I had the rare opportunity the other day to spend the day with my mother. I am fortunate enough to be able to see her frequently, but this day was special because it was just the 2 of us. We both had an appointment with the same doctor in the morning, but after our appointments, we hit Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for shopping & lunch. While my mom was hunting for a specific organic wine, I happened upon the gluten-free beer. I don’t often venture into that section in our Whole Foods because I can usually find what I am looking for at a store that is very close to my house. I did find quite the gem on this trip, though.
Dogfish Head Tweason’ale is a seasonal beer. It is the first gluten-free beer made by Dogfish Head that they claim is “gluten-free beer with gusto!”. That sounds like a challenge if I have ever heard one, don’t you think? My thinking quickly shifted from trying to decided which New Planet beer to buy to buying a 4-pack of the new gluten-free Dogfish Head beer. More about Tweason’ ale:
“It seems as if lots of folks who have gluten-tolerance issues are pining for an interesting beer,” says Dogfish founder and president Sam Calagione. “While there are a few well-made examples that mirror traditional beer styles, there arent any off-centered offerings.”
For our first new 12-ounce 4-packs in nearly half a decade, we replaced the classic barley foundation of beer with a mild sorghum base. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit are balanced by vibrant strawberry notes and a unique complexity that comes with the addition of a malty buckwheat honey.
We believe health-conscious beer drinkers and the millions of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease can cut back on gluten while relishing the distinction and drinkability of this very special brew.
Tweasonale is a seasonal for between the seasons. It first hit shelves in late January 2012 and will be released four times a year through our national network of distributors.
This beer was pretty labor-intensive to make, but it was a beautiful process. We invited our artist friends Jamie and Kevin to come document our brew with their ultra-cool Cinemagraph process. Check out the process here.
We currently send Tweason’ale (when available) to our wholesale partners in the following states:
AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, VA, VT, WA
To find where our wholesalers have delivered this beer in the past 60 days, check out the Fish Finder (you can search by beer and by zip). As a reminder, it is always best to call and confirm a retailer still has the beer before making any treks!
The Tweason’ale is certified gluten-free and contains: water, sorghum syrup, honey, hops & yeast. Each bottle contains 170 calories and 1 gram of protein. I know the big question is taste. How does this new gluten-free beer taste? The employee at Whole Foods informed me that if I don’t like sweet drinks that I may not like this beer. My feeling on sweet drinks is that they do have their place. I like Mike’s Lite Hard Lemonades and I used to like Wine Coolers, so I felt that I needed to give this a try – not only for myself, but for our readers.
My thoughts? I loved this new gluten-free beer! I really expected the beer to be sweeter from what the employee from Whole Foods had said. It had a wonderful, light flavor with undertones of strawberry & honey. It was the perfect drink to enjoy out on the patio at the end of a long, unseasonably hot day! I can definitely see making this a frequent addition to our repertoire. The beer was priced at $8.99/4-pack at my local Whole Foods.
Have you had a chance to try the Dogfish Head Tweason’Ale yet? What did you think?