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/

Comments

8 Responses to “Gluten Free Budweiser Beer?”
  1. carole says:

    Hi- Going back to gluten free after 20 years of putting up with the consequences of my celiac disease. 6 days and craving all the things I cannot have. Then I find that there’s BEER- Yay! You’d think they’d have more than 2 places with it near Cleveland OH as this is a big beer drinking area. I’m going to ask them to get this Redbridge at my local watering hole. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Carole — Hi. Great! Hang tough. In California, going gluten free is pretty easy now. And when I was in Denver, I also saw LOTS of replacement food options too. In the past 10 years, everything has changed dramatically. Gluten free foods often taste better than their wheat counterparts. Many American grocers have lots of gluten free options now. I would think Cleveland would have lots of options too since it is a major city. If not, soon! Soon. Ask your local grocers. You might be surprised as to what they have. And just by asking gets the ball rolling.

  2. Wes Wiebe says:

    How come redbridge isn’t available in Canada?

    • admin says:

      Hey Wes, Go to their website and see what you can find, maybe submit a request for it in your area. All I can think is because it is American and no distributer has taken it on for your area yet. Do you have Budweiser there? Also, RedBRidge is found here in health food stores, not yet widely distributed to regular stores in the USA either.

  3. Redbridge is a great beer for folks that used to be Bud drinkers as I agree with you, it is very similar. There are some other good options for those that prefer a different taste. You can find reviews on the Assoc. website shown in the name above. This is a very well written article; well done. Find some other beers near you from the Assoc site and let us know what you think about those as well. Keep up the good work!

    Happy Memorial Weekend everyone, a great time for a gluten free beer! :-)

    • admin says:

      Thanks GlutenFreeBeer guy! Will definitely be trying more. One good thing about Redbridge is IT’S CHEAP! The other beers can be pretty costly.

      Now where’s that gluten-free beer keg?

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