For individuals with gluten sensitivities, intolerance, or celiac disease drinking beer is either strictly prohibited or results in not the best of a physical situation. Any gluten free beer that I’ve tried has been fairly flavourless and really makes you ask yourself, “Why even bother?” Until now…
Heathen’s Brewing Inc. opened at the end of June and is the only 100% gluten free brewery in Western Canada. There is a 0% chance of cross contamination, making it a safe beer option, especially for those with celiac disease. The company itself is a family run business, started by husband Wes, who was looking for gluten free options for both his wife and two of his children. Recognizing the options were limitless and tasteless, he decided to create his own brews, and ultimately opened his own brewery doing exactly that.
The brewery itself is small, but has a clean rustic look to it. They had six different options available on tap, and we tried a flight of four: a peanut butter stout, nitro milk stout, NE I.P.A, and a session style Solstice. If you weren’t aware that they were gluten free, I’m not sure if you’d notice. Although they were very low in IBUs, they were still flavourful and enjoyable to taste. If you’re a fan of nitros, I would definitely recommend their milk stout, and the peanut butter stout was equally delicious and tasted just like a reese’s peanut butter cup.
Celiac or not, at least give this place a try and see if you can taste the difference!