Gluten Free Budweiser Beer?

May 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products

Just when I thought I had seen everything, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the company that makes Budweiser Beer, has come out with a gluten free beer called Redbridge.

I came across the new Redbridge gluten free beer at WholeFoods while I was picking up some cider.

The problem with cider is that the sugar content is so high, I can’t really drink more than one without feeling like throwing up.

Also, men don’t feel super manly drinking cider, they want beer. I picked up the beer because my male house guests have had some complaints about the lack of beer around my gluten free home.

When my man came home, he picked up a bottle of Redbridge and checked it out. After inquiring about the price of it and being satisfied with the answer, he immediately and enthusiastically cracked open the gluten free beer and drank it.

Redbridge beer tastes strikingly similar to Budweiser beer, it’s amazing. I haven’t tasted ‘normal’ beer in about five years or so. Redbridge has a light taste, a little sweeter than Budweiser, otherwise very similar, very manly! The kind of shit you sit on the couch and drink while watching sports. It even looks manly in its brown bottle and Old West style red label.

Anheuser-Busch writes:

“Redbridge is made without wheat or barley, so the approximately 3.2 million consumers who are unable to drink beer made with barley due to Celiac Disease or because they follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet can once again enjoy a great tasting beer. Redbridge is a rich, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste.”

Apparently, in the old days, some people over at Budweiser tried to claim their original beer was gluten-free. Hopefully, this new brand Redbridge is truly gluten-free and made in a factory far away from the other factory or wheat fields.

Anyone who claims normal beer is gluten-free is a crackpot and has not had stomach aches like mine. For me, beer gives me the absolute worst pains of all gluten-full foods and beverages.

A friend of mine makes beer and I have seen the whole process. The process does not get rid of the elements that cause pain to Celiac Disease sufferers, no more than turning wheat into bleached white flour does; all the pain is still there, trust me. The airborne dust elements in the factory that resettle into the food or beverage are enough to cause damage to one with Celiac.

There is a really great discussion about beer and Celiac Disease that is hard for me to explain, but read it at BellaOnline, Ask the Beer Fox: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art34379.asp

GLUTEN FREE REDBRIDGE BEER INGREDIENTS

…and what the heck are they?

Water is H2O.

Fermented Sorghum (Sorghum and Corn Syrup) Sorghum is a popular African grain. Corn syrup is a liquid made from the starch of maize corn.

Hops is a cone-shaped tree flower bud that gives beer its the bitter tangy taste and originally came from the Bavarian area of Europe, specifically, Germany who started using it in the latter half of the first millennium.

Yeast is a fungal micro-organism, asexual and unicellular, that while fermenting turns carbs into alcohol and carbon-dioxide.

How Do I Find Redbridge Gluten Free Beer in My Area?

Go to their website:
http://www.redbridgebeer.com/
Enter in your adult age birthdate to enter the site.

On bottom left, enter your zip code and check the box for either DINE IN or DINE OUT, and it will give you a list of all your local options as to where you can find RedBridge Beer in both grocery stores and dining establishments. It is a very cool feature.

On the Redbridge website, they even have some general information about Celiac Disease (pasted below), bless their souls. Having suffered all my life and not knowing why, I can’t believe what an overwhelming response the food and beverage community is making all the sudden. It warms my achy breaky gut.

Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease, often hereditary, that causes a chronic reaction to gluten in the small intestine which interferes with the absorption of food and then triggers other seemingly unrelated health conditions. Antibodies eventually attach and destroy the small intestine. Currently, the only known cure is to follow a gluten-free diet.What is gluten?
“Gluten” is the general term for a mixture of many protein fragments (called peptide chains or polypeptides) found in common cereal grains. Wheat is the only grain considered to contain true gluten. Other sources of gluten include rye, barley and oats.
Facts about Celiac Disease
Celiac disease affects approximately one in one hundred thirty three Americans – most of whom are misdiagnosed due to atypical symptoms.Celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.Celiac – left untreated – could lead to infertility, osteoporosis, lymphoma, depression & neurological disorders. Celiac disease is more common in individuals with type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease or anemia
Redbridge and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will partner to increase awareness of the Celiac Disease. Please check back again later for more information about this exciting and important partnership.About the NFCA
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness mission is to raise awareness for celiac disease and funding that will advance research, education and screening, while improving the quality of life of those affected by this autoimmune disease through grant making and direct programming.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Celiac Disease. NFCA is proud to be affiliated with the leading researchers in the US who are working toward this goal. The Foundation actively supports collaboration and partnership among scientists and institutions to optimize research potential. In addition, it has created an expert panel and competitive grant-making process to fund cutting-edge research in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

http://www.redbridgebeer.com/

The Ideal Meal To Fit All The Family’s Medical Dietary Needs

May 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes

 

It’s my party and I can cry if I want to, cry if I want to; you would cry too if you had to make a meal to fit all medical dietary issues!

You have the whole family coming over and everyone has a different medical issue. Grandpa can’t have salt because of his high blood pressure. Gramma needs low sugar and low calories because of her diabetes. Brother’s wife from California is a vegan and eats no meat or dairy, which includes butter! Cousin Jane just found out she has Celiac Disease and can’t eat gluten found in wheat, barley, rye, and enriched white flour.

Oh my gosh! It’s just too much to handle. Forget it. You never want to commit to a dinner party ever again!

Fret not. Wipe your tears away. There is a very easy, healthy, and tasty food preparation solution. Vegetables and rice! I know, it may sound totally unappetizing, but trust me, it’s delicious how I prepare it.

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Organic Farm Fresh Produce Deliveries

May 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Food

 

There was a midday knock on my door last week from a representative of Farm Fresh To You offering to deliver me weekly or monthly boxes of fresh produce.

Some of my friends have this service, organic farm goods delivered to their door, so I had heard about it before and thought it was a marvelous idea and jumped on the opportunity.

Remember the milk men of the 1950′s? It’s like that.

In the photograph here is my first box of delicious fresh organic farm fruits and vegetables: broccoli, endives, salad, strawberries, avocado, red potatoes, white onion, apples, oranges, and some other things: all gluten-free! Much of these foods I do not buy regularly, so it was nice to be forced into making some new and healthier meals and snacks. What I have eaten from this batch has all tasted delicious and decidedly different from non-organic grocery store foods that come from far away places.

If you do a search for “organic farm produce food box delivery” and add your county and state name, you can see which organic farms do home deliveries in your area and what are their prices.

Natural food has dirt on it, the leaves are different sizes and colors, bugs are in the box and have eaten a bit of your food — this is normal in the real world, be happy about it! Any food that you see that is all the same size, same color, no bug bites or age or tears, you can be pretty sure it is GMO genetically modified food and has used poisonous pesticides.

For Celiac Disease sufferers, you can call and ask if there are any wheat, barley, or rye growing within a mile radius if you want to be really sure about it being gluten free.

Buying local food produce helps your local community to prosper, keeps small farmers in business, and is healthier for your body.

Plus, having a mystery box delivered to your home is fun.