Published on October 4th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Some beer lovers Can’t stomach it
Cheers reader Ian Ross was recently diagnosed with coeliac disease and is coming to terms with the restrictions that imposes on his diet. Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients.
It can cause a range of symptoms and is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten, the dietary protein found in three types of cereal: wheat, barley and rye.
Ian says: “As a lover of cask real ales one of the real challenges I am finding is the lack of availability of gluten-free beers on tap in any of the pubs I regularly frequent. Sometimes there are six or eight cask options, but it is very rare than any of them are gluten-free and when they are they are only available for two or three days until the cask is empty.
“The coeliac issue is something I now have to live with for the rest of my life. This looks like a growing trend and I would love to think brewers and pubs are aware of it and increase the availability of gluten-free beers.”
Ian cites Durham Magus which has a popularity going well beyond coeliacs or irritable bowel syndrome sufferers who can also be intolerant to certain foodstuffs. Hadrian Border Grainger Ale is another. plus there’s a range of Alt Beers from Black Storm.
“I would love to see the day when each pub that has six or eight cask ales on the bar makes sure that at least one of them is gluten-free,” says Ian.
Cheers hopes to publish regular articles highlighting the problem, but for now, here are a couple of beers from Anarchy Brewery and Brew York to seek out.