Gluten-free Beer Cocktails and Dogfish Tweason’ale

by autumn on February 18, 2012

When I had to go gluten-free, beer was something that naturally phased itself out of my diet. The truth is, I had tasted decent beer and found a lot of the gluten-free options to be sadly lacking (save for one splurge-worthy favorite). I learned more about wine and started exploring the world of cocktails.

Still, I keep my eye out for new gluten-free beers coming on the market, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Recently, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery contacted me to try* their new (it’s available now!) seasonal brew Tweason’ale, a gluten-free beer made with sorghum, strawberries, and buckwheat honey.

One thing that made me happy before I even opened the bottle (besides this adorable packaging) was the gluten-free certification, which I hadn’t remembered seeing before on a gluten-free beer. More importantly, this stuff is good. And it sounds good right? Sorghum, strawberries, and buckwheat honey sound delicious whether you’re gluten-free or not. I love that Tweason’ale feels like an awesome craft beer, made from ingredients that pair wonderfully together, but happen to be gluten-free.

Common complaints about gluten-free beer are that it can be bitter, sour, or very one-note. Tweason’ale is balanced and the flavor is multi-layered, much more so than other gluten-free beers I’ve had. The beer purists will have to forgive me because once I got my hands on this good gluten-free beer, I couldn’t resist trying this beer cocktail that I’ve had my eye on forever.

This is a Shandy made with 5 parts Dogfish Tweason’ale, 1 1/2 parts of my beloved St. Germain, and garnished with a lemon wedge. I was skeptical of dumping something as floral as St. Germain into beer, but this is one of the best cocktails I’ve had in a long time.

I was inspired to keep experimenting. The picture at the top of the post is a cocktail based on a brunch drink at The Breslin called “The Beggar’s Banquet.” I’m calling mine the “Beggars Can’t Be Choosy.” It is the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 1/2 oz bourbon (I used Knob Creek),  and 3/4 oz maple syrup stirred together and topped off with St. Peter’s Sorghum Ale. Turns out, gluten-free beer cocktails are possible and delicious.

*The folks at Dogfish sent me this beer for free to try, but my opinions are all my own (and my opinion is they did a great job on this beer).

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1 Justin February 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thanks for giving Tweason a try, Autumn. Glad you liked it. And wow, those cocktails sound awesome. Cheers!

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2 autumn February 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

Justin, Thanks for sending it over. I’m over the moon that Dogfish is making it!

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3 Julia February 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm

How lucky are you to be sent beer from Dogfish Head!!? And I love your beer cocktails. I was just reading about Red Beer, which is tomato juice and beer, and sometimes other flavorings. Sort of like a Bloody Mary with beer. Why does that sound so good to me? ; )

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4 autumn February 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thank you, Julia! I felt so lucky that they decided to make this gluten-free beer, let alone send me some to try 🙂 I’ve heard of red beer, but never tried it. My dad drank them! I think the savory flavors of beer make a lot of sense for something like that.

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