With more and more people needing – or choosing – to exclude gluten from their diets, I set out to investigate gluten free beer and suggest a few good brews to try.
Given the numbers of people now having to – or choosing to – consume more gluten free products, it’s not surprising that the number of British brewers producing beer without gluten is growing. But brewing gluten free beer comes with its own challenges.
My piece in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020 tackled diversity in all its many guises.
We lose nothing by embracing this diversity. In the same way that my cocoa nib Belgian-style sour doesn’t make your pint of bitter taste any less appealing, the diversity of people now actively involved in the UK beer scene in no way undermines the brewing and drinking traditions of the past couple of hundred years. On the contrary, it serves to strengthen it. Just like British beer itself, that blending of tradition and modernity, art and science, the past and the future, will propel us forward far more than looking backwards. We lose nothing by welcoming difference. And we have absolutely everything to gain. Without it, beer and the pubs that are so inextricably caught up in its well-being, will fail.
I was lucky enough to visit one of my favourite breweries – and write about one of my all-time favourite beers – for the Summer 2019 edition of Beer Magazine.
I interviewed Darron Anley, founder of Siren Craft Brew, about Broken Dream, winner of CAMRA’s 2018 Champion Beer of Britain award.
Broken Dream, falls somewhere between an orchestral symphony and a hands-in-the-air, stay-up-all night dance track. It’s boozy black with a rich viscosity built on the oats and lactose that swell to fill the mouth.
I interviewed head brewer at Wild Card Brewery, Jaega Wise, for a profile in the Spring 2019 edition of CAMRA‘s Beer Magazine.
Jaega is a well-known figure in the British beer scene. Not only is she a talented brewer, she is also a chemical engineering graduate, singer, TV presenter, campaigner for diversity in the brewing industry and an elected director of SIBA.
“I’ve always said I’m a brewer before I’m a female brewer, before I’m a mixed-race brewer. But I will always do my part to support women, ethnic diversity, lots of different types of people getting into the brewing industry. The goal isn’t reached at all. We’re not even close. Equality is 50 per cent. Why should we be satisfied with anything less?” (Jaega Wise)