it in Spain from a major supermarket. I haven’t found it yet in the UK.

Green King IPA

By   April 26, 2017

Tesco has been adding more gluten free beers to its range. Something I appreciate. This is the latest I bought. Unfortunately whilst I was very much looking forward to an IPA I never actually liked Greene King and on the same theme this beer disappoints.

It has a very thin body and not a huge amount of aroma. This is what I would class as a beer for a hot day (if we ever get those in the UK) as it could be quite refreshing but not something I would have chosen otherwise.

Peroni Nastru Azzurro

By   April 15, 2017

I know a few people that swear by Peroni. It has never been one of my favourite beers (when I had gluten). In my opinion it’s weather related. If it’s very hot and you’re by the swimming pool a beer like Personi is godsend. But in the rather cool climate of the UK it just does not cut it. I personally find it watery and lacking depth and flavour but I do like its carbonation and it is rather refreshing.

Nevertheless it is great to see big brands are moving into the Gluten Free market and I’m starting to see more and more beers on major supermarkets. I found this one at Tesco and I had a couple more in the fridge ready to drink and review.

Have a good Easter and enjoy a cold beer in this cold weather!

First Chop Syl

By   April 7, 2017

Dark beers are not my usual choice and I now realised how much I’ve been missing. This beer has a nice dark ruby colour with a nearly blond head. It’s a bit strong at 6.2% but it doesn’t taste strong at all. I has a coffee or dark chocolate aftertaste and I really liked it.

Visit Tall Boys for your can. It’s worth it.

Non gluten free gluten free beer

By   March 31, 2017

I’m not reviewing any beer today. I just wanted to highlight that there are some beers not sold or advertised as gluten free that could be considered gluten free as their gluten content is less then 20 ppm. In fact you’ll be hard pressed to find beers with no gluten at all. I think Altiplano was the last one I’ve seen.

Now, what is the deal? If the European Union considers any beer with less then 20 parts per million gluten free it would stand to reason that even if they’re not marketed as gluten free but fall on this category they should be safe to drink.

A few days ago I came across this blog which lists a few beers tested for gluten content. Obviously if you are celiac you know it is a risk but read the comments on each of the beers. Some celiac people do report success when drinking them.

The most famous of them all is the Corona Extra which has less than 10ppm but if you google it you’ll see it has some controversy behind.

Now, I’m not celiac, I’m just intolerant. My symptoms are far milder than a full celiac and I can afford making a mistake. If you are celiac be warned!