Thursday, July 2, 2009
St. Peter's Sorghum Beer
I have to admit that I was simultaneously skeptical and excited to try St. Peter's sorghum beer. I first heard about St. Peter's when I was working at a gourmet food shop. I really like their products and was thrilled to learn they were putting out a gluten-free option. The skepticism reared its ugly head when I read that it was a sorghum brew. I have previously tried both Bard's (previously Bard's Tale) and Redbridge. Both are made with sorghum, both have a sour off-putting aftertaste, though the Redbridge is markedly worse.
I was more than pleasantly surprised with St. Peter's. The light amber ale has a clean finish and light aroma. (The website and reviews say it has a citrus and mandarin nose, but I got coriander and a hint of amaretto.) The carbonation is light and very tiny bubbles but the most noticeable aspect of this drink is the fact that there are hops - hops that can be tasted. To be fair, its not a very hoppy beer, but the lack of hops is one of the things that I missed in Bard's, Bard's Tale, Redbridge, New Grits, and the two Green's I have tasted.
I am going to go out on a limb and say that St. Peter's Sorghum is the most beer-like gluten free beer I have had. I happened to be eating a spicy lentil curry and a sweet potato, coconut curry and it was refreshing, clean and crisp and a great addition to the meal.