If you're on a gluten-free diet, there are not many options when the craving hits for a cool, fizzy, malty brew. Bard's Gold from Bard's Tale Beer Company is one of the few. And you know what? It's really not half bad!
Beer Details: Bard's Gold from Bard's Tale Beer Company (American lager brewed with sorghum, 4.6% ABV, 20.5 IBUs)
Appearance: Clear gold with big bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. What little foam there was when the beer was poured had dissipated before the first sip.
Aroma: Cider with a smack of honey.
Taste: The taste of wild honey sit squarely in the middle of sip and then fades into fresh apple and earthy hops flavors. It's malty but not overly sweet. A soft prickle of carbonation keeps the beer tasting crisp. The finish is mostly clean with just a little lingering honey (which I'm guessing is the flavor of the sorghum itself?).
This is your basic amber lager, solid and dependable. Sure, it doesn't have the depth or complexity of a truly outstanding beer; but for an afternoon sipper, it will definitely hit the spot.
Food Pairings: The sweet notes of this beer would be perfect with a hearty fall soup like chili or creamy butternut squash.
What do you think of this beer? Have you found other gluten-free beers that you like?
(Image: Emma Christensen)