Embrace a world of flavour without the gluten constraints in our Gluten-Free Beer Box for February 2024. Diverse and tantalizing, these craft brews redefine the boundaries of gluten-free brewing, proving that exceptional taste knows no limits. From the crisp and aromatic Pilsner by Kirkstall to the rich complexity of Brass Castle's Dark Web, each beer invites you on a journey where gluten-free doesn't mean compromising on taste. Join us as we explore the artistry behind these gluten-free masterpieces and discover the perfect pairings that elevate the beer-tasting experience to new heights. Whether you're a gluten-free connoisseur or simply seeking bold and innovative brews, this curated selection promises a symphony of flavours that transcends dietary restrictions. Cheers to a month of indulgence in the world of gluten-free craft beer!
Kirkstall's Pilsner, a crisp and unfiltered lager at 4.0%, exudes absolute refreshment with every sip. Hopped with Columbus, Hersbrucker, and Loral, it offers a delightful dance of hoppy, zesty, and floral notes. The clean and crisp profile makes it an excellent session beer, while the lemon zest and light floral hints elevate the drinking experience. Served cold, this Pilsner embodies the essence of sessionable satisfaction.
Pairing Kirkstall's Pilsner with a lemon-infused grilled chicken salad enhances the beer's zesty and floral characteristics. The beer's clean and crisp profile complements the freshness of the salad, while the hoppy notes cut through the richness of the grilled chicken, creating a harmonious and revitalizing pairing.
Brass Castle's Dark Web, a 4.8% dry stout, introduces complexity with a malt body that unfolds chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Certified gluten-free, it achieves a drying palate and adds citrus and pepper aroma through the generous addition of Chinook and Columbus hops. This stout offers a sensory journey through rich flavours and a lingering, satisfying finish.
Pairing Dark Web with a chocolate and espresso flourless cake enhances the beer's chocolate and coffee notes. The stout's malt complexity complements the richness of the cake, while the citrus and pepper aroma cuts through the sweetness, creating a decadent and indulgent pairing.
Brass Castle's Hygge Figgy, a 5.7% porter infused with blueberry, almond, and figs, invites coziness with every sip. Certified gluten-free, this porter balances moreish flavours, creating a perfect companion for winter evenings. The addition of blueberry, almond, and figs adds layers of complexity to the beer, making it a delightful winter warmer.
Pairing Hygge Figgy with a blueberry and almond crumble enhances the beer's fruity and nutty character. The beer's cozy porter base complements the warmth of the crumble, while the blueberry and almond notes create a harmonious interplay of flavours, resulting in a comforting and satisfying pairing.
Disruption IS Brewing's Demokracy, a 3.8% DDH Session IPA, is a response to a broken system, offering a frenzy of tropical fruit, wild berries, and citrus zest. The lower alcohol content makes it a perfect sessionable beer without compromising on flavour. The whirlwind of tropical and citrus notes creates a lively and flavourful experience.
Pairing Demokracy with spicy shrimp tacos enhances the beer's citrus and tropical character. The beer's vibrant flavours complement the heat of the shrimp, while the citrus zest cuts through the richness, creating a dynamic and palate-pleasing pairing.
Abbeydale's Wilderness, a 4.5% New England Pale Ale (NEPA), embodies softness and juiciness with Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin hops. Gluten-free and brewed with Brewers Clarex, this pale ale offers aromatic and citrus notes with hints of gooseberry and grape. The clean and refreshing finish makes it an easy-drinking delight.
Pairing Wilderness with grilled peach and goat cheese salad enhances the beer's fruity and citrusy character. The beer's aromatic notes complement the sweetness of the grilled peach, while the clean finish refreshes the palate, creating a balanced and delightful pairing.
Abbeydale's Hibernation, a 4.2% DH Hazy Pale Ale, invites you to embrace the chilly weather with anticipation. Loaded with Enigma and Centennial for aroma and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Cascade, this pale ale offers a refreshing experience. The combination of spicy citrus, vibrant stone fruit, and hints of resin and pine culminate in a crisp, bitter finish. Vegan and gluten-free, Hibernation promises easy drinking and supreme refreshment.
Pairing Hibernation with a creamy goat cheese and apricot tart enhances the beer's stone fruit and citrus characteristics. The beer's crisp finish complements the creamy texture of the goat cheese, while the apricot adds a sweet and fruity note, creating a delightful contrast and a harmonious pairing.
Kirkstall's Spokane, a 6.0% West Coast IPA, brings a crisp and dry finish typical of lead brewer Will Inman. Vegan and gluten-free, Spokane floods the senses with grapefruit zest, pine, and a touch of mandarin. The lively carbonation lifts the pine, bitter orange, and grapefruit notes, with the malt base providing balance. Hopped with Simcoe and Sultana, this IPA delivers a taste profile of citrus, pine, and malt.
Pairing Spokane with spicy pulled pork tacos enhances the beer's citrus and pine notes. The IPA's dry finish cuts through the richness of the pork, while the grapefruit zest complements the spiciness, resulting in a bold and flavourful pairing that highlights the beer's diverse flavour profile.
Mad Squirrel's Hopfest, a 3.8% Pale Ale, lives up to its name as a festival of hops. Dedicated to bringing the freshest, fruitiest hop vibes, this gluten-free pale ale is headlined by Citra, with Centennial and Amarillo providing support. Hopfest delivers a pure rave of citrus refreshment, making it a go-to choice for hop enthusiasts.
Pairing Hopfest with a tangy and herbaceous goat cheese salad enhances the beer's citrus notes. The beer's refreshing hop vibes complement the crispness of the salad, while the goat cheese adds a creamy element, resulting in a balanced and delightful pairing that showcases the beer's vibrant character.