Redbridge Gluten Free Beer

By | Jul 10, 2009

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The first few days after being positively diagnosed with celiac disease are often an emotional mourning period for the lost pleasures of one’s favorite foods. Here in Philadelphia, it was a sad and difficult experience. Farewell, fresh-baked soft pretzels. I’ll miss you, delicious pizzaria pizza. Perhaps worst of all for me personally, beer… beloved beer, how could I live without you? Sure, there were a handful of gluten-free beers available back then. They were expensive and nearly impossible to obtain in our area, and the tastes were extreme for the typical beer drinker. So when a friend at a local beverage distributor announced that Anheuser-Busch was developing a mass-market, gluten-free lager brewed with sorghum instead of malt, we were skeptical but also thrilled at the possibilities.

Well, that was four years ago and Anheuser-Busch Redbridge Beer turned out to be a reality; we can easily pick up a case at our local beverage distributor.  The taste, while different than our former favorite beers, is wonderful. For once, I am thankful for celiac disease, because otherwise we wouldn’t have discovered this delicious “alternative” beer.

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Everyone’s palate is unique. I, personally, was not fond of mass-market American beers and preferred craft brews or imported lagers and ales with more body and a gentle flavor. I found Redbridge Beer to be a smooth, floral delight, less harsh than other GF brews I’d previously tasted, yet still noticeably hoppy with a satisfying body. The head seems crisper and not as long-lasting as a malt brew. If typical American light beers were your fare, you mayfind Redbridge Beer to be a bit heavy and flavorful for your casual drinking, so instead, try it as an ingredient in beef stew or in a beer batter recipe. One taster remarked that, after having experienced the unique taste of this sorghum lager, his regionally brewed, mainstream lager “tasted like burned water!” We now heartily recommend Redbridge Beer to anyone we meet that’s been recently diagnosed and is still in mourning for their lost brew.

16 Comments so far
  1. Nick July 10, 2009 8:12 pm

    Awesome article and Awesome picture! Who wrote this?

  2. Brian July 12, 2009 2:20 pm

    Gluten-free beers don’t have to be different than traditional beers. Try Bard’s Beer. Bard’s is the only gluten-free beer that malts its sorghum for traditional taste and flavor. We are in 32 states and 2 provinces in Canada. And, we are about to launch in 7 more states and DC. We hope to be as readily available as Redbridge soon.

  3. Bev August 3, 2009 9:38 pm

    What are the 32 states that you said this beer is in? I sure hope that one of them is Illinois

  4. James August 11, 2009 8:00 pm

    Brian,
    I sure hope that Bard’s is more reliable than Redbridge. I haven’t been able to get RB in any of my usual shops for over a week. All of the retailers cite brewer’s shortage.
    I’ve was able to get some Bard’s the other day, but the $11.00/six pack price tag gave me pause.

  5. Kerry Mulligan October 24, 2009 1:32 pm

    I currently live in Australia and I have just visited the USA recently and I tried your beer and lived it is there anywhere that I can purchase it in in Australia, melbourne

  6. Marty December 5, 2009 12:25 am

    Can you tell me if Redbridge is sold in SW Fkorida- if so- where? hanks, Marty

  7. Grace March 24, 2010 5:51 pm

    I just found out about Redbridge last week when I went to a BBQ restaurant here in Texas. I almost had a heart attack when I saw that they sold a gluten-free beer! It’s already hard to find anything gluten-free at restaurants..
    RB tastes really good but I still need to try other gluten-free beers to compare better..for now that’s the only one I can find easily. Niccce. :)

  8. Ann Upton April 18, 2010 10:51 pm

    Waldo’s Pizza in Lees Summit Missouri not only has Redbrige and Bards Tale Gluten Free beer they also have great gluten free pizza and breadsticks.

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  10. Derek Murray September 6, 2010 3:34 pm

    I currently live in Ireland and I have just visited the USA, Orlando Florida recently where I tried your Redbridge beer and loved it. I suffer from Celiac disease at it was a pleasure to taste a beer which was gluten free, but tasted like alot of other beer’s. is there anywhere that I can purchase it in Ireland or maybe I could order it online.
    Regards
    Derek.

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  13. John Wilson March 20, 2011 3:29 pm

    Waterloo, Ontario Canada, how can we order Red Bridge or Bard’s Gluten Free Beer?

  14. Les Carter September 18, 2011 12:03 am

    What price is this Redbridge? I am in USA in Nov.

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